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.
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.
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.
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.
At 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 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.
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
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.