There are a million ways to customize a UTV, but often times it’s the simplest things that can make the biggest impact. Take one of the latest Polaris RZRs to roll out of the Chap Moto UTV Pro Shop for example. Quite a bit different from the wild, multi-colored, race graphics that you see on a lot of stock and custom UTVs, the direction for this RZR project was to give it an old-school vibe and we think we hit the nail on the head. Clean, simple, but yet striking enough to command attention wherever it goes, this modded RZR looks like it could roll into the lineup at a hot rod car show and fit right in place.
Rat Rod RZR In The Making
A Custom Hot Rod Paint Job
The project started with a brand new 2015 Polaris XP 4 1000 which was stripped of its stock graphics and then the body work was sent over to Painter Joe’s Custom Paint Shop. Once in Joe’s possession he doused the fenders, hood, cage roof and some Pro Armor Stealth Door Skins in several coats of matte black. After the black had cured, Joe then laid down a mix of red and white pin stripping front to back. To add a bit of traditional tattoo styling to the car Joe hit the corner sections with some red spider webs and the hood with a black widow.
Stylish Armored Doors
As soon as the painted pieces arrived back in our UTV Pro Shop, our team of skilled technicians went to town piecing the RZR back together. Everything slipped in place with nary an issue and the Pro Armor Door Skins were bolted right in place over the stock door frames, making for a very quick and easy install. The door skins are pretty cool (both literally and figuratively) as they help give the RZR a more finished look, and have large lower intake scoops as well as venting at the top to provide plenty of airflow. To keep rocks and debris out of the car the vents are backed by laser-cut metal screens which were also painted red.
A New Top And Bottom
Rather than using the boxy stock cage, the RZR was given a racey and streamlined look with an AnnLynn Manx cage that had been powdercoated with a light bronze matte finish. Down below we went with a set of Tensor Regulator tires were mounted on Raceline Mamba wheels that were powdercoated bright red. The real kicker however was the white powdercoated beadlock rings which give the effect of whitewall tires and really emphasize that old school hot rod/rat rod style.
To help protect the exterior a set of red powdercoated Dragonfire Racing Race Pace Nerf Bars and Front Bash Bumper were mounted in place. Driver/passenger protection and comfort was beefed up with black suede, GT SE seats from PRP and a pair of 5.3 harnesses for the front and 5.2 harnesses for the rear.
Light Up The Night
When it came to improving night time visibility for this stealthy RZR a curved Cree Double Row L.E.D. light bar was secured to the top of the cage. A mix of intensely bright spot lights and flood lights the light bar will do an excellent job of leading the way for late night missions. Additional lighting was added front and center with a Mod Quad Front Grille and 10” light bar. Inside the cab the driver and passengers can stay well-lit with a pair of red overhead L.E.D dome lights mounted to the underside of the cage’s center spine. At the rear of the cage two red Safeglo L.E.D. whips in a quick release mounts will light up the night like Rudolph’s nose.
Towards the end of the build the Chap Moto UTV Mod team threw on a bunch of accessories from Axia Alloys such as a 9” wide panoramic rear view mirror, a pair of 12” sun visors, and a quick release fire extinguisher kit. The steering wheel was upgraded with a Pro Armor Force Steering Wheel and steering wheel hub adaptor. Lastly, if by chance the new owner of this vehicle should get in a bind with a flat tire or empty gas tank, they’ll be able to take advantage of the PRP Spare Tire Mount that’s secured to the back end of the car and Rotopax 1 gallon gas can that’s bolted to the side of the bed.
This is definitely one of the cleanest and best looking RZRs that has rolled out of the Chap Moto UTV Pro Shop so far. While the overall theme is very subtle, the car really stands out amongst other modded UTVs and we’ve yet to see another RZR, or any other Side by Side for that matter, that exudes the old school look like this one does.
Rat Rod RZR Image Gallery
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