After attending a number of events around the Southeast, we have come to notice that a few hardcore partiers in the South Florida mud scene show up to each and every event with a big crew of hot girls, some high-dollar toys, and a whole lotta confidence. These off-road rebels are an intricate part of this ever-growing mud scene and are making all the other madness seem a little less extreme.
It's hard to focus on an intense 2½-ton truck that's racing when something like Mike Ammons' party buggy is cruising around. He's always blasting music while some of the hottest mud girls in the park are booty-shaking in bikinis. This is a crew that sets out to have a party in the mud and they don't care what anyone has to say about it. They are usually the first ones to unload their rigs on Friday and the last ones to drag their muddy machines home on Sunday, and they love every minute of it.
Over the past few years these extremely fun mud events have exploded in size and popularity. The attendance that these events pull in is constantly on the rise, and the area needed to accommodate the incoming wave of mudders has been expanding rapidly. After a few long walks from camp to camp around the mud pit at night, Mike decided to pull the trigger on the purchase of a Can-Am Commander side-by-side he saw advertised in a recent issue of Mud Life.
Clearly the Can-Am is a capable machine straight from the factory, but Mike was dead-set on making his stand out. Before the brand-new '13 Can-Am Commander was even delivered, Mike had his team at East Coast Customs order a bunch of performance goodies and the biggest lift kit they could find. Once they made a few phone calls and spent a couple bucks, a 6-inch suspension was on its way from CATVOS (Custom ATV of Shreveport) in Louisiana. With the lift installed, Mike made a few measurements and decided on a set of 34-inch Terminator tires wrapped around 15-inch MotoSport Alloys M12 Diesel Wheels from Super ATV in Madison, Indiana. Next they added some beefy axles, a custom snorkel kit, and an EFI tuner, all from Gorilla Axle in Monroe, Louisiana. Helping the ride quality will be a new pair of Fox shocks at each corner and some factory fender flares from Can-Am.
To finish off the extreme build, East Coast Customs slapped on a Can-Am windshield and the Aluminum roof from UTV Products. Mike would like this ridiculously cool-looking Can-Am to be street legal, but a long list of vehicle codes, a set of side-view mirrors, and a lack of Florida registration papers will keep it in the mud. Mike has more plans for this rig but for now, it's time to party!