Ever since its inception, the SuperATV name has been all about taking risks, raising the bar, and doing the unimaginable. Breaking barriers is in our blood, so naturally we’re huge fans of off-road enthusiasts who do the same with their own rides. Knowing that, imagine the shock and admiration we felt when we saw this:
Nick Frenette of Toronto, Canada, is also known as King Boss Quad on Instagram. He also happens to be the mastermind behind this impressive build. Nick is exactly the type of rider who catches our eye thanks to his innovative builds and passion for the off-road industry.
After finishing his previous build—a Can-Am Maverick XMR MAX X3 RR—Nick felt a little cheated. Everything fell into place so easily that he was still left itching for a challenge. So he called up his friends at Lockhart’s Odyssey, spent some time looking into what others were building, and eventually came up with the idea to tackle a 6×6 build.
But there was only one problem—the machine he had in mind, his Can-Am Defender MAX Lone Star, only comes in a standard cab. So he had to get creative.
“I stayed awake all night thinking of ideas,” Nick wrote in an Instagram post this past November. “Something radical, not really mainstream, and possibly a little crazy.”
Those are the exact words we would use to describe his solution, which was to literally chop two vehicles in half and combine them into one King Boss Quad masterpiece.
Can-Am had just released the Defender 6×6, which was perfect for what Nick was envisioning. He purchased the 6×6 in November 2019 and got to work combining the rear frame of the 6×6 with his Lone Star.
Everyone he told was immediately impressed and excited about this build—including us.
“When I called SuperATV and told them, I think they were more excited than I was,” Nick said. (He wasn’t wrong.)
As you can imagine, building a machine like this was no easy task. The entire process took about three months, although much of that time was spent waiting on parts from the mill. While waiting, Nick and his team got to work on the Lone Star.
“We converted [it] from 6″ portals and 40’s to 8″ portals and 42’s,” he said.
Once they had everything on hand, what you might expect to be the hard part—fabricating the 6×6 frame onto the Lone Star—actually only took a few hours. They extended the frame to account for bigger tires and portals, and braced it to handle additional weight.
“Most of the time, energy, and effort really went into the fabrication of the hydraulic deck,” Nick said. “It’s a thing of beauty.”
All of the planning, waiting, and hard work resulted in a machine bigger and more capable than anything you’ve seen before. The finished product, which Nick has dubbed “Operation ‘Because I Can'” on Instagram, features a custom hydraulic 7’ flat deck.
Nick’s friend Brennan Brown is the fabricator behind the sweet custom deck.
“He completely outdid himself on this build for me,” Nick said. “His attention to detail is in every weld, grind, and re-weld. (Kidding.)”
Check out the “in progress” video of the custom deck below, then head over to Brennan’s Instagram to see what other projects he’s been working on!
Of course, a build like this wouldn’t be complete without GDP. The finished product is riding on 8″ GDP portals, which happens to be Nick’s favorite SuperATV product.
“They just make sense!” he said. “[They give you a] true ground clearance lift and don’t rob you of any power at all.”
With a build this badass, it’s obvious this wasn’t Nick’s first rodeo. He’s been part of the off-road community since he was nine years old and riding around on his Honda Foreman 300 2×4, and his love for the industry has only grown with time.
Riding eventually turned into building when Nick upgraded from a Honda 500 to a Can-Am Outlander XMR 1000R. Within his first three months of owning the XMR, he had removed the motor, completed a 1180 build, and jumped into a set of 32″ Assassinator Tires. That first build was definitely a learning experience for him.
“I wanted to skim the mud like the guys out in Western Canada,” he said. “Turns out a build like this requires a much more mature rider and soon enough, I sold it for my first side-by-side in an effort not to hurt myself.”
Since then, Nick has worked on several other builds, getting plenty of experience under his belt along the way. “In seven years I have owned one Honda and (take a deep breath here…) eleven Can-Ams,” he told us.
In case you’re curious, here’s the breakdown: two Outlander XMRs, two Renegade XMRs, three Maverick X3s, one Maverick OG, one Commander, and two Defenders.
They’ve all been memorable in their own right, but if you ask what his favorite project has been, this Defender MAX 6×6 “takes the cake.”
Everyone has their own reasons for pursuing a passion. For Nick, watching his father’s growing involvement in the sport has been a huge catalyst for taking on bigger and more exciting builds.
If you ask him what his favorite off-road memory is, the answer is easy.
“The day I got my father to join me in the sport. I took him riding with me in 2014 and he was hooked. Watching him develop a passion for the sport was truly my motivation to get deeper into the industry and build some cool stuff.”
In addition to the relationship aspect, Nick is also motivated by a fact that we can all agree on—builds like this are really, really fun. Now that his 6×6 is (mostly) complete, Nick plans on using it as a “bounty hole killer, tow rig, and ultimately the coolest mud park cruiser around.”
We definitely agree with him there.
What’s next on the agenda for Nick and the King Boss Quad team? As every off-road enthusiast knows, no build is ever complete. He’s got a few plans up his sleeve for the Defender MAX Lone Star 6×6.
“We are planning to add some wake tower speakers to it, along with some track bars up front,” he said. “The bounty hole setup will be on larger tires, which we still need to determine.”
And as far as future builds go: “Right now we are toying with the idea of building a Renegade into something fast, but I can’t share all my secrets. Expect to see King Boss Quad in some race pits later this season.”
We can’t wait!