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How To Increase The Top Speed Of Your Polaris General Side-By-Side

Oct 19th 2022

How To Increase The Top Speed Of Your Polaris General Side-By-Side

Well… let's be honest, Polaris Generals are not the fastest of the UTVs from the factory.

Polaris General 1000/XP 1000 comes with a stock top speed of 70Mph. 

But what’s fun in life when you are not pushing boundaries and driving under the limit?

So..if you are a speed junkie and want to catch up with your pals on RZRs.

Let's give your Polaris General some wings.

First off, you need to throw out all the extra weights and any unused accessories hanging from your vehicle. 

It is slowing you down.

Besides this no-brainer solution, there are a few more practical methods to increase the top speed of your Polaris General 1000/XP 1000.

And no, the blog doesn’t include riding down the hills with wind on your back as good advice to increase the speed.

ECU Tune-up to Make Your Polaris General 1000/XP 1000 Go Faster

The first trick in the book of hacks to increase top speed for Polaris Generals is Electronic Control Unit (ECU) tuneup.

ECU controls just about any electronic function on the vehicle, it's the brains of your Polaris General 1000/XP 1000..

Polaris General 1000 Electronic Control Unit ECU

ECU tune-ups give you control over your throttle response and deliver the engine's most efficient performance. 

That’s why a nice, good tune-up can amp up your engine by about +5Hp, by customizing your Polaris General’s air and fuel intake.

Flashing ECU is pretty easy, you can do one yourself by buying a good quality tunerandsome tried-n-trued tune files.

Pull the front hood out, connect the cable of your tuner to the diagnostic port, and then do the flashing.

It's that easy!

But be mindful of the tune files you buy, the tune file alters the fuel and timing of the engine, so it's important for the new table values to be practically tested and tried.

If you don’t want to end up with a Polaris general having a messed-up ECU brain, then it’s best to contact your local mechanic and let the professionals do their job!

Install a Turbo System to Increase The Top Speed of Your Polaris General 1000/XP 1000

If you are up against superior machines like Polaris RZR you are not going to win any races on Polaris General without a little help.

The most brilliant race cheat ever: Turbo System, can be your best bet to do just that.

Besides cool noises, there's no need to fact-check that turbos can really boost your engine’s power, and speed.

But before you bolt on a turbo system to your Polaris General 1000/XP 1000, let's go through the basics real quick.

How Really Do Turbos Work?

So…simply put, to get more power from your system, you need to burn more fuel more quickly.

Turbos help you with that, sending compressed air to your combustion engine to burn more fuel, and voilà, more horsepower and speed.

Two sides to the turbo, the hot side, and the cold side. The hot side deals with the exhaust gases from the engine, and the cold side sucks air from the atmosphere

So in a way, it's just a compressor running on the exhaust gasses of your engine.

Turbo systems come especially handy when in the dunes, and you need that extra push to say ‘Bye, Felicia’ to your pals on RZRs.

You can DIY the turbo system installation too, but if you don’t know what you are doing, it will be a nice idea to let an expert fix one up for you.

Specialized Tires to Increase Top Speed of Your Polaris General 1000/XP 1000

If you are dune riding or hard-pack racing, there's no substitute for speed, period.

You can bolt on the best of Turbos. Tune up your ECU every day of the week. 

But if your tires are not specially designed for the terrain, your Polaris is going to be like a cheetah with crippled legs!


You need specialized tires for every terrain you encounter.

It's fine to use all-terrain tires on ‘all-terrains’.

But, if speed and acceleration are what you are looking for, it’s kind of counterintuitive to use the same tire that you use for rock crawling in desert dunes.

Mud tires have wide open tread patterns to not let the sticky mud cake in, and sling out quickly. 

Rock crawling and hard-pack tires have tread patterns that are not so spaced out and allow for more rubber-ground contact to give you extra grip.

Sand tires are shaped like paddles with little or no tread patterns to scoop the sand back and push you forward.

So it goes without saying if you use, for instance, mud tires in the sand, you won't get the traction you need, and it will be a loss of power efficiency.

As the wheels won’t be able to give you the push proportional to the power delivered by the engine, thus a loss of power and torque.

Try using specialized tires for once and see the difference in speed and acceleration