Chris Branstetter Builds a Rhino for the Rocks

| January 20, 2011

By Chris R. Branstetter, Yamaha Rhino Owner

This Rhino was bought in the Fall of 2003 in Tulsa, OK and was taken straight to the rocks, at Hogan’s Off Road Park in Disney, OK. Consisting of about 3,000 acres that sits below the Grand River Dam, the longest Spillway Dam in the World, this leads to constant controlled flooding, and that leads to some of the diverse wheeling in the Midwest. This place has it all…and mostly “Rocks” and lots of them…this harsh environment has led to many years of modifications and lots of fun!!! Many late nights have been killed in the interest of these pursuits!!!!…and a few coins of course….LoL…so in hindsight you may ask? Why all this time and money and effort on a Yamaha Rhino?  Aren’t they dated? What about RZR’s and the new Commander’s?.. Well after pounding the Rhino for almost eight years..I guess it really came down to has simply stood the test of time…”Ya know Dance with the Gal you take”? I know definitely “Old School”….that’s what I am…

Owner: Chris R. Branstetter
Hometown: Tulsa Ok.
Vehicle Type: 2004 Yamaha Rhino “Built for The Rocks”
Mechanic: Greg Prestage
Est. Value: Priceless

77 inches
Length: 128 inches
Weight: 1400 pounds
Width: 68 inches
Ground Clearance: 15 inches
Height: 75 inches

Yamaha 672 Big Bore Kit By Sandtraxx
Engine Modifications: JE Piston, Carrillo Rod, Mudbuster Cam, Elderbrock Carb, BRP Electric Fuel Pump, BRP CDI Box
Air Intake: Proflow with Big Mouth Raiser Flow Tube
Exhaust: Two Bros Duals with Head Pipes and Quiet Cores
Clutching: Yamaha Ultramatic with EPI Clutch Kit and Double Cog Belt
Electrical: Moose 500 watt Stator with BRP Dual Battery kit/Dual Odyssey Batteries with Smart Switch by BRP Performance
Fuse Links: 3- Marine Type with Waterproof lids
Wiring: All Custom Soldering by Greg Prestage at M & W Powersports
Throttle Cable: Motion Pro

Suspension Type:
Dual A Arms Independent Front and Rear
Axles: Summer Bros Racing
CV Joints: Gear One chrome moly’s
Steering Rack: Custom 3.5 + Gear One Unit with Chrome moly Heim Joints
Brakes: EBC Organic’s
Spindles: Trinity Racing
Suspension: I Shock 3.5 + 1 Long Travel Custom Red A~Arms with Stick Stoppers
Shocks: I Shock F-18’s 5 ways with External Rezzis
Shock Covers: I Shock
Travel: 13.5 inches
Rear Sway Bar: Yamaha with Custom Double Headed Heim Joints
Rear Diff: Extreme Rhino Warn Red
Winches: Warn 3000 Front. Warn 4000 Rear
Pull Points: Warn Custom Milled Clevis Warn Red
Tires: 5 Maxxis Bighorn Radial 27/11-12
Rims: OMF Performance Outlaw 2’s -12” x 8” with Custom Red Back Plates, Red Beadlock Rings and White Rock Crawler Domes

Green Country Off Road Full Custom Cage with full 4” Chop with Tapered Rear Bolt In and Spare Tire Option
Bikini Top and Side Curtains: After Dark Custom Upholstery
Body: Custom Yellow Maier Plastics
Fender Flares: Custom Moose Racing
Bed: Custom 3 inches lift with Custom Bed Rails GC Off Road
Windshield: Essex with Custom 4 inch chop and Warn Banners
Mirrors: Break Away Billet Foldbacks
Floorpans: Custom “One Off” Tubbed  Hand Rolled Tread plate with matching Tread plate Doors by Rob Hendricks Custom
Bumpers: Hybrid Yamaha with Custom Mods by GC Off Road
Rock Bars: Custom Bump and Tip Bars by GC Offroad
Interior Cage Bars: ATV Outfitters
Rocker Panels: OMF Performance
Bark Bars: Yamaha
Wraps: Outlaw Kustoms
Yamaha Side Panels: Chopped and Trimmed

Cage Lights:
3- Warn 610 Spots with Covers
Push Bar Lights: 2 -Warn 160 SDB with Covers PIAA Covers
Rock Lights: 2- WXT 200 Floods with Amber Covers
Dome Lights: 2- Bar lights 2- Mini Spots 2- Red Strip ATV Outfitters
Spot Light: Factory Yamaha
Tach: BRP Performance
Gauges: BRP Performance Fuel, Water, Amps
Reverse Overide: BRP Performance
GPS: 5M Lowrance Elite Baja with External Antenna
CB Radio Midland with 6 ft. powerstalk
Seats and Head Rests: BRP Performance
Center Arm Rest: Koplin with cup holders
Restraints: MasterCraft 5 point
Grab Handles: MasterCraft
Storage: Seat Box ATV Outfitters
Aux. Storage:
Fuel, Water, and First Aid by Rotopax with Locks
Jack: Hi/Lift UTV 36” with Red Handle Keeper, Red foot Base, Quick Mount, and Gear Bag
Aux Air: Warn Air-Power SPC
Steering Wheel: Grant
Shift Knob: Auto Zone
Aux Switches: Custom Dash Plate, BRP Performance
Digital Dash: Yamaha
Fire Extinguishers: 2- Baby Bottles with Custom Pinch Straps from BRP Performance
Tail Light Covers: UTV Concepts
Radiator Guard: Custom Front Plate by KUHL
Ice Chest: Igloo with Custom Stickers
Straps: Warn 2- 30 ft x 2 inch Yellow
Tool Box: ATV Outfitters
Recovery Straps: Warn
Spotter Lines: Viking Off Road

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