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Monthly Archives: November 2019

  • The Best Can-Am UTV For Hunting

    Picking the right Can-Am UTV for your needs can be tricky. And while many of the side-by-sides offered by Can-Am are multifunctional and can work for things such as hunting, working, and playing, some of BPR’s machine’s are more suited for hunting than others. Be it things like exhaust noise, ground clearance, or bed space, a good hunting rig can be either bought stock, or modified to fit your needs. So without further ado, let’s dig into the nitty gritty and see which Can-Am vehicles are best for all ya’ll hunters out there. 

    Hunting With The Can-Am Commander

    The Can-Am Commander is a popular choice among riders looking to hunt and play. The problem with the commander, however, is bed space. The Commander is also not optimal for hunting because the seats are like those of a sports car, making it difficult getting in and out, especially when you're wearing big and bulky gear — never mind if you're overweight. The commander is great for ripping up the trails, but isn’t the best for hunting.

    That being said, we know guys who have brought out an entire moose plus camp and one other person on a Commander over 20 miles of mud and glacier fed rivers. They even take their Commanders Dall sheep hunting over some of the roughest country on earth — and they claim it’s an excellent hunting rig.

    Another caveat to the Commander as a hunting UTV is its aftermarket exhaust options. Some came with a muzzy exhaust, which are a little loud to take hunting. This exhaust definitely gives it a little more get and go, but if you’re hunting, you might want to consider swapping back to stock. 

    If you hunt deer with dogs in places such as southeast Georgia and need a dog box for the bed, the Commander may not be your preferred choice. And when compared to vehicles like the Defender, the Ranger, or the Viking, it has significantly less bed space. 

    We’ve seen Defender max owners that have retrofitted back seats with kennels for their dogs and more than enough bed space to haul out their kill. A lot of places seem to make boxes specific for Rangers, but there are a few decent looking custom boxes for the Commander and Defender. 

    Hunting With The Can-An Defender

    Yes the Can-Am Defender has a bigger bed and is definitely the ultimate workhorse of the BPR lineup, but some like to joke that Can-Am is trying to beat out Honda's Big Red for the ugliest UTV of all time. But despite the aesthetics, the Defender is a beast, and Honda can't even compete with the power and upgraded transmission and differentials. Sure it may not be pretty, but It’s ready to work and is reliable as heck. 

    With regards to modifications to your hunting rig, it doesn’t matter if you have the Commander, the Defender, or any other Can-Am, you can always throw on a few accessories to make your time on the hunt much easier. Of course gun mounts are a must, and full aluminum skid plates underneath will give you protection while you’re stalking your prey or heading to camp. Also make sure you get the kit that brings your vent into the cab if your riding in powder or your belt will slip or get destroyed.

    The Can-Am soft bag for the back of machine works great, but it wont work with rear windows, which is why many riders go with the headache rack. You can also instal a pre filter for the engine air intake and a module for the speedometer.

    In terms of hunting, both the Commander and Defender will do the trick, but most riders will agree that the reliability, added bed space, and nimbleness of the Can-Am Defender makes it the ultimate hunting machine!

  • An In-Depth Analysis Of The Can-Am RC and XRC

    If you’ve ever walked around the Can-Am RC buggy, you’ll be hard pressed to find a hint of a flaw. And while we hesitate to call any UTV a perfect machine, the Rock Crawling edition of the Can-Am is about as close as you can get — undoubtably one of the most underrated UTVs on the market. But while the RC and XRC are great rigs — both the 2019 and 2020 editions — everyone has their preferences. Yes there are cons in some people’s view, but the pros vastly outweigh them. So lets take a look at the Can-Am RC and see just what people like and dislike about it. 

    Pros And Cons Of The Can-Am RC

    When you look at the 2019 and 2020 models of the Can-Am RC you won’t see much of a difference. In fact, aside from the color, there is none. Ergo, both the 19 and 20 Can-Am RCs are great, all-around trail cars. As the name would suggest, the RC and XRC are perfect trail rigs. They can get you dang near anywhere you want to go, and are narrow enough for trails where Jeeps and other vehicles begin to scrape. Most people who ride the Can-Am RC will agree that it’s more capable than they are as drivers. 

    A major caveat that many riders have identified with the RC Can-Ams is that they are a bit hot in the cab on warm days and are also a tad noisy. This is easily fixed, however, by using automotive stick-on noise and heat tiles — which takes care of both issues simultaneously. Simply cover the firewall behind the seats completely and problem solved. You can use this sound and heat shield on the on the center console as well. It’s kind of like Dynomat for automotive applications, and works great — almost too good. But if you live in a climate where the weather is cold, you may want to forgo the heat shield in lieu of a Can-Am heater

    In addition to the heat, some riders also dislike the door release handles, saying that they are too flexible. We personally here at Everything Can-Am Offroad have driven the RC many times, and don’t really find that to be a problem. Besides, after you buy it, you can personalize it with a few mods and never look back. 

    The roll cage is also an issue of contention visa-vis the Can-Am RC. It’s a tall machine, and the elongated roll cage is a bit much for some. But like other components, you can easily get a custom cage built — be it chopping the factory cage or having a custom aftermarket cage made like the S3. 

    A few other accessories and components that could stand to be swapped out on the Can-Am RC are the seats — which are ok, but seem cheesy with the two-piece design — the lack of beadlock wheels and quick disconnect sway bars, and the tail light design. If you ask us, though, why would you be looking at the taillights? You should be driving. This is a rock crawling buggy, not a mall crawler out to win beauty shows with the coolest gadgets. Play hard and enjoy what this 20 grand machine can do. Besides, that’s what the aftermarket companies are for. Beard makes good seats, throw on some Fuel Offorad Beadlocks, LED bulbs in the headlights, remove the sway bars all together, and there you have it. When sat side-by-side with any Polaris or the Kawasaki krx, there’s really no comparison. 

    Ask any Can-Am RC owner and they’ll tell you that they love almost everything about their RC. Coming from people who’ve owned other UTVs, the Can Am XRC is nothing short of the best they’ve been in, ridden, crawled with and more. It will surely exceeded your every expectation.

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