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Snake Bike! Chaparral Motorsports' Venomous Polaris RZR XP 4 1000 Custom UTV

Chaparral Motorsports
October 3, 2015
Last Updated: November 10, 2020
Snake Bite! Custom Polaris RZR by Chaparral Motorsports
Snake Bite! Custom Polaris RZR by Chaparral Motorsports

The Chaparral Motorsports UTV Mod Department has customized a plethora of vehicles over the years, but it seems none have gotten as much attention as this latest build, dubbed Snake Bite. The concept for this RZR XP 4 1000 started with the idea of mimicking something many motorsports enthusiasts often encounter when enjoying the outdoors, Agkistrodon contortrix-more commonly known as the Copperhead snake.

The idea was passed onto AVI Wraps, in Beaumont, California and they did an excellent job of creating a custom snakeskin wrap loosely based off the Copperhead pattern and coloring. The design also has an industrial element to it with parts of the snakeskin torn away to expose metal and pieces of the engine ripping through. The overall effect gives it's a new spin on the bio-mechanical designs you see in a lot of tattoo work. For more protection on the trails, Polaris' Lower Door Halves were added to the car which provided a more complete look for the slithering snake skin wrap.

Besides the bodywork, the reptilian theme was carried through on a few select other pieces such as the bezel on the speedo and the rear shock covers. However, instead of using the same vinyl vehicle wrap material, AVI hydro dipped the parts with a snakeskin pattern. The end result is a nice smooth surface that looks like a painted design that would have taken hours to complete.

Not content with the angular shapes of the stock cage, the RZR was given a more streamlined look with the addition of a radius cage.

Radius RZR Cage
The radius cage features a full wrap bumper that provides additional support and helps protect the rear of the RZR.

The radius cage features 1-3/4" D.O.M. steel tubing and secures to the car via the stock cage mounts. Additional support and protection is provided by the full wrap rear of the cage with built-in bumper and taillight guards. To complement the colors in the wrap and hydro dipped parts the cage along with the suspension components were covered in Candy Copper powdercoat. The copper color looks awesome and emits a beautifully warm glow when basking in the sun.

It can get pretty nasty out there ripping the dunes and trails, so to help give the new owner and their passengers a little more blockage from wind, sand, rocks, tree branches, and other flying debris, a glass windshield was mounted to the front of the cage. Installed with removable mounts, the owner can quickly and easily leave the windshield back at camp if they want the open cockpit feel. At the front of the car the stock plastic grill was removed and a Candy Copper AnnLynn laser-cut grille was installed.

Up front the stock powdercoated suspension components were used, however at the rear an Assault Industries' Hi-Clearance Radius Rods Kit was installed. The rods are CNC-machined out of T6 6061 aerospace aluminum and comes with self-lubricating seals and chromoly heim joints. The kit includes upper and lower rods, however, only the lowers are designed with the raised center section. Along with providing additional clearance in the rear when crawling over large objects, the heavy-duty rods are three times stronger than the OE units. With all the work that was going into this machine the stock wheels just weren't going to cut it so the Chaparral team installed a set of EFX Moto Claw tires on 14" Matte Black Method Race Wheels and bolted them up to the RZR.

Custom RZR Seats
Custom PRP seats, 5-point harnesses, and door bags provide comfort, safety, and convenience.

Inside the cab the stock seats were tossed and in their place a set custom stitched PRP Seats were mounted in position. As you can see PRP did a great job of trimming out the front and rear seats with accent panels that flow with the overall color scheme. Part of PRP's GTSE XW line, the seats not only look good but will provide a better fit for larger riders as they are 2" wider. For additional comfort and safety PRP harnesses were installed with a pair of 3" five-point harnesses for the front and a pair of 2" five-point harnesses for the rear. To help everyone communicate clearly and effectively while barreling across the dunes and dirt, a PCI Race Radio California Ultimate 4 Package was installed. The California package replaces the 4 headsets with four off-road helmet wiring kits to abide by California's UTV helmet law.

The Bluetooth radio package allows for four-way in-car intercom as well as two-way car-to-car communication. The Bluetooth feature is really cool because it allows the driver to pair their smart phone or Bluetooth music device so that they can stream music for all the passengers to hear. They can also make and receive phone calls. You can read more about the PCI Race Radio package in the Product Spotlight article in this same magazine.

PCI Radio Installed in RZR
The PCI Bluetooth Radio and Intercom kit will allow driver and passengers to chat with one another without screaming at the top of their lungs.

Extra lighting was a must for this RZR and to that end the ChapMoto Mod squad installed an intensely bright 40" Cree Double Row Curved LED Light bar to the front of the roll cage. Perfect for late night cruising, the light bar is ultra-bright, and provides a mix of flood lights and spotlights. The rear of the car was treated to a pair of Orange 4' SafeGlo LED whips and SafeGlo quick release mounts.

After a few day of wrenching the build was finished off with a host of accessories like Ocelot Side Mirrors, PRP front and rear door bags, Axia Alloys Quick Release Fire Extinguisher Mount and 2lb Extinguisher, Axia Alloys Sun Visors, DragonFire Quick Release Steering Wheel kit, and an Ocelot Spare Tire mount complete with an extra Method Wheel and Moto Claw tire combo.

While this RZR has only been on the showroom for a few short days it has gotten a lot of "ooohs" and "aaahs" from onlookers. The Copperhead design is definitely a hit-especially with the kids. Just don't get too close because this snake has a vicious bite.

Venomous Stat Sheet

Import Ratchet Tiedowns
PRP Seats 5.2 Seatbelt Harness 5 point, 2 inch safety harness. Sewn in pads for great comfort. Easy Adjusters for quick adjustments. Removable sternum strap. All Black Hardware. SFI certified for karting.
PRP Seats 5.3 Seatbelt Harness 5 point, 3 inch safety harness. Easy Adjusters for quick adjustments. Sewn in pads for comfort. Removable sternum strap. All Black Hardware. SFI certified for racing. Made in the U.S.A.
AO Coolers 24 Pack Offroad Cooler Removable shoulder strap. Clip-down ends. Twice the insulation of other soft-sided coolers. Guaranteed to hold ice for 24 hours in 120 degree weather. Leak-proof liner.
Axia Alloys Rollbar Strap Clamp These low profile strap clamps are the core of the Axia Alloys Modular Clamping System. These powerful Billet clamps snap around any size of roll cage maintaining a low profile.
Axia Alloys 9" Rear View Mirror The Axia Alloys 9″ wide panoramic rearview mirror offers a low distortion crystal clean view with its shatter resistant glass insert. These mirrors are only convex in the horizontal direction.
Axia Alloys Cargo Mounting System These extremely strong arms are machined from aircraft quality aluminum so that they are strong enough for virtually. Strap clamps required for installation, sold separately.
Axia Alloys Quick Release Fire Extinguisher Mount With Extinguisher Its aircraft grade 6061 aluminum and stainless steel components are precision machined for a perfect fit. All contact. Strap clamps required for installation, sold separately.
Method Race Wheels 402 Wheel Features inner bead technology. Features high pressure casting technology. 1,000lb load rating. Stainless steel decorative bolts on the outer lip. Screw on hub cover. Limited life time.
EFX MotoClaw Tire There is no comparison to the EFX MotoClaw utility tire. The MotoClaw is like nothing else out there from its distinctive sidewall styling, unique non-directional tread pattern, incredibly strong.
K4 Contura II 1 Square Lens Switch
Totron Universal Wiring Harness With Switch Universal plug and play wiring harness with on/off rocker switch. Made for Totron lights which power less than or equal to 300 watt. Easy installation with a 2-pin ATP connector for one lamp.
Totron DCX Series 40" Double Row Cree L.E.D. Curved Spot/Flood Light Bar Housing and mounting bracket made from diecast aluminum. Polycarbonate lens for clarity and durable protection. Combination flood beam (90°) and spot beam (8°) patterns for superior visibility.
Hi-Performance Designs Spline Drive Tapered Lug Nuts These spline drive lugs will work on all ITP, STI and Remington wheels that utilize a tapered lug. Spline lug nuts. Each kit comes with 16 lug nuts and one socket.
PRP Seats Front Door Bag With Knee Pads
PRP Seats Front Door Bag With Knee Pads
PRP Seats Rear Door Bag With Knee Pads
PRP Seats Rear Door Bag With Knee Pads
Axia Alloys 12" Tinted Sunvisor This 12" wide sun visor has a Dark Tinted shield. Adjustable tension so you can be assured that it will not move. Strap clamps required for installation, sold separately.
PCI In Dash Radio and Intercom Bracket This bracket centers up the radio and intercom right under the dash replacing the stock storage box. This bracket is designed with plenty of knee room. Only two new holes that must be drilled.
Dragonfire Racing Sport Quick Release Steering Wheel Kit High Traction Suede grip. Kit includes 1 Sport steering wheel, 1 quick release hub and 1 steering spline adapter. Comes complete with all components needed for mounting.
SafeGlo Whips Quick Release
K4 6 Circuit ATC Fuse Block With Water Resistant Cover
SafeGlo Whips L.E.D. Whip Constructed with an aluminum base and a steel threaded shaft. 4 ft. whip features 150 LEDs while the 6 ft. whip features 200 LEDs. Polycarbonate Lexan pole. 50,000 hour rated LEDs 2 AMPS.
Assault Industries High Clearance Heavy Duty Radius Rods Made from CNC machined T6 6061 aerospace aluminum. Stylish CAD design. Hard anodized matte finish. Self lubricating seals. Chromoly heims. Three times stronger than stock.
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