FUSE RENEGADE RACKS
The Can-Am Renegade 800 is outrageous. It makes crazy power, it goes incredibly fast and it sounds so sexy it can make married men feel oddly unfaithful. It’s the most extreme 4×4 ATV on the market, and we love it.
But while we’re ranting about the virtues of the big V-twin, we have to occasionally press the reality-check button. It’s a 4×4, a class that usually falls under the heading of utility vehicles. As such, it sometimes is drafted into work detail. That’s a problem, because the Renegade was designed with sport and speed in mind—not utility. There isn’t so much as a cupholder on the machine, much less provisions for carrying stuff. We needed racks on our 800, just so it could carry its own supplies on camping trips.
We put the utility back into the sport utility Renegade 800 with racks from Fuse Powersports.
Fuse Motorsports is company based in Minnesota with a solution for our dilemma. This company makes a number of things that increase the hauling capability of ATVs, like rack extensions, drop boxes and winch accessories. The products that interested us in this case were the front and rear racks for the Renegade.
We’re leary of most aftermarket racks. When you put big platforms on a quad that wasn’t designed to have them, you can have bad results. They can damage the vehicle with poor design and have limited capacity. That wasn’t the case with Fuse’s stuff. The front rack was the most elaborate, because it had to have a special bracket mounted underneath the bodywork. It actually connects right to the top shock mounts, so there’s no issue crushing bodywork that wasn’t made to support the weight. The rack itself isn’t very big. Clearly Fuse didn’t want to mess up the sporty appearance of the machine, but the capacity is rated at 60 pounds, which is a conservative estimate; we carried more without trouble. We mounted it in about 30 minutes. Everything lined up and fit within a margin that we consider acceptable.
When mounted up, the front rack looks like original equipment. It’s even somewhat stylish, as you might expect on something like the Renegade.
The rear rack is simpler in construction. Can-Am actually provides decent mounting locations in this case, so installation is easier, and no bodywork has to be removed. The rack itself is about the same size as the front—not large by the standard of true utility quads, but good enough to carry a bale of hay or a full-size ice chest. If you plan on carrying a deer out of the woods, you’re probably out of luck.
The rear rack for the Renegade goes on easily and doesn’t interfere with the rider, no matter what he’s doing or how fast he’s doing it.
SPORT UTILITY AT LAST
With both racks in place, the Renegade becomes much more versatile. You can take it camping or it can carry a toolbox, but it’s no Outlander. Aside from the smallish size, the racks are bare bones, with no provisions for tie-downs or bungees. The front rack isn’t even level. Fuse gave it an angle in the interest of style.
Still, we wouldn’t have it any other way. The Renegade wouldn’t be a Renegade if it was burdened with heavy luggage. With the Fuse products, it still keeps its personality as the king of 4x4s.
The front rack sells for $129.95 and the rear is $114.95. You can learn more at www.fuse-powersports.com, or by calling (763) 689-4800.