Jeffries Performance Presents: “El Chingon”
El Chingon, the latest build from Jeffries Performance, represents more than just another build for owner, Richard “RJ” Jeffries. It represents a new beginning. Jeffries Performance opened its doors just a few months ago with new goals, new aspirations, and the intention of making an impact in the UTV industry.
RJ has been part of the industry for several years. It began back in the early days of UTV, when a “full build” could only go so far. Now, with the wide range of aftermarket accessories available for these vehicles, he’s created a business that homes in on the idea of transforming a stock UTV into a new machine. The idea is that a client can bring in a grocery list of things they want for their UTV and Jeffries Performance will execute that list with the highest-level customer service and quality craftsmanship.
“We created this business out of passion for the SXS and off-road industry. Not only that, but the idea that transparency and customer service could be paired with high end products and quality installs. Simply put, we build dope stuff for dope people and enjoy doing it”, says RJ about his new business venture.
The opening of Jeffries Performance marked the perfect time for a makeover on RJ’s personal car. El Chingon has gone under the knife several times over the last year. It started as a 2018 Base Model Can-Am X3 with 120 HP and 64” suspension. All of the necessary upgrades were made to match the specs of an XRS model, and then it was built up from there.
Power and suspension were two of the top priorities in this build. This vehicle runs the Evolution Powersports (EVP) Stage 3R tune. This is one of the most user-friendly tunes, allowing the driver to get about 195 HP while running still running pump gas. El Chingon also runs the new EVP Blizzard Intercooler. Recently, RJ added the new 2-step Launch Control, giving him the advantage in any head-to-head drag race.
As far as suspension goes, the guys at Shock Therapy lined up this car with the best they offer. The Gold Package Ride Improvement System provides the plushest ride in both dune and desert applications.
Next up on this build was a Jeffries Performance roll cage. This cage sets itself apart from most with its low profile. This same cage, for 2-seat and a 4-seat, will be available to the public in the coming weeks.
Once the basic performance upgrades were made, it was time to start planning out the fun part: the vehicle theme. Color scheme is a huge part of this process. Jeffries Performance worked closely with Cactus Wraps and Specialty Coatings of Phoenix, Arizona to find the perfect colors to make El Chingon stand out.
Raceline Ryno machined wheels were first to get coated with that glowing candy red. This alone already gave the car the “wow” factor that RJ was looking for. To make the interior pop, Triple X Seats designed custom bright red seats with the JP logo stitched along the headrest.
Atop the JP cage sits a KC Pro-6 light bar. A simple addition, but arguably one of the most noticeable. Not only is this bar unique in its “old-school” look, but the custom color-matched cover stickers really tie it into the overall aesthetic of the build.
For sound system, the Rockford Fosgate Stage 5 system was the obvious option. And while not visible like the rest of these pieces, the wiring work by XX Designs is a masterpiece on its own. Once everything was installed in the shop and the wiring was finished, El Chingon was ready for its debut.
From looks to function, comfort to drivability, this build covers all the bases of a Jeffries Performance built UTV. Can’t wait to see this thing in action in Glamis this dune season!