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MTX Custom 2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Project - Part 4 Final

We made it! Our 2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo is in the dunes of Glamis, CA at Polaris’ Camp RZR West event. We were wrenching, sanding, painting, fabricating, and wiring all the way till we had to load it into our truck, but we made it!

The piles of parts have once again become a berm blasting, dune dominating machine.

The finishing touches to the audio system include three (3) custom painted MUD6SPBT Universal Bluetooth Speaker Systems, six (6) custom painted WET8CWB 8” compression tower speakers, and six (6) MUD100.2 amplifiers.

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The WET8CWB speakers complement the blue LED lighting that has been added to every nook and cranny our installers could cram their hands into.

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With the custom flat metallic blue paint, blue PRP Seats, and so many blue LED lights that you may be able to see this RZR in the Glamis Dunes from the NASA Space Station, it seemed only fitting to name this project “Blue Thunder.”

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The amplifiers are installed in a custom amp rack in front of the rear seating area.

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Other aftermarket add-ons in the final days of the build include Muzzy exhaust and GMZ Race Products 15" Casino Beadlock wheels.

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And now we’re off to Glamis to Camp RZR West. Stay tuned for more pics of the completed project on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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The wiring and installation of the audio system has begun!

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Custom painted MUD6SPBT Universal Bluetooth Speaker System

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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…

MTX Custom 2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo Project
2016 Polaris RZR  XP Turbo MTX teardown 1

It's like Christmas in October here… When Polaris announced it’s new 2016 RZR XP Turbo EPS, like everybody else in the world, we had to have one.  But with specs and features like 144 horsepower, improved suspension, and upgraded liquid cooling system to name a few, even Polaris dealers had to get on a waiting list to get one. But on Monday, October 12th, Santa's sleigh rolled into our parking lot in the form of an 18 wheeler and we were happier than a kid with a Twinkie.

But just what could we possibly do to this 2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo to make it any cooler than it already is? Who cares! Let's take this thing out and see what it can do!

After shredding up the lawn and attacking every bump or hill we could catch air on, we finally pulled it into the install cave to start brainstorming on cosmetic and, of course, electronic upgrades. It only took a couple hours to tear it apart… And we mean TEAR IT APART!

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We're going to customize this already amazing machine and have it ready for Camp RZR Glamis in only 3 weeks! Custom roll cage, custom seats, and a custom sound system are just a few of the things you can expect to see. Follow this blog for updates throughout the build and if you’re going to be in Glamis for Camp RZR at the end of October, be sure to look us up to see the final product.

 
MTX Audio At Sturgis 2015

MTX Audio at Sturgis 2015The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is the largest annual motorcycle event in the world and it attracts motorcycle enthusiasts from around the globe. This year celebrated the event's 75th anniversary and the team from MTX was on hand highlighting our motorcycle audio upgrades to all of the attendees. Our booth, affectionately known as the Thunder Pavilion, was located in the heart of the action on Lazelle and Harley Davidson Way (2nd St) and encompassed over 10000 square feet of awesome.

The all new MTX Toter Home along with Eddie Trotta's Thunder Cycle Designs and John Shope's Dirty Bird Concepts packed this area with high energy and beautiful motorcycles. The MTX Toter Home recently revamped by our own display and design team, Craig Marsh, Heidi Yoder, Phil Austin, Ken Thomas, Pete Graber, Dennis Benson, and Jason Planck, worked for two straight months to turn a plain truck into a show stopping monster complete with custom fabricated awning and tons of storage that allowed it to function as a true base of operations allowing us to house inventory and have a covered sales and installation area for our customers to enjoy. Our booth was the loudest, most visible vendor booth on Lazelle and attendees packed the Pavilion from the time we opened until we shut down for the night.

We met tons of riders that all had the same complaint, their factory audio systems sound terrible, even if they had bought the factory "premium system". Luckily, we came prepared with a ton of product including several new products for the event like new MUD series amplifiers, Harley Davidson wiring harnesses, and the MUDHSB-B handle bar sound system that we showed off, sold, and installed for 10 straight days. We started early and ended late working 12-14 hours everyday to ensure that we maximized our time at the show. Our install team of Craig Marsh, Jimmy Kitagawa, Matt Aijala, Travis Pranschke, and Jason Planck performed installs on over 50 motorcycles including Harley's, Indian's, Victory's, and even a Corbin Merlin (a one of eight in existence, 3-wheeled motocar) and they tackled two Polaris RZR1000s as well. MC Paul Schleipfer was on the mic the entire show, drawing people into the booth with his bravado and big personality that only Paul can deliver. When things would slow down he was able to draw crowds in with jokes, stories, and product highlights and information, which worked out perfectly.

Another MTX Audio Event TruckOur sales team including Mike Roberts, Mark Schleipfer, Kathy Buck, and Linda Pranschke were on the scene all week to ensure that our customers got product demos, MTX giveaways, and information regarding all the things that MTX could do to help them get Serious About Sound. Big props to Linda P. for showing up everyday in the booth and working it like an employee with enthusiasm and the desire to close the sale. She sold a ton of Sound Shots and other merchandise, by the end of the week she was a seasoned pro. She also put up with eight men sharing a house with her, which probably qualifies her for sainthood. Finally, of course Loyd Ivey was making his presence known throughout our booth and all over Sturgis talking to thousands of customers and getting them excited about MTX. Next time you see him ask him about his "My Boss" patch that he got as a souvenir in Sturgis.

Overall the show was an amazing experience. The MUDHSB-B was a huge hit and our engineering team deserves a ton of credit for getting a patent pending product to market in record time so we could sell them to the masses. They also were able to get our HDWH2 and HDWH4 wiring harnesses for the show so we were able to directly wire into Harley systems without having to cut into any factory wiring reducing installation time. All in all it was an incredibly long two weeks, with a lot of driving, a lot of talking, and a lot of hard work, but MTX is the leader in motorcycle audio. We have already had dozens of new dealer inquiries regarding these new products and look forward to continuing the momentum for the rest of the year and into 2016. Big thank you to all the attendees for working so hard and enduring so much to make the event the success it was.

Click here to watch a 1/2 day video on the slowest day in Sturgis!!

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MTX Audio at Sturgis 2015 with Sturgis hall Of famers John Shope and Eddie Trotta

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.

Polaris RZR 170 Build

So we are lucky enough to be at it again. We have been able to build an awesome version of the RZR1000 and Sportsman ACE with incredible sound and now we are putting together a junior version using the RZR 170. This vehicle presents some significant challenges as it is much smaller than the RZR1000 and doesnt have the same fit and finishes. No matter, our fabrication experts are tearing it down to build it up making sure it stays true to its RZR roots while still delivering the exceptional MTX boom. Stay tuned for more pictures and info as this project comes alive.

RZR 170 New in Shop  RZR 170 Getting Dismantled  RZR 170 Totally Dismantled  RZR 170 with RZR1000 Doors  RZR 170 with RZR 900 Dash Modification 

MUD Amp and Wakeboard Speaker UTV Install

In this video Jason illustrates how easy it is to install a MUD100.2 amplifier with two TM652WB wakeboard speakers. Both of these products are designed to be all weather so they are perfect for use on a vehicle like a UTV that is constantly going to be exposed to the outdoors.

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.

ICETHUNDER 2014

MTX at Ice Thunder - Michigan Tech

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

ICETHUNDER 2014

MICHIGAN TECH UNIVERSITY

For the third year in a row Michigan Tech University created the COOLEST HOT music party in the snow!

Each year the students of Michigan Tech University make all sorts of snow sculptures to celebrate the Winter Carnival. The highlight of the past years Carnivals was the ICETHUNDER sculpture. This year was no exception!

And we all know the word THUNDER stands for MTX Audio products.

What better way to get your self warmed up during a cold snow covered winter night than to dance to the hottest sounds coming from the worlds coolest audio system. For the third time the ICETHUNDER snow sculpture was created to not only demonstrate what cool stuff you can do with snow but also to show how MTX loudspeakers and subwoofers can perform during, and with stand, the most extreme environmental conditions.

In addition to the MTX square subs used to shake the winter landscape, the RTX ROADTHUNDER Extreme series loudspeakers made their debute to deliver the mid and highrange frequencies. Needless to say the sounds created by the DJ never before were so well balanced and so crispy clear coming from the MTX ICETHUNDER soundstage.

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