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September 20, 2016 | WRITTEN BY: TEAM DRAGONFIRE  [0Comments]

DragonFire Plug-N-Play Kits

 

Duning, racing or recreating… what is the common denominator for all UTVers? We can't let well enough alone! Whether it is higher amperage for HID lights, whips and tunes for the sand dunes; fan overrides for racers or more power for winches and on-board air compressors for the rock crawlers, seems like every Side-X-Side can use more power. From a simple cut-out switch to complete wiring looms, DragonFire has a full array of “plug-n-play” wiring kits to get more juice to your accessories. 

 

“Who can't use a little more juice now and then,” asks DragonFire Sales & Marketing Manager Megan Dible. “From basic override plugs to complete ‘PowerUp’ kits, DragonFire has it for most Polaris RZRs. The PowerUp kits provide fused 12 volt power, ground and accessory feeds to the existing factory bus bar to meet all your electrical needs.”

 

“We start with premium 8 gauge wire, specifically sized to fit either 2-seat or 4-seat applications,” she adds. “Upgrades include 80 amp MIDI fuse holders and 40 amp sealed relay kits for accessory power that can be used to safely power lights, radios and any other accessories.”

 

Standard features include:

  • Wire length correctly sized to fit 2- and 4-seat models
  • Certified crimps on all terminals, seals and splices
  • Delphi connectors
  • Premium XLP cross-link wire that meets or exceeds OEM specifications and out-performs most aftermarket wiring harness on the market
  • Easy installation – No cutting or splicing.
  • Color-coded to match OEM wiring diagrams
  • Made in the USA

 

Doesn't matter if you need a simple sealed On-Off safety switch that plugs directly into factory wiring and limits the max speed to 15 MPH for any 2015+ Polaris or 2011+ Can-Am or a complete PowerUp kit… DragonFire has it wired!

 

Get more specifics here:

 

HOT OFF THE PRESSES

September 15, 2016 | WRITTEN BY: TEAM DRAGONFIRE  [0Comments]

HOT OFF THE PRESSES

DragonFire Kicks Off 2017 Catalog At Sand Sports Super Show

 

The new year officially starts with the Sand Sports Super Show for DragonFire. This year's event has 300+ exhibitors packed into the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds for the 18th Annual Super Show, September 16-18, 2016. Not to be upstaged, DragonFire takes the wraps off its 2017 catalog this weekend as well as showcasing several project cars and bringing out Miss DragonFire and 3X Mint 400 winner and 2015 Best In The Desert UTV Pro Unlimited champ Lacrecia Beurrier to sign autographs… and don't forget the swag!

 

“Our New Year's resolution is to keep everyone happy and enjoying their UTV,” says DragonFire Sales & Marketing Manager Megan Dible. “Our goal is to continue to innovate and introduce exciting new products, without losing sight of what has gotten us to the industry leading position. You might be wheeling in an older RZR 800, ripping up the dunes in the latest Can-Am Turbo or a top pro winning the Mint 400… DragonFire has your UTV needs covered.” 

 

Something special planned for this year is DragonFire's support of Lacrecia Buerrier's breast cancer awareness efforts. Not only will her hot pink Unlimited Pro UTV Championship winning RZR be on display, but we are going to present five lucky winners with our 3" pink harnesses. Miss DragonFire will draw the names on Sunday. Lacrecia is also raffling off a custom-painted replica helmet and matching pink MSR jersey to keep the #ThinkPink message top of your mind.

 

 

“Did we mention the swag,” asks Dible? “We will have our 2017 catalog hot off the presses, tote bags and the ever-popular DragonFire sunglasses. We would also like to encourage all attendees

to enter the American Sand Association (ASA) raffle for a chance to win a Polaris RZR XP Turbo EPS powered by RideNow Powersports and DragonFire Racing.” All proceeds benefit the ASA and a winner will be chosen on Sunday, Sept. 18. Tickets are $20 each or six for $100 and can be purchased on-site at the event or in advance at www.AmericanSandAssociation.org.

 

Celebrate the Duner's version of New Years with DragonFire at Booth #500 in The Hangar at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California this weekend. More info about the Sand Sports Show can be found at www.SandSportsSupershow.com

 

THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF YEAR

September 12, 2016 | WRITTEN BY: TEAM DRAGONFIRE  [0Comments]

Dune Season For DragonFire Kicks Off At Sand Sports Super Show

 

 

Forget the holidays, our favorite time of year is dune season! DragonFire's #MakingMemories season officially starts with the Sand Sports Super Show. Set for September 16-18, 2016, the 18th Annual Super Show will also see DragonFire releasing some surprises for the Can-Am Defender, plenty of Polaris General upgrades and more.  In a gift that keeps on giving all Dunes Season long DragonFire teamed up with RideNow to build the American Sand Association’s raffle RZR XP Turbo EPS that will be presented to a lucky winner at the end of the show.

 

“We are all about making memories and enjoying the UTV lifestyle,” says DragonFire Sales & Marketing Manager Megan Dible. “It is the perfect time to take the wraps off our latest catalog. Remember when you were a kid looking through the catalogs in anticipation of the holidays? It is like that… wait until you see the 2017 edition!” In addition to the catalog, DragonFire has some swag and a chance to meet 3X Mint 400 winner Lacrecia Beurrier. 

 

In addition to showing off Lacrecia's 2015 BITD Unlimited Pro UTV Championship winning RZR, DragonFire is proud to once again partner with RideNow to support the American Sand Association’s efforts to protect our rights to recreate in the sand dunes. “DragonFire believes in the ASA's mission to ‘unite, inform and mobilize’ people to protect access to the dunes,” says Dible. “We want everyone to have the ability to access the dunes and want to do our part to protect our rights to recreate.”

 

The ASA raffle car will be on display during Sand Sports, showing off some of the parts and accessories it has been decked out with, including DragonFire’s doors, RacePace front bumper, Flying V front brace, HeadAche bars and HighBack GT seats. On Sunday some lucky raffle winner will become the owner of this 2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo EPS.

 

As always, DragonFire will be in The Hangar, Booth #500 at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California for the show. Stop by the display and share in our version of holiday cheer! More info about the Sand Sports Show can be found at www.SandSportsSupershow.com

 

WELLER RACING 2016 BITD VEGAS TO RENO RACE REPORT

August 24, 2016 | WRITTEN BY: TEAM DRAGONFIRE  [0Comments]

Corry Weller has been killing it in short course racing this season, but what about the desert? “Despite our crazy busy schedule with short-course racing, we really wanted to get out to some desert races this year, because we know what a great machine the YXZ is for this type of racing!” Nothing like an impossible time frame, and a stock vehicle for a real trial by fire by tackling the longest desert race in the U.S. – Best In The Desert's Vegas To Reno!

 

“We wanted a light and simple race car for our first outing, so we went with factory suspension and only added the basic Best In The Desert safety requirements. We also added some heavy duty skids from Factory UTV to protect the undercarriage from high speed rock contact and a nifty 17% gear reduction kit from Tubeworks to help in the silt beds.” 

 

Speaking of silt, the Raceline Mamba beadlock wheels combined with 30” Maxxis Liberty tires (which crew chief/husband Jason Weller competed with at King Of the Hammers and says is an amazing tire!) were the hot ticket for surviving 650 miles of the nastiest desert terrain Nevada can dish up. The only other additions were light bars from Lazer Star Lights, SPARCO race seats, DragonFire accessories (including our number plates, harnesses, DoorBags, etc.),  Weller Racing HD tie rods, exhaust and flash…. basically the YXZ was bone stock.

 

The Weller Racing team also opted for the minimalist support plan. “We were chasing this entire race with one truck, which meant the chase truck would be racing us to every pit along the way. We could not have done this without the help of some of our crew, friends and family. My co-driver Kyle Anderson, was also Jason’s co-driver at KOH earlier this year, and one of our best employees at Weller Racing. I would also be driving the entire race, to eliminate any time lost to driver changes… and because I don’t like to give up the wheel – ever!”

 

DAY 1

Due to a military helicopter crash (no fatalities) on the course, the racers would be racing from the start to Pit 1, then putting all of the race cars and trucks on trailers and hauled down the highway to Pit 2. “Since we had zero time on the YXZ, we used the first 50 miles as a sort of  'shakedown' run so we could evaluate the suspension settings and see if we need to make any changes. Fortunately, Jason has his suspension tuning pretty dialed, so the only unknown was how heavy we actually were with the fuel cell, spare tire, etc.”

 

Corry started in 27th position in class, out of about 33 entries, and after all of the Production Turbo UTVs.  “We also started after most of the rest of the field, including bikes, quads, trophy trucks and other fast truck and buggy classes. This meant a very torn up course for us and very deep truck ruts… but that was to be expected.” Nothing like eating the dust of 300+ entries!

 

“As soon as we headed out, I knew something was wrong with my power steering… As in I had none This was not a failure, but an oversight on our part involving the speed sensor when prepping the car. While it would give my forearms a real workout, it was not devastating and I would work with it the whole first day of racing.”

 

The goal was to drive smart and make it to the Day 1 finish in Tonopah. “My strategy was to race harder on Day 2, after the field had thinned itself out by attrition throughout the first 300 miles. Everything was going great, and I was getting used to the heavier feel of the desert setup when we were hit Race Mile 6 and all Hell broke loose!"

 

Race Mile 6 was the start of a very deep silt bed. “When we hit it, we were in a complete white-out. While you can’t just stop in the silt, it’s extremely dangerous to just plow through at full speed, so I did my best to maintain a decent speed, but not go so fast that I couldn’t make a sudden stop if I needed to.”

 

“That is when we started to see the ghost images of upside down trophy trucks, just the rear wheels sticking out of the ground, and outlines of drivers and co-drivers waving frantically at us to avoid the carnage all around. One of the shadowy figures waved us to a space just big enough for us to squeeze through without stopping. We managed to make it through that mess without stuffing our own YXZ into a ravine or hit anything… somehow.”

 

Corry continued to plow through the deep, blinding silt, all the while dodging anything that popped up suddenly through the haze, including power poles, large rocks and other stuck vehicles. “We finally made it out the other side, only to find a new challenge!”

 

Attempting to negotiate the three-foot deep ruts in the many washes caused by the trophy trucks proved to be interesting… definitely not the sort of thing you encounter on a freshly groomed short course. “Without long-travel, we weren’t as wide as the 3 foot deep ruts, which meant I had to straddle and balance above them, without dropping one side or the other into the deep cutouts.” Remember she is having to handle this balancing act in poor visibility and without power steering!

 

“This was fine on the straight portions, but in the tight turns of the washes, it was a real challenge. Doing this at speed was even trickier… but after 650 miles of this, I got pretty good at knowing when we could drop in, when we could cross over, and how to use the berms to our advantage, without slowing down.” 

 

“After 50 miles, we made it to Pit 1, where everyone was frantically trying to find their pit crews and trailers, and load up for the transfer to Pit 2. This whole transfer was not planned, so while our time stopped when we entered Pit 1, it was first come first serve for the restart at Pit 2. This translated to track position, which meant clean air for some. Clean air is everything in a silty race like this.”

 

“Despite suffering some cosmetic damage to the chase truck getting in and out of the chaos that was Pit 1, we made it to Pit 2. We unloaded, strapped back in and headed out onto the course once again. The race went great for us from there, and it seemed that every mile or so, we would see another truck, buggy or UTV off to the side, changing a tire or a belt, or driver just standing there with hands on hips, looking dejected.”

 

“We didn’t have to pit except for fuel as the race went on. Many times we just waved to our pit crew as we went by. We were not doing any driver changes, and we had both done a good job of hydration management, so there would be no potty breaks either.” No breaks didn't mean it was all smooth sailing, though. 

 

“There were many times where we would come up on a slower vehicle, but there was so much dust and no wind that we had to wait miles and miles before we could risk driving through their dust to make the pass safely. Being patient is very hard in those situations, but my goal of getting to Tonopah was first and foremost… so we were patient.” Patience paid off as the Yamaha worked its way up through the ranks.

 

“As the miles flew by, it was fun to see what new terrain we would be driving through. Deep sand, rutted washes, high-walled canyons, fast flat roads, super rocky and twisty sections.  Then we hit another 20 miles of silt beds… and the fun stopped!”  

 

The trucks that had broken down or needed to change a tire used the long, flat silt beds to make up time and that they did! “A truck coming up behind you can be unnerving enough, but when they pass you in the silt going 100 mph, you are suddenly enveloped in a thick blanket that totally blocks out the sun… you can’t even see your hand in front of your face! If you know they are coming, you can try to memorize the terrain in front of you before the white-out — but if you get caught by surprise you just have to try to maintain enough speed to not get stuck, yet not hit anything in the full minute that you can’t see a thing.” 

 

“Even though I drove as fast as I dared through the deep powder, that 20 miles seemed like forever. Every once in a while, we would hit a particularly thick section of stilt, and the rear end would step out and I would find myself completely sideways, which can easily result in a flipped vehicle if you react too suddenly in any way. We finally came out the other side of that endless silt bed happy to be moving and alive.”

 

After the silt beds, Corry kept the hammer down for the remaining 50 miles to complete Day 1. “Tonopah was a welcome sight, and we were stoked to have made it without having any issues other than a severe case of arm-pump for me by the end of the day.”

 

DAY 2

Patience paid off as the Weller teamed moved up to 12 place in the UTV class on Day 1. “Our goal on Day 2 was to push harder, yet still keep the YXZ alive and make it to the finish. We put on a new set of fresh Maxxis Liberties, hooked up the power steering, cleaned all the dust off of our YXZ so you could see what color it was again, and headed out for the longer of the two days of racing."

 

“Having power steering back was wonderful! Pair that with the fact that I was now very used to how the YXZ handled with a desert setup, and we were off at a great pace.”

 

The bad news? BITD started Day 2’s race order based on how ALL classes finished Day 1.  “We finished 90th overall, which meant we started ahead of a LOT of trucks and fast buggies that had broken the day before. Having smaller, slower UTVs starting in front of large, fast vehicles makes for some really sketchy situations — I was glad we had made a sturdy rear bumper on our YXZ!”

 

The first 5 miles or so, the course wound through a deep, very tight wash, which meant straddling the massively deep truck ruts once again. “We were overtaken by a truck who was racing to make up time, and he immediately plowed into us to let us know that he was in a hurry. Tapping a bumper in desert racing is par for the course, but the UTVs and smaller vehicles are equipped with a blue strobe so that the larger vehicles know not to touch us. I think they all ignore that rule, and my neck is still feeling it…

 

“Having nowhere to go, we got hit a few times by this truck, until I finally could find a space to squeeze over and let him by. We got back going again once we could see through the dust enough to pull back onto the track, then another fast truck was on our bumper. We took a number of really hard hits from trucks and a Class 1 car until we got clipped so hard by a truck on my side, that I thought he had ripped the back end off the YXZ!

 

“We got going again, all the while feeling out the YXZ and trying to figure out the extent of the damage. I thought for sure we had at least a flat tire, broken shock or ripped out A-arm. The car felt okay, but I couldn’t see back there and I didn’t want to stop until we reached the next pit.

 

“I radioed ahead to the crew to be ready to fix some rear end damage, so they were ready with spare parts if we needed them. After a quick check, it was determined we had suffered a small dent in the left rear A-arm and a small dent in the rear bumper… that's it! Everything else was great… Have I mentioned how tough the YXZ is??

 

“After that, the rest of Day 2 was a lot of fun… we dealt with dust when making passes as first… but as the race wore on, we were seeing fewer and fewer racers on the course. Eventually it was just us out there in clean air, and we were able to really let it fly!

 

“Again we were exposed to all different types of terrain and situations, and the YXZ handled it all with ease. About 20 miles from the finish, we came into a section that was SO rocky that we caught up to a couple more vehicles, including a RZR and a truck. We made quick work of passing the RZR and were able to go so fast through the rocks that we caught up to the bumper of the truck that had breezed past us miles ago. I contemplated tapping them since our siren had stopped working at some point in the silt but thought better of it. As soon as he saw us on his bumper, he hit the throttle and started bouncing as fast as he could through the rocks.   

 

“I already knew what the Liberties could handle, so rocky sections were our forte. Even so, I still worked hard to make sure I didn’t overwork the sidewalls, and took the worst of the rocks right on the lugs or where we had the highest clearance under the chassis. Having those Factory UTV skids gave us a lot of confidence, and in the few instances that we misjudged the height of a jutting rock or boulder, the skids did a great job of protecting our underbelly.

 

We flew through the rock section and onto the last portion of the course, which was a very twisty, tight road on the side of a steep cliff. Then, we wound down into a deep crevice and back up the other side, and saw the finish line ahead! We had made it! 

 

“I had no doubt that the YXZ could handle this course, none at all. I just needed to be sure I didn’t do anything stupid as the driver. I had a great co-driver in Kyle, and a fantastic pit crew who was SO quick with the fuel and made it to every pit in case we needed them. I also had a great crew at the shop who did such a good job of getting our YXZ ready for a race of this magnitude, and the best products out there from all of the companies who support us! 

 

We showed 6th overall in our class as we crossed the finish line, but there was one UTV that had a tracker that wasn’t working, so we actually finished 7th overall on corrected time. We started in the back of a large and ultra-competitive field, with a YXZ that had a bone stock motor, suspension and chassis, with zero time on it, in a class full of UTVs that were rebuilt from the ground up. Just to finish this race is a huge achievement, but to finish where we did is awesome! When the silt settled, we finished 7th out of 34 in the
Pro Production class UTVs; 12th overall
out of 70 total UTVs and 65th overall out
of all the truck/car/UTV class entries!

 

SILT HAPPENS!

August 23, 2016 | WRITTEN BY: TEAM DRAGONFIRE  [0Comments]

Vegas To Reno… The Loooong Way!

 

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the longest off-road race in America, Best In The Desert decided to make it the toughest race in America, too! The General Tire Vegas to Reno “The Long Way,” Presented by Fox also featured a unique split into two days and featured nearly 350 entries. Technically the starting line was at the Delamar airstrip just east of Alamo, Nevada rather than Las Vegas, but you get the idea. 

 

Day #1 was a 296 mile dash to the finish in Tonopah… or was supposed to be. A military helicopter crashed on the course on a night training mission (resulting in four non-life-threatening injuries, but fortunately no fatalities), hours before the 5:45 A.M. start on Friday. The crash area was declared off limits by the military, which left Best In The Desert scrambling and delayed the start somewhat. 

 

Casey Folks and the BITD crew scrambled and came up with Plan B:  when the racers reached Pit #1, they clocked in and then had to load up the race vehicles and take them down the highway to Pit #2. This resulted in the race being able to continue around the off-limits area, but resulted in some confusion and timing issues.

 

But at least the race went on. “We were lucky enough to begin this race in the top 10 after a 3rd place finish at the Laughlin Desert Classic,” says last year's V2R winner, Lacrecia Beurrier. “There were approximately 60 UTVs behind us at the starting line with two full days and 648 miles of the toughest desert Nevada has to offer in front off us!” Talk about a rock and a hard place, however the Rockstar Racing/DragonFire team had a game plan.

 

“Our plan was to put as much time between us and all 60 of the other UTVs as we possibly could,” she says. “We had heard from BITD that there was a pile up at approximately Race Mile 7 in a huge silt bed, so we were on the lookout.” Despite the best laid plans and keeping a wary eye on the course, silt happens!

 

“The track started off with deep silt and we knew we had to keep our guard up. Luck would have it that we were able to see as the first stuck vehicles. There were cars and trucks stuck everywhere! We had to keep moving to avoid getting stuck ourselves and frantically searching for a way around the chaos. Off to the right we saw a racer waving us over and pointing to a clear spot in the track.” Thanks to their dusty benefactor, the Pink Polaris RZR was able to skirt the pile up and headed off to Pit #1 with no one in sight.

 

“Due to the helicopter accident, we were instructed to load the cars at Pit #1 and trailer to Pit #2. We hit Pit #1 in the top 5 of all the UTVs," says Lacrecria. “My team unloaded, fueled and sent us back out still in the top 5.” As the team plowed through 200 miles of pure silt, belt temps began reaching 240-degrees, overheating the CVs and melting the occupants inside the race car. “Luckily a couple of water crossings gave us a bit of a cool down. We crossed the finish line on Day 1 6th overall UTV and 3rd Pro Production UTV.”

 
At a “normal” desert race the day would have been done and the team would have had a podium finish. Not so with the longest race in America! “We had to totally re-prep the car and get ready for an even longer day in the morning. My crew made short work of getting us ready and our camp chef, Joe Weber, made sure we all had full bellies with elk tacos and brats.”

 

Another twist for Day 2 was that all vehicles started in order of finish… that meant Trophy Trucks, buggies and UTVs were all mixed up. “This time, not only were we in the top 10 of the UTVs, we were running in the top 65 of all the cars and trucks! Our DragonFire Racing teammate Russell Griffin just beat us on time on Day 1, so we started right behind him. Although we always wish our teammates well, we didn't want to be eating Russell's dust all day.” 

 

There was no wind at the start and the dust was thick as the #1970 RZR of Griffin took off. One minute later the #1924 Rockstar RZR headed out after the KeysCrete car. “We passed them quickly and tried to get some time between us. The track was pretty smooth and fast! Lots of mountain trails and powerline roads. We missed a couple of corners in the dust and spun out once, costing us some time.” Still, things were going well enough that the team decided to spell Lacrecia and her co-driver at Race Mile 100 for a one pit, 50-mile break to keep them fresh for the long run to the finish… so much for sticking to the plan.

 

“Just before we hit the pit, a belt let go. As we struggled with a hot clutch and a bent clutch tool, we lost a couple of spots, including the #1970 of Griffin! We put the belt back on and blazed to the pit where my relief driver Brian Thomas and Miss DragonFire Emily climbed in for a 50-mile ride.” Brian chased the Keyscrete car, but to not avail, then came some more drama.

 

The driver change at the next pit became a challenge as the seat jammed and would not slide forward. “Thanks to Mike Colosimo for the pillow! Unfortunately, the long driver change let the #1970 and a couple of other UTVs in our class get some more time on us! We knew we had to charge to the finish with only 150 miles left to go.” However she may have charged too hard.

 

“We pushed so hard that the chase team was unable to beat us to the next pit where we were supposed to get fuel. We headed to the next pit on fumes facing another 40 miles to the finish and still no team!” Unbeknownst to Lacrecia, the chase truck had stopped to help another chase vehicle stuck on the side of the road, and then became stuck themselves.”  

 

The crew knew how low Lacrecia was on fuel and frantically called everyone they could. They finally found the Can-Am Team of Murray Racing who was able to help at the last pit. “They splashed us enough fuel to us home! We caught the #1970 on a sandy powerline road and just as we were about to pass, silt happened!  It was lights out for us! It gave Griffin just enough time to get away again and we were unable to catch him.”

 
When the silt finally settled, Lacrecia crossed the finish line unofficially 6th in class and 65th out 342 entries. Not bad for a girl in a Polaris RZR! “It was two solid days of tough racing! I can’t thank my team and my sponsors enough for giving us the opportunity to race such an epic race! Happy 20 Year Anniversary Vegas to Reno! We had a great time!

 

 

 
Special thanks to Mike Colosimo of STV Motorsports and Murray Racing for helping us get to the finish line! Also Miss DragonFire for keeping you all updated with amazing photos and results and for jumping in the race car last minute! She may have a future in that right seat!”

 

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