RACE BUILDS: MATT BURROUGHS’ #1 X3 & KADEN WELLS’ #1 RZR
Inside the SCORE Pro Turbo and Pro NA champs’ UTVs By the staff of Dirt Wheels
In the 2022 four-race SCORE Baja championship series, Matt Burroughs clinched the Pro Forced-Induction UTV title, scoring fourth-place finishes in the San Felipe 250, Baja 400 and the Baja 1000, and ninth at the Baja 500 in his Monster Maverick X3. He was fifth in overall points behind Trophy Truck and Trophy Truck Spec 1-2s. Kaden Wells topped the Pro NA UTVs with a pair of thirds in the 250 and 500, and wins at the 400 and 1000 in his Risq Racing RZR XP 1000. The four-time champ scored 20 straight podiums in Pro NAs and switched to the Pro R for 2023. We had a chance to check out both the #2948 X3 and #1995 RZR during SCORE Contingency.
KADEN WELLS’ RISQ RACING RZR XP 1000
We caught up to Dad, crew chief and mechanic Travis Wells at the 400, who told us that the family was already building Kaden’s factory Polaris Pro R. The Risq Racing XP 1000 was built in-house with Risq Racing’s weld-on frame gussets ($325 front, $325 rear), race cage, doors, roof and ball-joint cups ($200). RisqRacing.com has a full gusset kit that includes front and rear gussets and the ball-joint cups for $750. Stock RZR lower A-arms and trailing arms also get weld-on gusset/skid plates. Fox Factory remote-reservoir rear shocks and piggyback front shocks have Fox Factory springs and Vital Motion tuning, and they’re protected by SealSavers. Kartek limiting straps also protect the rear shocks. A Summers Brothers rear torsion bar was set on the softest setting for the Baja 400. Axles, carriers and hubs are stock RZR, and the build has a radiator relocate with CBR radiator and a Risq Racing oil-cooler kit ($600).
Kaden’s RZR has Simpson seats and harnesses, PCI radio comms and clean-air pumper, Juan’s window nets, a Sparco steering wheel, and Hess Motorsports 4×4 over-ride and EPS reset switches. The RZR T-bar is replaced with a mount for the Lowrance GPS, and the mount has Odi grips on uprights for the co-pilot. Race video is by Turn 2 Video. An UMP aluminum air filter, housing and ram-air intake ride behind the rear firewall and in front of the CBE radiator. Even the exhaust is stock, and the bed is filled with an Assault Industries spare-tire carrier and Savage UTV first-aid and CVT belt carriers. Tensor 32×10-15 race tires ride on Method beadlock race wheels. Assault’s Sidewinder convex mirrors ($309.95) and Baja Designs’ LP9 Pro LED on the front bumper handle rear and night vision. A Dynojet fuel tuner has a DW Performance race tune.
MATT BURROUGHS’ #2948 MONSTER MAVERICK X3
Matt Burroughs’ Monster Maverick X3 sports Cognito 72-inch, OEM-replacement, boxed-steel trailing arms ($2,669.95); Uniball replacement, boxed upper A-arms ($1,449.95); camber-adjustable lower A-arms ($849.95); high-clearance billet radius rods; radius-rod plate ($124.95); and Boxo tool roll ($385). The Alsup build has a race cage with an extended rear bumper and enclosed spare carrier. The bed is deleted, and a larger intercooler rides upright behind the driver’s seat with a large cooling fan. Above that, an aluminum ram-air box ducts cooling air to the CVT.
To the right, an Alsup radiator relocate with larger radiator and large fan cool the Evo Powersports-tuned triple. The Evo exhaust has an extension to clear the rear box, and it’s wrapped with DEI heat insulation. The plastic Donaldson air box is replaced by an aluminum air box. Alsup also fabricated the Lowrance mount and T-bar for Zach Burroughs.
Axles are by Summers Brothers, and the hubs are ZRP, along with the ball joints. Brake calipers are J.Juan ($749.95 each), and tires are System 3 33×9.5R15 RT320s on OMF bead-lock race wheels. Shocks are Factory Fox RC2 IBP Race Series with ESC-2 finned remote reservoirs out back. Eibach’s rear sway bar is set on the stiffer setting, and the stock X3 steering box and Smart-Lok front diff are used. SealSavers shock guards protect the shafts from roost, and the CVT belt is GBoost. Assault’s Ruxak carries the tire-changing tools, and the jack is AMG. A Fuel Safe 30-gallon racing
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