SuperATV had a very exciting 2017. Between launching Rhino 2.0s, building After Shock, and participating in tons of cool races and shows, 2017 is not a year we will soon forget.
New Rhinos, New Tunes, New Portals
SuperATV raised the bar across the board in 2017 and made a lot of happy UTV enthusiasts in the process. We started the year off right releasing our super heavy duty Rhino 2.0 axles. We made them twice as strong as stock, which means they're much stronger than a standard Rhino and even outperform top super-duty aftermarket axles. That didn't happen by accident; our research and development lab is packed with cutting edged testing equipment that lets us know exactly how far and how long we can push our axles before that snap. We also know how much all stock and competitor axles can handle. That's why we can say with confidence that you won't find better bang for your buck than with a Rhino 2.0.
Rev1 ECU Tunes
2017 was full of fast machines and extreme modifications. I lost count of the number of pictures I saw showing a big UTV parked over a 50 gallon drum. Likewise, I saw a ton of slick looking vehicles racing through all sorts of wild terrain—desert, rocks, mud, hills, dunes, you name it. These machines all have interesting modifications like reinforced cages, lift kits, or heavy-duty axles, but finishing touch for a lot of these machines is a SuperATV handheld ECU Tuner and clutch kit.
Our ECU Tuner doesn't turn heads the traditional way but it makes a huge difference where it really counts—under the hood. These little devices bring out all the suppressed power in your UTV. And we did a ton of work to match every tune with a specific clutch kit to make sure you get every bit of power to the ground. As we like to say: tune it up and turn it loose!
Gen 2 Portals
I don't think you need me to tell you that these are a big deal. SuperATV's Gen 2 Portal Gear Lifts replaced all original portals in 2017 and were stronger, smarter, and easier to install than their predecessor. And these things made waves. It seemed like you saw Portals on everybody's customized machines everywhere you went, and now that's doubly true.
That's because our GDP Portal Gear Lifts are unmatched when it comes to quality and performance. The quality comes from the perfect fit and finish of every last component and the precision ground gears that run smooth, cool, and clean so it can handle your top speed. The performance comes from the 30% and 45% gear reduction for 4" and 6" portals respectively. Couple that with a big lift you gain by moving your axle center-line and you've got yourself a lift that gets you more torque to the ground and more clearance without putting extra stress on your suspension. It's a win-win that's even better now with Gen 2. The best part is that you can convert your OG portals to Gen 2 with a conversion kit. Nobody gets left behind.
Industry NewsWe're not the only ones that made waves in 2017—Polaris and Can-Am pulled out all the stops for their 2018 lineups.
Polaris introduced us to their RZR XP Turbo DYNAMIX Edition and got us all very interested in their fancy new shocks. The fact that the shocks automatically adjust stiffness based on conditions and preferred ride style is revolutionary for the off-road industry. This smart machine is out in the wild now making a lot of riders happy with decreased body roll, better stability around corners, and all around improved handling. With a surprise like that, who knows what they've got cooking for their 2019 lineup?
Can-Am's replacement for their old Visco-Lok differential got a lot of people excited. The Smart-Lok differential takes the mechanical partial slip differential and makes it digital. Or at least part of it is digital. Instead of waiting for the tires to spin and pump the clutch pack closed, the Smart-Lok differential takes sensor readings at all 4 wheels and locks the differential with an electronic actuator. You also have the ability to select different riding profiles so that it will lock more quickly in rocks or slip a little more in races. Can-Am's Smart-Lok differential is another smart, forward-thinking addition to the increasingly competitive UTV industry.
Let's not forget our biggest industry news from 2017: the unveiling of After Shock. This build for Destination Polaris' Project X turned a lot of heads and got a lot of people speculating as to whether or not they could build their own. It's got a 4" portal gear lift, a full winch boom, and hydraulic anchor spikes, to name a few of its features. Check out our After Shock post for more details. We hope you do build your own off-road wrecker and share it with us. Our Low Talent Recovery Unit can't save everyone!
Best Races of 2017
There are tons of good races all over the country and this was just our second year making the rounds with Team SuperATV and Tyler Greves hitting the tracks. Every year is front loaded with King of the Hammers and the Mint 400; 2 of our favorite races. The desert is perfect for racing UTVs and the terrain variety means you can't just make your machine fast to win. You've got to be strategic in the rock gardens and careful when you drop down a big rock shelf. Good suspension and a smart driver go a long way.
King of the Hammers
These are huge races that demand a lot out of the machines you take, so sometimes just finishing is its own reward. Our team was hit with some bad luck at King of the hammers when they blew both front shocks early on. After a rough 50 miles to the first pit they got a fresh pair of shocks and went on their way. Late in the race, however, they broke a wheel and were left stranded for over an hour before they got a spare on. They were still able to finish the race for the second year in a row, and if weren't for those mechanical issues, it looks like they would have had a top 10 finish.
The Mint 400
The Mint 400 is another huge, wild race that pushes your machine and personal endurance to their limits and beyond. Tyler Greves of Team SuperATV had a good run in the 2017 race and spent some time at the front of the pack chasing the broadcast helicopters. In the end he finished 13th. A good result on this grueling 92 mile race.
One of the more unique competitions our team took part in last year was the Race2Riches 2. Race2Riches is a hill climbing competition with a huge $150,000 payout and prizes in the form of Polaris RZRs and Can-Am Mavericks. Tyler Greves drove Bad Blood at the event. He did well but with a couple small mistakes he missed the top 10.
This is also one of the better spectator competitions of the year. The short, intense hill climbs mean you're always close to the action. And that action is guaranteed to include plenty of rolls.
Race2Riches 3 can't come soon enough. We can't wait to get back to this awesome event!
We had a lot of fun at the many events and shows we attended this year. SEMA and the Sand Sports Super Show were two of the most awe inspiring based on the sheer volume of awesome custom vehicles. We love heading out west for these big events because everybody brings their A-game. There's not too much to say about them—you realy ought to see them for yourself.
2018 and Beyond!
That's enough looking back for now. At SuperATV, we're always looking forward. We started this year off with a blast by introducing you to the AT Warrior and the RT Warrior and we're giving away a set (quick! you can still sign up to win until midnight 1/13!). But we're just getting started, and we've got some awesome surprises in store. Keep your eyes on SuperATV.com and the Team SuperATV Blog to keep up to date on all things off-road!