Custom Humvee rock crawler takes on Polaris RZR

ByDean MellorMay 5, 2020
Custom Humvee rock crawler takes on Polaris RZR

Custom Humvee rock crawler takes on a Polaris RZR in the 100th episode of Dirt Every Day … and you can catch it for free!

To celebrate the 100th episode of Dirt Every Day, MotorTrend has posted it on YouTube… and it’s free!

In this episode Fred Williams and his mate David Chappelle buy a military-surplus Humvee, roll it into their workshop, cut a huge chunk out of the chassis, fit the shortest tail-shaft you’ve ever seen, slap on some impressive bash-plates, throw on a set of big tyres and put it up against a Polaris RZR UTV in the sands of Johnson Valley, CA… where the King of the Hammers is run.

Well, there’s a bit more to it than that. As with any custom build, there are plenty of problems to solve along the way, but once the Humvee’s been shortened it cops a fresh coat of bright-orange paint and the boys head to Johnson Valley where they meet six-time King of the Hammers winner Mitch Guthrie.

Polaris Rzr

Mitch Guthrie’s ‘almost’ stock Polaris RZR.

Mitch pilots a Polaris RZR for the rock-crawling challenge against Fred and Dave’s shortened Humvee. The Polaris RZR looks to be close to standard, although Mitch admits to a “few” suspension modifications to help it tackle the course that’s known as ‘Claw Hammer’, which is one of the original King of the Hammers trails.

Unsurprisingly, in the hands of Mitch Guthrie the Polaris makes it up the challenging course pretty easily, but Fred Williams is no novice when it comes to rock crawling either, and he pedals the short (although very wide) ex-military Humvee up the course like a pro. We won’t spoil the ending by telling you who wins the challenge.

Dirt Every Day episodes can usually only be viewed with a subscription to MotorTrend’s channel but there’s a free 14-day trial on at the moment to tempt you while you’re stuck at home.