Thanks to the explosion of interest in weekend toys like watercrafts and UTVs, Rockford Fosgate has shifted its focus to provide customers with powersports and marine audio specific equipment, so that that they can play and listen to their favorite tunes. “They want it fast, fun and loud!” says Jake Braaten, a member of Rockford Fosgate’s product development team.
In 2012, Rockford Fosgate began partnerships with many SXS (side by side) manufacturers to create equipment for this specific powersports application “Project RZR” began with two employees of Rockford Fosgate - Braaten and Dan Hunter from their product development segment - testing and evaluating different materials and products that could work in both 2-seat and 4-seat Polaris RZRs. “This was no easy task considering the product has to withstand harsh UV, dirt, mud, sand, snow and any other destructive element you can think of,” Braaten says.
Braaten’s 2014 RZR XP4 1000, affectionately called the “Dirt Lab,” started by teaming up with TMW Offroad to begin the customization process from mild to wild with a few additions like a custom roll cage, doors, front and rear bumpers and custom roof. With all of the safety hardware in place, Braaten moved on to a full Rigid Industries lighting system, focusing on a theme that was meant to light up the sky and the UTV’s undercarriage with the addition of roof, bumper and accent lighting.
Some 30x10-14 Kahuna tires with 14x7 LiteLoc wheels were chosen for the overall performance enhancement, and provided the additional 1.5” of ground clearance over the factory tire size to clear some of the larger rocks in the Arizona desert. All performance mods came from long-time leader in SXS performance products Muzzys racing, while creature comforts like seats and billet accessories were provided by Triple X Performance and Axia alloys. But the look wasn’t complete without the addition of a wrap by Wolf Designs.
With the looks of the XP4 finished, it was time to make it loud. Braaten chose to use the Punch M2 version of Rockford’s Powersports speaker line to put a combination of 16 midranges and tweeters in custom-designed enclosures as well as integrated into the rear seats. A 10” Power Series subwoofer was favored to fill out the low frequencies and was molded into the front dash for a compact and space-saving fitment. The speakers are powered by three of the ultra-compact Power T400X2ad amplifiers that deliver a total of 1,200W, and is controlled by Rockford Fosgate’s RFXMR5BB Powersports-specific source unit, which handles Bluetooth and iPod control with ease.
Dan Hunter’s 2014 RZR XP 1000 2-seater has more of a “Split Personality” graphics theme created by Brand Smith and Rockford Fosgate designers. This custom designed rig began with a visit to Dragonfire Racing for all the safety and convenience features, in addition to a custom cage, bumpers and doors. Rigid Industries lighting is significant throughout the design and makes it fully capable for all late night activities. Hunter opted for 14” ITP wheels and Bajacross tires to make the stance just right and the upgraded Walker Evans shocks handles all of the suspension needs. Rugged Radio car-to-car communication products were added for multi-vehicle expeditions, so that drivers could still contact each other despite the aggressive blasting through its upgraded Muzzy exhaust and performance products.
After helping build Braaten’s XP4, Hunter selected a pair of Punch M1 Series full-range speakers and a single Prime Series 10” subwoofer, all from Rockford Fosgate’s Powersports line of products for his own RZR XP. With saving weight in mind, Hunter installed dual lightweight Punch BRT amplifiers to power the system. Bluetooth was made easy by a separated phone controlled module called the RFBTAUX that works perfectly in the off-road environment.
After many hours of research and development Rockford Fosgate’s test sleds have made their mark on the desert landscape and have launched more than 100 products specifically for the off-road enthusiast.
GEAR: 2014 RZR XP1000 (2 door)Audio System
- RM1652B Prime 6.5" Marine Full Range speakers in black
- RM110D4B Prime 10" dual 4-Ohm subwoofer in black
- PBR300X2 Punch 300W 2-Channel amplifier
- RFPEQU universal PEQ remote and line driver
- RFBTRCA universal Bluetooth to RCA adaptor
- Rugged Radio car-to-car radio w/ push to talk Intercom
- H22 Ultimate Carbon Fiber two-way headset
- RRP686 Revolution Series 2-4 Place Intercom w/ VOX capability.
- Rigid Industries Marine Grade SR 30” light bar, 6” light bar, dome lights, backup lights and rock lights
- ITP 14x7 Black Ops Dual Bead Locks w/ custom white rings
- ITP 30x10R-14 Bajacross Tires
- DragonFire Racing HighBack GT seats w/ custom Rockford Fosgate Logo H-Style Safety Belts
- Suede D Steering wheel w/ quick release
- Billet Shifter
- SS Side Mirrors
- Navigator Bar w/ custom pad cover
- Rear view mirror
- Muzzys dual exhaust system
- TMW Off-Road Cage, bumpers and doors
- The Brand Smith Co. Vehicle Wrap