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If you want to be able to throw it around as much as can be done with a SXS, then 2wd all day. Use the 4 when you need to. Tight trails, super steep dunes.

You will soon learn the machine and what you can do in 2 vs. 4.
 

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I’m specifically a Duner and I used to always run my car in 4wd… anytime I switched to 2wd it felt tippy… but really a better way of wording it would be “drifty” and it just took some time getting used to it and now I definitely prefer sliding the car around and feeling less connected.. now when I switch back to 4wd the car just feels like it’s on rails.
32” Fully Buffed fronts and 10 paddle rears. Wheel/tire Weight is the key to performance.
 

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Pops up onto plane MUCH quicker in 4wd. I also like the improved steering in the small dunes.

Big dunes are the most fun because they're epic but this car made the small stuff super fun too. I used to avoid the small dunes because I was on a motorcycle. Now with the YXZ you can drive like a go-kart on a rollercoaster on the small dunes. It's ridiculous fun. Way more technical and demanding driving than the big stuff. Lots of transitions. My friends in 4 door canam's can't keep up since they can't make the turns.
 

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I do plan on getting this machine, the only question is when. All of my riding is west of the Rockies with much of my riding being sand dunes. I see many UTV's with rear paddles and smoothies up front. So you guys mostly dune in 2WD? Why no put some light weight and smallish paddles up front and dune in 4WD?
I've never had a SXS but have had sand rails. It just seems 4WD would only help; unless it just sucks too much power. Perhaps the 4WD is for after a turbo install? I'll be buying paddle tiles and would like some feedback from SXS duners.
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I think it has to do with how you ride, i used the factory tires at the dunes and had a great time, 4wd mostly, installed a set of system 3 tires and it was a huge improvement, can run either 2wd and 4wd, I had a hard time having smooth front tires if I got in trouble, so I wanted the option. I ran them with an exhaust and tune and they ran fine, just installed a supercharger, yet to run it at the dunes but am sure it will be amazing.
 

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Stock Tires - 4WD - I ran this way last year at St. Anthony's and kept up (2nd in line) with a Turbo RZR, and 2 Turbo charged Can-Am R3 the entire day - pulled Choke Cherry and Devils Dune with no issues.

Paddles - 2WD (Stock Engine) Drop a tire size and use 8 Paddle Tires. 4WD is very helpful even with smoothies on the front

Turbo - 2WD all day long

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. Staggered paddles are amazing carving bowls hard even in 4wd and side hilling, it guarantees you always have paddles down.
Front Mohawks 🤘🏼 for the little bit of steering.
Look at those Tracks 😁🤙🏼

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