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So i just got my 2021 KRX 1000 Trail Edition, I used it last weekend (100 hours). Having owned three previous X3's I am a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong I love a lot about this robust machine, but in my opinion they missed the mark on a few things.

1) The console and floorboards get hot as hell! you cant even use the cup holders unless you drink coffee on the trails
2) What is up with the high RPM? I mean 8000 rpms and your maybe doing 45. Serious clutch work needs done here
3) Sounds like the motor really struggles to do anything, I mean it does it but man it lets you know its trying.
4) The sound in the cockpit is overwhelming (in comparison)

Now on to the good things, the frame and build are rock solid, the suspension will require minimal tweaking but the out of the box ride was impressive. The cab size is awesome. Lots of storage in the back. It is going to be a great trail machine for sure.

I see a lot of KRX customers are already sourcing clutch fixes, ECU flashes etc. Unfortunately for this machine I feel it is going to be a necessity, not a need.

So i plan to do the same and will keep my progress posted for all to see.
 

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Hello and welcome to the forum.
As for want vs need, that's highly subjective. I don't need any clutch work, don't want or need an ECU flash and don't want 35" tires. It all depends on how you use your KRX. For trail riding/rock crawling, it is good right out of the box, and doesn't "need" a thing.
Lot's of good information and good folks on this forum. Enjoy!
 

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Welcome to the forum and congrats on your new KRX! Fairly new to mine as well and after having driven a number of friends machines (RZR,X3) I can say that I'm in agreement with everyone's use case being subjective and unique. I have not hit any of the issues that you mention with the exception of a bit more noise. Came into this fully expecting to upgrade (the beauty of owning an adults toy). That said, in looking at the build and capes of the KRX out of the a gate lots of areas were upgrades on receipt and many are not even offered on other makes without a huge upcharge.

Looking forward to your upgrade reports!
 

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Welcome. Recognize your name from the Maverickforum.

How do you put on 100hr in a weekend? Basic math tells me that aint possible...

#2) There's a clutch mod (remove primary spring) for this, or go bigger tires 33''+ like everyone else is doing. KRX should have come with taller tires from the factory
#4) I don't find the KRX noticeably louder than my X3 in the cockpit. X3's have a very noisy clutch and arent exactly quiet either
 

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Welcome. Recognize your name from the Maverickforum.

How do you put on 100hr in a weekend? Basic math tells me that aint possible...

#2) There's a clutch mod (remove primary spring) for this, or go bigger tires 33''+ like everyone else is doing. KRX should have come with taller tires from the factory
#4) I don't find the KRX noticeably louder than my X3 in the cockpit. X3's have a very noisy clutch and arent exactly quiet either
LOL, yeah it was 100 miles not hours
 

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The kRX is more at home in the mountains and back wood trails not so much a flat lander.. You owned 3 x3's maybe you purchased a new one every year or 3 at one time but by now you should be used to spending some $ dough modding one.. There isn't a side by side on the market that doesn't require some Mods or tweeks to make it more comfortable.. and your most likely going to be adding some to this one. The next time you have the interior panels off, go over to your home center and pick up some inexpensive pipe and foil back insulation. wrap your rad pipes, under seats and inside of console that works... The "Hot as Hell" comment well Can am's the King of that with there Cowmander and first gen Mavericks.. and that x3 is no deep freeze..
Now as for the clutch... Krx has the best and smoothest cvt clutch out of the box on the market! I've never even heard of a krx throwing a belt.. The Rzr and Maverick guys can't say that at near twice the price!
So lets compare noise.. Maybe you forgot about the Screeming intake behind your head in the x3 so loud it will make your ears ring!
The krx was designed with a smooth transition of power that's competitive to any of the Utvs with the same rated 112 hp that don't pack the pounds of a krx.. it is not a wheel spinning X3 195hp turbo! Not yet anyway...
But the majority of the guys here on this forum are more that satisfied with there Krx.. even more so after a few mods and accessories..
The Krx is named "The UTV of the year" by several magazines so it must be doing something right!
 
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