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Everything Polaris Ranger - Blog

  • Polaris Ranger Suspension: Adjustments, Additions, And Upgrades

    The suspension system on the Polaris Ranger can’t compare to something like an RZR, but for most riders, the stock Ranger suspension is good enough. Depending on the edition and year of your Ranger, you can adjust your suspension to match your style of riding and the terrain you’re driving over. Alternatively, you can also install aftermarket springs, shocks, and entire suspension systems in your ranger to improve its performance. Either way, we’ll give you our two cents as to the best Polaris Ranger suspension systems and setups. 

    Adjusting The Suspension On Your Polaris Ranger

    You can greatly affect the ride of your Ranger by adjusting the suspension. Be it a 900, a 1000 XP, or a Northstar edition, you should be able to make adjustments to your Ranger’s suspension -- that is, unless it’s a rather old Ranger. You can not only adjust the hardness of your suspension, but the rebound, preload, and other settings as well depending on your shocks. Typically, the stiffer the spring, the harder the ride. But you can adjust the spring’s preload settings to change your ride height as well. 

    You can move the shocks to the outward hole and give your rig some height and stiffness. If you’re looking for ground clearance but like soft suspension, our suggestion would be to get something like a 3” bracket lift. It’s cheap and leaves your suspension on the lowest setting while still giving you added height. 

    Augmenting Your Polaris Ranger Suspension

    If adjusting your shock settings isn’t cutting it but you don’t want a full-blown aftermarket suspension setup for your Polaris Ranger, you may want to consider upgrading just the springs. S3 springs, for example, will give you more suspension travel as well as a slight lift. If you’re running a lift larger than 3-4 inches, there could be axle issues along the line if you stick with factory axles, but many riders change out their axles anyways to get the right angles and geometry in their Ranger. You can check your factory specs on the axle angle. You may be pushing the limits with a lift and HD springs, but aftermarket Ranger axles like the Rhino 2.0s have a larger angle ability than stocks.

    If you want a little more suspension travel when you ride trails and other sketchy areas, but still use your Ranger for farm and ranch work as well, the S3 HD springs are perfect. Those types of suspension springs are for heavy loads, things like the snow plows and such. But you can also get them for hauling deer, corn, and things of that nature without worrying about overloading your springs. 

    There are different front shocks depending on the year of your Polaris Ranger as well. Some have aluminum bodies, while others have steel bodies. You can always try long travel a-arms and things of that nature, but the only way to increase travel is if you have hl shocks and you switch to non hl shocks -- on a factory machine that is. A better solution is the SuperATV big lift without the lift bracket and RZR 1000 front shocks all the way around. You will still need to add some preload to the rear to get it back to level, but the ride and handling are night and day versus stock or stock with a 3” lift.

    In terms of spring length, not all Polaris suspension springs are easily compatible with every year and edition of the Polaris Ranger. We’ve talked to many riders who though that the turbos are dual rate and XP’s are progressive rate springs. But the dual rate/progressive rate being turbo/1000 dependent actually depends on what year you have. Furthermore, they aren’t dual rate, they just have tender springs. There is no doubt that the 2018+ Polaris Rangers are leaps and bounds more advanced than the older models where suspension is concerned. However, the stock shocks will not handle well under all circumstances. 

    Take the 2019 Polaris Ranger Crew as an example. If you’ve ever taken one for a spin, you’ll know that the more people you have in it, the better it rides, and the harder you push it, the more you appreciate the dual sway bars. If you aren't using the capacity of the machine, the shocks will likely be a little on the stiff side.  Even on the softest setting and rebound, the shocks still seems a little slow. That said, even the crew has a light nimble feel in the woods, while the older Polaris Rangers felt more like driving a school bus. Although a Ranger will never perform like an RZR, you’ll still be able to hot foot your machine through some tight trails with enough practice. 

    Suspension Upgrades For The Polaris Ranger

    There are quite a few aftermarket suspension kits for the Polaris Ranger, such as the ones by Elka and Walker Evans. Another good company for aftermarket Polaris Ranger suspension kits is 814. They’re half the price of the other suspension kits, and arguably perform as good, if not better. They have both the Trail series for the trail riders, and Dominators for high speed applications. 

    With such suspension setups, you might need a limiter strap as the shocks have more travel than the suspension. The straps keep your axle from binding from too much angle. You can also get rid of the front sway bar to get more travel and a smoother ride. But with regards to the rear sway bar, most suspension manufacturers include a rear sway bar in the back that is set exactly where it needs to be. Any higher and it might be prudent to remove it in order to get the most droop out of your shocks, but these guys know what they’re doing and are ten steps ahead.  

    We’ve known Polaris Ranger owners that upgraded to the Bandit UTV Suspension Shocks and really liked them. They are completely rebuildable, and the founder is a former pro rider, so you know he is very knowledgeable. L&W fab out of Ga is developing a long travel kit, but they have yet to release it to the public. As it stands, though, your options for aftermarket shocks, springs, and other suspension components is quite broad.

  • Better Hunting With A Polaris Ranger

    With hunting season just around the corner, it’s time to get your tags, check your gear, and load up your Polaris Ranger with all the hunting essentials. Whether you’re bow hunting antelope, rifle hunting elk, or even using a blowgun to hunt small game, when you’re out in the field, having a reliable machine underneath you sure comes in handy -- especially for hauling out those big male ungulates. So if you’re looking for the perfect hunting UTV, continue reading. And for those that already have a Ranger that you use to hunt with, you already know! 

    Getting The Right Hunting Rig

    If you’re using your Polaris Ranger for hunting, be aware that the Ranger 900 is a much, much quieter machine than the 570. That being said, in terms of power and ability, the 570 or even the 500 will go the same places that all the big boys go. So if you’re looking for a hunting vehicle, engine size won’t be a limiting factor. 

    There’s a reason Polaris stopped making the 570 full-size. It’s because it was a cheaper rig that did everything the 900 could do and it was hurting sales on the 900. Now the 570 has the strut front end which kind of sucks if you plan on lifting it or running big tires. However, the 570 will go most anywhere a Ranger 1000 will go. If you crave acceleration and enjoy it, it is sorely missing in comparison to a 900, or 1000. It isn't the speed that is missing or what it will climb. What is missing is its ability to pin you against the back of your seat and paint a smile on your face. If you can not relate to what I just described then odds are good that you will be happy with a 570 -- especially if your primary use for the machine is hunting. A friend of the site has a 2018 Polaris Ranger 570, and boy howdy it has plenty of power if you ask me. It is an outright overachiever, able to pull a 150 gallon sprayer or even a large deer stand. 

    Using Your Ranger To Haul Deer Stands

    All you hunters up in the mountains and highlands know what it’s like to stalk a deer or elk for two-three days through the woods. But for the hunters in the south -- where there are boat loads of deer in the fields and thin woodlands -- using a deer stand is almost a requisite. 

    Sure it may be more gratifying to nab an elk in the rockies, and it’s definitely a lot harder than sitting in a deer blind sipping a cold one waiting on a deer to come out. But who's to judge. After all, nobody gets a UTV to make their life harder. And its the same with hunting. If you can use a deer stand to make life easier, why not?

    You can buy pre-constructed deer stands, but many hunters like to make their own. You don’t need anything fancy, just an angle iron frame with plywood will work. And if you’re tired of having to move it with your tractor or by hand, you can throw some tires underneath and haul it with your Ranger -- just make sure to get a proper UTV towing hitch

    Hunting In The Cold With A Ranger

    Of course, hunting in the cold is almost unavoidable in many places, as hunting season is in the fall. While this is great to preserve your meat, it can get a bit chilly. And depending on how far north you are, potentially life-threatening -- frostbite and hypothermia are no joke. A lot of Polaris Ranger hunters install a Duraclutch traction control to help the rear when trying to push out in the snow. You can run the AWD with the rear still in turf mode or switch it into rear lock as needed on those slippery snow-packed trails. 

    Many Ranger owners who live in the north also do a little ice fishing or even seal hunting. And if there was ever a group of ranger owners who needs a cab kit, heater, and tracks, these are them. If you’re caribou hunting in Eureka Alaska, trying to fulfill your Moose tag along the Denali Highway, or going after squirrels with your dogs in the Lewis and Clark National Forest, you’ll be having a blast and staying warm in your Polari Ranger. 

  • A Breakdown Of 2019 Polaris Ranger Tires: Finding The Right Fit

    If you’re in the process of researching tires for the Polaris Ranger, you have probably narrowed down your selection a bit. You can find online reviews of some tire brands, but there are numerous companies that make a wide variety of UTV tires for an even wider variety of terrain types and driving styles. While some riders may prefer an all-terrain tire, other riders look for specialized tires that are designed and manufactured to handle a specific type of terrain. Add tire size options, wheel size options, and weight differences and you’ve got a lot of variables that can each have a dramatic impact on the performance, handling, and rideability of your Polaris Ranger. But fear not, because here at Everything Polaris Ranger have decades of experience in the powersports world, and we’ve seen first-hand the interplay between a side-by-side and it’s tires. So let's dig in and see what separates a mediocre UTV tire from an outstanding one. 

    Terrain-Specific Tires

    Whether you’re riding the Cheese Trails in wisconsin or the Turkey Bay OHV routes in the Oak Grove area of Kentucky, if you want your machine to truly excel on its primary terrain domain, you’ve got to tune your machine to the appropriate specifications -- which means running the right style of side-by-side tire. 

    Longevity 

    In terms of longevity, Maxxis tires (as well as others like the the Roctane X2s by STI) are known to last the test of both time and the trails. You can easily get a couple thousand miles off of them if all you do is ride asphalt with some intermittent field work and light offroading every now and then. However, many of these tires are designed with more openly spaced lugs, diminishing their performance on hard packed snow and wet pavement. If the lugs were a little less spaced out they would function better, but this is a small sacrifice to pay for tires that last.

    Off-road Tires 

    If you do ride mostly hard-pack trails with a bit of road riding thrown in there, wear is a partially important factor. But if your machine’s performance is a higher priority, domain-specific UTV tires are a must. The Warriors from SuperATV does especially well in the mud, while still allowing riders to navigate other things they encounter on the trails; from mud and rock gardens to steep grade hill climbs. Aggressive mud tires will tend to hum a bit when going down the road, but other than that they tear up the slop… be it clay or mud. 

    Tire Size

    With UTV tires, size does matter. Not only can large, aftermarket, side-by-side tires affect the handling of a Polaris Ranger, but they can also rub and scrub at various points on the machine’s chassis should you go to large. If you don’t lift your Ranger, the biggest you can go with your UTV tires is about thirty inches. Otherwise, you may hit your fenders or wheel well -- especially when turning. A tire setup measuring 30x10 should measure a true thirty inches and give you about a quarter-inch of clearance when flexing. If that’s too small but you don’t want -- or can’t afford -- to lift your rig, forward a-arms will help you clear larger wheels and tires. Plus, the bigger you go with your tires, the more you have to upgrade your stock Polaris Ranger

    In addition to simply fitting large tires, you also have to power them. If you go to big with your UTV tires, you will lose power and likely experience some gearing issues vis-à-vis the clutch. But with some clutch weights and an upgraded primary clutch spring, you should be able to handle up to 33 inches no sweat.

    Conclusion

    Getting the right tires for your Polaris Ranger the first time will save you a great deal of stress and effort in the future. If your UTV tires match your riding style and the terrain where you ride, you’ll not only be better suited to conquer every obstacle you encounter, but you’ll do it faster, easier, and funner.

  • What To Expect From The 2020 Polaris Ranger Lineup

    Sadly, 2019 will be the last year for the Polaris Ranger 900. But thankfully for all us power sports lovers, Polaris’ 2020 lineup promises to be one for the record books. In the 900s place, the 2020 Polaris Ranger and 2020 Polaris Ranger 1000 will leave nothing behind. So if you’re debating on what Polaris Ranger to buy or are just interested in the new lineup of Polaris Ranger UTVs, you’ve come to the right place!

    In terms of differences between years, the Polaris Ranger XP 1000 is the same as last year, also a twin cam engine with 82hp. The new Polaris Ranger 1000, (which is replacing the Ranger 900) is a totally new motor, single cam with the 61-62hp.

    With this 61-62 hp ranger and 55 lb ft of low end torque, the new SOHC engine in the 2020 Polaris Ranger 1000 has a configuration that makes it a complete torque monster. For Polaris to have actually released torque specs for their 2020 Rangers is a huge deal. If they brag about it publicly, you know it must be something worth letting out there. And despite having horsepower on the lower end, horsepower doesn’t put you back in your seat, torque does. Horsepower is basically how fast you hit the wall. Torque, on the other hand, is how far you take the wall with you. Besides, with a Gilomens tune you can unleash at least 20 more ponies from your engine without even breaking a sweat. 

    The new 2020 Polaris Rangers will have two different cams, single and dual overhead cams. Polaris also made improvements on the clutch and did away with the reverse chain -- which is now now gear driven. The 1000 level Ranger starts at $13,000, and the Ranger 1000 XP starts at $16,900. This, however, is only the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP,) so you can probably get a better price from a good dealer. 

    Other than price the biggest thing that you get with the new 2020 Polaris Ranger 1000 XP is the dual overhead cams -- more power up top and less torque down low. The non XP Ranger has more torque at 3000 rpm. Compared to the 2017 1000 XP’s -- which had a single chain drive for reverse and a not-so-good stock clutch -- the entire driveline of the 2020 Polaris Rangers is much better (plus, they also have more power at a lower RPM).

    Between the extra comforts of the Polaris Ranger 1000s, the fact the 900s will be obsolete now, and the fact that most people want full power, many riders are choosing the XP 1000 as their new toy in 2020. While the standard Polaris Ranger is more economical than the XP 1000, a lot of side-by-side owners still prefer the XP with the better dash and instrument panel. Further, the location of the muffler on the Ranger 1000 is kind of dumb if you ask me. You'll put a hole in it or knock it off when you’re in reverse backing up to hitch up a trailer. So if you do have the 1000 edition, you better be careful hooking up a trailer to it. 

    The 2020 Polaris Ranger Highlifter edition also comes with a few updates. Ranger HL 2020s come with the turbo s gear driven reverse -- which is also found on the 2019 Highlifter and back country editions -- and a new plow mode -- like the Ride Command editions. 

    Yes 2020 is going to be a good year for the UTV community. With significant changes to their 2020 lineup, Polaris changed up more than the body style. With relatively reduced prices, Polaris is bringing their UTVs to a lower segment and competing directly with the cheaper Can-Am Defenders. But unlike Can-Am side-by-sides, Polaris machines have differentials that are weak and easy to break,  their clutches won’t be garbage, and the heat from the motor won’t burn your bum and cook you like a well done slab of meat. 

  • SuperATV: The Superstar of Aftermarket Polaris Ranger Accessories

    Like many great companies in recent decades, SuperATV began life as a small venture operating out of the garage of its founder. Over the years, through dedication, innovative design approaches, and a commitment to quality, SuperATV has made a name for itself in the 4x4 ORV powers sports community. Their first product was a 2” lift kit for the Polaris Sportsman, but today, SuperATV makes a host of UTV and ATV accessories, parts, and aftermarket performance kits / assemblies. Behind every good product is a good company, and based on the market’s reaction to SuperATV’s Polaris Ranger mods, upgrades and replacement parts, we can only assume that this is true. 

    A Better Ride With The SuperATV Suspension System

    If you love your Ranger buy hate the way it rides, the long travel kit from SuperATV is the solution. Hate slowing down for those pesky speed bumps? Problem solved. The adjustable springs that come with the kit can be adjusted. Turn them way down and it will ride super soft, and crank them up for maximum lift. They also help keep your machine balanced and mitigate top-heaviness. If you’re riding with a crew of RZR owners and can’t seem to keep all four tires on the ground, this travel kit will help. Riders also like that they can fit 35” tires on their Rangers with this kit — great for any hole hitter or mud park fiend. 

    The SuperATV travel kit includes everything from A-arms, axles, and shocks (if you choose) to longer brake lines and steering stops for axle binding. If you opt to use your stock springs, you’ll likely notice sagging over time, so S3 spring upgrades are highly suggested. They’ll give you a couple inches of lift and won’t rub like other springs.

    Aside for not having a larger travel kit available for the Polaris Ranger 700, some Ranger riders worry about going to wide. With MSA wheels, a Ranger with SATV’s long travel kit would measure 74" in front and closer to 72" in the rear. In many cases such as cornering and traversing uneven terrain, having a wider stance is beneficial. 

    With turning in particular, having a wider stance lowers the vehicles’ center of gravity, which affects how the rotational forces act on the machine. When making a sharp turn, a rig with a lower center of gravity will yield the lowest “yaw moment of inertia”, which increases cornering and the ability to change directions. However, a wider stance means a wider turning radius, which is why some riders like to keep their stance narrow. 

    The SuperATV integrated Bumper Winch Setup 

    A few friends of the site had SuperATV bumpers on their Ranger 700 XPs and were nothing but pleased. We have also seen their bumper for 900 XP, which is equally satisfactory.  In our opinion, SATV bumpers have better pull points than other bumpers, provide more protection than stock bumpers, and mount the winch higher than its counterparts, a great addition to the front of any Ranger. It comes with the D-rings and the skid plate under the bumper is much thicker than factory. And because the winch is mounted higher, it is much easier to access. Whether you’re towing an F-150 or pulling your kids around the yard in the snow on inner tubes, the SuperATV winch/bumper combo leaves nothing to be wanted.

    Don’t Forget About Doors

    SuperATV has been in the door business for quite some time. Full Ranger doors, half Ranger doors, SATV does them all. We’ve talked to people who have gone through three sets of full doors, and they told us the ones by SuperATV are by far their favorite. They have doors that fit the sealing of newer frames, the Ranger NBS edition, and of course older Ranger models. They seal really well, so you’ll want to take them off in warm weather. 

    They were a bitch to install because 1. The fit was off a bit so I ended up having to use a deadblow and alignment tool to install the brackets and 2. The brackets were different than the ones in the directions (they had consolidated all the smaller parts into one piece) BUT these doors are awesome. You'll have to take them off in in warm weather because they seal really well, and once you fit the brackets correctly (either by hand or with a deadblow and alignment tool) they line up great.

    Stop The Slop With A SuperATV Steering Rack. 

    Another notorious SuperATV Ranger product is their Rack and Pinion steering kit. This is a definite upgrade over stock, it has way less play and won’t randomly lock up in spots while turning. If you upgrade your steering rack, however, you’re definitely going to want another set of hats around if you plan on installing it yourself. It’ll take a bit of time to get everything all unbolted, and getting the steering shaft off of the machine can be a bit difficult. 

    One way to get it out is through the passenger side — which requires taking everything off of it, even inner tie rods. If you have skid plates you’ll have to remove those, and your S3 inners might be glued in with licktite. To separate the steering linkages, you can use a chisel or a tuning fork wedge to spread them open. Unbolting the front diff and moving it forward a bit helps as well, and if you have EPS you’ll have to remove it first. You can then drill 11/4” holes with a hole saw in the black firewall plastic for rack bolts and use rubber plugs to seal them back up. Doing this and having a 1/4 “ impact driver makes the task a hell of a lot easer. 

    All About The Story

    In the end, it’s not the technological innovations that make a company great — although that is certainly an aspect of greatness. To be a truly successful company in the power sports industry, your products have to not only withstand extreme punishment, but have to endure countless ours of it week in and week out for years. Invariably, arts break. Equipment wears down and components malfunction. But at least with SuperATV, these things happen in small numbers and in the distant future. 

  • Inspections, Checkups, and Making Your Ranger Ride-Ready For Spring

    Riding season has come and it’s time to dust off the cobwebs and get your Polaris Ranger ride-ready for spring. If you don’t have one already, spend the $20 bucks on a service manual for your machine. Even if you don’t do your own work, it will tell you when to service your machine and at what intervals you should check which parts. But if you really want to know your machine, you’ve gotta do your own work. Knowing when something doesn’t sound, smell, or feel right on your Ranger is highly beneficial. The more you delve into your Ranger, the better your chances are of having a blast in the great outdoors!

    Can I Service My Ranger Myself?

    Short answer, yes. Not only will doing your own servicing save you money, but it will also ensure that things are done right. Most shops and dealers are straight shooters for the most part, and because they aren’t cheap, they usually don’t do cheap work. But we’ve known riders who got their machines back from mechanics no better than when they brought them in. So get your self a good set of metric alien wrenches, some zerk grease fittings for the suspension components, a filter wrench, and a socket set and you’ll be good to go for a simple inspection and tuneup. 

    There are change kits available for fluids and filters, or you can buy them separately from Autozne, Napa, or your local dealer. The list of what to do at how many hours is in the manual. Adding oil and replacing the filter takes about five minutes, and takes only one metric Allen wrench. You can easily reach the drain plug without raising the bike. Adding grease (both for the moving parts and dialectic grease for power lines and electric components) as well as inspecting the air cleaner, intake butterfly, brakes, and the spark plug are things you should do bi-annually at the minimum. 

    Regarding the spark plug, you may find that popping the spark plug cap off of your Ranger is a bit difficult. Don’t baby it or be afraid of breaking anything, just twist hard and pull even harder. If it is extremely tight and you still can’t get it, they make plug bolt pliers that are real knuckle savers. Using plug bolt pliers also decreases the likelihood of damage compared to grabbing and pulling with plain ol’ pliers. 

    In terms of warranty requirements, just keep your receipts where you purchased the correct OEM maintenance parts/fluids and log the service in the manual. It’s also advised to warm your machine up a bit before a “real” ride. Take it out for a short spin, listen to it run, and try to feel if it’s riding as it should. If anything out of the ordinary happens — like the smell of smoke coming from your rig — you’ll have some clues as to how to fix it before your actual ride. 

    Checking Your Ranger’s Belt

    If you smell your vehicle’s belt smoking, can feel it slipping or acting bouncy and sluggish, or if you can tell that your rig isn’t pulling like it should, your belt could be the problem area. In order to give the belt a thorough inspection, you have to pull it completely off. There are some nice YouTbe videos out there if you are unsure how to do it, but it does not take much time, effort, or mechanical know-how. Once it’s out, inspect the sides of the belt for shiny spots created by belt slippage and other subtle belt wear spots. Keep the belt as a spare so if you blow up your new belt in the future you’re not stranded.

    Many riders stick with the OEM Polaris Ranger belt because it has proven to last the longest with their style of riding. Belts burn while slipping, and if you’re in deep mud, any belt will burn if you don’t have the proper upgrades. It all depends on your style of riding but most people who know Rangers will tell you that the belt is one thing you should stick to OEM. In some cases, the belt may be fine and the issue could be with the fuel pump not providing enough pressure — so if your machine is acting funky that’s an area you can also check. 

    First Ride Of The Season

    After your spring checkup but before your first ride of the season, there are some other preparations that are required for you to have an unforgettable trip — or at least avoid having a terrible trip. First thing’s first, get yourself a winch if you don’t already have one. A good, DOT helmet and some riding gloves are also advised. Throw in a cold beverage, some smoked pepperoni, tools, a fire starter, and a copilot and you’re golden. If you’re expecting muddy conditions, an extra set of clothes is good to have. And if you want to reduce your risk of getting stranded, a spear belt, spare axles, and a tire plug kit with a 12v air compressor will save you’re hide if you don’t ride with a complete spare tire. 

    For tools, bring enough of an assortment of sockets to be able to pull a spark plug, tighten or remove lug nuts, a 4 in 1 screwdriver, etc. Basically enough tools to be able to fix anything small on the trail. Some duck tape is also a good idea. If there will be any water, fill your spark plug boots with dialectic grease. Bring along window cleaner, paper towels, and toilet paper for good measure and a first aid kit as well as a fire extinguisher come in handy during emergencies.  

    Other than that, a good attitude and good company are a must. So get out there this season and have a ball!

  • The Best Helmets For Polaris Ranger Owners: An In-Depth Buyer's Guide

    What Are The ORV Helmet Laws?

    In many states, ATV/UTV law dictates that helmets must be worn at all times by all motorized vehicle riders. In other states, only children under the age of 18 are required by law to wear UTV helmets. While places like Alaska don’t have helmet laws, other states have regulations that make helmets compulsory — even on private property. You can also get dinged by rangers for not wearing a helmet when riding in National Forests, and most benefit rides and ORV parks have rules necessitating the use of UTV helmets — even for riders with roll cages, four-point harness seat belts, and all the safety bells and whistles. In places like Michigan, in addition to wearing a seatbelt and a helmet if you don’t have a roll cage, when riding on state land you must also wear eye protection if you don’t run a windshield on your Polaris Ranger. 

    Are Helmets Really Necessary For A Ranger?

    But even if you don’t live in a state that has enacted mandatory helmet legislation, it’s still a good idea to wear one at all times when driving your Ranger. True it can be annoying at times and a bit of a nuisance to always wear a UTV helmet, but if you’re like most Polaris Ranger owners, the temptation to haul butt, jump, and tackle tricky terrain can get the best of you. Now if you rarely go over 15mph and tool around on gravel and paved roads, your risk is lower, but if you’re out there making Madram videos, then you need a quality UTV helmet. Take a piece of advice from the seasoned veterans, those roll bars tent not to feel good on your melon. And if you like to film your rides, a helmet is a better place to mount a GoPro than your forehead.  

    And I know what you might be thinking, “I don’t need a helmet because I have a roll cage and a seat belt”. Yes these can and do prevent serious injury and fatalities, but the Roll Over Protection Structure (ROPS) used in Polaris Rangers are not roll cages per se. A safety cage is a fully protective pod, including top, sides and bottom. Polaris and other SxS manufacturers are very clear about that in manuals and warning labels. Hit your head on the top bar during a rollover and the impact could cause internal bleeding — rollbacks and soft heads don’t mix well. 

    What’s the right age to take your child on a Ranger?

    Exposing your little ones to power sports at an early age will desensitize them to those scary engine sounds, making them use to it when they get older. But at what age is it appropriate for your kids to ride along in your Ranger? Your safest bet is to let your child grow some before strapping them in an ORV That aside, starting em’ young isn’t necessarily ill-advised. As long as you use a proper car seat, drive extra cautiously, and of course go way too slow, you can mitigate the risks of roughness and hard bumps causing damage to their little necks. But even if you drive safely, you also have to worry about somebody else's stupidity and mechanical failure as well. They don’t make UTV helmets for kids under age of 4 or 5 because their necks just can't support the weight. So unless you're just putting around the yard, taking your infant on long rides through rough terrain may not be the best idea.  

    Can’t I Just Use A Car Seat In My Ranger?

    If you do ride with your infant, strapping them into rear-facing a car seat without a helmet is probably the best option. The added weight to the head of an infant in a car seat will cause more damage if there is collision. However, as per state law in many areas, all children must wear a helmet at all times, and carseat laws apply the same as in a vehicle. So if the helmet doesn't allow proper seating in the carseat, then you can't legally bring your young child with you. 

    You might be thinking about a padded neck roll to support some of the weight of the helmet and putting some kind of padding behind their back so their head isn't leaning forward, but we don’t suggest modifying how they sit in their car seat. If anything is behind them, they could possibly slip out. Those car seats are designed the way they are for a reason, and have likely undergone rigorous testing to insure that they are optimized for safety.  

    Children’s UTV Helmets

    Once your children grow older, you can introduce them to a UTV helmet in steps. Begin with a light, open side one, then change to a fuller helmet every few days. Borrow the beginner helmets and if your toddler does ok then move to the next step. Bicycle helmets work well to begin with, and hockey helmets are a good next step. Once they can support the hockey helmet, then they can graduate to an actual helmet full-face youth helmet. 

    The Kinetic Shocked Youth Helmet by Fly Racing is one of our best sellers for young riders. It comes in a variety of colors and designs that even the pickiest of trendsetters would love. More importantly, though, its light polymer shell, dual density EPS internal liner, and rubber trim with a built-in nose guard are built and tested to the highest of safety specifications. 

    What Are Some Good Polaris Ranger Helmets?

    We’ve talked abut the importance of helmets as well as some good youth helmet ideas, but when it comes to protecting your own noggin, there are a few routes you can take. G-Max is a pretty good all-around, inexpensive helmet. Half helmets are also popular, providing protection for the dome piece while still letting you breath and enjoy the wind in your face. But if you want true protection, a full-face helmet is your best bet. 

    Standard power sports helmets like the Sector Mosser Helmet by Thor work great. And despite their low-costs, they perform well and will definitely block and dampen the force of an impact. For racing, cold weather driving, and all-around comfortability, the ECE/DOT approved F2 Carbon Cold Weather Shield Hi-Visability Helmet By Fly Racing is among the best. Using what is known as MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) and a one-piece tri-composite carbon fiber shell, this helmet both lightweight, and high-strength. 

    Whatever helmet you decide to go with, you’ve made the right first step by making the decision to wear a hemet when riding your Polaris Ranger. The old adage “It’s better to be safe than sorry” is cliche for a reason — because it’s true. So don’t wait till you need twenty staples in your head — or even worse — and get yourself a UTV helmet. And remember, even the best helmet won’t function properly if you forget to wear it, so never ride without one!    

  • Analysis Of The 2019 Polaris Ranger 570

    2019 Polaris Ranger 570 Overview

    The Polaris Ranger 570 has gotten mixed reviews from riders, and the 2019 edition is no different. Most owners of the 2019 Polaris Ranger 570 say that they love their machine and have had zero issues. It is dependable with plenty of power, able to go anywhere the 900 and 1000 Rangers go. And while it may not push you back in your seat or go as fast as the 900 XP when accelerating, you can easily reach top speeds of around 63MPH with an ECU reflash. Regardless, we’re going to get into the nitty gritty of the new 570 Ranger, giving you the good, the bad, and the ugly. So let’s dig in and go no holds barred on the 2019 Polaris Ranger 570. Continue reading

  • How To Lift Your Polaris Ranger: A UTV Lift Kit Analysis

    Polaris Ranger Lift Kits: A Complete Buyer’s Guide To Lift Options For The Polaris Ranger

    There are many ways to lift a Polaris Ranger, and as you might expect, each way has its pros and cons. Most people lift their machine’s to fit larger tires underneath, while others install lift kits on their Rangers for more ground clearance and a smoother ride. Whatever your reason is for getting a lift, it definitely pays to do a little homework before you pull the trigger on anything. So from bracket lifts and portal lifts to aftermarket suspension lifts, here are a few things you should know before you decide on a lift kit for your Polaris Ranger. Continue reading

  • UTV Mirror Analysis: The Best Polaris Ranger Mirrors On The Market

    Polaris Ranger Rear View Mirror and Side Mirror Buyers Guide

    The ability to see behind you when driving is extremely useful. And while you can turn your head or invest in a rear view camera, the latter is prohibitively expensive and the latter is literally a pain in the neck. The solution: Polaris Ranger Mirrors. Be it a set of side UTV mirrors or a suction-mounted rear view mirror, there is no better way to keep tabs on your convoy or watch your six than some Polaris Ranger Mirrors. But which mirrors should you get for your Ranger? We’ll tell you! Continue reading

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