2008 - Volume #32, Issue #2, Page #40[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Kit Turns ATV Into Jeep
The kit includes a fiberglass body and hood with a big star decal on top and numbering on the sides. It also includes the dash, a cowel that goes between the hood and dashboard, front bumper, fold-down windshield, rollbar, a rear dump bed with air-assisted springs, and a rear mount gas tank much like the "gerry cans" found on back of the Jeep. The kit uses the ATV's original seat and steering wheel and also makes use of the ATV's original headlights and tail lights, which are removed and inserted into brackets. The ATV's headrests are relocated onto the kit's rollbar.
All kit components are painted Army green but can be custom painted.
"I came up with the idea because the Willys Jeep is an icon of American troops and a real collector's vehicle. It was designed to go everywhere, just like today's ATV's are," says inventor Brad Tippmann. "The body mounts using pre-existing holes in the ATV, with no drilling or tapping required. If you want, I can supply 14-in. tires with rims painted to match your ATV's color."
So far the kit is available only for Yamaha Rhino ATV's, but it will soon be available for other ATV models including the Kawasaki 610, Polaris Ranger, and Arctic Cat Prowler. Sells for $3,499 plus shipping.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Brad Tippmann, Tippman Design, 3518 Adams Center Rd., Fort Wayne, Ind. 46806 (ph 866 286-8046 or 260 469-3273; brad @ tippmanndesign.com; www.tippmann design.com).
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