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Crutchfield's Polaris Ranger Hits Its Mark


Matt Holliday

Matt Holliday was one of Crutchfield's ace car enthusiasts for several years. He brought a lifetime of knowledge and experience to our team. He has since left the company to join the family business and pursue other interests.

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Crutchfield teamed with Kicker to turn a Polaris Ranger into a tailgating monster.

When Crutchfield decided to create a vehicle to deliver promotional items to fans at local college football games, we knew we had to create something that really lets people know what we are all about. This couldn't be any ordinary golf cart; it needed to be unique and impressive, and it had to have a slammin' system.

The Ranger sports some heavy-hitting Kicker components.

We started with the Polaris Ranger, an off-road two-seater that's big enough and tough enough to carry all our gear and the payload of great sound we were about to install. The Ranger came equipped with extra storage boxes, a winch, brushguard and side nerf bars. The entire rig was sent off to Iron Cross automotive in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the one-off paint job and powder coating.

The custom paint job makes this Ranger stand out in the crowded parking lot.

Since the Ranger didn't come equipped with a sound system, we turned to Kicker to make the beast roar. Kicker installed RS 65.2 component speakers in custom Thermal enclosures to take care of the highs and mids. These speakers are the newest in Kicker's lineup and were made to stand up to the elements, perfect for our all-terrain terror. The speaker pods were mounted to the top of the roll cage with Monster Tower brackets from and Kicker speaker wire. The entire install was done so that all wires run through the cage, so nothing is exposed to bad weather.

Kicker used their latest and greatest to make the Ranger wail.

The system wouldn't be complete without some gut-shaking bass to let folks know we are coming, so Kicker threw in a 12-inch Solobaric L7 in a ported enclosure. This gives the Ranger more than enough boom to announce our arrival halfway accross the crowded parking lot.

The Solobaric L7 is a proven performer that hits low and hard.

To feed the speakers, the Ranger sports about 2,300 total watts of power. A Kicker KX650.4 amplifier pushes the component speakers, while a KX1200.1 drives the sub. The amps are housed on a specially fabricated steel rack under the hood. The entire system draws power from a Stinger SPB2150 battery and Stinger 60 amp power supply mounted in one of the Ranger's storage bins, and is completely independent of the Polaris factory charging system.

The Kicker amps were mounted on a custom bracket under the Ranger's hood.

Stinger components keep the high end system running strong.

A Kenwood Excelon KVT-717DVD was placed in the dash to run the show, as well as both SIRIUS and XM satellite radio tuners. This gives the Polaris the ability to play CDs, DVDs, and pick up more than 200 satellite radio channels. This ensures everyone around the Ranger is treated to everything from movies to great sports radio.

The Kenwood Excelon KVT-717DVD makes sitting still in the Ranger just as entertaining as rolling through the lot.

Kicker didn't supply all of the firepower for our Ranger; Spudtech modified a potato launcher to toss T-shirts to lucky fans.

With such a sweet system in a mean machine, we wouldn't be content just passing out goodie bags. The Ranger was outfitted with a heavily modified SP93X potato launcher from, so we could send T-shirts to our fans on the other side of the parking lot. It's attached to the roll cage using one-off aluminum brackets from Sheet Metal Enterprises in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and fed air from a tank mounted to the rear hitch.

The air tank for the T-shirt launcher is mounted behind the custom-cut Kicker logo.

Kicker paid a lot of attention to detail, knowing we would be beating the Ranger pretty hard. To make room for all of the stereo equipment, the Ranger's electric switches had to be relocated and a complete custom dash fabricated. The oil reservoir was relocated with custom heavy-duty brackets, and a custom enclosure for the air tank was made complete with a cut-out Kicker logo.

An eager crowd prepares to receive a flying T-shirt from our SP93X.

The Ranger rides on optional Polaris chrome rims, and Varad supplied blue and orange LED lighting to cast a cool glow under the ride, as well as backlighting the Kicker logo. The work and craftsmanship put into this project really show in the final product. This one-of-a-kind Ranger gets tons of attention wherever it goes, and it's deserved. It sounds great, looks menacing, and can shoot a T-shirt into the stratosphere. What more could we ask for?

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