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  • Polaris Ranger Ice Fishing Accessories: How To Use Your Polaris Ranger When Ice Fishing

    There are many things you can do with the Polaris Ranger, from hunting and soil preparation to exploring off road and trail riding. A common activity that many cold-weather Ranger owners participate in is ice fishing. And whether it’s a Polaris Ranger heater to keep you warm en route to the lake, or a Polaris Ranger hitch receiver and tow ball to help you pull your ice fishing shanty, with the right Polaris Ranger ice fishing accessories, you’re almost guaranteed to have a successful day angling at the lake!

    Staying Safe Ice Fishing With The Polaris Ranger

    You could have all the best Polaris Ranger ice fishing accessories from ice anchors to augers, but if you ride on thin ice, you’re putting your life as well as the lives of your passengers at jeopardy. Accidents on the ice can and do happen, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you should definitely learn from experienced UTV ice fishermen and fisherwomen. Although 5-6 inches of clean ice -- or 8-10 inches of cloudy / slushy ice -- should be sufficient to hold the Polaris Ranger, you should always consult a certified ice thickness chart before riding your side-by-side over a frozen lake.

    The Polaris Ranger NorthStar edition weighs around 2,100 pounds, so according to the charts, you should measure an ice thickness of at least 8 inches before driving on it. The United States Department of Natural Resources advises against riding a snowmobile on lakes with less than 5 inches of frozen ice, and recommends not to drive passenger cars on lakes or ponds with less than 8-12 inches of frozen ice. Some riders still don’t risk riding on unexplored areas, choosing instead to walk and carry / drag their gear rather than risk driving there Polaris Rangers or Polaris Generals over ice.

    In some areas, road graders run three machines abreast on ice when plowing lake roads, so you’ll likely be safe if you follow their tracks. Besides, how are you supposed to move your fish houses out and over the ice without the use of a side-by-side or pickup truck? Add some Polaris Ranger tire chains or Polaris Ranger tracks to the mix and you should be good to go on the ice and snow! 

    Helping Your Ice-Fishing Ranger Start In Sub-Zero Temperatures

    When you’ve been posted up on the lake since early dawn, the last thing you want is to be unable to start your machine due to cold weather. The Polaris Ranger battery you use could be adversely affected by low temperatures, and might sometimes be unable to turn over the engine when temps dip too low. So if you’re worried about frigid weather affecting your machine’s electrical and ignition systems, there are a few tricks, part replacements, and Polaris Ranger ice fishing accessories you can use to help your rig start up every time after sitting in the cold.

    As electricity is required to start the Polaris Ranger, you never want to let the battery die. And if your vehicle struggles to fire up when it’s cold, upgrading the electrical system is a good place to start. Putting a fresh UTV battery into your Ranger is advised, and Polaris Ranger batteries with more CCA & CA will make a world of difference. Alternatively, you can also run a battery tender or lithium Polaris Ranger jump starter to keep your current battery fully charged. And if all else fails, jumper cables can be used if there is another vehicle there to charge up your battery.

    In addition to electrical Polaris Ranger upgrades for cold-weather applications, using the right oil and fuel in your rig can also help to optimize it for winter. Full synthetic 0W-40 oils perform great when cold fronts hit, and so does low octane 87 gasoline. So if cold-weather Polaris Ranger oils, fuels, and fluids are available to you, definitely take advantage of them to help you winterize your Polaris Ranger for ice fishing!

    Must-Have Polaris Ranger Ice Fishing Accessories

    While things like pull-behind ice fishing huts, portable ice fishing shanties, and specialized ice fishing Rangers with holes cut in the floorboards can and do help when you’re out on the lake, big-ticket items and machine alterations like these are by no means necessary to go ice fishing. Things like ice augers, however, are pretty much compulsory. And for those, you can’t go wrong with a side-by-side auger mount like the no-drill Polaris Ranger auger mount by Minn-Dakota Industries. If you have an electric auger, you might need a good power pack to keep its battery charged. And although Boost Box battery chargers are handy, you’ll be better off with a cluster of deep cycle batteries and a small inverter. 

    For anglers who want to up their game, ice fishing sonar electronics like the Humminbird Helix 5 fish finder with preloaded lake maps by Vexilar can help you increase your catch significantly. In addition to specialized ice fishing accessories for the Polaris Ranger, you’re also going to want general cold-weather accessories like a heater, tire chains, and a cab enclosure. But regardless of whether you fish through a hole that you cut in the floor of your Polaris Ranger 1000, or walk out onto the lake pulling a sled full of ice fishing gear, get the stuff you need and find all the best Polaris Ranger ice fishing accessories for a comfortable and fruitful angling experience at Everything Polaris Ranger!

  • Not Just For Work: Polaris Ranger Family Riding Activities!

    UTVs like the Polaris Ranger, the Polaris Ranger Crew, and the Polaris General used to live in the exclusive domain of work, labor, and toil. And although landscapers, wildlife officials, farmers, and workers from varied disciplines still utilize side-by-sides to make their jobs easier and more efficient, the popularity of Utility Terrain Vehicles is exploding among families looking for some fun and exciting outdoor recreation experiences. Trail and dune riding alone is fun for those looking to achieve an adrenaline rush, but with a Polaris Ranger Full-Size, a Polaris Ranger Mid-Size, or a Polaris Ranger Crew, Polaris Ranger family riding activities such as camping, hunting, fishing, and sight seeing become increasingly easy to do. Be it to escape the city lights for better star gazing or to take the kids, wife, and dogs to a nearby trailhead for a little hiking, there are countless family-related riding activities that folks can participate in with the help of an off-road Polaris UTV!

    Workhorse UTVs like the Gator and Kubota are nice for those who need to get things done, while side-by-sides like the RZR and Maverick X3 are great for those horsepower hounds who have an unsaciable appetite for speed. Powersports enthusiasts generally like to expose their kids to the joys of off-roading at an early age. Single-seat and single-row youth machines like the Polaris ACE 150 and Polaris RZR 170 are great for kids who want to grab the bull by the horns, but even riding shotgun or as a backseat passenger is good fun for children of all ages!

    When it comes to Polaris Ranger family riding activities, safety should be your number one priority. So if you haven’t checked out our previous blog about keeping your loved ones safe in the Polaris Ranger, definitely have a look before you head out. In addition to side-by-side safety accessories that you can use to avoid injuries during family rides, there are several other Polaris Ranger accessories out there that will improve the quality of your family outings. Polaris Ranger nerf bars with built-in side steps will make it easier for little ones to climb in and out of the family rig, while UTV accessories like in-bed heat shields will protect the paws of your family puppers when you bring them along on rides.

    Even though UTV sound systems, sound bars, and other music-playing devices aren’t necessarily required for quick jaunts with the family, they do provide entertainment during long expeditions as well as when you’re parked up for a trailside picnic or overnight stopover. During the winter, you can use your Polaris Ranger to pull your kids around on snow sleds and inner-tubes. And during the fall, UTVs come in handy when you're teaching your teenagers how to properly stock, kill, and quarter an elk, deer, or pronghorn. Some Polaris Ranger and Polaris General owners even use their side-by-sides for hay rides and tours for extended family members! And for this, Polaris Ranger hitches and Polaris Ranger tow hooks make life much easier.  

    In addition to the myriad Polaris Ranger family riding activities that you and your loved ones can enjoy in the wilderness, there are also many UTV-related events that are family-friendly and fun for children of all ages. The Outback ATV Park in Laurinburg NC, for example, hosts an annual Haunted Trails event with live music, costume contests, and haunted campsite trick-or-treating! The Southern Jeep Festival is another off-road family affair with food vendors and live events for the adults, and a fun kids zone for the young ones. Private UTV courses and ORV parks across the nation host events with activities for the whole family. So regardless of whether you’re wanting to get away from the crowds and experience untapped nature, or socialize with other likeminded off-roaders and their families at organized side-by-side events, there are countless Polaris Ranger family riding activities that you can take part in using your Polaris Ranger UTV!

  • Beyond Hard and Soft: Choosing Your Polaris Ranger Roof

    Nowadays, there are so many levels within and between the “hard” and “soft” ends of the spectrum when it comes to Polaris Ranger roof options. It’s important not to ignore the distinctions between steel, aluminum, polycarbonate, and other points along this diverse range because you might end up with a roof that isn’t right for you. By paying attention to the details and really diving into the specifics of how each type of roof might best speak to your riding experience, you can ensure the best possible purchase. Without further ado, let’s take a look at our favorite offerings in the steel, aluminum, polycarbonate, and even tinted categories.

    Steel

    Whenever a boomer-aged person is dismayed at the flimsiness of a new product and says “they don’t make ‘em like they used to,” this is what they’re remembering. Rest assured, steel Polaris Ranger roofs may be a little old-school by virtue of the material used, but the design and fitment are very much updated for new-school level convenience. It really is the best of both worlds: unrivaled protection from the elements with plenty of modern adaptations for optimal usability. For example, this Polaris Ranger Crew 900 Steel Roof Top by Armor Tech boasts an all-steel construction as well as a guttered design to keep the water off of you. It may run a bit heavier than its less stout contemporaries, but it’s still easy to install and remove, vortex-coated for even greater longevity, and absolutely unbeaten in overall protection.

    Aluminum

    If you can’t afford to tack on the extra weight of steel, but you’re still looking for a really strong roof that you don’t have to be gentle with, aluminum just might be your material. A thick, powder-coated Polaris Ranger aluminum roof will be especially helpful in terms of batting away falling debris without showing early signs of wear. This is the “best of both worlds” option; the middle ground between hard(er) roofs and soft roofs. The perfect example of a roof that seals tight and rides light is this Polaris Ranger Aluminum Top by Rival Powersports

    Polycarbonate

    Even more versatile than aluminum in many cases is easily shapable polycarbonate, an incredibly strong and vibration-resistant material that can do great things for your Polaris Ranger when backed by a solid design and mounting setup. Polycarbonate is astoundingly light and tough at the same time, making it the perfect choice for almost anyone who doesn’t demand steel. This Polaris General 1000 Hard Roof by S-Powersports is a great example of a polycarbonate roof that does it right – we’re talking CNC-cut, .187” UHMW, bulb seal – the works. 

    Polyester

    Finally, we can’t discount the value of a soft roof. Well, we often do “discount the value,” but you know what we mean. If your aim is for convenience and versatility above all else, then polyester is the name that can get you there. It’s not to say you have to sacrifice all durability, either, because options like this marine grade, 11-ounce polyester Polaris Ranger Crew Soft Roof by Over Armour Offroad are here to push the standard for soft roofs to new heights. It’s fully weather-resistant, super easy to install, remove, and store, and puncture/tear-resistant like you wouldn’t believe.

    If you take anything out of this humble introduction to the world of Polaris Ranger roofs, we hope it’s that you stop thinking in terms of “hard or soft” and start thinking “aluminum, polycarbonate, steel…” etc. There’s value at every point in the spectrum – you just have to find which point suits you best.

  • Everything Polaris Ranger Hits A Growth Spurt

    Everything Polaris Ranger and its parent Company Gear Up 2 Go has recently been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America. As the 1,965th fastest-growing private company in America, the 18th fastest-growing private company in Wisconsin, and the number one fastest-growing company in Appleton WI, it brings us great satisfaction to know that all of our hard work is paying off. In addition to the dedication, commitment, and determination of our founders and employees in their endless quest to satisfy the needs of our customers, the increasing popularity of side-by-sides, the diverse Polaris Ranger offerings, and the rapidly-advancing aftermarket accessory industry have all contributed to our fast-paced growth! And as we grow, we hope to better serve the users who rely on Everything Polaris Ranger for their aftermarket needs!

    In the past, UTVs were a niche product used by farmers and enthusiasts. This all changed, however, when Polaris released their Ranger lineup of side-by-sides. With greater functionality, increases in power, and the ability to traverse rough and rugged terrain, the Polaris Ranger helped to usher in a new era of UTV ownership. Instead of being used exclusively as a solo work vehicle, the creation of multi-passenger Polaris Rangers with the capacity to seat 3-5 people allowed the whole family to join in on the fun. New legislation has also contributed to the uptick in UTV ownership. Not only have new trail networks opened up, but side-by-sides have become street legal in many states — making them more like fun-to-drive cars rather than boring pieces of equipment for utilitarian use.

    You can find Polaris Rangers nowadays that cost more than cars, and their quality reflects this. Many Rangers have either stock or aftermarket HVAC systems that can produce hot air in the winter, and cool air in the summer. Add to this newfangled stereo offerings that bump louder than your average rock concert and it’s clear to see that the recreational use of Polaris Rangers has exploded in recent years. Drive down any small-town street or rural town and you’re sure to see parking lots full of UTVs and Polaris Rangers on trailers and in driveways. 

    Under the leadership of the company’s founder Michael Lutes, the growing number of Polaris Ranger owners have been able to find all the accessories their hearts desire by shopping at Everything Polaris Ranger. He has been quoted saying that, "I am so proud of the amazing team we have built!  Our company is made up of 50+ people that come in every day and give 110% to serve our customers and make Gear Up 2 Go a better place to work!!  We have a management team that is out of this world and this award is a testament to their leadership.  Our company is not big into awards but what we are into is surpassing our customer's expectations, and this is just a recognition of that, which we are all very proud of."

    At the end of the day, nothing brings us more pleasure than the ability to help our customers customize their machines to better embrace their passion and get more pleasure out from their spare time. One of the coolest things about our business is that we can help so many different kinds of riders to leverage their passion for UTVs and get more out of every single ride.  At Everything Polaris Ranger, we serve outdoorsmen, hunters, racers, family trail riders, dune riders, mountain riders, desert riders, mudders, weekend recreational riders, and about 100 other specific riding styles.  We Carry Over 100,000 accessories and parts from over 200 brands to serve all of our different customer’s needs. 

    Receiving an award like this great. But what truly reaffirms the value of our hard work is the great feedback we receive from everyday riders. Be it a farmer who increased his yield with one of our Polaris Ranger disc plows, or a hunter who got the biggest buck of his life with the help of a Polaris Ranger gun rack, nothing can put a smile on our face like comments or responses that let us know we helped improve the life of a Polaris Ranger owner!

  • Buyer's Guide: Factory Specs For The Polaris Ranger And Polaris General Tire Size, Wheel Size, Wheel Offset, And Bolt Pattern

    Be it to find an appropriate spare tire to use with your bone-stock Polaris Ranger, or to find the right set of take-off tires to maintain the factory feel of your bike, it’s important to know the tire and wheel size as well as the rim offset and bolt pattern whenever you deal with Polaris Ranger tires and wheels. Although running mismatched tires sizes isn’t necessarily detrimental, and things like wheel adapters exist as workarounds to non-conforming bolt patterns, getting Polaris Ranger tires and rims that meet factory specifications will not only ensure that they can be attached easily, but also that they won’t rub or scrub at full turn or when the suspension bottoms out. Regardless of whether you’ve got the Polaris General 1000 or the Polaris Ranger XP 570, here are the factory tire and wheel specs for your particular Polaris model!

    The Polaris Ranger And Polaris General Stock Bolt Pattern

    Unless you bought your Polaris General or Polaris Ranger from someone who made significant modifications, the bolt pattern on all Polaris-branded Rangers, Generals, and Razors is 4/156. Like with everything, there are always exceptions, and edge cases do exist, but with almost complete certainty, your vehicle’s pitch circle diameter is 4/156. This means that there are four stud holes where the bolts are meant to slide through that measure 156mm away from the corresponding holes on the opposite side.

    Factory Specs For Polaris General Tires And Wheels

    The stock lug nuts on the Polaris General are 12mm by 1.5, where the latter number is the thread pitch (i.e the distance in millimeters between the threads). If you’re looking into replacement lug nuts for the Polaris General, you will most likely have to get spline lug nuts, as the sockets for regular hex-style lug nuts don’t fit through the holes on the rims.

    As far as tire size goes, the front and rear tire sizes on the stock Polaris General differ based on the package you bought. Some Polaris General editions come with 27x9 front tires and 27x11 rear tires with 12” rims, while others come with 27x9 tires in the front and 27x11 tires in the rear with 14” rims — with the first number being the tire diameter (height) in inches, and the second number being the tire width. 

    Many riders question why side-by-sides come with different sized tires in the front and back, and there are a few reasons behind this. For one, vehicles without power steering can use skinnier front tires to slice through mud and snow easier. And although you want the steering to be easy, you also want as much traction as possible, which is why the back tires are fatter. In many ways, this is a legacy effect stemming back to the old days where electronic power steering wasn’t as common. And although many UTV makers have switched to making all four tires the same size, this is something Polaris has yet to pick up on.

    Like tire size, the rim size on different Polaris General packages can differ as well. Some Generals come with 12” rims, while others come with 14” rims. And where wheel offset is concerned, the front wheels on the stock Polaris General are 6x1, while the rear wheels on a stock Polaris General are 5x2. Further, the front Polaris General wheels are 6” wide, whereas the rear Polaris General wheels are 8” wide. 

    Factory Specs For Polaris Ranger XP 1000 Tires And Wheels

    Compared to the General, the factory tire and wheel specs for the Polaris Ranger XP 1000 are relatively straightforward. Like virtually all Polaris UTVs, the bolt pattern is 4/156, while the wheel offset is 4+3 and the rim size is 12x4 all around. And although both the front and rear stock tires have a diameter of 27”, the tire width on the front is 2 inches smaller than the rear, giving the factory machine a front and rear tire width of 9 inches and 11 inches respectfully. 

    Factory Specs For Polaris Ranger XP 900 And Polaris Ranger XP 570 Tires And Wheels

    Both the Polaris Ranger 900 XP and Polaris Ranger 570 XP use 12mm x 1.5 lug nuts. However the tire and wheel size will vary from model to model. On the 900 XP, the front and rear tires and wheels can be 25x10-12 & 25x11-12 respectively, or they can be 26x9-12 and 26x11-12 respectively.

    Regarding wheel offsets for the Ranger 900 and 570 XP, the stock rear wheels have a 5+2 offset, while the stock front wheels have a 4+2 offset. Some riders choose to go with a 4+3 offset on all four tires, which will move the wheels outward by around one inch.  

    Factory Specs For Polaris Ranger Mid-Size, 500, And 800 Tires And Wheels

    The lug nuts for stock Mid-Size Rangers, Ranger 500s, and Ranger 800s are 3/8 x 24. In addition to the size and thread pitch of the lug bolts, you’ll also want closed lug nuts that don’t allow the stud to poke through. Although this might cause problems if you get aftermarket rims, with stock wheels, closed lug nuts will help to prevent corrosion. 

    Mid-Size Polaris Ranger stock tires are 25” tall with a width of 8 inches in the front and 11 inches in the rear. And aside from the High Lifter edition of the Mid-Size Ranger, the stock rims are 12 inches in diameter. Even though the size of Polaris Ranger 500 and 800 tires vary based on the model, they generally fall within a range of between 25 and 27 inches — with the High Lifter edition again being an exception with 28” tires.  

    Final Thoughts

    If you currently own a Polaris Ranger or Polaris General with a stock tire and wheel setup, you can always bust out the ol’ tape measure and check the size specs for yourself. Alternatively, the owner’s manual also has most of the information you’ll need. While there is a lot of info to learn about your stock Polaris Ranger and Polaris General tires / wheels, understanding the requirements of your vehicle before making any purchasing decision will save you a great deal of trouble. If you’re looking for a single take-off Polaris Ranger tire to replace a damaged one on your machine, or if you’re wanting to go back to stock tire and rim specifications for warranty reasons, we hope you’ve been able to absorb all the necessary details to achieve your end goal from the information above!

  • Rough Country’s Top 3 Most Popular Polaris Ranger Accessories

    The off-road firm Rough Country has been around for almost fifty years, a feat that is nearly impossible for any company that delivers anything less than the best. Even riders that are unfamiliar with the brand cannot deny the quality of their products, which range from Polaris Ranger lift kits and winches to Polaris Ranger roofs and windshields. While popularity isn’t perfectly correlated with quality, the opinions of the crowd do carry a significant amount of weight. Every dollar spent on an aftermarket Polaris Ranger accessory is tantamount to casting a vote for that accessory. And although market research and field testing are useful, nothing indicates quality products like the opinions of actual riders who put them to the test day in and day out. Because of this, we thought it would be useful to compile a list of the top three most popular Polaris Ranger accessories by Rough Country based on the buying patterns of you and your fellow riders.

    Number 1: Rough Country’s Scratch Resistant Rear Windshield For The Polaris Ranger 570/900/1000

    There are many benefits to be had from running a rear UTV windshield. Not only do they shield passengers from dust and flying debris, but they also keep the cabin warm in the winter and dry when it’s raining. And although many of these benefits can be gained from soft rear windscreens, the advantages to running a hard Polaris Ranger rear windscreen like the ones by Rough Country shouldn’t be overlooked. 

    For one, the weatherproof seal on Rough Country’s rear windshield is precisely contoured to fit both the frame and roof of the Polaris Ranger. As a result, it traps in hot air better and keeps out nearly 100% of rainwater. Plus, unlike soft rear windscreens, the Rough Country rear windshield for the Polaris Ranger won’t flap around, shake, or vibrate. And because it is built with a hard-coated finish on both sides, it won’t hinder your rearward visibility by developing scuffs, scrapes, and micro-scratches. 

    Number 2: Rough Country’s Scratch Resistant Front Windshield For The Polaris Ranger XP 900 / XP 1000

    Just like their rear windshield, Rough Country’s hard-coated front windshield is precision cut to fit the dimensions of the Polaris Ranger roll cage. Using four cage-mounting clamps, Rough Country’s polycarbonate windshield can be both installed and taken off in a matter of minutes. You can use it seasonally during the winter when you’re plowing snow or commuting to your mountain cabin, then remove it come summer to get the full outdoor riding experience. 

    Contrary to glass windshields, polycarbonate Polaris Ranger windshields like the ones by Rough Country are both lightweight and impact resistant. They won’t chip, crack, or fracture, nor will they fragment and discharge sharp shrapnel in the event of a collision or rollover. There are several companies out there that make quality polycarbonate windshields for the Polaris Ranger, but few can measure up to Rough Country.

    Number 3: Rough Country’s 4,500 Lb Electric Winch For The Polaris Ranger

    Some riders like to install UTV winches for recovery applications, while others use them to operate snow plows. But Polaris Ranger winches can also be used to pull logs out of difficult areas, to extract posts from the ground, or used as hoists when field dressing game. But whatever uses you have in mind for a Polaris Ranger winch, the 4,500 Lb synthetic-line winch by Rough Country has served countless riders well for a variety of tasks.

    The 4,500 Lb winch category is perfect for the Polaris Ranger. It’s strong enough to get you out of any swamp, mud hole, or deep puddle, yet lightweight enough to not significantly weigh down your side-by-side. One attribute of Rough Country’s 4,500 Lb winch that contributes to its low mass is the synthetic rope winch line it uses. Although synthetic ropes do require a bit of maintenance to prevent them from chafing or losing strength due to water and UV light, they are easy to replace, they don’t recoil after failure, and they are as strong — if not stronger — than their steel cable counterparts. 

    Concluding Remarks 

    In principle, UTV accessories require relatively few things to be quality. They need to be durable, practical, and easy to install / use — and making them affordable is a nice cherry on top. But in practice, these simple characteristics are difficult to achieve. Among the few companies that have been able to realize said attributes stands Rough Country. There’s a reason why their products fly off the shelf, and riders who try one of their accessories often return for more. Sure you could take our word for it. But if you want to experience the distinction between good products and great products, try one of Rough Country’s Polaris Ranger accessories for yourself and live it firsthand!

  • Proper Winching Techniques For The Polaris Ranger

    When it comes to operating a Polaris Ranger winch, a little experience will go a long way. And even if you’re new to the Off-Road scene, you can still exercise proper winching techniques when you’re involved in any kind of recovery operation. Although many riders think they know how to use Polaris Ranger winches, it is difficult for someone to learn what they think they already know. So regardless of whether you’re an experienced winch user or a first-time winch owner, the tips and tricks outlined below are sure to assist you with all of your recovery jobs and winch-related endeavors. Pull smarter not harder by following these basic rules for proper winching using the Polaris Ranger!

    The Importance Of Polaris Ranger Snatch Blocks

    There’s no doubt that the power rating of your Polaris Ranger winch is important. However, there’s more to winching than raw pulling power alone. You definitely don’t want to overstrain your winch, but toting around a monster UTV winch all day every day isn’t required either. Ask anyone who has served in the military and they’ll explain how they were trained to use a snatch block whenever possible to recover stuck vehicles.

    The mechanical advantage of a Polaris Ranger snatch block effectively doubles the pulling power of your winch. Not only do they amplify the strength of your winch, but snatch blocks can also be used to run double-line and triple-line rigging. Depending on the distance between your side-by-side and the anchor point, doubling or tripling your winch line can help you increase the power of your winch (because a winch’s power output decreases with every wrap the line makes around the drum).

    Things like soft shackle pulleys are good for changing the direction of your winch rigging, however such accessories are not the same snatch blocks. They can help you maintain a 90-degree angle when winching, which ensures that the winch line is spooled properly onto the drum, but they also place unnecessary friction on your winch gear.

    Many winch accessory kits for the Polaris Ranger, the Ranger Full-Size, and the Ranger Crew include pulleys and snatch blocks. But companies like Custom Splice, ARB, Warn, TGL, and Smittybilt also make standalone UTV snatch blocks for the Polaris Ranger lineup.

    Choosing The Right Polaris Ranger Winch Line

    Both synthetic rope winch lines and steel cable winch lines have their strengths and weaknesses. But even though neither winch line material is superior in all aspects, there are situations where one style of winch line works better than the other.

    The abrasion resistance of synthetic winch ropes, for example, is something to consider. You should always use tow straps or tree savers when winching with a synthetic winch line, while also making sure that the rope isn’t rubbing against anything on its way back to the winch. And although you shouldn’t loop any winch line, synthetic or otherwise, around rocks, trees, or other objects, cable winch lines will hold up better in situations where this is unavoidable. 

    Because synthetic lines are more dynamic than steel wire lines, they are able to ease in and out of tension, which can mitigate load stresses in some scenarios. But whichever winch line material you feel more comfortable with, maintenance should never be overlooked. Keeping your winch lines clean, dry, and as covered as possible at all times will help keep them in tip-top shape and greatly prolong their useful life.

    The Amsteel Blue Polaris Ranger winch lines are popular, as are the Carr ropes by Custom Splice, the Devil’s Hair ropes by Master Pull, and all the winch lines by Monster Rigging. Similarly, the wire and rope company Phillystran also makes quality winch lines and winch line replacements for the Polaris Ranger. So if you’re wanting a 50-foot 3/16” winch rope, a 40-foot 1/4” winch rope, or any other size / style in between, there are many quality options out there for you to choose from.   

    Snow Recovery Vs Mud Recovery

    The winching tactics you implement will vary slightly depending on how and where you’re stuck. Getting high centered on a rut requires a different approach than getting yourself free from a deep mud hole. And winching your way out of a water hazard is quite different than recovering your machine from a snowbank.

    With regards to winter winching methods, it is usually a good idea to pull the vehicle out from the rear. Generally speaking, the buildup of ice and snow in front of the UTV before it gets stuck makes it more difficult to recover from the forward direction. Sure you could dig your way out, and traction boards like the Maxtrax can prove useful for snow recovery tasks well. But the easiest way to recover a UTV from a snowdrift is to do it from the back. And if you’re riding on a frozen lake or any area where natural anchor points are few and far between, tools like the Pull Pal land anchor can be literal lifesavers.

    Final Thoughts

    As far as Polaris Ranger winches are concerned, bigger isn’t always better. And even with the most expensive and powerful Polaris Ranger winch on the market, without the right ancillary accessories like pulleys, shackles, straps and hooks — as well as the know-how to properly use them all — you could still be stuck up crap creek when you find yourself mired down in waist-high mud or snow. Having the right winching gear is important, but knowing how to use it will ensure that you’re never stuck for long!

  • Rough Country For Rough And Rowdy Ranger Riders

    We are excited to announce the newest aftermarket UTV part and accessory contributor to Everything Polaris Ranger: Rough Country. With everything from Polaris Ranger lift kits and light bars to windshields, winches, and windows for all Polaris Ranger models, years, and editions, the folks over at Rough Country have proven themselves to be industry-leading providers of top-tier off-road products. Their lifts and suspension kits for the Polaris Ranger are cutting-edge, and because they also provide parts, kits, and components for other off-road vehicles like trucks, jeeps, and more, their understanding of engineering, materials science, and the physics of powersports is second to none. So let’s jump in and see what makes Rough Country stand out from the crowd!

    Rough Country Polaris Ranger Lift Kits

    In addition to providing springs and shocks for the Polaris Ranger, Rough Country also offers an all-inclusive lift package for the Polaris Ranger that includes everything a rider needs to jack up their rig. SuperATV’s 2” bracket lift is good, but for some riders, an additional bit of clearance is required. So if you’re wanting to run 28”+ tires without any issues, the 3-inch Polaris Ranger lift kit by Rough Country is the way to go.

    Whether you’ve got the 2020 Ranger 1000XP or the Ranger 1000 EPS, Rough Country’s lift kit will install easily onto your machine. You can use them with forward a-arms if you’d like, but aftermarket a-arms are by no means necessary. And because the Polaris Ranger 3-inch lift kit by Rough Country comes with spacers for the factory struts, front and rear lift brackets, as well as sway links and bracket spacer sleeves, your rig’s geometry won’t be positioned in a way that puts your CV joints in jeopardy.

    Why piece together all the various components of a lift when you can get a complete 3-inch Polaris Ranger lift package from a company like Rough Country? Compared to the 3” Polaris Ranger lifts by firms such as OutKast, Catvos, and others, the lift systems by Rough Country are in a league of their own!

    Rough Country Polaris Ranger Lights

    Another area where Rough Country excels is in the aftermarket Polaris Ranger lighting department. The 50” Rough Country light bar, for instance, is incredibly bright, providing enough illumination to overpower the factory Polaris Ranger headlights. Although some pulse bars may not be able to deliver enough current to power this behemoth of a light bar, you can use your pulse bar to trigger the light’s relay. Many riders like to run the light bar’s wiring under the roof and into the hole in the roll bar on the driver’s side. From there it can be threaded down and into the cluster. The install is super clean, and the light bar can fit under the headliner as well. Plus, Rough Country light bars are a fraction of the cost of other high-end UTV lights.

    Although smaller in size than their 50-inch counterpart, Rough Country’s 30” and 8” light bars for the Polaris Ranger 1000, Polaris Ranger 900, and Polaris Ranger 570 are just as intense. The 30” Rough Country light bar is way brighter than many 50” units, and their 8” light bar can put out around 3,600 lumens. Whether you’re tracking deer, lighting up some coyotes, or simply riding to your barn early in the morning and late at night, you can illuminate your way in any situation with a light-related product by Rough Country!

    Rough Country Recovery Solutions For The Polaris Ranger

    In addition to their goliath 9,500 Lb electric UTV winch, Rough Country also makes winch brackets, mounting plates, and winch-related accessories for the Polaris Ranger as well. If you already have a winch and only need a winch mount, Rough Country has what you seek. Or if you need something like a snatch block to augment your winch’s pulling power, Rough Country makes those as well!   

    Ending Notes

    While there are many great motorsports companies out there that dip their toes into the side-by-side scene, Rough Country dove in head first. With an emphasis on customer satisfaction, value, and unbeatable ride quality, there is little doubt that Rough Country will be around for decades to come. So if you’re a Polaris Ranger owner looking for lights, lift kits, windshields, or winch accessories, don’t make the mistake of overlooking the products by Rough Country!

  • Setting the Record Straight: ATVs and Side by Sides are Not the Same

    It’s easy to get lost in semantics when you’re first diving into the jargon-rich world of ATV/side by side riding. Let us be the first to tell you that it’s much easier to navigate this tangled mass of terms than it looks—as long as you start with a top-down approach.

    What we mean by that is, before you start researching the finer points of Polaris Ranger accessories, it’s best to get the “big picture” established first. And for many newbies, this means clarifying the difference between ATVs and Side by Sides. THEN you can start in on that Double Row LED Light Bar you’ve had your eye on. 

    That’s right, ATVs and side by sides are not the same. Let’s break the differences down point by point:

    Size/Seating

    You may have heard ATVs, which stands for all-terrain vehicles, referred to as “quads.” This is in reference to their four wheels, not the ability to accommodate four passengers. ATVs typically accommodate one passenger – they can be thought of as a four-wheeled motorcycle meant for offroad settings.

    Side by sides and UTVs, on the other hand, typically allow two riders to ride – you guessed it – “side by side.” It’s not uncommon at all to see UTVs and side by sides that accommodate four people. Most UTVs don’t roll off the line this way, meaning you will need a high-quality roll cage kit to make the jump from two to four. 

    Where an ATV is like a beefy motorcycle, UTVs and side by sides like the Polaris Ranger are more like super rugged two-seater (or 4) “mini jeeps.” 

    Intended Use

    It’s more common to see ATVs used for recreation. This is because they’re typically more agile than UTVs, handling more like motorcycles. Also, ATVs aren’t able to transport/tow as much as UTVs, though there are plenty of workarounds to at least boost your carrying capacity by a small margin.

    UTVs and side by sides are designed not just to get you to the job site, but to actually do the job in many cases. They can be outfitted with winches, powerful lights, larger storage solutions, farming implements, snow plows, and more. 

    Steering

    ATVs utilize a handlebar setup for steering purposes, which is another element that makes them more like offroad motorcycles. Depending on the type of ATV, you may have a thumb throttle and/or various shifters accessible from your handlebars, as well as the brakes, of course.

    UTVs use steering wheels, though you may find them to be a little bit of a departure from your car on the first couple uses. There are tons of aftermarket variations to enhance your offroad capabilities, give you an edge on race day, and/or free up some extra leg room.

    Overall Experience

    For a more “athletic” experience in terms of wrestling with your steering system, making quick decisions at higher speeds and pulling more aggressive maneuvers, it’s ATV all the way. You’re not working with a roll cage, either, making this a truly open-air experience – once again, just like a motorcycle. 

    That’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of thrills to be had in the UTV/side by side category, however, because these even more muscular offroad adventurers were built for serious abuse, meaning you will experience plenty of thumping around. 

    If You’re Stuck in the Middle, Just Remember This

    Can’t decide between an ATV and a class-leading side by side like the Polaris Ranger? Now that you know how these two classes of trail-pounding vehicles stack up in different areas, it should hopefully be easier for you to make the call. ATVs are more for play, and UTVs are more for work. That said, if you love to play but also have plenty of work to do around your property, then there are plenty of UTVs with more than enough pep to blow your hair back. 

  • Thoughts On The 2021 Polaris Ranger Lineup

    Details on Polaris’ 2021 Ranger lineup were released in late 2020, and to the joy of those who purchased a 2020 Polaris Ranger, no huge changes were announced. However, long-time side-by-side riders know that even the smallest of changes can make the biggest of differences. And when you’re building on a machine framework that is already leading the industry, sometimes the best thing you can do is maintain the status quo. Back in 2020, some riders took delivery of the 2021 Polaris Ranger 570 and the 2021 Polaris Ranger 500 late in the year. And although there was much speculation about the other 2021 Polaris Ranger models, we have since come to know what the 2021 lineup of Ranger vehicles entailed. So let’s get to it and see what’s going on with the 2021 Polaris Ranger lineup!

    Changing Up The Colors On The 2021 Polaris Ranger

    Polaris got rid of the Sage Green and Metallic Sand color options for the 2021 Polaris Ranger 1000 XP, making it available in Burgundy Metallic, Ghost White, Matte Navy, and Cammo. They stuck with the orange and grey options for the High Lifter Edition, and introduced a new Trail Boss Edition that comes with white body panels. Ask anyone who rides hard, though, and they’ll tell you that a white-colored body is particularly hard to keep clean, especially with regards to mud stains. But with the right Polaris Ranger cleaning supplies, you won't have to concern yourself over trifles like mud smudges, dust accumulation, and dirt buildup.  

    The 2021 Polaris General

    Like the other 2021 Polaris Ranger models, the most salient difference between the 2021 Polaris General and its most current predecessor is purely cosmetic. However, even though they didn’t release a High Lifter, North Star, or Turbo General edition in 2021 like many riders had hoped, Polaris was able to fix the belt slap issues that plagued the clutches of older Polaris General editions. 

    The 2021 Polaris Ranger High Lifter

    One of the biggest differences between the 2021 Polaris Ranger High Lifter and the 2020 Polaris Ranger High lifter is that the 2021 version come stock with 30” Outlaw tires instead of 28” tires. Polaris also altered the headlights on the 2021 Polaris Ranger High Lifter edition, stuck with the same wheel base, and dropped the travel one inch from 11 inches on the 2020 High Lifter to 10 inches on the 2021 High Lifter.

    The 2021 Polaris Ranger XP Series

    A nice surprise for Ranger owners who have experienced turf mode issues is that all 2021 Polaris Rangers have geared reverse instead of reverse chains. But with the Polaris Ranger XP edition specifically, the 2021 models have a beefier front end, a rear that is 50% stronger, a stiffer frame, and a larger rear box. This might have some implications for aftermarket a-arms, which might need to be redesigned to fit the 2021 Polaris Ranger models. Further differences in the 2021 XP 1000 Rangers include the addition of stock 14” rims, a battery charger port, and a fresh front bumper. The 2021 XP 1000 Ranger can also be upgraded with factory LED headlights, but if you cost it out, you’d be better off with an aftermarket headlight kit from a company like BeamTech, Quad Logic, or Heretic Studio

    New 2021 Polaris Ranger Editions

    As we mentioned earlier, Polaris introduced a new special edition 2021 vehicle: the Polaris Ranger Trail Boss. The Trail Boss edition was made to replace the Back Country edition, and it can be upgraded with the NorthStar package as well. Like the Texas Ranger edition, the Trail Boss Polaris Ranger model comes with load-adaptive rear shocks, which are designed to automatically adjust to support added weight. This might seem like overkill for some applications, but it’s perfect for those who frequently pile on and deposit heavy loads from the bed of their side-by-side.

    Closing Thoughts On The 2021 Polaris Ranger Lineup

    If you were hoping for major changes to the Polaris Ranger’s interior or exterior back in 2020, hopefully your wishes have come true by now. But despite the unsatisfactory updates that Polaris made to their 2021 Ranger lineup as well as things like a fuel line recall for the 2021 Polaris Ranger soho Premium edition, 2021 wasn't the worst year ever for Polaris Ranger owners. After all, if you’re not happy with a particular aspect of your ride, aftermarket parts, accessories, and alterations are only a few clicks away. So if you're in need of assistance to procure, install, or use any accessory for the 2021 Polaris Ranger, look no further than Everything Polaris Ranger!

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