It’s a simple fact: machines are getting more fun to ride. We can’t be the only ones that have noticed this, right? With each passing year and each improvement to power, handling, and performance, the machines have gotten faster and sleeker. The Can-Am Maverick X3 Max RS Turbo R certainly has. When it came out a few years ago, the machine was a class leader. Now, it’s a class dominator, combining cutting-edge technology with pure speed. That’s why Can-Ams swept the 2020 King of the Hammers podium, and that’s why we were so eager to get our hands on one and start retrofitting it from top to bottom.

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Off the showroom floor, the Can-Am Maverick X3 Max RS Turbo R didn’t need any adjustments to its handling or power. For us, this build was all about finding the right parts to fine-tune the machine for our particular riding style. So, we went straight to comfort – those are some of the most fun accessories to add, anyway. Luckily, we had a huge selection of Can-Am aftermarket parts and Can-Am OEM parts to choose from.

The first accessory we would’ve added was a UTV roof, but the Can-Am already came with a high-quality plastic roof. This is a big thing – a roof offers shade, protection from the elements, and protection in the event of a crash, and it’s nice to see that Can-Am worked to include one on their new machine. So, we moved onto the next accessory, a half windshield. With the half design, we’ve found that we get the air flow we want in the warmer temperatures, plus some coverage and wind-blocking during the colder season. Plus, the windshield can help deflect branches or other trail hazards on those tight, technical, and tough trails.

Tusk Half Windshield on the Built Can-Am

To continue enclosing in our cab, we moved on to a rear window. Tusk’s Polycarbonate Rear Window did the trick, most noticeably eliminating the dust that all too often swirls around the cab during a ride. The doors were the final feature we needed to completely close in the cab, and we decided to go with the Can-Am Aluminum Half Doors on the front and rear doors. Like the front windshield, the half design on the doors allows for airflow while still providing protection and security by keeping debris out and limbs in. We also chose these doors for their aluminum construction. Durable, lightweight, and easy to install, the doors were the ideal addition to our machine. As an added bonus, the doors come with latches that are easier to use than the strap handles that came stock.

The last of our comfort items was another must have for us: a side mirror. A rear-view mirror is important, too – keeping an eye on everyone and everything in a four-seater is no small task – but having a side mirror is a game changer. Not only can you see some of what’s behind you, but you can gain a useful perspective of the terrain around you. The Tusk Pivot UTV Mirror accomplishes this, in a way better than most. Wrapped in a cast aluminum housing, built strong, and designed with a little modern flair, the Tusk side mirrors are the perfect addition to any machine. Their key feature, though, is their breakaway design. That, coupled with their ability to mount on any machine’s stock location, round out the powerhouse product’s features.

Tusk Pivot UTV Mirror on the Built Can-Am


With comfort taken care of, we decided to squeeze a little more function out of the Can-Am. For us, that meant installing parts of Tusk’s three-piece rear cargo system. It’s a three-piece system not because the parts come together but because they can all be attached to one another. Not all three are required for installation, though – the modular system has the options for just about every riding style and need.

Our system started with the Tusk Impact Rear Bumper. Powder coated heavy-duty aluminum, the bumper mounts directly to the frame without any modification. The Tusk Cargo rack was mounted next. The Maverick X3 Max RS Turbo R has a bed, but it’s not very big, so the cargo rack helped give additional space and provided multiple tie-down points for even more cargo options. A different way we could’ve gone was to install the Can-Am LinQ 12 Gallon Trunk Box – it fits the look of the machine and mounts easily – but we opted for the rack that was a little more open with extra tie-down points. Last was the Tusk Spare Tire Carrier that connected the full system together. It’s important to bring a spare on the trail, and also important to have something to help you install it. So, a scissor jack was mounted to the side of the machine, along with a fire extinguisher for extra safety.

Tusk Cargo Rack on the Built Can-Am

Tires and Wheels

The tires the Maverick X3 Max RS Turbo R came with weren’t bad per se, but their tread pattern was dated and they were only 30” tall. For a machine that’s already pretty low to the ground, we knew we needed to make some changes. Off the stock tires and wheels went, and on the Tusk Terrabite Radial tires and Tusk Nebo Beadlock wheels went. It was an easy switch to make for both the tires and wheels. With an additional 2” in height and a much more aggressive tread pattern, the Terrabites were well-suited to our preferred style of riding. Truth be told, they’re our favorite all-terrain tire on the market right now. The wheels are favorites, too, especially because of their beadlock design. The difference between standard wheels and this beadlock design is the beadlock ring. When the tires get mounted on the beadlock rim, the ring gets installed over the lip of the tire, pinching it to the wheel and keeping it mounted even at low PSIs or through aggressive rock crawling. The peace of mind that your tire isn’t going to get knocked off the rim on your ride is worth every cent of the upgrade.

Tusk Terrabite Tires on Tusk Nebo Wheels on the Built Can-Am


The final stage of our build focused on the interior of the UTV. We already mentioned that the rear bed was light on storage, so we decided to fit our machine with a little more and install a few Can-Am bags. Can-Am brand, the bags look right at home in the machine, and their molded design keeps them firm even when they’re not packed full. With upper door bags, a bag between the seats, and the overhead bags, our Can-Am’s storage capacity increased greatly. We still had one more trick up our sleeve, though: The Tusk Rear Cargo Rack. If you have a four-seater but don’t ride with passengers that often, the Tusk system converts the entire back of your machine into a cargo space with racks. With the rear seats gone and rack in, you have a flat surface with multiple tie-down points to maximize the storage capacity of your machine.

Tusk Rear Cargo Rack on the Built Can-Am

One accessory we would’ve added had our machine not come with it was a 4- or 5-point harness. If you have a machine that doesn’t have harnesses, you should consider investing now. With several protection points, they’ll help keep passengers in the vehicle in the event of a crash.

A Few Extras

With comfort, function, the tires and wheels, and the interior of our machine retrofitted to perfection, just a few more extras were needed to finish off the build. First was the Tusk 12” light bar. Mounted on a shock tower, the lightbar has a sleek, seamless look and adds extra visibility on the trail. Second, we rigged up the Tusk Lighted Whips. They add some style to your flags if you have them, and some personality to your machine if you don’t. Plus, the lighted whips have hundreds of color combos, making it one of the most customizable accessories on your machine. Third, we made a customized graphics kit with Attack Graphics to tie all of the other parts and accessories together. It was the cherry on top of one good looking machine.

Tusk 12

All Wrapped Up

The Can-Am Maverick X3 Max RS Turbo R didn’t need many changes from the showroom floor, but the changes we did make really took the machine to the next level. We now have an aggressive rock crawling machine, and we couldn’t be happier with how its performing. Check out the parts list below for everything that we added, and head to our YouTube channel to see all of the other cool builds we’ve been working on.

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