The Wildcat XX from Arctic Cat/Textron is one cool machine. You can definitely see and feel the trophy truck influence. It’s powered by a Yamaha 998 fuel-injected, three-cylinder power plant resulting from a collaboration with Yamaha Motors. That power is fed to the ground through a CVT belt system. The XX definitely has innovative suspension, and this machine really handles well. We’ve been hard at work building parts, and we’ve put together a list of add-ons we feel improve an already excellent side-by-side.

Protection

We added the durable powder-coated steel Tusk Impact front bumper to protect the nose of the Wildcat. A sturdy tie point provides a perfect recovery in case you get yourself stuck or need to anchor yourself.

Underneath

We installed the Tusk Quiet Glide skid plate to protect the undercarriage; the Textron version includes two extensions to protect the boots on the tie rod ends. Made of 3/8 inch, ultra-high molecular weight (UHMW) polyethylene, this plate provides quiet protection from trail hazards and debris. The smooth, low-friction surface allows the Wildcat to slide over obstacles, letting you to tackle any terrain without having to worry about damaging your machine.

Tusk A-Arm guards, made from the same UHMW material as the skid plates, protect the front suspension. For the Wildcat, these a-arm guards also have extensions that protect the front axle boots.

Finally, we applied a set of Tusk Trailing-Arm guards for the Wild Cat’s unique trailing-arm system. They fit the frame well and mate up perfectly with the skid plate.

Back

As in the front, we added the durable powder-coated Tusk Impact rear bumper. This item also provides a tie point near the bottom for hooking up. One of the many nice features of this bumper is that the stock heatshield can remain—you don’t need to remove it to install the bumper.

With the rear bumper installed, we now have the option of adding the Tusk Cargo rack, which attaches to the rear bumper and up onto roll cage. This cargo rack offers several different mounting options and is laser-cut to provide many places to secure tie-downs.

An extra tire is always a good idea, so we added the Tusk Spare Tire Carrier to the cargo rack. We have two excellent spare tire carrying setups for the Textron. First, you can mount your spare and cargo rack high, having the spare tire easy to access and leaving the Textron bed open. This option requires the rear bumper for installation, and rear bumper/cargo rack combo kits are available.

Second, if you’d rather your spare wasn’t on your roll bar, you can mount it in the Textron’s bed with the same adjustable system. Since the tire fills the bed, the luggage rack is mounted over the tire.

Safety

We’ve given the Wildcat some items to help in extreme circumstances. The Tusk Fire Extinguisher kit mounts on the cargo rack for quick and easy access in case of emergencies.

For our passengers, we added a four-point harness for that extra peace of mind when out on the trail. These harnesses come with padded straps for a more comfortable ride, and have pockets for added convenience. You don’t have to undo the harness and climb out of the machine to answer your phone.

To improve visibility, we added the QA Parts 15” rear-view mirror to the roll bar, and two Tusk Alloy Mirror Kits with A-Pillar mount side-view mirrors to help keep track of what’s behind us.

Comfort

We enjoy riding out in the elements, but we don’t want to become part of them. To make the ride more comfy, we’ve included some items to control the sun and wind.

We installed the Tusk scratch-resistant half-windshield up front to help block wind and dust. Easy to mount, this windshield is lipped to deflect oncoming air off your face and over your head. Tusk also has a full windshield available. To prevent dirt from circling back in, we added the Tusk scratch-resistant rear window.

For protection from the sun’s direct heat, or from anything else that may be flying overhead, we added the Tusk Aluminum Force roof. Made of solid aluminum, this item includes a rear spoiler to help channel dust off of the rear window, out of the cargo bed, and away from you.

To take the guesswork out of driving after dark, we installed a Tusk 30” Curved Light Bar. The mounting brackets fit perfectly onto the tusk aluminum roof. The bright LED illumination completely transforms night riding, making it much easier to navigate after dark. It keeps you safe and allows you to have more fun.

Traction

The XX needs 15-inch wheels to clear suspension and brakes. We selected Tusk Wasatch Beadlock wheels for extra confidence in the rim holding on to the rubber.

We chose Tusk 32” Terrabite tires to complement this machine’s superior handling. The Terrabites have a truck-inspired tread design and aggressive shoulder/sidewall tread to add extra protection and increased traction in extreme situations. They are even DOT test standard compliant.

To capitalize that feature, we added a Tusk Horn and Signal kit to open up more opportunities in connecting trails here in Utah.

Conclusion

Arctic Cat/Textron built a sturdy, capable machine in the Wildcat XX. Tusk parts are carefully designed and brutally tested to make these machines more comfortable, last longer, and perform better. To take a closer look at the parts and systems used in this build, check out the list below.

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Parts Available at Rocky Mountain ATV/MC

Tusk UHMW Quiet Glide Skid Plate Tusk UHMW Quiet Glide A-Arm Guards Tusk UHMW Quiet Glide Trailing Arm Guards
Tusk UHMW Quiet Glide Skid Plate Tusk UHMW Quiet Glide A-Arm Guards Tusk UHMW Quiet Glide Trailing Arm Guards
Tusk Impact Front Bumper Tusk UTV Rear Bumper, Cargo Rack, and Spare Tire Carrier Tusk Safety Harnesses
Tusk Impact Front Bumper Tusk UTV Rear Bumper, Cargo Rack, and Spare Tire Carrier Tusk Safety Harnesses
Tusk UTV Scissor Jack Kit Tusk UTV Fire Extinguisher Kit Tusk UTV Mirror Kit with A-Pillar Mounts
Tusk UTV Scissor Jack Kit Tusk UTV Fire Extinguisher Kit Tusk UTV Mirror Kit with A-Pillar Mounts
QA Parts UTV Rear View Mirror Tusk Polycarb Front Half-Windshield Tusk Force Aluminum Roof
QA Parts UTV Rear View Mirror Tusk Polycarb Front Half-Windshield Tusk Force Aluminum Roof
Tusk Light Light Bar and Bracket Kit Tusk Horn and Signal Kit Tusk Terrabite Tires
Tusk Light Light Bar and Bracket Kit Tusk Horn and Signal Kit Tusk Terrabite Tires
Tusk Wasatch Beadlock Wheels Tusk Bed Mounted Spare Tire Carrier and Cargo Rack
Tusk Wasatch Beadlock Wheels Tusk Bed Mounted Spare Tire Carrier and Cargo Rack