First Impressions of the Titan-QS Twin Loop System and Rear Bumper
Words & Photos: Ivan Altamirano
When putting together our Polaris General XP 4 build, we decided that the most reasonable parts suited for the job would be to enhance both form and function. The General specializes more as an off-road adventure vehicle rather than a performance demon. With this in mind, we tested out HMF’s rear bumper and Titan-QS Twin Loop System exhaust; two products engineered to improve the vehicle’s appearance while making sure your ride still rips on the open dirt.
Polaris fits the General with a tough looking stock front bumper to complete the look of this utilitarian machine, but the UTV is completely bare on the back, with no rear bumper to match. Safety wise, this leaves the back completely exposed to any rear collisions. Visually, it looks scant in comparison to the “built” front. Almost like a bodybuilder with a great upper body who skipped one too many leg days.
HMF’s Rear bumper tackles these issues by completing the overall look and covering your six. Besides shielding the vehicle from impacts, the HMF bumper is made with powder-coated, heavy-duty steel tubing that matches the front bumper’s color scheme. When matched with the steel Twin Loop exhaust, the HMF bumper looks like it was meant to be on the General from the factory.
With the General’s focus on being a utilitarian, practical machine, quieting the exhaust note down may be useful for some owners. HMF states their exhaust lowers the overall sound emission by 8-10 decibels over the factory unit; and I can say that while it is not a massive difference, it certainly lowers the volume enough to notice. For owners more focused on practicality over hearing the engine rip its through dirt, it would be a wise choice.
The overall look of the HMF exhaust got me excited to get to work on the General. They sport a gorgeous stainless-steel finish set off by glossy black HMF lettering in the center. Even after being soaked in the Havasu Lake, they maintained their brilliant shine. Light gleaming off the shiny finish is stunning to look at in any conditions. Just like the bumper, the unit fit the vehicle so well that it might as well have been the OEM exhaust, and certainly a smart choice for someone looking for a polished “OEM+” kind of build.
MSRP: Rear Bumper – $259.95, Titan-QS Twin Loop Exhaust – $979.95