— After retiring from the Navy, Larry Carrier got to enjoy trail riding his well-used Honda Rancher ATV, but he really wanted a UTV. When the Wildcat Trail 700 came out, he got one and loved it, and he enjoyed UTVing so much, he soon stepped up to a Wildcat X 1000. MLS Powersports in Georgetown, Kentucky, held a contest as part of one of its Wicked Wildcat Weekend rides where the winner’s machine would be completely customized, and Larry won! MLS Powersports talked to Larry about the kind of riding he liked and his styling preferences for his machine and went crazy on a full frame-up build.
EVERYTHING NEW IS NEW AGAIN
When Carrier won the contest, his Wildcat X was still a low-hour machine, but MLS Powersports reconditioned it in addition to customizing it. The Wildcat was completely disassembled, the frame was inspected and powdercoated and MLS Powersports fabricated a new custom cage for it. As it was rebuilt, all the worn parts—from brakes to bushings—were replaced. Steering and driveline parts like the tie-rods, axles and even the steering rack were replaced with new high-performance parts from Pace, MLS and SuperATV.
That was only the start of the upgrades. Fox RC2 shocks replaced the stock suspension. Sedona Rockabilly 30×10-14 tires on No Limit wheels added style and traction. New Arctic Cat full doors, skid plates and A-arm guards protect the show-quality machine.
Larry finds the 1000 has plenty of power for the Kentucky trails he rides most often, but a Big Gun exhaust cuts weight, adds more muscle and has a meatier sound.
To make the machine look and feel completely new, PRP seats with PRP belts replaced the stockers and a DragonFire Racing steering wheel was added. The all-new bodywork was treated to AMR Racing graphics. LED lights from Sirius and Awesome were added to make night rides as fun as daytime adventures. A Boss Audio sound system brings Carrier’s favorite music along for the ride.
LIVING THE DREAM
Larry Carrier thought his Wildcat X was perfect until MLS Powersports customized it and turned it into his dream UTV. It’s a show-worthy machine, but Larry enjoys riding it every chance he gets, and he says it has performed flawlessly on every ride.
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CONTACT AND PARTS LIST:
Contact: www.mlspowersports.com or (855) 794-6541
—MLS Powersports custom cage and powdercoating: $3000
—MLS rack and pinion upgrade: $499
—Sirius 30-inch light bar for the rear (backing up): $299
—40-inch awesome off-road light bar up front: $349
—2 awesome off-road cubes (under fenders): $96.99
—Arctic Cat fire bar up front for rock climbing: $199.95
—Pace off-road tie- rods and sway bar: $279.99
—Arctic Cat A-arm guards: $225.99
—Arctic Cat full UHMW skid plate: $679.99
—Arctic Cat all-new plastics: $1060
—Arctic Cat full doors: $546.99
—PRP custom seats: $850
—PRP four-point harnesses $229
—DragonFire quick-release coupler and racing steering wheel: $270.54
—No Limit wheels: $580
—Sedona Rockabilly tires 30×10-14: $800
—Fox RC2 and 2.5 shocks: $1499.95
—AMR Racing graphics custom graphics: $399.99
—Big Gun full exhaust: $869.99
—Bad Dawg rear storage box: $329
—Arctic Cat gauge cluster: $300
—SuperATV axles: $799.80
—Arctic Cat trailerable cover: $299.99
—Boss Audio System: $359
Additional parts added by owner:
—High Lifter upper and lower radius arms: $299.95. Powdercoated red by MLS: 159.95
—Ricochet off-road trailing arm guards: $219.99
—Arctic Cat shoulder bag: $71.99
—Arctic Cat arm rest: $19.99
—12mm upgraded studs and lug nuts: $62
—Warn under-hood winch mount: $164.99
—Seizmik Pursuit side mirrors: $139.99
—Badlands 5000-pound winch: $199.99
—Seat heaters: $49.99