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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-12-2020, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Fairly new to dune riding. Rode them with motorcyles, three wheelers, modded buggies but not with the teryx4. To be honest wont ride the sand dunes but once or twice a year but would like at minimum rear paddles. It appears the teryx4 LE would fit the standard teryx/4 12in wheels? There is a big difference for what appears to be standard 28in rear paddles with 14in wheels vs 12in wheels and 26-27in rear paddles price wise.

Curious what more experienced utv riders in the dunes do? concerning 26 vs 27 vs 28in rear paddles and if 12in standard teryx wheels work?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-12-2020, 08:46 PM
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Not sure on that one...Hopefully someone with dune experience chimes in...

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Im not a "dune rider"; but i did start riding Silver Lake here in MI last summer. Silver Lake is a small state park that has a fair amount of decent dune-like terrain. Its no Glamis, but it has a fair reputation amongst the dune community from my understanding. With that said, we have not had an issue in the sand aside from the taller dunes. i run 28" tusk terrabites and drop the pressure down to 6-8lbs and have a blast. I noticed that the local rental units are mostly teryx4s, and run stock tires. I dont see the need for paddles. The teryx 4, in my experience, is a great dune machine in its stock setting, but its not a dune specific machine so your limitations will be suspension and power. Since the teryx is limited from the factory we lack the extra RPMs to get us up and over the taller dunes such as "Test Hill" at Silver lake. So you really have to carry your speed up the hill. I typically make it up Test Hill 8 out of 10 tries, and i have to choose my line to make it up. The whoops before the steeper dunes slow us down and then we lack the power at the top to fully crest. We typically fall short only a foot or two from the very top. I feel like an upgraded suspension (arched a-arms with new shocks/long travle) and an ECU reflash would allow the teryx to be a go anywhere machine in the sand. In stock format, they can still do most all activities out in the sand, but we cannot expect to keep up with the X3s, RZRs, and other sport machines. But I chose the Teryx for its do-everything-well approach and typically ride my sport quads when i want to get a little air or go faster. My family loves going to Silver Lake and we have a great time in the Teryx 4. My 2 and 4yrs olds look forward to going everytime. Hope this helps. Sorry for the long response.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-13-2020, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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So to clarify.... I am getting rear paddles. I was curious of the size most people get and if the LE model that comes with 14in wheels can run 12in wheels too etc. I've ridden enough to see there was a big difference even with just rear paddles. But id like to drive my own utv vs letting a buddy let me try his. We rode stock tires in 2wd and 4wd and the rear paddle alone in 2wd and 4wd much better driving experience and didn't have to push the utv nearly as hard. The paddles make it so much easier on the utv to go any decent speed and it doesn't require wide open throttle to go everywhere etc. I guess im just gonna wing it and hope the 28in rears fit come April lol. If anyone has ever run 28in paddles in the rear or even say 26in with 12in wheels off a standard teryx/4 model post up.

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Yes, LE models can run the 12" wheel that comes on the 'standard' model. As far as I know, there is no difference in any other drivetrain components between the 2-models.
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Yes, LE models can run the 12" wheel that comes on the 'standard' model. As far as I know, there is no difference in any other drivetrain components between the 2-models.
Awesome thanks! the closest dealer is 1.5hrs away and they were slammed and believe it or not could not find anything with the LEs running 12in wheels so appreciate it. quite a price difference in 12in rim/tire combos compared to 14s. Id imagine the less sidewall the better but still learning all the new qwerks of a UTV compared to wheeling in old Toyotas and ATVs lol.

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i have a highly modded 2008 that i only run in the dunes. i have two sets of paddles with different cuts, one is 26 the other is 25.5 the 25.5 is a little wider as well. i also run smooth tires up front and always in 4wd
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i have a highly modded 2008 that i only run in the dunes. i have two sets of paddles with different cuts, one is 26 the other is 25.5 the 25.5 is a little wider as well. i also run smooth tires up front and always in 4wd
Awesome thanks! ya very odd sizes im finding so wanted to double check fitment. Ironically work may have gotten in the way of hitting the dunes in the first place... I may still order a set of rear paddles just to encourage me to push it more but appreciate the pics and info.

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