The UTV market has seen a slow but noticeable rise in motorsports since the phenomenon first exploded in the early 2000s. Much of a UTV’s popularity stems from distinct advantages over other vehicles 4 wheel off-roader.
They have a small footprint with an excellent power-to-weight ratio, can carry passengers, which families appreciate, and offer more safety features than vehicles like ATVs. With new technologies and innovations being created around the clock, the line between utilitarian and performance recreation is constantly thinning.
Manufacturers like Honda, Polaris and Can-Am make their production models faster, grippier and, therefore, much more fun to accelerate through dirt, sand or mud! But that doesn’t mean inventive minds aren’t working to improve these machines even further than their factory form.
Sin City Xtreme Performance is just one of many companies that specialize in customizing UTVs. The Las Vegas-based store, an extension of Sin City Diesel and Off-Road, opened recently and immediately got to work.
The shop offers bottom-to-top customization, including wheels, tires, suspension, front arms, bumpers, cages, frame rebuilds and engine work. A few projects have already been completed, and the Xtreme crew is currently working on a soon-to-be-finished build that UTV specialist Rafael Carminati says will be “the worst Can-Am you’ve seen in your life.”
The UTV is a Can-Am Maverick X3, the manufacturer’s top-of-the-line and most expensive model. The stock X3 produces around 200 horsepower and can reach speeds of up to 90 mph.
“It’s our workshop vehicle, so we wanted the best of the best,” Carminati said.
Currently, the X3 has an Evolution Power Sports tune that allows it to produce 225 horsepower. This number will change in the coming weeks as the team moves to a Stage 5 tune with a turbo kit. After tweaking a few other components, the engine should produce 315 to 400 horsepower.
The stock X3 clutch was replaced because it cannot easily change the engagement rpm or adjust the shift rpm for different conditions. All clutch and crankshaft issues at high horsepower have been solved by adding a KWI x TAPP two-stage clutch with a floating mod that prevents the X3 primary clutch governor cup from slipping under high horsepower.
Perhaps the most interesting part of Sin City Xtreme Performance’s Can-Am X3 build is its one-of-a-kind prototype air suspension system from Kelderman.
“It’s basically an all-in-one airbag, so you get that wow factor of being able to slam it on the floor and go drift down the street with it, and then air it out and still be able to haul your ass through the dessert,” Carminati said “It’s never really been done before on a Can-Am, so it’s really, really cool.”
The UTV also features Assault Industries F-22 doors and mirrors, a TIG-welded 1.75-inch chromoly cage and chromoly front and rear bumpers, along with in-house trim as well.
The UTV performed admirably a few days ago at the 2022 King of the Hammers desert race, despite a broken OEM knuckle. The custom Can-Am Maverick X3 is still in the testing phase, but the Sin City Xtreme Performance team has nearly ironed out all the issues.
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