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PROJECT: MIDWEST MAVERICK X3

— Building better from the best: By the staff of Dirt Wheels —

 

Jason Smith and his team at Midwest Performance & Power pulled 235 horsepower out of this Maverick X3 with the help of Evolution Powersports products.
Jason Smith and his team at Midwest Performance & Power pulled 235 horsepower out of this Maverick X3 with the help of Evolution Powersports products.

 

The UTV industry was almost sent into shock the day that the 2017 Can-Am Maverick X3 was released. The X3 X rs sports a width of 72 inches, which is a first for the stock UTV industry. On top of that they upped the suspension travel to an impressive 22 inches up front and 24 inches in the rear. It was only a matter of time before customized versions of the machine would start surfacing, and Jason Smith, owner of Midwest Performance & Power, was up to the challenge of making a unique version of the X3.

 

S3 Powersports built a custom roll cage with front intrusion bars to protect the driver and passenger of this powerful X3 X rs.
S3 Powersports built a custom roll cage with front intrusion bars to protect the driver and passenger of this powerful X3 X rs.

 

TOUGHENING UP

Jason knew that he wanted to drive his X3 hard, so there were specific areas that he wanted upgraded. He went to S3 Powersports to upgrade the suspension components in the front and rear of the machine, as well as strengthen the roll cage and roof. S3 designed heavy-duty high-clearance A-arms for the Can-Am that are thicker and stronger than stock. A gusset kit was installed to strengthen the front end, along with a bulkhead that can withstand frontal impacts. To finish off the front-end improvements, Jason installed S3’s heavy-duty billet tie-rods and a bushing kit, as well as Keller Performance Products heavy-duty upper and lower ball joints.

 

 Keller Performance Products makes heavy-duty ball joints that are fully serviceable, and each part can be replaced separately.
Keller Performance Products makes heavy-duty ball joints that are fully serviceable, and each part can be replaced separately.

 

The Maverick X3 x rs utilizes a trailing-arm system in the rear that was designed with three radius rods per trailing arm to help keep the arms from bending on side loads and impacts. Most other companies only use two radius rods per trailing arm. According to Jason, the Can-Am’s radius rods are still pretty easy to bend. Jason installed S3’s upper, lower and middle heavy-duty radius rods made out of solid pieces of aluminum. The lower rods are bent up to provide more clearance. He also installed a pull plate that bolts in place of the stock radius-rod mounting plate. And last, S3 custom-built a heavy-duty roll cage with front intrusion bars and roof for the Can-Am. Most stock roll cages can’t handle more than just a roll or two, and even if the cage doesn’t look bent after a roll, it should still be replaced. When you buy a strong roll cage, it will protect you far more and be a lot more durable.

 

Jason installed an Evolution Powersports Maptuner X programmer and Billet Maptuner X case onto this X3. The programmer controls the fuel-injection mapping system.
Jason installed an Evolution Powersports Maptuner X programmer and Billet Maptuner X case onto this X3. The programmer controls the fuel-injection mapping system.

 

Jason and his crew at Midwest designed a strong set of door frames and skins for the Maverick. The intent of this build wasn’t to simply look cool, but it was designed as a race build. The doors have to be as strong as the roll cage, and they are. The stock latching system was incorporated into the doors so they open and close easily.

 

 Midwest installed three-piece Sector beadlock wheels from DWT Wheels and Tires and wrapped them with ITP Ultracross tires.
Midwest installed three-piece Sector beadlock wheels from DWT Wheels and Tires and wrapped them with ITP Ultracross tires.

 

STRAIGHT FROM CAN-AM

Can-Am offers a large line of accessories for the X3 from multiple companies that are specifically tailored for the sport performance UTV. Beard designs seats that are more comfortable and containing than the stockers. They also provide Can-Am five-point harnesses that keep you securely strapped into the seats. Rugged Radios also paired up with the manufacturer to provide an intercom system that allows the driver and passenger to talk to each other. A tablet dash mount was installed on the Midwest X3, as well as a Particle Separator from S&B Filters. The Separator is a beneficial system that sucks in dirt and air, subtracts the dirt from the situation and feeds clean air to your intake to keep your UTV running stronger longer.

 

Midwest installed S3 Powersports’ heavy-duty A-arms, a bulkhead, bushings and a front gusset kit to make the front suspension components a lot stronger and less susceptible to damage.
Midwest installed S3 Powersports’ heavy-duty A-arms, a bulkhead, bushings and a front gusset kit to make the front suspension components a lot stronger and less susceptible to damage.

 

BRING ON THE POWER

The Maverick X3 has a powerful three-cylinder, four-stroke engine that provides 154 horsepower with the assistance of a turbocharger system. Jason is a big fan of big power, so he went to Evolution Powersports to up the ponies on his project. Evo’s Stage 5 injectors, silicone boost tubes, blow-off valve and a Stage 5 re-flash were incorporated on this build. A racing exhaust system with a closed-course option catalytic converter delete pipe were installed. Jason installed a V-flow intake system to get more air flowing and included a Maptuner X programmer and billet Maptuner X case. The case allows Jason to change the tuning from a softer output to a higher-performance output.

 

 The pinstriping was performed by Logan Benson of Benson Custom Upholstery and Rods. A racing exhaust system was installed on the Can-Am.
The pinstriping was performed by Logan Benson of Benson Custom Upholstery and Rods. A racing exhaust system was installed on the Can-Am.

 

When you increase the power of a CVT-equipped machine, you will need clutch work. A STM Powersports primary and secondary clutch kit was installed. The Midwest X3 Maverick can now put out around 235 horsepower straight to the wheels! Speaking of the wheels, 15-inch DWT three-piece Sector beadlock wheels were installed with ITP 32-inch-tall ITP Terracross R-Spec tires. This Maverick needs tires this large to manage the increased power output.

TESTING IT OUT

The first impression of driving this beast was the “put you through the back of your seat” power. Second, the noise the engine now made was almost magical. The exhaust note and blow-off valve serenade you the whole time you drive. It made us want to plant our foot down hard and not let off unless we had to. The ITP tires had great grip in most of the terrain we drove the X3 in, except for muddy sections. They struggled in that aspect because the lug pattern doesn’t have a great clean-out design.

 

You can purchase an S&B Particle Separator air-intake filtration system straight from the Can-Am accessory shop.
You can purchase an S&B Particle Separator air-intake filtration system straight from the Can-Am accessory shop.

 

The better ground clearance of the S3 parts was noticeable over rocks, ruts, logs and other trail debris. The Beard seats and harness system kept us comfortable and secure inside the

 

Beard Seats teamed up with Can-Am to create seats for the X3 that are more comfortable and hold you in place better. Five-point racing harnesses were installed on the Can-Am.
Beard Seats teamed up with Can-Am to create seats for the X3 that are more comfortable and hold you in place better. Five-point racing harnesses were installed on the Can-Am.

 

Midwest doors and S3 roll cage. The only upgrade we felt was needed on this build was suspension, a bit of tuning or a re-valve would have been helpful, but the stock shocks are already great out of the box.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Jason Smith and his company, Midwest Performance & Power, have built many custom machines, and four of them have graced the pages of Dirt Wheels. Each one is unique and generally powerful, and his X3 build comes close to topping them all. The Pearl White and orange color scheme from Barnes Auto Body and Powdercoat Plus is killer-looking, and Darkside Tint & Graphix did a great job on the decal work. Logan Benson used a steady hand and pinstriped the X3’s front end, trailing arms and more, which gave a nice little touch to the design. Keep up with Dirt Wheels to see more awesome project builds like this one.

 

MIDWESTX3_PRICELIST

 

PARTS LIST

Can-Am 2017 Maverick X3 X rs: $26,899

Barnes Auto Body paint: $4200

Benson Upholstery & Rods pinstriping by Logan Benson: $475

Rugged Radios driver/passenger intercom system: $449

Beard Racing seats: $999

Beard 5-point harnesses: $420

Tablet dash mount: $149

S&B Particle Separator: $399

Darkside Tint & Graphix

DWT 15-in. Sector 0 offset race rims: $393 each

ITP 32×10-15 Terracross R-spec tires: $197.95 each

Midwest Performance custom steel frame doors with aluminum skins: $795

Powder Coating Plus powdercoat: $1250

STM Powersports primary and secondary clutches: $2100

Evolution Powersports:

Stage 5 re-flash (e85 114-octane tune)

Stage 5 injectors

Silicone boost tubes

Blow-off valve

Cat delete pipe

Race exhaust

Maptuner X programmer

Billet Maptuner X case

V-flow intake system: $2999 altogether

Keller Performance Products:

Upper ball joints: $136.99

Lower ball joints: $129.99

S3 Powersports:

Custom roll cage with front intrusion bar: $1500

Aluminum roof: $395

HD front A-arms: $850

HD front gusset kit: $299

HD billet tie-rods: $150

HD billet rear upper rods: $295

HD billet rear middle rods: $395

HD billet rear lower rods: $395

HD bulkhead: $495

Delrin bushing kit: $120

CONTACTS

Benson Custom Upholstery and Rods: Facebook

Barnes Auto Body: (319) 524-7825

Can-Am: www.can-am.brp.com

Darkside Tint & Graphix: Facebook

DWT Racing: www.dwtracing.com

Evolution Powersports: www.evopowersports.com

ITP Tires: www.itptires.com

Keller Performance Products: www.kellerperformanceproducts.com

Powder Coat Plus: www.powdercoatplus.info

STM Powersports: www.stmpowersports.com

S3 Powersports: www.s3powersports.com

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