Side X Side Forums, a Treasure Trove of Information!
Have you ever had an issue with your Side X Side, and decided to place a post on Facebook looking for advice? Let me guess, you had several people posting several guesses on what was wrong, a few guys telling you how to fix it (different fixes), and of course, three other guys telling you that you should have bought another brand. A popular Facebook Group moves along at a rapid pace, which means finding someone with similar issues is almost impossible, and of course there is nowhere to gather and store that information.
That is one of many areas where a forum shines. If you’re looking for information on your machine for mods or repairs, need information on a place to ride, or are just looking for like-minded people to hang with, a forum provides that and more. It doesn’t matter if it’s a newer multi-brand Side X Side Forum like Side X Side Nation (www.sxsnation.com), one of the well-established forums like RZR Forums (www.rzrforums.net), or Maverick Forums (www.maverickforums.net), you will find a thriving community that is ready, willing and able to help, or at the very least provide you with a place within the forum to find what you are looking for. There will be sections dedicated to information on parts, How-to-videos teaching you how to fix your side x side, and lots of photos of machines and rides. Some of them even do weekly raffles giving away merchandise to members. I believe its these same things that make forums a stronger base for a club. There is generally a core group, made up of members and staff, that is focused on making the site a better place. They tend to spend more time on the site, building information, organizing rides, and creating an atmosphere that all the members enjoy. Another great result of that is you have an opportunity to get to know the members, hang out, make friends, and become a part of that core group.
Don’t get me wrong, Facebook has its place. It’s a great place to pop in, show off pictures of your ride or your adventures, and organize rides. It’s well suited for people that don’t have time to invest in a forum. In a perfect world I think a person should take the time to enjoy both.