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MTX Custom 2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Project - Part 3

One week and counting until Camp RZR West in the Glamis Dunes and our Custom 2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo with custom UTV audio system is coming together.

MTX Polaris Custom Build Part 3 - 1

We spent a lot of the past week painting body panels, customizing bumpers, and welding up our Cage Wrx roll cage.  When if first arrived to us, it was a box of pre-bent and pre-coped raw metal tubing. After putting this puzzle together, a couple tack welds, and little bit of muscle, we were ready to finish weld the cage and get it painted.

MTX Polaris Custom Build Part 3 - 2
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While all that was going on, we were also able to start working on the wiring and electronic upgrades. We can’t show you anything yet, but let’s just say this RZR XP Turbo will have more LED and strobe lighting than the NASA space station.

MTX Polaris Custom Build Part 3 - 5

We’ve got a lot of other painted parts ready to put back together and, oh yeah… The most important upgrade of them all… The audio system!

MTX Polaris Custom Build Part 3 - 6
 
MTX Polaris Custom Build Part 3 - 7

The wiring and installation of the audio system has begun!

MTX Polaris Custom Build Part 3 - 8

Custom painted MUD6SPBT Universal Bluetooth Speaker System

MTX Polaris Custom Build Part 3 - 9

We’re also installing an undisclosed quantity of WET8CWB 8” Compression Driver speakers to the cage. Let’s just say that we are confident this audio system will have plenty of output to complement the 144 horsepower turbo charged engine.

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We’ve got some wiring to finish up, some wheels and tires to mount, and a roof and new exhaust to install yet, but we’re really looking forward to showing this baby off in Glamis. That’s when all the early mornings and late nights will be worth it. Stay tuned!

MTX Custom 2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Project - Part 2

With CampRZR West in Glamis, CA just a couple weeks away, the build of our 2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo is all hands on deck. Just a couple days after the first write up of this blog, our receiving dock was slammed with shipment after shipment of Kanati Mud Hog tires, PRP seats, and crates full of parts arriving all day long.

MTX Polaris Custom Build Part 2 - tires

Kanati Mud Hog 31x10 truck tires for our 15” wheels coming soon!!!

MTX Polaris Custom Build Part 2 - parts

If you saw this RZR in our first article, you probably noticed the orange trim and components. Well… If you look for an orange 2016 RZR XP Turbo in Glamis, you won’t find ours.  We’re talking a total color change including these custom RZR seats from PRP.

MTX Polaris Custom Build Part 2 - tires

We’re even swapping out the stock orange rear suspension components for these high clearance upgrades from Polaris.

MTX Polaris Custom Build Part 2 - suspension

Body panels are being painted with Custom Shop Hot Rod Flatz Ice Blue over Silver Metallic to make the color change complete.

MTX Polaris Custom Build Part 2 - body panels

So I bet you’re saying to yourself… “Self… All these custom cosmetic upgrades are cool, but where’s the audio system that MTX Audio is known for?”

Don’t worry… we’ve definitely got that end covered. But for now, all we can say is we had to make a call to our friends at XS Power and get a couple batteries because we are going to need the extra power.

MTX Polaris Custom Build Part 2 - batteries

Stay tuned! More info about the build up of this incredible machine coming soon…

JIM BEAVER'S DOWN & DIRTY VEHICLES IN FORZA HORIZON 2 FOR XBOX

We've been gettin' dirty since before gettin' dirty was cool. We've been riding, driving, and ditch bangin' through dirt, mud, and anything else that gets in our way and our new category of motorsports audio products has teamed us up with a bunch of great people along the way. Through our involvement in off-road racing, we teamed up with Jim Beaver's Down & Dirty Show, the #1 Action Motorsports Radio Show on the planet, along with our friends at Polaris.

Jim Beaver wearing MTX Audio iX1 headphonesJim is an off-road truck racer himself so naturally, our paths crossed at some events recently and he has become such a fan of MTX AUDIO that he included us on the sponsor decals of his rally car and his #15 Trick Truck that have been recreated to be in the Forza Horizon 2 video game on XBox One. Now we're gettin' dirty in the virtual world too!

Jim Beaver Raptor truck

 

 

 

Both vehicles will feature custom performance tunes to dominate in-game racing at home and online. The two vehicles give in-game vehicle options to fans of both off-road and rally racing. The Raptor even provides Rigid LED lighting for racing at night and both feature wheels from KMC Wheels and their sister brand, Motegi. Other brands involved in making these vehicles as realistic as possible include General Tire, Polaris RZR, DirtFish, Gibson Exhaust, Ford Performance, Royal Purple, Impact, MSD Performance, Jamar Brakes, Ntensetees, Parker Motor Company, Empire Destructive, and of course, MTX AUDIO.

 Jim Beaver Raptor 2 Jim Beaver rally car

 

 

 

 

 

Instructions from Jim himself on how to download and tune these vehicles are listed below:

Raptor download instructions:

**You must have Xbox One, Forza Horizon 2 and the "G-SHOCK CAR PACK"**

In game enter any "Horizon Hub",  then select "AUTO SHOW", then scroll over to the "2013 Shelby Ford F-150 SVT Raptor" and press the A button, then press the "back" or "search" button, then scroll down to "DESCRIPTION" and hit the A button and insert "Jim Beaver's Down and Dirty Radio Show Raptor" or any part of that, also they can put "BDI" to locate the paint as well. Select the paint. This cost 76,500 in game credits. Then exit the "AUTO SHOW"

Raptor tune:

After you get the paint stay in the "Horizon Hub" and goto "GARAGE". Then goto "TUNING" then press the "back" or "Setup manager" button. Then select "LOAD SETUP".  Then press the "back" or "Search" button,  then scroll down to "DESCRIPTION" and hit the A button and insert "Jim Beaver's Down and Dirty Radio Show Raptor" or any part of that, also they can put "BDI" to locate the "Jim Beaver tune". Load the tune, this will cost 17,195 in game credits.

Focus ST download instructions:

**You must have Xbox One, Forza Horizon 2**

In game enter any "Horizon Hub",  then select "AUTO SHOW", then scroll over to the "2013 Ford Focus ST" and press the A button, then press the "back" or "search" button, then scroll down to "DESCRIPTION" and hit the A button and insert "Jim Beaver's Down and Dirty Radio Show Focus" or any part of that, also they can put "BDI" to locate the paint as well. Select the paint. This cost 31,500  in game credits. Then exit the "AUTO SHOW"

Focus ST tune:

After you get the paint stay in the "Horizon Hub" and goto "GARAGE". Then goto "TUNING" then press the "back" or "Setup manager" button. Then select "LOAD SETUP".  Then press the "back" or "Search" button,  then scroll down to "DESCRIPTION" and hit the A button and insert "Jim Beaver's Down and Dirty Radio Show Focus" or any part of that, also they can put "BDI" to locate the "Jim Beaver tune". Load the tune, this will cost 42,361 in game credits.

Subwoofer Surrounds: The Inverted Apex Advantage
MTX Inverted Apex Surround Animation

MTX Inverted Apex Surround

Traditional Half-Roll Surround Animation

Traditional Half Roll Surround

All MTX car subwoofers are now designed using a high performance, Inverted Apex Surround design. The surround is the material around the cone that connects to the basket allowing the cone to move up and down from its rest position in proportion to the voice coil travel.

Working similarly to the way an accordion compresses, the Inverted Apex Surround is built to fold in at the edges when de-energized, but still extending up or down as the music plays.

Most subwoofers use the traditional half-roll surround where the cone surface is attached to the basket with material wrapped in a single half circle. The circumference of the half circle provides the length available to extend the cone up or down as the circle straightens, moving the cone surface up and down to generate sound waves.

The Inverted Apex Surround design uses four folds using less space around the cone compared to the half-roll design. This surround construction provides the same extension distance in half of the width used by a half-roll surround.

The Inverted Apex Surround design provides two significant advantages over traditional, half-roll surround designs:

  • More Volume (SPL)
    • The volume of sound (Sound Pressure Level) is proportional to the volume of air moved per subwoofer cycle and the volume of air moved is a result of the one-way extension measurement (typically Xmax) times the cone surface area (proportional to usable diameter).
    • The Inverted Apex Surround increases the cone surface area by using about half the diameter of surround width.
    • SPL is increased per a given subwoofer diameter.
    • The Inverted Apex Surround moves symmetrically through both positive and negative cycles.

Subwoofer SPL Calculation

  • Music Sounds Better
    • Half roll surrounds have an inherent “snap-through” distortion that occurs in the surround due to the physics of its action. (See the wrinkles in the animation)
    • Better construction methods and materials can limit this distortion but the Inverted Apex Surround eliminates this problem, resulting in better sound quality.
    • non symmetric  motion control

The MTX engineering team works on constant development of material construction techniques to overcome this complex linearization process, so you get extremely accurate music reproduction while still maximizing SPL.

Car Subwoofers: SPL or SQ?

A common buzzword used in the car audio world is car subwoofer SQ or Sound Quality. SQ is much more difficult to quantify than say, SPL, the sound pressure level (the boom in subwoofer). Although there is no hard spec that identifies SQ, it is always good to talk about sound quality in a car sub.MTX 95 Series Car Subwoofer

If we define subwoofer SQ as the accurate reproduction of the low frequency (bass) signal input to the low frequency (bass) output, there are big differences from one sub to another. Generally, more expensive subwoofers are built with better voice coil control, among other features, that improves the sound by reducing distortion and reproducing the input signal more accurately. And note that this control becomes more difficult as the music is played at higher volumes.

Some subs are designed and/or tuned with enclosure design, to achieve more SPL even at the sacrifice of SQ. Some customers don’t worry about sound quality, only that their subs rattle neighborhood windows, and more power to them. But what about enthusiasts that want their music to sound like the original even at high volumes?

If the “SQ car subwoofer” is meant to be superior in sound quality, then voice coil control is an important factor to evaluate. Controlling the voice coil attached to the cone to accurately follow the tiniest input signal differences and the most dynamic signal changes makes the difference in music clarity and quality. It means your music sounds as the artist intended with nothing being lost.

And if the subwoofer is not designed well, distortion, aka noise, can be introduced into the music that further degrades the quality of the original.

MTX Audio knows car subwoofers. We have designed some of the most iconic models ever released. Competitors around the world have won numerous competitions based on SPL and SQ using MTX subwoofers. We are introducing our new 95 Series ‘Superwoofers’.If there ever was a subwoofer that could be called both a superior SPL sub and a superior SQ sub, this is the design.

Measuring SPL and SQ?

These are tricky specs to measure in any fashion since enclosure and vehicle type vary so differently from one system to the next. There are many variables to figure into the equation. But we welcome honest tests where the environment is identical and measurements are accurate. We feel confident you will be impressed with MTX.

So is it useful to talk about SQ versus SPL subwoofers? Yes, sound quality is important. Your ears literally get tired listening to distorted music. And the bass instruments and reverberations just don’t sound as crisp or hard hitting as the original performance. That’s not good. And the best subwoofers can hold control even at loud volume. That is why great musicians spend a lot of dollars on their concert speakers.

So whether you are into SPL or not, SQ is something to pay attention to as you choose a car subwoofer. There is no spec that will you tell which sub has better SQ than another, but pay attention to subwoofer technologies that can help predict performance before you make your decision.

Polaris ACE Update

So it seems our crew is really serious about taking this ACE down to the frame. It looks like all the parts have gotten a sealer coat, an army green primer coat, and hopefully a finishing coat in the not too distant future. Looks like Heidi added a Polaris 2500HD winch to the front and as you can see they have taken this pristine machine down the bones in order to resurrect it to the next level as a serious offroad AND audio machine. Can't wait to see when they start putting it back together.

ACE Winch Install   Sealer Primer

Army Green Primer Layer   ACE Disassembled

What a Great Fight!

I was watching UFC reruns the other day on FX and they were replaying this fight. This was the first fight for female UFC fighters on primetime TV and it introduced the world to Gina Carano. Kaitlin Young represented MTX like a warrior. What a great night that was, I am still sorry she lost!