— Inside the Can-Am Race Team machines —
After five of eight rounds of the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS), Cody Miller leads Pro Turbo UTV defending champ Cody Bradbury by 14 points and brother Hunter Miller by 16 points. Cody has a win and three seconds in his Maxxis XPS Maverick X3 X rs Turbo R, while Bradbury won the second round and has three thirds. Each has had a bad round, while Hunter has two podiums, two fourths and a 16th. The Miller Brothers Racing WORCS X3s are almost identical, and here are the modifications they’ve made for short-course racing. Cody also won the short-course portion of the 2019 UTV World Championships in his XPS X3.
ELKA, DOUBLE-E AND S3 SUSPENSION
Both X3 X rs Turbo R builds are by S3 Powersports, with S3 fabricating the cages ($995), front and rear bumpers, nerf bars ($355-$475), tie-rods ($295), billet high-clearance radius rods ($295), high-clearance A-arms ($1,049) and weld-in gussets for the trailing arms ($119). Both Millers use Elka Stage 5 shocks (2.5 front, 3.0 rear, $4,799.98), and Double E Racing tunes the shocks and the Double E Racing rear torsion bars ($650).
Double E’s wheel scrapers keep rocks from fouling the brakes and wheels. Miller Bros Racing also uses Keller Performance Products ball joints ($533.95), and Hess claims they are the strongest ball joints on the market with 4340 construction and a hardened body and stem. Teixeira Tech is also working on X3 suspension arms for the Millers.
S3 also arms the Can-Am X3 with a front shock tower brace ($295), front bulkhead ($249), front gusset kit ($295)and weld-in chassis gusset kit ($225).
HESS HANDLING AND STEERING
Hess Motorsports’ X3 2:1 steering quickener ($650) went on both cars, and Hess also has an X3 1.5:1 steering quickener. Hess’ 6-bolt quick-release steering wheel hub is $80, and the Hess flat steering wheel is another $80. Hess also did the radiator relocate kit by CBR with three fans ($1150), the rear radius rod plate ($160), and seal protectors for the transmission and secondary clutch ($50) on both X3s.
ENGINE MODS AND ARMOR
Both X3 Turbo Rs have an Evolution Powersports ECU programming ($549–$1149) and HMF Racing Titan SS exhaust ($909.95) for holeshot power, and diagnostics are monitored by an AiM MX X3 UTV plug-and-play system. The AiM MX uses GPS and Glonass constellations to calculate lap times to 1/100ths of a second, and it monitors and displays belt temperature, oil temperature or oil pressure from the ECU. Data is also downloadable to your PC, all for $599. Hess also sells billet Can-Am X3 steering rack supports for $480. They eliminate steering slop and bump-steer.
Miller Bros Racing arms its X3s for battle with DWT Sector beadlock wheels, 28×9-14 Maxxis Bighorns and Tire Balls. Hess has #2101 Tire Ball kits for 25- to 32-inch by 9-inch tires for $250 per tire. Factory UTV arms slickens the X3s’ soft underbelly for $702.95. XPS fluids protect the engine and drivetrain, and Evans waterless coolant rides in the CBR radiators.
MEETING WORCS UTV RULES
Both the #122 and #190 X3s sport auxiliary safety fuel cells in the passenger-side floorboards and connected to upgraded OEM fuel tanks. Both X3 seats were removed, and the drivers’ seats were replaced by Sparco seats and Impact harnesses. WORCS rules also require a fire extinguisher; Hess has a 1-pound unit for $180 and a 2.5-pound unit for $225. The Millers wear Sparco fire suits and Impact helmets, and they upgrade to Antigravity batteries.
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