A Custom Ranger & Chase/Haul Chevy
For 2009, Polaris re-engineered the venerable Ranger UTV that has been in production for some number of years. Upgrades to the Ranger XP include tilt steering, new seating, and new exterior styling. The older Ranger models used a McPherson strut front suspension while the new Ranger offers dual A-arm adjustable front suspension. Out back, the rear suspension is independently adjustable starting this year.
Jagged Extreme is an off-road supplier and customizer in Phoenix, Arizona, and owned by Bill Schuler and his two sons, Brandon and Justin. Part of their passion includes supplying parts, accessories, and custom work to Side-by-Side enthusiasts. They are also an aftermarket product developer that works with the Polaris factory to create upgrade components for Polaris UTVs for sport, trail, and race use.
This past spring they received a pre-production Ranger XP to study and develop into something a little more unique. Their goal was to take a competent stock UTV and transform it into a vehicle that was more eye-catching and performance oriented.
The crew at Jagged X have a history of working with UTVs, building go-fast types, race rigs, and weekend trail runners. They wanted to take the stock Ranger XP and turn it into a highly capable trail runner able to tackle most any type of terrain in comfort.
To start, the engine and drivetrain were left essentially stock, but the suspension was upgraded to increase ground clearance, track width, and clearance. Jagged X fabricated its own suspension arms and added Elka coilovers to control the longer travel suspension, while maintaining ride comfort for the occupants.
The crew caged the Ranger for safety, added some even nicer seating and lap belts, and then accented it all in red paint and powder-coat. Add in some functional accessories and you end up with the well appointed looker splashed across these pages.
When it came time to choose a way to haul its UTVs, Jagged X had a couple of trailers, but wanted something a bit more unique, with the ability to go almost anywhere they needed for race pit duties or for weekend fun. They chose to build up a customized 2005 Chevy 3500 Duramax that's outfitted with a utility bed stocked with tools and spares. The Jagged X-Polaris Racing truck is also equipped to haul a UTV on top of the bed.
We like the crafty combination, which is both highly functional and sharp looking to boot!