Kawasaki Battle of the Builders

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What is the Battle of the Builders you ask?  Well, it is a competition we created to allow our retailers to show off what they do best while helping our readers see what is new and available to modify your Kawasaki Teryx.  We chose the Kawasaki Teryx as our platform for the build because it is one of the newest units to hit the market and we wanted to make sure that all of the builders had an equal playing field.  It wouldn’t make sense to compare apples to oranges would it now?

It was a windy day in Devore, CA when we gathered 12 of the top builders in the nation at Glen Helen Raceway to battle for the top seat and be crowned overall champion.  Builders came from throughout the US to bring their best Kawasaki Teryx for us to judge.  The idea behind the competition: give the builders a set of rules to build by and let them come up with their version of a perfect Teryx.  To judge the Teryxs, we did a multitude of tests to evaluate the overall durability and performance of each vehicle.  When the dust settled, we had a wide variety of vehicles that appeared.  From Side X Side Outfitterz who brought a camouflage-themed Adventure Teryx set up for long- distance rides, to PDS and SDR that brought great family friendly vehicles, to Funco who brought a replica of their CORR race Teryx.

The rules for the builders were simple to follow…  All cars had to be 4-wheel drive; retain the stock plastics and resemble a Teryx in styling; use the factory case on the motor so no motor swaps; no movement of the suspension mounting points and the frame rails and differentials had to be the same; all parts had to be readily available for purchase; and last, but not least, the vehicle had to have two seats.  No backseats were allowed!  We’re not hauling the family.  We’re competing for the title of Best Kawasaki Teryx.

The first test the builders competed in was a driver’s evaluation.  For the driver’s test, we brought in the biggest names from different arenas to give us their feedback on what they loved and hated about the modified Teryxs.  Our drivers varied in height, size, experience, riding styles, and backgrounds which provided us with a well-rounded perspective.  Our drivers were: Jason Britton from the SuperBikes show on Speed TV; Larry Rosseler, multi-time Baja Champion; Hank Williams III, hellbilly extraordinaire; and the infamous Side X Side expert Jon Crowley from UTVguide.net.

The second event was a timed lap around the same course that our hired hands used for evaluation.  This would be the builders’ opportunity to show us what they could do with their cars on our evaluation course.  Third, a drag race!  Who doesn’t like to brag about how fast their car is?  We found a level, straight piece of asphalt and brought out the stopwatches and radar gun to see who would be able to brag about being the fastest Side X Side.  The fourth test was a hill a hill climb.  Every riding environment provides that one difficult hill that everyone wants to conquer.  We found that hill at Glen Helen and let each of the builders climb it at their own pace.  And lastly, we created a slalom course to see how the vehicles turned in tight areas.  This test turned out to be the most entertaining test of them all as the drivers pushed the vehicles to the limits trying to get them around the corners as fast as they could.

For more information on the 2009 Kawasaki Teryx Click here

So sit back, get comfortable, grab a cold one, and enjoy the Battle of the Builders presented by Kawasaki.  Wile reading this, we will need your help!  You have a very important job to do for us, please review all of the vehicles and vote for your favorite.  Make sure to take a close look at the detail that the builders put into the vehicles.  You won’t believe the extent that some of these builders went to. The vehicle with the most votes will be declared the Show and Shine winner and will receive and will receive recognition in Side X Side Action Magazine along with the winners of the following categories; Best overall, Editors Pick, and Best Value.

So make sure your subscription is current and check the mailbox in December to see who was declared a winner!

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6 Comments For This Post

  1. Taylor Says:

    We had a blast, we would like to thank Side x Side Action for putting on this event and look forward to the next one.

    The Team at Rigid Industries….

  2. [email protected] Says:

    That was a great event and a great opportunity for the readers to see the best of the best. Thanks Side X Side Action for the opportunity for us to all show what we can do.

    SSVworks

  3. Gary Says:

    Thank you SideXSide Action Magazine and Kawasaki for putting on a great event. We had a great time and saw alot of great fabrication and performance. We are looking forward to the next gig.

    ProPrecision,Inc.

  4. SDR Motorsports Says:

    What a blast! It was great getting together and going head to head against a great group of competitors and friends. We were very happy with how we felt we stacked up and look forward to hearing everyones comments and input. Dont forget to vote!

    See you all out there…

  5. [email protected] X Side Customs Says:

    We also would like to give out a hugh thanks to the fine folks at Side X Side Action Managine for putting on this event. We also would like to extend our warmest thanks to the PDS Fabrication family… they were kind enough to ask us to come on board for the build off. We also would like to thank to folks at SSV for the support they gave us on speaker pod setup, thanks. The most important thing that we had walked away from this event was the friendships made during the two day event… It was a real pleasure and an honor to be at the BOB with such fine talented folks.

    Thanks everybody!!!
    Side X side Customs (DEA)

  6. wallyworld Says:

    hey guy and gals ,what a blast we all had .i’m glad we had a chance to go up against the other big builders.now having done that and the grand canyon trip we have a better understanding on how well this vehicle will withstand our 5000 mile trip in may of 2009.again it was a pleasure meeting you all.
    Wallyworld at Sidexside Outfitterz

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