For a few years now, Destination Polaris has been showcasing custom builds across the country that show off Polaris vehicles being stretched to their limits. This is Project X. It is an exclusive club that we are very proud to be a part of along with companies like Pro Armor and Rugged Radios.
If you remember, Destination Polaris is where we first unveiled Depth Finder 2 years ago. Our heavily modified RZR 4 1000 was a big hit. The following year we unveiled Bad Blood – our custom RZR 1000 Rock Bouncer. We still bring these two monsters to every show we can and they always draw a crowd. This year we’re unveiling a stunning new custom build. But you’ll have to wait a little while longer before you get to see that one.
Cool stuff always comes out of DP’s Project X builds no matter who’s making them. If you caught the most recent episode, you saw Rugged Radios’ first Project X build and it’s clear that they’ve got the expertise to make something truly remarkable.
Rugged Radios is well know for high-quality vehicle to vehicle communication solutions. They make radios for most high-noise vehicle applications including emergency vehicles and aviation, but their focus is on off road vehicles. They offer a full gamut of communication products from handheld 2-way radios to integrated helmet intercoms to top-of-the-line, quad-band, dash mounted radios.
Rugged Radios is located in Pismo Beach, California which means they have access to dunes, mountains, and rocks all around them – a rider’s paradise. They were featured on Destination Polaris last year and if you watched that episode, you know they wear their love of UTV’s on their chest. It’s no wonder that they’ve been making custom vehicles for years now. You’ve probably heard of their Baja RZR that combines a VW Bug with a 2015 RZR XP 1000. It’s a cool and iconic buggy and should give you a good idea of what those guys who make radios can do with a UTV.
The Rugged General
This time, Destination Polaris came by for a Project X build aptly named The Rugged General. For this build, Rugged Radios’ affable owner, Greg Cottrell, explains that they started with a Polaris General 1000 and promptly removed the frame and bodywork to make way for the dramatic modifications they were adding. Their goal – to turn a General 1000 into a WWII era Willys Jeep, combining the grandfather of off roading with the best modern off-road vehicle available.
Now, Rugged Radios doesn’t make aftermarket parts for Generals, so they enlisted the help of some other’s in the industry.
That’s where SuperATV came in.
We sent over our Polaris General 3″ Lift Kit to help them get the suspension where it needed to be on the Rugged General. Our 3″ gave them the space they needed to fit their 32″ Ivan Stewart Edition GMZ wheels and their custom flat fender flares.
They finished the whole thing off with a canvas roof, custom decals, and a custom hood along with dozens of little touches to keep it authentic and unique.
The focal point of the whole vehicle, though, is that genuine flat-fender Willy Jeep front grill and windshield. It’s immediately identifiable as a Willys Jeep and will make you look twice before realizing it’s not actually a Jeep at all.
And it all comes together really nicely – the boxy cage, the spare tire on the back, the ammo cans and flat fenders – they all give the impression of a heavy-duty, retro, work vehicle. It’s an awesome, total transformation of a General 1000. Your only clues that it ever was a General come from the shape of the doors and the remaining plastic bodywork. It’s a perfect union of new and old.
What it’s made of
Here’s the full rundown of parts Rugged used to make their vision a reality:
•SuperATV 3″ high clearance lift kit
•Custome canvas roof, cage, ammo cans, and hood by NVFab.
•32″ Ivan Stewart Edition Gmz tires
•15″ Casino Beadlock Wheels
•Walker Evans 2.5″ shocks
•Assualt Industries Tomahawk steering wheel
•Matching painted HJC open-face helmets
•4 Sets of KC Hilites
•XTC turn signal kit
•Bubbarope 50 ft synthetic winch line
•Factor55 recovery tow points
•PowerTank Trigger onboard air system to hold 2 20oz air cannisters
And let’s not forget the radios!
•Rugged Radios RM50-MB 50 watt Multi-Band Radio
•RRP660 PLUS Bluetooth intercom
•Magellan Explorist TRX7 GPS
Now that you know everything it takes to build this beast you can get started building your own, right?
We’ve got our own Project X build coming up right around the corner. I can’t say anything about it but it should be pretty surprising. We’ll be giving you a few hints here in the coming weeks so be sure to check back often!
In the meantime, you can continue staring at the Rugged General with envy.