Our RTI ramp is merciless, revealing weaknesses in any machine’s suspension. Our Can-Am Maverick X3 X RS Turbo RR found that out first hand when it turned up an embarrassing 372.5 on its stock wheels and tires. But that was over a year ago, and since then, the mighty Can-Am has come a long way. The 35-inch BFGoodrich KM3 tires and 15-inch KMC beadlock wheels have transformed the machine, letting us tackle some truly insane obstacles. We felt like it was time for a rematch with the ramp, and while we were at it, we wanted to explore how things like tire pressure and sway bars impact a machine’s articulation.
We expected the X3 to do better than before. We just weren’t prepared for how much it would improve. We started with the 35s inflated to a laughable 46 psi. Even so, the X3 demolished its old record. Deflating to 8 psi gained the rig another personal best, and detaching the rear sway bar saw our X3 max out the RTI ramp. For a vehicle that couldn’t manage to climb more than 39 inches before lifting a wheel, that ain’t bad.
We’re gonna need a bigger ramp.
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