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.
Destination Polaris came by SuperATV here in Madison, Indiana to take a look at what we've been cooking up for our Project X build. We've got something really special under wraps here the should surprise you. Here's what I can tell you about it: We started with a Polaris vehicle, added a bumper and a winch, then did a whole bunch of other stuff, and then we painted it orange. Oh, you can see that all in the picture, you say? Well how about this: we named it... I can't tell you that either. Check out our Depth Finder build and our Bad Blood build while you wait for our full breakdown next week!
Your winch is your lifeline. It's your get-out-of-jail-free card for when you take your machine where you shouldn't. And you want to make sure it can get you out of any situation whether you bury it in mud, sand, quicksand, river beds, or you just can't get over those rocks or up that hill. So let me tell you why our Black Ops Winches are the right winches for the job.
SuperATV might make the widest variety of products of any aftermarket company out there. There are winch guys out there and bumper guys and axle guys but we specialize in... everything. We endeavor to bring you any part you want, at the best quality, and the lowest price. We've done a good job of it so far but we're always improving and always adding new products. And all those different products take a diverse set of equipment and a lot of manpower to manufacture and fill our 232,000 square foot facility. We've got routers for windshields and skid plates, brake presses, lasers, lathes, CNCs, mills, welders, and tube benders and we're adding more all the time. Let's look at a few of these and what they help us do in more detail.
Windshields and Skid PlatesFirst of all, we've got our CNC routers. If you don't have a clue what that is, CNC is basically a fancy acronym for "it uses a computer to know what to do" and a router cuts stuff. We uses these guys to cut flat sheets of material into precise shapes that are exactly the same every single time we cut them. Those materials are either UHMW or Makrolon polycarbonate and are bent in brake presses to become skid plates or windshields respectively. [caption id="attachment_4153" align="alignnone" width="4928"] A brand new skid plate is forming.[/caption] Those windshields and skid plates then get boxed up with whatever hardware and brackets they need before getting moved out to the warehouse. They don't stay there long, though. We crank these things out non-stop on multiple routers and can barely keep up with demand.
We have a big laserLasers are exciting. They're all over the place doing all sorts of complicated things. But the really exciting ones - the ones that can actually burn holes in things - are reserved for science fiction and manufacturing. Well we're in the business of manufacturing so we've got ourselves a big fancy laser. Ours is a big 60 ft table with an arm over it that carries the laser. We put huge sheets of steel, Domex, or anything else at all different thicknesses on there and the laser cuts through it all like butter. We can used this to cut out all the parts for 100 boxed A arms, lift kits, or bumpers in a single sheet. We also use it for portal gear lift plates, and anything else that uses plates instead of tubes. [caption id="attachment_4150" align="alignnone" width="4928"] We need a cool nickname for this bright orange laser beast.[/caption]
We like to bend thingsOur tube bender fits in the production line right alongside the laser. Instead of cutting out flat pieces, though, it bends and cuts tubs precisely to be welded into bumpers, A arms and other tubed parts. These flat pieces are taken to the brake presses (we get a lot of use out of our brake presses) where they're bent and sent to welders to assemble. Walking by our row of welders, you'll containers full of these bent flat pieces and pallets full of their raw finished assemblies - stacks and stacks of a single bracket or A arm. After these parts are assembled on a jig, welded, and checked dimensionally, they move on to our powder coating area. Our powder coating guys clean the parts, cover them in powder, and then bake them until we get that nice gloss or wrinkle finish we're looking for. [caption id="attachment_4160" align="alignnone" width="4928"] Portal plates waiting in line for gussets and pivot blocks.[/caption] If it's a portal gear lift part we've put together and powder coated, it'll be sent to our portal assembly cell. If you've bought one of our portal kits, you know they come with a lot of different parts. In order to make sure we get these kits right, we have a couple people that specialize specifically in assembling them in house. These guys are also responsible for putting gears and seals into the portal boxes as well. If you walk around their area you'll see hundreds of empty portal boxes waiting for their guts to be inserted. We haven't looked at our CNCs yet. Like our CNC routers, our CNCs use a computer to tell them what, where, and how to cut. Unlike our routers, CNCs are used to turn a big block of metal into a clean and precise metal part. No UHMW or Makrolon here. Most of the time you'll see these machines churning out steering arms and pivot blocks for our portal gear lifts, but we started making carrier bearings on them when we began offering those a few months ago. [caption id="attachment_4151" align="alignnone" width="4928"] Blocks of aluminum ready to be machined into a new part.[/caption] We didn't cover everything like our wire-cutting EDM that has it's own climate controlled room, and all of our lathes and mills that we use to make all sorts of miscellaneous parts. But I think you get the idea. We work with cutting edge machines (there's a pun in there somewhere) run by top notch talent to bring you the very best home-grown parts we can. And the story of our manufacturing is never-ending. There are machines and gadgets we use that I haven't even hinted at and next week we'll have more new tools that I've never heard of before. Check out our Machine Shop Monday series of videos on YouTube to get a closer look at some of the stuff we do here. https://youtu.be/IyBWPWaeCys
The story of how SuperATV began is really the story of how Harold Hunt started SuperATV and how he grew the business from it's garage band-esque presence into the worldwide leader in UTV/ATV accessories.
Allow me to state the obvious here: power steering is great. It's so great, in fact, that we tend to not even notice it when it's working but suddenly feel like our vehicle is an undrivable heap of junk if the power steering stops.
Kaden DanburyTEAM: Team SuperATV AGE: 9 YEARS RACING: 3 Kaden Danbury has been racing SXS’s competitively for (3) years. With over (51) races, (2) Championships, and (40) podiums through May of 2017, Kaden has become one of the most consistent youth drivers to hit the winner's box for the Youth SXS’s classes. Kaden Danbury is 9 years old and is currently racing (2) Polaris RZR 170’s this season. He currently has a 2015 Polaris RZR 170 that runs in the 250 SXS Production/ Modified Class at World Offroad Championship Series (WORCS) and Best In The Desert (BITD) and 2012 Polaris RZR 170 in the Open 200 Production class at Dirt Series. Kaden’s racing takes a team of dedicated people to make it happen. Danbury Racing consists of his Mom, Sarah and Dad, Dustin Danbury along with his extended race family that gets his (2) SXS’s prepped and dialed in for every race. Kaden is dedicated to off-roading on and off the track. When he is not racing or prepping his RZR’s, Team Danbury Racing is spending their weekends in Ocotillo Wells, CA camping and driving through the desert. In Kaden’s spare time he trains in his SXS’s as well as in carts with WORCS Pro SXS driver, Shelby Anderson at Shelby Anderson Racing Academy to sharpen his skills. We look forward to his race future. Kaden Danbury/ Danbury Racing has been fortunate enough to have been with Team SuperATV since August of 2015 and hopes for many more years to come! Check out Kaden on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. https://youtu.be/vv_srE9NdgU https://youtu.be/rdXI9CnrnOs [gallery ids="2964,2963,2962,2961,2960,2959,2958,2956,2955" type="rectangular" orderby="rand"]
SuperATV's Rhino 2.0 axles are hot right now. With it, we've proven that we can make the strongest axle on the market and one of the most affordable. And while anybody could use a Rhino 2.0 axle, some people's needs are a little different. Maybe you just like to putt around the farm, or take it on easy hunting trails and you happen to break an axle by some fluke. You're not looking for the be-all-end-all axle, you just want a quick easy replacement so you can get going again. You might want an AD
I bet you've noticed that a lot of your machine is held together with bolts. I would argue that most of your machine is held together with bolts. And unlike the other things that hold your machine together (welds), bolts are designed to come apart. They go on the machine and stick pretty well, and they come off the machine without too much fuss whenever you want them too. Well the convenience of having fasteners that can be unfastened means that while you can do your own maintenance without busting out the grinder, sometimes those bolts will come loose of their own accord. And that can be a problem considering the aforementioned ubiquity of bolts on your machine.
Check your bolts oftenSo make sure you check your bolts. Most people do a check just once a year, but you should be checking your bolts every few rides at least. It's easy. Just grab a wrench and walk around your machine. Check every bolt you can - A arm bolts, tie rod bolts, shock bolts, bumper bolts, etc. If any of them feel loose just tighten them up! Your most common problem bolts will be your shock mounting bolts (pretty important) and your A arm bolts (even more important). Although any bolt can come loose at any time, and I guarantee that the bolt you don't check is the bolt that will come loose. Now after you check all your bolts and tighten the 2 or 3 that were loose, you take your machine out for a ride and hear a noise. Every time you hit a bump you hear a loud clunk! Maybe you have a stick or a rock wedged somewhere. Maybe you blew a shock. You know it couldn't possibly be a loose bolt since you just tightened them all this morning. Well you'd be wrong. That shock bolt that you tightened this morning is loose again. Now why would that be? Turns out the culprit is your nuts - your nyloc nuts.
Nyloc nutsNyloc nuts, if you don't know, have a nylon collar inside them so that the bolt becomes locked to the nut when it's tightened down. They're great and cheap and they're much more secure than a standard nut. So yesterday when you took the nyloc nut off of your shock to mess with your A arms, you damaged that nylon collar. This morning it was loose again and when you tightened your loose nyloc nut, the repeated threading of the bolt through the nylon collar deformed it so much that it no longer locks down on the bolt effectively. Now on your ride today, you were just a few bumps away from your shock coming loose and wrecking a lot of stuff when you started hearing the clunking. Some people will argue that nyloc nuts can be reused over and over again without losing their locking ability. In our experience, that's not the case. And honestly, we here at SuperATV don't care about those arguments. One of the most trivially easy things we can do to ensure our ride is safe is to replace nyloc nuts every time we take them off. We'd like to be better safe then sorry, and we're OK with dropping $5 for a bag of nyloc nuts that will last us months. So, don't reuse nyloc nuts! They're disposable.
Lug nutsJust to make sure we've covered all our bases I want to remind you specifically to make sure you check your lug nuts when you check the rest of your bolts. You really don't want to have your wheel fall off in the middle of a ride for no good reason. Trust me.
NoisesI already mentioned the characteristic clunk of a shock mount bolt coming loose, but your machine can make all sorts of noises as you let it fall to pieces. A arm bolts make more of a rattling noise. If your lug nuts are loose it might be more a thumping noise. You really need to pay attention to the noises of your machine - learn to speak its language made of metal and strain. Then you can hear precisely when your vehicle needs to stop and when it can go a little further.
What if it's too late to check my bolts?Maybe it's too late for you. Maybe you went one day to long without doing a bolt check and now you machine is sitting in your garage in a dozen pieces waiting for replacement parts to come in. Your significant other is complaining because that heap of junk is filling up the garage and they have to park outside and walk through the rain. If that's you then SuperATV will be more than happy to help you get out riding again and get your machine healthy enough to move back to the shed. We've got a ton of stuff to get your vehicle looking and performing better than ever, and we have super fast shipping so your downtime can be days instead of weeks. If that's not you then just be safe and stay in one piece! Have fun riding and leave your worry at home knowing you took care of your machine before you put it on the trailer.
Summer is the time for long days, warm nights, good vacations, and great rides. For many, summer is the off season - a time to reap the rewards of all the chores and maintenance you did to bring your machine back to life in the spring and just have fun. Now you can focus purely on enjoying those riding trips you've been planning and testing out all the upgrades you made. Unfortunately, you're setting yourself up for a world of hurt if you totally dismiss some basic maintenance on your ATV or UTV while you're out playing. Unlike your regular seasonal maintenance where you can do a one-and-done check of fluids, fuel, corrosion, and whatnot (you're doing that, right?), summer maintenance needs are less predictable. Just because you checked your ball joints in the morning doesn't mean they're in good shape in the evening after you ride. What you should be focused on throughout your riding season are your wear items. We're talking about wheel bearings, ball joints, bushings, belts, tie rod ends, and anything else subjected to constant abuse through normal use. Most of these things are easy to check and your machine will generally let you know that somethings going bad even if you're not checking it yourself. Although once your machine starts complaining you're already doing extra damage.