Chris Fischer Can’t See!

Let me take you on a little journey with me. Imagine you’re at your favorite ride park. You’ve just unloaded your side by side at the trail head. You’ve packed plenty of food and drinks to keep you comfortable for the day and you and your passenger are buckled in and ready to go. Now put a blindfold on and floor it.

Not brave enough to give that a try in real life?

Chris Fischer is. On his very first time driving a side by side, he hopped into the driver’s seat of his brother’s 2015 RZR XP 1000 and gunned it. He managed to bury the needle before slowing down.

Chris was giddy, his brother was terrified.

Why? That’s because Chris has been completely blind from the age of 14. He doesn’t drive and doesn’t hold a driver’s license. But that hasn’t stopped Chris from doing what he loves.

Chris Fischer Can't See HeaderChris grew up in Weatherford, Oklahoma with his mother, brother, and sister. He lost his vision at the age of 14. He is completely blind in his right eye and has limited vision in his left eye. To get a sense of what his vision is like close your right eye and look through a toilet paper tube with your left eye. Then imagine you have to put your face an inch away from the screen to read these words and even then they’re blurry. Everything beyond 10 feet away from you might as well be invisible.

Chris always loved off-roading. In his childhood, he spent a lot of time on his adoptive dad’s Polaris Trailblazer 250. In those days his dad would tell him to “have goals in mind, because with goals, you can accomplish anything” and Chris never forgot those words.

When he woke up on his 14th birthday without his vision he told himself that he wouldn’t let blindness stop him from doing whatever he wanted. He knew there would be people around him that would try to dictate what he could and couldn’t do, but he vowed to resist those people and make his own choices. He wouldn’t be complacent.

And he proved just how noncomplacent he was that day when he took the wheel of his brothers RZR 1000 and fell in love with UTVs. When he rides, he feels completely free – completely in control. There’s nobody telling him he can’t do this or that, he’s just ripping through dunes and making rooster tails.

Chris FischerToday his ride of choice is his Yamaha YXZ chosen for it’s combination of power and drivability. He lives close by Little Sahara State Park and he takes his YXZ out there as often as he can. He loves trail riding but his heart is in the sand. And Little Sahara is a landlocked, dune-lover’s paradise – he calls it his big sandbox – and his wife helps him get there every time.

Chris says that his wife, Jaime, is his biggest supporter. “Half of this stuff I couldn’t do without her support. She is my rock. She is the type of person that will 110% back me on anything I do related to UTVs and will never tell me ‘no.’ ”

She’s the one that drives their trailer to the park and the one who sits shotgun with him. She spots for him while they ride and makes sure he doesn’t get too close to hitting anything.

She’s also the one that makes his dream of one day racing short track possible. You might think it sounds far fetched, but when you watch him ride you’ll see that there’s no reason he couldn’t. There’s no hesitation or nervousness about him when he’s laying on the gas, and he’s just as aware of his surroundings as you or I are. He’s still working on making his YXZ race worthy but it’s easy to imagine him struggling up the pack through the tight turns of a short track race course.

CF HEADERHe’s not the only rider out there facing challenges but he might be the only blind one. He says he’s never met another blind UTV rider or off-road enthusiast in general. He wants people everywhere, whether they have some physical challenge to overcome or not, to remember to “live for something or die for nothing.” That’s how he lives his life.

Chris’ story is inspiring. He and others with challenges have to work twice as hard to do what they love. Chris is doing what he loves. Are you?

“I know when I wake up I’m living for goals I have for my life. I’m living for something. If you don’t live for anything or you let society dictate who you are, then you’re not living. I don’t let society tell me I can or can’t do anything. A lot of people ask how my day is going or what I am doing and I tell them ‘I’m just living the dream.’ ”

If you want to know more about Chris, check out his YouTube and Facebook pages.

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SuperATV: A Facility Tour in Pictures

We have a lot of folks come by the SuperATV headquarters in Madison, Indiana. Most of them are just picking up parts they ordered and few get to see the entire facility. So I thought we’d put together a little visual tour of the place we work. There’s no wasted space here. To see what else is inside SuperATV, be sure to check out our store.

 

 

Polaris Vs. Can-Am: A Battle for the Ages

“Buy them cheap, bury them deep.”

“This wouldn’t’ve happened if you bought a RZR 1000.”

“What do you expect from a POOlaris? I’ve never had that problem with my Commander.”

Broken down
A RZR in it’s most natural state: broken down

Do you ever hear anybody say anything like this? We sure do. Every day. It seems like side by side fans all over the world are stuck in an eternal battle for vehicular supremacy.  If you’re a fan of UTVs then you’ve got to pick a side and jab at your buddies for picking the obviously inferior Polaris, Can-Am, Kawasaki, Arctic Cat, Yamaha or Honda. It doesn’t really matter what they have – you just know yours is better.

We’re not immune to it here at SuperATV either. If you walk around the office you’ll find plenty of Yamaha, Polaris, Arctic Cat, and Can-Am owners all of whom claim perfect handling, amazing speed, and zero breakdowns unlike so-and-so’s machine.

At the forefront of this beef are Polaris and Can-Am. All the other guys jump in the fight too, but you never hear more shade being thrown than the verbal beat downs between Polaris riders and Can-Am riders.

But where did this all come from? Are Polaris and Can-Am themselves egging on their customers?  Is it the inherent competition of the off-road race scene; the one-upmanship of the aftermarket upgrade scene? Or maybe it’s simply machismo making it out onto the trails.

Most importantly – who’s right?

Bad Blood
I was going to put a picture of a Can-Am here but I couldn’t find one. I guess people driving Can-Ams don’t want anybody to know. Here’s Bad Blood instead.

One thing’s for sure, if you read the comments section on anything Polaris or Can-Am related anywhere on the internet, you’re bound to get an eyeful of “POOlaris” and “Can’t-Am”.

Let’s take a look at these two companies, see where they started, where they interacted, and maybe we’ll find out who’s on top now.

70 years of competition

Bombardier Ski-DooPolaris and Can-Am share a common starting point. They both opened shop as snowmobile companies. Can-Am’s founder, J. Armand Bombardier, built the first propeller driven sled as a teenager in 1922 and built the world’s first track based snowmobile in 1937. He later founded Bombardier Inc. in 1942. Can-Am itself wouldn’t appear until the 1970s.

Polaris didn’t enter the game until 1954 when they created their first snowmobile. This snowmobile was small and designed for only 1 or 2 people. It was the first modern snowmobile.

From the start these guys were competing. Bombardier innovated with it’s standalone, wind-powered snowmobile and Polaris refined it with a smaller, sleeker, and more broadly appealing vehicle.

Polaris Sno Traveler

But let’s fast forward past the creation of the personal water craft, past their jumps into the motorcycle markets and Bombardier’s creation of Can-Am, past one of Polaris’ founders leaving and starting his own company (later to become Arctic Cat) and get to the good stuff of the last 20 years – the off-road stuff where the competition heats up and when you bought your first side by side.

Both companies got into the 4-wheeler market late after it was completely dominated by Honda and other Japanese manufacturers and neither company was first to the UTV market either.

Polaris released the Ranger in 1998 following the Kawasaki MULE’s lead. Although the Ranger was popular, Polaris didn’t really take control of the UTV market until it released the Ranger RZR 10 years later.

The Yamaha Rhino paved the way for the RZR. The Rhino took the increasingly popular utility vehicle and made it sportier. It was half work machine, half play machine and was hugely successful when it released in 2004.

The Ranger RZR released in 2008 and was laser focused on being the best recreational sport vehicle available. In that respect, it was a first for the industry and blew the Rhino away. Finally, a machine built for fun with no compromises.

While Polaris gets a point from me for bringing such a game changer to the industry, Can-Am gets another point right back with its release of the Commander 2 years later just in time for Polaris to release it’s 900 model RZR.

The Commander brought the first 1000cc engine to the burgeoning side by side industry. The Commander wasn’t as laser focused on fun as the RZR was, but Can-Am still earns a point from me for giving riders more opportunities to get wild with that 1000cc engine behind their throttle.

Neither company sat still though – each eyeing the others advancements and inspiring their rival’s R&D team.

They fought for horsepower for years. Polaris eventually released their RZR 1000 but then Can-Am responded with a Maverick Turbo. Naturally, Polaris followed up by releasing the RZR Turbo.

In 2016, both Can-Am and Polaris took pages out of each other’s books. Polaris released the General 1000 to compete directly with the Commander 1000 (those names are a bit too similar, don’t you think?) and Can-Am released the Defender to compete with the Ranger.

2018 Can-Am lineup

Last year, Can-Am unveiled their most striking UTV yet – the Maverick X3. It’s Can-Am’s best chance yet to gain major ground on Polaris and they’re doubling down on it this year with a slew of new X3 models coming out. The X3 is definitely a point in Can-Am’s favor.

But wait! Polaris is doing something completely different now. They’re not playing the HP game this year (although their turbo model is still within a few HP of the top X3 model), instead they’re revolutionizing suspension with the RZR Turbo DYNAMIX Edition.

Dynamix

We can’t say who’s going to win that fight until we get some seat time on each but it’s safe to say that both Can-Am and Polaris are swinging for the fences. Neither company is settling down soon and apparently they’re looking at one-upping each other in totally different ways.

Who’s the best?

So who wins? It looks like a dead heat at the moment. Individual owners might take umbrage with different aspects of each companies’ design philosophy which will inform their ride-ally of choice. Looking at the X3, one might see the overabundance of plastic bodywork as a negative aspect. Others might look past that and appreciate that the plastic provides lightweight yet alluring curves and angles.

Some might look at the RZR and still see a stubby, puerile buggy borrowing too heavily from older off-road vehicles and missing a sleek modern look. Others might think the RZR has the quintessential sport UTV look, and that to deviate from its style is to make something that doesn’t look like a UTV.

As you move away from the cosmetic, you have different handling and throttle feel to deal with. The Maverick X3 is powerful but bulky. The RZR Turbo is smaller, easier to handle, but not quite as powerful. And now Can-Am is making the X3 more powerful; Polaris is making the the Turbo handle even better.

And the winner is…

So, again, who wins? At the risk of sounding entirely too earnest, you do!

That’s right! Good ol’ capitalism at its best means you, the consumer, win every time. As these companies duke it out for your favor, their vehicles are getting better and better and cheaper. Both companies offer insanely powerful vehicles for under $20,000, and they’re diverging philosophies mean that no matter what kind of riding you’re interested in, there’s a top-of-the-line vehicle out there for you.

Not to mention companies like Yamaha have made a move into the sport UTV market with the YXZ. Honda finally released their Pioneer 1000, and Kawasaki is still killing it with the Teryx. And Arctic Cat may finally grace us with their Wildcat XX someday soon.

So feel good about having a POOlaris or a Can’t-Am, or a Yamaha, Arctic Cat, Honda, or Kawasaki. And feel free to stick it to the other guy for buying the piece of junk that he did. Just make sure he gives the criticism right back otherwise you’re just being mean.

The bigger the rivalry, the better vehicles. The better the vehicles, the more fun we all have and the bigger the hobby gets. So don’t forget to have fun no matter who’s seat your in.

Get the best out of your Maverick with SuperATV’s +3 Long Travel Kit. Take a Look.

SuperATV got its start making lift kits and long travel kits. We’ve expanded quite a bit since then and are known for much more than just suspension kits. But we still know how to make them, and we’re making them better than we ever have before.

Some of you may not know that we recently released our 3″ long travel kit for the Can-Am Maverick 2013-2016 models. It’s one upgrade that will turn your Maverick into a full-on cornering monster and let you drive a tougher line with perfect stability. And it’s available for turbo and non-turbo Mavericks.

This kit will give you a 6″ wider wheel spread – 65.5″ total in the front, 64″ total in the rear –  and it comes with 4 Rhino brand axles. It’s everything you need to boost the stability and drivability of your Can-Am Maverick. It also facilitates those big tires you need for all your chest deep muddin’ excursions. Fit up to 35″ tires on non-Turbo Mavericks and 36″ tires on Turbo Mavericks.

Bulletproof Suspension

SuperATV Can Am Maverick Turbo +3 Long Travel kitWe set out to make the best A arms available for this kit. They are high clearance which shouldn’t come as a surprise considering we haven’t sold a standard clearance A arm in years. These arms give you 1.5″ of extra ground clearance. As usual, they come with upper adjustable pivot blocks so you can get your camber set just right for your vehicle. What’s more impressive is that they have a slick, durable boxed design and are made from a heavy duty, 3 mm steel plating called Domex. It’s the strongest steel we can get our hands on so we made these A arms the strongest you can get your hands on. We also use this material to further strengthen the A arms with internal gussets. From the inside out these A-arms are designed to be as strong as possible.

We’ve also upgraded the ball joints on this kit. Gone are the noble OEM ball joints that have turned in a workmanlike performance over the years; in are SuperATV’s heavy duty Uniball Stud and housing. These studs are 130% larger than stock  and are made with a carefully engineered and tested heat treating process that makes them 400% stronger than stock! Trust us: we’ve broken hundreds of different ball joints, both on the trail and in our leading edge R&D lab.

The rear A arms on the non-Turbo kit are 1.5″ offset to give you more stability and control, but we’ve left the front offset at stock so you don’t lose your steering radius and you don’t have to install steering stops. Finally, a nice suspension conversion that doesn’t handle like a boat!

The wheel travel has been increased as well. With this long travel kit the front and rear wheel travel has been bumped up to 13″, giving you a smoother ride experience overall.

But strength is the order of the day when it comes to a big suspension overhaul like this. That’s why we didn’t just focus on the A arms when building strength into this kit – we made the radius arms and tie rods with a hex bar design to beef them up. Not to mention they look pretty sick and are bound to turn some heads. The radius arms also feature newly designed misalignment bushings for smooth travel within the tie-rod end. That means comfortable, dependable steering.

Ride forever!

So we’ve established that this kit is strong and it’s got some smart design decisions in terms of drivability. It comes with everything you need plus one more thing – a Lifetime Warranty. This covers all your A arms, radius arms, and tie rods. Lifetime warranties are great because it’s almost like we’re daring you to try and break it. We’re not actually daring you to try and break anything, mind you, but we do want you to abuse the crap out of this kit and have as much fun as possible. So don’t sweat it – just ride.

This kit is available in black, white, yellow, and Can-Am Red so no matter what your look, you can get this kit to match your machine. And it’s available for turbo and non-turbo Mavericks. So go check this SuperATV +3 Long Travel kit for the Can-Am Maverick now!

Our Top 10(ish) Instagram Photos from the Last Few Months!

Welcome to our first of many posts where we show off the top 10 Instagram photos of the month that were sent to us by you! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for more sweet pictures every day, and tag SuperATV_com on Instagram if you want to share your best pictures for next month’s top 10! For our inaugural post we didn’t quite keep it to 10 – so here are our top 16 Instagram photos from the last few months:

Check out this sweet shot @bullittoutdoors took of his RZR, wearing those SuperATV a arms. 😎

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Check out @j_milst84's sweet #PolarisRZR running SuperATV 4" portals. #SuperATV #BuiltforBattle #Polaris #RZR900

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Got stance? #SuperATV #Rev1Performance #LongTravelKit #GearDrivenPerformance #Portals #AssassinatorTires #Mud

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Shoutout to @kaden_wells for running #SuperATV Rhino 2.0 Axles! 👍#BuiltforBattle #RhinoAxles #JustSendIt

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Who's ready for the weekend?! #SuperATV #BuiltforBattle #Mud #PuppyFriday 🐶

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What an epic shot! #RZRLife #SuperATV #BuiltforBattle #Offroad #PolarisRZR #KillAllHills

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Polaris’ 2018 Lineup

Polaris finally revealed their 2018 lineup earlier this week. Their vehicle lineup is relatively unchanged other than small improvements with the exception of the RZR XP Turbo DYNAMIX Edition.

The DYNAMIX Edition is pretty interesting. It’s basically an electronically controlled live-valve system, so it adjusts the stiffness of all four shocks independently 200 times a second. We won’t get a sense of how that feels until we actually get to ride it, but theoretically, it should lead to more comfortable rides and better control over varying terrain.

If you’re 1 of the 8 people that haven’t seen the DYNAMIX video yet, you can check it out below.

I’m sure these Fox shocks will be built to last but a part of me worries about the maintenance of them. More moving parts and more complicated mechanisms mean more points of failure. If you blow one out of warranty, how much will it cost to replace it?

Last month, Can-Am touted their 2018 X3 turbocharged to 120 HP and priced under $20,000.

Polaris’ response is the 2018 RZR XP Turbo EPS with Walker Evans shocks which manages to hit 168 HP for $19,999. That’s not too bad.

Of course, horsepower isn’t the whole story. It’ll be interesting to see Polaris’ 168 HP 2018 RZR Turbo Dynamix Edition priced at $26K up against Can-Am’s 172 HP 2018 X3 X RS Turbo R priced at $27K going head-to-head. My guess is that Can-Am will win the drag race but Polaris will win everything else. We’ll see!

So what do you think of Polaris’ lineup? Now that the two biggest UTV brands have showed their hands, are you looking forward to Can-Am’s new X3s or Polaris’ new Turbos more?

Check out their full press release below.


Polaris Off-Road Vehicles Takes Lineup to Next Level with New Models and Industry-First Innovation in 2018

  • All-new flagship RANGER® XP 1000 features 100-plus owner-inspired innovations and industry-leading 82-horsepower ProStar®engine
  • World’s first and only intelligent off-road suspension system, available exclusively on RZR® XP Turbo DYNAMIX Edition
  • Limited-edition, military-inspired GENERAL 1000 EPS with more durability and performance than ever before

Minneapolis, MN (July 26, 2017) – Polaris (NYSE: PII), the worldwide leader in off-road vehicles, today announced its 2018 model-year lineup, including an industry-first technology that will revolutionize the off-road riding experience. The company continues to set the industry standard for innovation, bringing intuitive, rider-centric solutions to customers across its lineup. Whether reinventing the ATV category, elevating connectivity for off-road enthusiasts with RIDE COMMAND® or being the industry’s No.1-selling utility side-by-side for nearly a decade, Polaris Off-Road Vehicles is synonymous with off-road adventure and passion, in both work and play.

The Future of Ride and Handling is Here

Fueled by relentless innovation over its 10-year history, Polaris RZR recreational side-by-sides deliver the ultimate combination of power, suspension and agility, dominating every type of off-road terrain. New for model year 2018, Polaris introduces an industry-first innovation – RZR DYNAMIXActive SuspensionAvailable exclusively on the RZR XP Turbo DYNAMIX Edition (MSRP $25,999 U.S.), DYNAMIX is the world’s first and only intelligent off-road suspension system, designed to eliminate compromise and deliver the best ride at every moment, regardless of terrain. With seven vehicle inputs that make adjustments 200 times per second, DYNAMIX is the only off-road suspension that continuously tunes on the fly, giving off-road enthusiasts more comfort and more confidence while cornering, braking, accelerating, and even while mid-air. Seamlessly integrated into Polaris’ RIDE COMMAND system, DYNAMIX also comes standard with a rear camera and simple-touch controls.

More Rugged. More Refined.

Polaris RANGER, the industry’s No.1-selling utility side-by-side lineup, introduces the all-new, flagship RANGER XP 1000 (MSRP $16,299 U.S.) for model year 2018. The newest RANGER has more than 100 owner-inspired innovations, making it the hardest working, smoothest riding RANGER ever – the ultimate vehicle for hunters, farmers, homeowners and recreation enthusiasts.

In addition to industry-leading features like an 82-horsepower ProStar® engine, 2,500 lbs. (1,134 kgs) of towing capacity, and 11 in. (27.9 cm.) of suspension travel for an even smoother ride, the RANGER XP 1000 features a completely redesigned exterior and interior, taking finish, function and attention to detail to the next level.

Rec/Utility

In just 18 months since its launch the Polaris GENERAL® has become the best-selling crossover side-by-side on the market. With class-leading performance and payload built for hauling, the GENERAL is proven to be the most-versatile recreational utility vehicle ever built.

New for model year 2018, Polaris gives customers more durability, more performance and more GENERAL models to choose from, including the GENERAL 1000 EPS Limited Edition (MSRP $18,999 U.S.) featuring custom military-themed graphics on Matte Sagebrush Green automotive-style paint, and cut-and-sew leather-like custom seats.

ATV

Polaris Sportsman®, the No. 1-selling brand of automatic 4×4 ATVs, delivers several improvements for model-year 2018, driven by customer and dealer input to enhance the performance riders expect and the dependability they count on. Improvements include a more durable driveline, new side panels for a more comfortable and cooler ride, and an improved digital display.

Polaris ACE®, the single-seat sit-in vehicle that redefined the off-road experience, offers for model-year 2018 several new enhancements to its lineup based on customer feedback, catering to a variety of adrenaline junkies, from first-time users to hard-core riders, including the all-new ACE 570 EPS (MSRP $8,999 U.S.).

Polaris continues to be No. 1 in powersports for a reason, with innovation and industry-exclusive, rider-centric solutions by customer feedback. More information about Polaris’ Off-Road Vehicles and Polaris Engineered Accessories can be found online at Polaris.com.

It’s Here: Everything There is to Know About After Shock

We dropped a different kind of build on Destination Polaris’ Project X this Sunday. Raise your hand if you were surprised. OK put your hands down before someone sees you.

The aptly named, After Shock, was built from the ground up to be the ultimate Low Talent Recovery Unit and we spared no expense in making sure it was the perfect vehicle for the job.

This thing is filled to the brim with everything we need to get your vehicle up and running again on the trail so read on to see every single detail of After Shock.

We started with the frame

We started this build with a base model 2017 Ranger 1000. A hardy work-horse of a vehicle to be sure, but we knew we were going to be pulling all sorts of big machines out of an array of situations and we couldn’t have the frame buckling.

So we beefed it up from end-to-end with welded in square support tubing and added an extra super-structure around it – we made a frame around the frame. Now with massive weight applied, the frame doesn’t flex at all.

The cab

After Shock dash components

Like I said this was just a base model Ranger, we had to do a lot of work to get the cab and the rest of the front end where we wanted it. We stuck our roof, full doors, flip windshield, and custom engraved rear windshield on there to protect us from the elements.

On the dash we have all of our light controls. We put light bars, cube lights, and running lights around the entire machine so we have 360 degrees of illumination. We can fix anything in the dark without worrying about parking aftershock just-so.

We also have various pulse patterns for all the lights on the vehicle so we can clear the trail as we race to your incident of Low Talent.

After Shock under the seats

Also on the dash, we mounted a dual-band radio from Rugged Radios so we can keep in touch with home base while we’re out on a recovery mission.

Under the seats in the cab we have our duel air compressors – 1 for the air horns up top; 1 for the air hose in the back – and duel batteries so we can run lights and equipment without having to have the engine running or cranking up the generator every time. Oh yeah, there’s a generator, but we’ll talk about that in a minute.

The front end

Most of the action is in the back of this thing, but we didn’t want to ignore the front. After all, After Shock has to get to the spot in the trail that crippled your vehicle and be able to tow you out, so it needs a little protection of it’s own.

After Shock front end lights

We stuck our Ranger Fullsize Diamond Plate Front Brush Guard on there along with our 4500 lb Black Ops Winch and popped some cube lights in for extra front end lighting.

We added custom cage elements over the roof for additional extra cargo space and as a mounting point for our duel flanking 30″ light bars and our forward-facing 60″ light bar.

We also snuck in our air horn up there!

After Shock air horn

The suspension

We had to go big on the suspension because the suspension carries a lot of the burden. And we were planning on burdening it. We were already stressing it by adding the extra frame support, tools, and boom, but imagine how stressed it will be when we’re towing a 4-seater Teryx out of the mud.

First things first, we put 4″ portals on there for the much needed gear reduction and extra clearance. We paired that with our 6″ lift kit to get us 10″ of clearance total over stock. We stuck 32″ Intimidators on our 14″ Healy Fast Beadlock wheels and filled them with TireBalls to keep them running smooth even when punctured. And finally, we installed our Rhino 2.0 Axles to hold the whole thing together.

After Shock suspension

We didn’t forget shocks either. For those, we went with Walker Evans and we knew they had to be stiff. The front shocks have a 600 lb spring rate and the rears have an 800 lb spring rate. That’s heavy enough to handle quite a bit of weight in tow without bottoming out on a rough trail.

The utility bed

The utility bed was all completely hand-made here in-house and has plenty of cargo space. Each side of the utility bed has 4 compartments, one of which is a pass-through compartment big enough for us to climb in and stretch out (we just packed it full of tools though).

Hidden in these compartments, you’ll find a generator, a power cord reel, an air hose reel, a full welding rig, and of course, controls for the hydraulic boom and winch. But there’s plenty of space besides, and the backside of the side compartments is made of clear polycarbonate to make it easy to see inside.

The compartment doors flip up and slide into the body of the utility bed to allow easy access even on narrow trails and each can be locked at the latch. Cube lights and runner lights run along the flanks and rear of the bed to illuminate the entire work area.

The top of the utility bed is fitted with more custom cage tubing for protection but also gives enough space up top to strap in a cooler of extra organs in case you pile up really hard. We’ll probably just put some drinks in there for now.

After Shock rear winchAt the very back of the bed we have another 4500 lb Black Ops winch. This one has a few more potential uses than our front winch whose primary purpose is to get After Shock out of trouble. The rear winch can also get After Shock out of a jam, but it’s main purpose is a supplemental towing winch in case we’re dealing with an excessively large or overwrought vehicle. This winch’s lower position will get any vehicle to the stinger where we can secure it and tow without the vehicle swinging around all over the place.

The boom

The boom is what makes a wrecker a wrecker. After Shock would just be an awesome Ranger 1000 without it. Our 6 foot boom was made from scratch in-house just like everything else. If we can’t fix you up on the trail, this thing will drag you out.

After Shock stabs down

It’s equipped with our new 5000 lb winch (for those of you keeping score we’re up to 3 winches on this machine now) and it’s been able to drag out anything we’ve attached it to so far.

But we’re not quite done. We knew this thing would be used in all kinds of terrain including some very slick mud. So we took it over-the-top and added 2 stabs in the back. These hydraulic stabs anchor After Shock to the ground so it can pull on anything without losing traction.

The ultimate Low Talent Recovery Unit

LOW TALENT RECOVERY UNIT!

We’re excited to bring this beast out to events and trails soon. We expect to be pulling all sorts of poor saps out of their self-made messes. So keep your eyes peeled for the flashing lights and blaring horn the next time you’re ripping through a trail. We’re on an important recovery mission, and if you’re lucky, we might just rescue you from your Low Talent moment too.

Keep your eyes on our Facebook and YouTube pages to catch all our After Shock coverage. If you liked what you read, then follow the blog. We dish out new SuperATV stuff you can’t get anywhere else 3 to 4 times a week!

And if you’re ready to start your own custom build, head on over to SuperATV.com!

After Shock in the mud