King of the Hammers is Near!
Its been a busy last couple of months and the X3 is finally nearing completion. We were recently able to perform the first round of testing and, luckily, can state that all of our changes have worked flawlessly. Particularly given the addition of our oversized/relocated Mishimoto race radiator and Mishimoto J-Line intercooler it was especially pertinent to make sure the engine cooperated appropriately. In performing this overhaul, we rerouted the airbox and fabricated a network of stainless steel CVT ducting. Many of the OEM cooling lines were rerouted or spliced into as well- this further underscored the importance of our operational testing.
Mishimoto Cooling- The Advantage
In the creation of our custom cooling setup, we opted to forgo the fanshroud and instead placed two Mishimoto slim fans on the aft side of the radiator. Our intent with the redundant fan setup is for low-speed, high demand rock crawling situations where natural flow is minimal. The triple redundant fan setup on the intercooler is intended for desert racing scenarios where the air charge is consistently warm. By adding these flow catalysts to the system, we are able to counter the effect of radiant heat from the muffler and cylinder head.
So What Happened?
Initially we anticipated an ECU complication with the E-Power Steering upgrade: fortunately, we resolved this the night prior and did not experience any issue during testing. Our manual fan override switches- for the setup discussed above, confused the auto-on function from the computer and tripped a temporary code. On the observation of temperatures, the CVT was operating very cool (under 145 degrees Fahrenheit) and radiator temps were lower than that of the stock configuration. Specific values will be posted when we setup numeric gauges (as opposed to the Can-Am ‘bar’ display on the HUD).
In this build, we were conscious of material placement in order to construct a highly desirable center of gravity. The cage is slightly lower, the gear-box skid plate is 16 gauge steel, and the Method wheels are 15″ as opposed to the factory 14″. Combined with a handful of other tactful items, the X3 now handles like an absolutely rigid machine. It is phenomenally planted to the track and corners with ease- short course racing will be a dream this season!
- Shock Therapy RIS Suspension
- PRP Alpha seats, window nets, limit straps, shock covers
- New Smart-Lok Front Axle Shafts
- Smart-Lok Overhaul
- Install of 32″ Sedona Rock-A-Billy Tires
Driver of the #428 Draco Motorsports Polaris RZR. Co-Driver for the #804 Can-Am X3 during King of the Hammers. Ultra4!!