Polaris XP4 1000 Gets A CageWrx Race Cage
Over the years, we have seen UTVs go from farm implements to all-out racing machines. Racers build these vehicles into competitive monsters with serious strength and durability. Those custom-built pieces then have a tendency to end up in the aftermarket by either inspiration or direct relation. CageWrx is what you get when life-long desert racers take to the aftermarket directly and aim to provide high-quality products at a better price.
Chad Ragland grew up in the desert-racing world thanks to his father, five-time Baja winner, Larry Ragland. When getting into UTVs, he and his father found that most of the parts were being hand-built by skilled fabricators, and thus expensive. Ragland and Danny Gormican started CageWrx and used CAD to not only design the parts they wanted to offer, but also utilized advanced machinery to mass-produce them. The result is safer rollcages and components for the UTV world.
“The biggest problem with factory cages is really two-fold,” Ragland explains. “Strength is below what we feel the UTV needs in terms of the speeds they are achieving, and they look terrible. We solve both issues by building a rollcage 100 percent in CAD and then using large-scale machines that produce parts to very close tolerances. This also allows us to sell our cages as kits, or as fully assembled ready-to-run rollcages.”
Specifically, CageWrx uses DOM 1020 steel material to build their cages, with a wall thickness of 0.095 inch. The exterior tubes are 1.75-inch with 1.25-inch tnterior tubes and CageWrx uses both MIG- and TIG-welding when constructing the cage. Fully assembled and powdercoated cages are available, or as stated, CageWrx will sell you the raw pieces, and you can weld it together yourself.
We had a chance to follow along with the install process and documented the install of a CageWrx Assembled Race Cage on a brand-new Polaris RZR XP4 1000. The install was done at Dependable Offroad in Anaheim, California. This is an easy job most can do at home (with a little help muscling the unit in place, of course) and CageWrx will drop ship a unit right to your door.