2014 Can-Am Maverick
Max X RS
At Side By Side Stuff, we love it when we come across women who are UTV enthusiasts and get excited when they are involved in designing and building a custom rig. As the sport of Side by Sides continues to explode, we are excited to see more and more women owning and building their own rigs. One of those women is Amber Free; she owns today’s featured ride.
We ran across Amber Free’s stunning 2014 Can-Am Maverick while attending the Mud Nationals this year. It was on display next to the Can-Am semi hauler in the Can-Am booth and was a real show stopper. We took pictures of her “Lollipop Pink” and black 4-seater but never did get a chance to talk to her about it in hopes of doing a featured ride on her rig. Just by chance we were introduced to Amber and her husband, Josh, while attending “Muddin’ for the Military” at Muddy Bottoms ATV and Recreational Park last month and got the opportunity to chat with her.
This tricked out Maverick is an extension of Amber’s personality. With 5 kids, three being triplets, Amber needed a 4 seat machine and she knew she wanted it to be big, bold and stand out. Amber says that she loves pink and came up with the idea of using an understated color like black for the base and the “Lollipop Pink” would be used to set this machine off, and it works. The color combination is eye catching and extremely classy looking; it has a feminine touch while still being bad ass. We love the styling of her machine. It’s a real head turner, especially with her behind the wheel.
When the Free’s purchased the Maverick, they took it right to S3 PowerSports and that’s where the project started. S3 modified and then removed the roll bar to get it powder coated, “Lollipop Pink”. S3 fabricated the custom nerf bars and installed one of their 8” lift kits on Amber’s Can-Am. They removed all of the stock yellow plastic and painted it flat black. S3 also installed one of their front bumpers with a 5,000 lb fiber winch. A set of new rims and 32′ Terminator tires were installed to get it even more lift.
Amber added a few tricks to the power plant as well. The factory Can-Am clutch system was totally reworked by Adam Harvey at Airdam Clutches. A CV Tech roller style primary clutch was added to give her rig better belt clamping action and more low-end torque. A STM secondary roller clutch was added as well, allowing her to maintain peak rpm and peak power when it is needed, like in deep Louisiana mud. A sweet looking set of R.J.W.C. exhaust was added to the machine to give it a few more ponies, as well as a deep smooth throaty sound.
After the powder coating was done, a lift kit was added and yellow plastic was painted, it was time for new custom graphics. Kyle at In Style Designs put together a fantastic splatter paint looking design using pink, black and white. The graphics are perfect, very eye catching and bold without being too busy and gaudy. Kyle even added several monograms for Amber including a large one on her Brute Box cooler and as Amber says, “everything should be monogrammed.”
All the details were considered when Amber and Josh were building this rig. The interior of her Maverick got the treatment as well. All of the stock yellow and white vinyl was removed from the factory seats. Custom Seats of Louisiana transformed the seats by adding pink alligator vinyl accents that really set the interior off and show attention to detail. Pro Armor harnesses were also added to keep Amber and her passengers safely strapped in when it’s play time.
As more people get into this sport, we hope to see more women like Amber get excited about the process of designing and building a custom rig that highlights their personality. It’s fun to see what people create and with some help, the Free’s created a work of art.