UTV's and SXS

UTV and Side-by-Side Communications
UTV and SXS Communications has become the standard for enthusiasts and the most popular area of service for Rugged Radios. Outfit your Polaris RZR, Kawasaki TERYX, Can-Am Commander, and others with the latest in headset, intercom, and 2-way communications. Using the best components and powerful VHF radios allows you to communicate from vehicle to vehicle or even vehicle to base camp. Listen to music, reduce noise, and share conversations with the latest in communications.
Help! Where do I start?

Is this your first communication setup? Feeling overwhelmed? Don't know where to start? Relax. We'll help you through it. There are a few components needed for every communication setup.

1) REQUIRED: Intercom
2) REQUIRED: Headsets or a helmet speaker kit
3) OPTIONAL: Radio

An intercom in this type of application is considered an industry standard. The word 'intercom' is not used uniquely by Rugged Radios at all. People often confuse this word with 'radio', which it is not. The word "intercom" conjures up traditional office communication and paging systems, but for our purposes, think of an intercom as a "junction" box where everything plugs in to provide power, connectivity and functionality. It's almost like a receiver in a home entertainment system. It's the central hub that everything connects to. Choosing the right intercom is a matter of deciding on your budget and the features you want.

Headset TypesOnce you decide on your intercom, the next is whether you want headsets and how many. Maybe you ride with a helmet and you need a helmet speaker kit instead. If you're looking at headsets, you may be wondering which one is right for you. There are two basic types: "Behind-the-Head" and "Over-the-Head" headset. "Behind-the-head" headsets mean the headband rests, well, behind the head. The headset is supported with a Velcro strap over the top of your head, but again, the headband itself is behind the head. This is popular with race drivers and pit crews because it eliminates bulky headbands over the top of the head and because of the rear band and velcro strap, it provides a little more headset stability when you're bouncing around.

When talking about "over-the head", it means the headband rests on top of your head. There is no rear-band behind the head. With this style, there's a headpad surrounding the headband to provide comfort.

Over the years, both styles have been equally popular among drivers and ground crews and they both continue to remain options in headsets. Some people prefer the way an "Over-the-Head" model feels compared to a "Behind-the-Head" model. So what's your choice? Whatever works for you. In either case, there is no performance difference when making your choice.

The next item is optional — a mobile radio. This allows you to communicate from vehicle to vehicle. In this industry, when referring to radios, it does not mean an AM/FM style radio. We're talking about powerful VHF and UHF handheld or in-dash mobile units for the best in communications. You connect your handheld or mobile radio to your intercom to allow 2-way communications between vehicles so you can hear and speak. And — if you choose our 550 or 660 intercom, you can listen to music while riding and when someone transmits over the radio to say "Hey, come back to base for dinner!" - the music will automatically mute for hands-free clear communications.

So, there's a really quick overview. We're here to help in any way we can, so please feel free to call us to review further options and questions you may have. At least from here, you know more than you did a few minutes ago...

Explain the different intercom features to me...
Intercom features vary. Your choice depends upon your budget, how many people in a single vehicle you need to connect, and the features that you want.
What else will I need?

Well, there's what you 'need' and what you might want. All our packages come ready to install and get you up and running. It's always best to consider long-term goals now because it may save you money in the long run. As an example, getting a kit with a mobile radio now is probably cheaper than trying to buy it later. If you're thinking about a 2-person kit and letting your rear passengers endure the noise, you might want to think again because you can save money now buy purchasing a 4-person (often called 4-place) kit now.

Add on accessories help maintain your equipment, provide comfort and ease of operation. You might want to consider cloth ear covers, gel ear seals, replacement mic muffs, headset bags, or even mounting solutions such as RZR Radio/Intercom mount, faceplates, or even headset hangers, etc..

Quick install...

With most kits, it's simply a matter of installing your intercom and/or radio, connecting them straight to the battery, plugging in your headsets or helmet kits and off you go! If it's your first time, you might feel a little overwhelmed, but fear not! We have instructions online. Look over to the right side of the website under the 'Rugged Reference' section and you'll see a link for instructions and tech guides. Keep in mind, our level of service is unmatched. We want you to be happy, so don't hesitate to call to discuss configuration and wiring. Although all kits vary, here's a basic installation diagram to get you more comfortable with your future install...

Sample Kit Installation


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