A bolt-on RXL conversion kit for 1983 to 1997 Polaris Indys

WDP 0470 RXL three quarter view V6 HRPolaris had 14 year string of success with its Indy Wedge from 1983 to 1997. The snowbelt is littered with thousands of used Indys priced from $200 to ones in primo shape. Since 1976, the year the RXL was introduced to the track, Polaris people have lusted after that hallmark sled for its design and performance.

WDP 0483 RXL Front View V4 HRThe RXL/Indy hood/nose is made from fiberglass and is available in white, black or midnight blue. The rear opening of the hood will fit pre-1988 small tanks or later big tanks. Graphics will be tuned to the owner's hood color choice and will fit tunnels with and without rear bumpers. The kit will fit any Wedge with an extruded aluminum bumper.

Other options complement an RXL build: hood mount kit, RXL graphics kit for hood and tunnel, headlight, oval bars, lightweight aluminum IFS skis and a right side oval stirrup is coming. RXL seats can be obtained from Conrad Van Batavia at 218-639-1815.

Pricing (as of 12/4/17)

Hood and nose, in midnight blue or black $675.00
Hood and nose, in white (does not look good with my graphics) $575.00
Duez ¼ turn hood latch kit $60.00
Specify tank: Pre-1988 small tank or 1989-on big tank--I trim hood to match
Hood/nose graphics $249.00
Tunnel graphics with bumper cutout $49.00
Tunnel graphics without bumper cutout $49.00
Graphics installation $99.00
RXL headlight - Mounts to roof in nose opening $29.00
Light bracket for steering column $27.00
Flat oval-style handlebars $39.00
Custom hand-built carton & plastic protection bag (see photo) $45.00
Shipping (ordinarily Speedee or Greyhound)
SpeeDee ND, SD, IL, WI, MN  $95.00 (approx.)
Greyhound $105.00
Ship to Norway $340.00
Ship to Canada - I ship to Pembina ND. You drive across the border, pick up and pay a small fee to take back across. Formal shipping is wildly expensive with taxes.  


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If you wonder why I charge 45 bucks for the carton, this is why. Firstly, the raw box is very expensive because one, it’s big, and two, its thick dual-wall cardboard. Then I layout all the cuts and folds then assemble it. Each carton takes about an hour and a half. The wedge-shaped design does not permit top loading--you don’t want a tractor tire on top of your hood.

The design is so good that I’ve never had a damage claim. That’s a good thing because unbundling a damaged shipment claim can gobble up a lot of time neither of us needs to waste.

WDP 0489 RXL RearView V4 HR Conrad's seat does not have taillight or storage compartment (see sidebar). Install an SLP LED brake/taillight on bumper or tunnel.


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Acceptance is highly subject to condition. Restocking charge is 15%. Shipping charges not compensated.


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RXL Accessories

Graphics kit

rxl hood graphics thWe can apply them for you (recommended--it's a bitch) or you can save the money and apply them yourself. It helps to have experience applying large-area graphics using the wet method. Tunnel graphics are not shown. I have two versions, one with cutout for rear bumper, the other for no bumper.

Halogen driving light

rxl headlightThis light is not some cheapo tossed in to keep the DNR happy. It is a 55 watt Halogen light that tosses a narrow beam about twice a normal car light. That is needed for sledding at night where you have to spot open ice, ice chunks and lazy deer well in advance. A replacement bulb is easily found at an auto parts store--ask for a Peterson 55w Halogen bulb.

The case is chrome and the mount is adjustable for height. I have selected a slightly different light now so it can be mounted in the RXL nose scoop or up on the handle bars so it points where you are going which is a tad safer. I am working on a bent plate that mounts under the handlebar perches. Two wires--negative and ground. See price list for light and bar mount. [Guys-take it easy at night, it's the most dangerous snowmobiling time.]

Flat Race Bars

rxl handlebarThese 7/8" bars are virtually flat and 29" wide. You'll appreciate the leverage in cornering.

How to make an RXL seat out of a big tank indy

Mark Elgar from Hubbell, Michigan bought an RXL hood but wanted to use the big tank. He and I talked it over and he was willing to lose the trunk and the stock taillight. That made getting the RXL shape possible. Mark decided, and I agreed, to not cover the tank. Looks more like a race version that way. He will add an SLP or other type of taillight/stop light mounted to the bumper.

big tank rxl seat 1 thTo start I cut off the trunk box/taillight mount.

big tank rxl seat 3 thbig tank rxl seat 2 thThen the foam was cut to accept a glued-on RXL back.

big tank rxl seat 4 thI had foam only 3” thick so I had to glue the pieces together. Hint: dense foam is easier to grind and sand with a bread knife, hand belt sander and rotary disc in drill. Use super upholstery spray glue.

big tank rxl seat 5 thGlue all the pieces, then sand for uniformity and smoothness. That’s an ice boat body in the background.

big tank rxl seat 6 thNext step is the upholsterer. The foam took me a day and a half so don’t be a-comin’ to me to do this for you because I’d have to charge a bunch of money. Since the above photos were taken I flattened the back curve to more like the RXL shape.

big tank rxl seat 7 thOkay now you can see the longer slope on the tail back. Mark wanted an old time snap look for this seat. The cover is stapled to the base but the snap strip was just added as a visual. The snaps will work like the original seats. We added a race-style knee pad for the look but made it thin so it didn’t get in the way of his right boot.

big tank rxl seat 8 thI think the seat project ended perfectly and it was smart not to cover the tank.

The cost worked out to be $500... right where Conrad is with his small tank seats. There ya go--just one man’s way to get the race look with stock components.