The worlds of Jeeps and UTVs are similar but distinct. Some Jeep owners also own UTVs and vice-versa, but for all intents and purposes, they are are different markets. However, Rugged Radios decided to blur the lines between the two genres by building this custom UTV based on a Polaris General and utilizing an original Willys grille and windshield to give it that extra measure of authenticity. Surprisingly, the Willys grille doesn’t look disproportionate on the Polaris, either showing how big UTVs have become or how petite the original Willys was. The custom fabrication was done by NVFab in Grover Beach, California.
Custom PRP low-back seats mimic the look of the original Willys seats, and grenade grips on the shifter and bed release add to the military theme, as do dual rear ammo boxes, one of which is actually a speaker. Assault Industries pitched in with their Tomahawk steering wheel and fire extinguisher mount. There’s even a vintage air raid siren to let people know you’re coming.
Rugged Radios commissioned the build to showcase its RRP660 Plus Bluetooth intercom with an RM50-MB mobile 50-watt multi-band UHF/VHF/CB and Ham radio. Navigation is provided by a Magellan eXplorist TRX7 GPS navigation system.
Other modifications and features include KC HiLites turn signals, XTC wiring harnesses, a winch with 50-foot Bubbarope synthetic line, Factor55 short drum comp fairlead, and ProLink XTV shackle and D-ring. The suspension got a 3-inch lift with Walker Evans Racing 2.5-inch coilover shocks with adjustable compression. Tires are 32-inch Ivan Stewart Edition by GMZ, mounted on 15-inch Casino GMZ beadlock wheels.
You can watch the full WWII-themed video about the build below.
Source: Rugged Radios