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  • Weighing In On The Dimensions Of The Polaris Ranger Lineup: Weight, Height, Width, And Length

    Despite what your wife or girlfriend has told you, size does matter. And in the off-road world, there are myriad ways in which the size of your Polaris Ranger will affect the desired outcome. You obviously want your Ranger to be big enough to carry both supplies and passengers, otherwise you would have gotten an ACE or a Polaris RS1. Yet for some applications, the mammoth Polaris Ranger Crew 1000 -- which comes from the factory at just over 12.6 feet long and 5.2 feet wide -- may be too large and lumbering to navigate narrow trails and technical terrain. Although there are aftermarket modifications you can make to alter the weight, height, width, and length of your Polaris Ranger UTV, starting off with an edition / model that best matches your wants, desires, and needs is a smart thing to do. But if it’s unclear to you how the various Polaris Ranger dimensions and sizes affect the safety, durability, performance, and practicality of your side-by-side, we’re about to unpack everything you need to know about the weight, width, height, and length of the Polaris Ranger lineup!

    Polaris Ranger Weight

    The estimated dry weight of the lightest Ranger edition (the Polaris Ranger 150 EFI) is 673 pounds. On the other end of the spectrum, the Polaris Ranger Crew 1000 weighs in at 1,786 pounds from the factory. If you’re like most riders, however, you’ve probably either considered, or followed through on, purchasing aftermarket accessories to enhance the overall functionality and versatility of your Polaris Ranger. It usually starts small, with thinks like rearview mirrors, tow hitch receivers, or off-road coolers. But as you ride, you’ll begin to notice the benefits that other aftermarket Polaris Ranger accessories might provide. And as you continue to load up on gear, tools, supplies, and accessories, the weight of your Ranger will continue to grow; causing the suspension to compress and the chassis to squat. Even without a Polaris Ranger cargo rack onto which you’ve mounted a spare tire, a fuel pack, and a rifle scabbard, if the bed of your rig is stuffed to the brim, you’ll still experience a bit of sagging.

    Those with the Trail Boss edition of the Polaris Ranger XP 1000 will notice that their machine self-levels when it detects hefty load onboard. But if you don’t have the Trail Boss Ranger model, some stiffer shocks, HD springs, or rubber inserts that stiffen the stock springs can be installed for a better ride quality and proper load management. Polaris Ranger 814 Shocks, for example, come with coils and can bolster your suspension to handle the heaviest of freight without diminishing the plushness of your ride. Similarly, S3 springs can also be installed for ride improvements under massive loads. Front S3 Polaris Ranger springs are perfect for those who move snow with big snow plow blades, and rear S3 springs are great for those with overloaded cargo beds. Aside from S3 springs, 814 shocks, and setups like Nivomat self-leveling shocks, you can also try repositioning your stock Polaris Ranger shocks to the outside mounting location on the frame!

    Polaris Ranger Height

    Excluding the Polaris Ranger 150 EFI -- which sits at 58” tall -- the stock height of all other Polaris Ranger models spans between 73 inches and 79.5 inches. Most Rangers, however, don’t remain the same height for long. With the popularity of lift kits, large wheels, roofs, and other hight-increasing aftermarket accessories, a good number of modified Polaris Rangers deviate from their factory height specs. Add-ons like portal gear hubs, long-travel suspension kits, and Polaris Ranger bracket lifts can easily lengthen the height of any vehicle by 2-8 inches. And while this might be great for ground clearance, it can produce negative results when it comes to overhead clearance.

    If, for example, you keep your rig inside a garage, shed, or shipping container with a fixed ceiling height, you don’t want to install Polaris Ranger accessories that'll make your side-by-side too tall to fit inside. And the same goes for enclosed toy haulers and trails with low-hanging branches. If your modified Polaris Ranger is lifted too high, unintended consequences could arise. Luckily, however, there are ways to lower your Polaris Ranger without reducing its ground clearance. One such way is with a Polaris Ranger cage chop. Although chopping your Polaris Ranger cage can bring about its own issues -- such as losses in headroom and the inability to run some overhead gun racks and roof stereos -- when coupled with a Polaris Ranger seat chop, a cage chop can shorten your rig's height so that it fits where it needs to go.

    Polaris Ranger Width

    The width of your Polaris Ranger plays a vital role in the stability of the machine. If your vehicle is too narrow, it’ll be tippy and top heavy. And with the addition of 1”, 1.5”, or 2” Polaris Ranger wheel spacers, you can extend the wheelbase of your rig by over four inches if you so choose. But if you live in an area like New Hampshire -- which is replete with trails that have width restrictions of 65 inches -- extending your Polaris Ranger width beyond the length of a 65” gate will reduce the riding areas available to you and your widened machine. 

    In addition to adhering to the width restrictions of specific trails -- which can range from 50” ATV trails and 60” ORV trails, to side-by-side trail systems with a 72” maximum width -- you should also consider the width of your trailer. If your bike isn’t street legal, you’ll have to transport it from place to place. But if it’s too wide to fit on your flatbed trailer, you’ve got yourself a problem. Sure, you could always just buy a bigger trailer, but you might not have to if you conduct the proper due diligence before modifying the width of your Polaris Ranger.

    Polaris Ranger Length

    The longer your Polaris Ranger is, the more carrying capacity it will have. Be it passenger capacity with a 4-door Polaris Ranger Crew, or bed capacity with a Polaris Ranger equipped with a bed extender or hitch-mounted rack, you can only stack so much in the upward direction before you start to diminish the stability of your UTV. So for those who need as much room as possible, a 152-inch long Polaris Ranger Crew 1000, a 154-inch long Polaris Ranger Crew XP 1000 EPS High Lifter, or a 146-inch long Polaris Ranger Crew 570-6 might be the best option.

    Carrying capacity alone, however, isn’t the only factor to consider when comparing the lengths of different Polaris Ranger UTV models. The turning radius of the vehicle is also important. Be it when working in confined spaces, trail riding, or maneuvering around obstacles in the field, having a sharp turning radius comes in handy. On windy roads and technical trails, you don’t want a long machine that turns like a school bus. But at the same time, you don’t want to remove the bump stops / steering stops on your rack either (if you have them installed), lest you make it more likely for an axle shaft to pop out or a CV joint to become damaged. 

    Closing Remarks

    There are always pros and cons to being either big or small; and the same goes for being medium-sized. You’ll never be able to do it all in your Ranger, so making sure that your vehicle is optimized for your intended uses, capabilities, and destinations is about all you can do to ensure the success of any given ride. Generally, trail riders like smaller and more nimble machines, while those who use their side-by-sides for farm work prefer big and powerful side-by-sides with the highest towing and hauling capabilities possible. While things like trail width limits and short-roofed enclosed trailers might force you to get a suitably-sized machine to fit within these parameters, there are usually workarounds that you can utilize to adjust the height, weight, length, and width of your Polaris Ranger!

  • An Investigation Into Polaris Ranger Air Filters

    There are few things more frustrating than sitting behind the wheel of a Polaris Ranger that runs like a scolded dog. However one thing that’s unequivocally worse than that is being forced to rebuild your Polaris Ranger motor due to large amounts of sand or dust that found its way inside your UTV's engine. But why does this happen? Isn’t the Polaris Ranger air intake filter there to clean the air and remove any contaminants before it reaches the engine? After all, what more can riders do other than clean their reusable Polaris Ranger air filters or replace their one-time-use paper Polaris Ranger air filters at the appropriate intervals? Well, that’s what we’re getting into today. From aftermarket Polaris Ranger air filters to air-cleaning accessories like Polaris Ranger particle separators, here is what you can do to ensure proper airflow without exposing your Ranger’s engine to damaging dirt, dust, and debris.

    Knowing When To Change, Clean, And / Or Replace Your Polaris Ranger Air Filter

    The environment where you ride as well as the particular year and model of your machine will both play a significant role in the frequency with which you must change your Polaris Ranger air filter to avoid issues. Some riders swap out the air filters on their Polaris Rangers with every oil change, but if you drive primarily on gravel roads during dry summer days, your air filter can plug up in between oil changes. For those who own the 2018 Polaris Ranger XP 900, dust can be particularly pernicious, as the air intake for this edition is located on the side of the UTV by the riders hip.

    One thing you can do is remove your Polaris Ranger air filter and hit it with some high-pressure blasts from an air compressor. However once the air filter material gets plugged initially, it’s much easier for it to get plugged again in the future. This is why many companies say that you should not clean a paper air filter for further use once it gets dirty and caked with gunk.

    Pre-filters and products like Frogzskin air filter covers for the Polaris Ranger can also help to keep out dust, snow, water, and fine particles. And although they aren’t quite as effective as a Polaris Ranger snorkel kit, they are certainly better than nothing. The only caveat with Frogzskin air intake covers, however, is that they too can become blocked and prevent air from flowing into the engine.

    Aftermarket Polaris Ranger Air Filters

    The debate surrounding stock vs. aftermarket Polaris Ranger air filters still rages. And although many riders have their preferences and will stick to them despite the evidence, others are more open and willing to try new things if it means protecting their side-by-side’s engine.

    K&N Air Filters

    Despite what you might have heard, K&N filters aren’t bad filters… they’re just bad filters for the Polaris Ranger. K&N air filters are designed primarily for rally race trucks that only go one race before having their engines rebuild -- so the filter only needs to keep enough dirt out for the vehicle to make it through to the end of the race. For applications such as these, airflow is the most important factor. Most Ranger owners, however, don’t need extra airflow, they need extended engine life. And this means removing as much dust and particulate matter as possible from the air before it reaches the engine.  

    If you go and look on the K&W website, you won’t be able to find what micron their filters are good for. And this lack of information is suspicious to some riders. Sure K&N air filters are reusable, but they don’t stop fine sand particles. So without a good pre-filter to catch the little stuff, you’re allowing small particles to pass through your K&N filter into the engine, which then gets inside the cylinders and causes the walls to score and the rings to blow by. If you’re looking to save money by running a reusable Polaris Ranger air filter without a good pre filter, you’d probably be better off by blowing out your old filter a few times with compressed air instead of using a K&N filter. That being said, the cleanable K&N filters can work in some situations, so long as you make sure that they’re constantly soaked with ample oil.

    UNI Filter Air Filters

    Unlike the oiled gauze-style pleated cotton filters by K&N, the oiled air filters like UNI Filter air filters for the Polaris Ranger are made out of a foam material. Like the K&N filters, however, UNI Filter air filters are also known to let fine particles through. With a good pre-filter or particle separator, this might be not be an issue. And as we mentioned earlier, it all depends on the application. Most Ranger owners are focused more on longevity and reliability, but for those who are concerned primarily with performance, a UNI Filter is a good choice to maximize the engine's power output. But over terrain such as dirt roads and dusty trails, riders are usually fine with losses in performance if it means extending the life of their engine!

    R2C Performance Air Filters

    Polaris Ranger owners like R2C air filters for various reasons. Not only are they easy to clean, but they also require no oil to mess around with. Many race car drivers use R2C filters, and in addition to not requiring oil, R2C Performance air filters also use a radial / axial sealing design to prevent leaking and eliminate dust ingress around the filter, and can hold 47% more dust than stock air filters. Plus, because they're reusable, RC2 filters will last for years!

    GSE Performance Air Filters

    Washable Polaris Ranger air filters like the ones by GSE Performance use the latest filtration technology to ensure that even the smallest specs of dust can’t make their way through. And in addition to Polaris Ranger air filters, GSE Performance also makes exhausts / slip-on exhausts for the Ranger lineup!

    Polaris Ranger Particle Separators

    Both Polaris Ranger pre-cleaners and Polaris Ranger particle separators like the ones by Donaldson and S&B are great for those who ride in dusty areas. They basically work like a dust bowl on a tractor, knocking most of the dirt out of the air before it ever reaches the filter. These add-on devices spin the incoming air like a Dyson vacuum cleaner. The dust inside pre-cleaners and particle separators is flung to the outside of the unit due to centrifugal forces generated by the spinning motion. On the inside sits a cone that takes the clean air from the center and directs it to the engine through your air filter.

    In this way, not only will your Polaris Ranger air filters last longer, but with a particle separator, there’s also a reduced likelihood that small particles will slip through the filter. And because particle separators remove around 98% of dust from your intake air, you’ll go from changing your air filter every few weeks to only having to change it once a year! 

    Closing Thoughts

    Be it a Polaris Ranger air filter and pre-filter combo to extract every last bit of dust from the intake air your vehicle sucks in, or air-box cover sealing measures so that your paper Polaris Ranger air filter or foam Polaris Ranger air filter stays nice and dry, make the mistake of neglecting your machine’s air intake and air filtration system and you'll kick yourself down the line. You probably don’t like breathing in dust and dirt when riding, so why would you think it’s any different for your UTV?

  • A Detailed Walkthrough Of Polaris Ranger Check Engine Lights And Error Codes

    The Polaris Ranger is a complicated machine, and as such, there are countless ways in which side-by-sides like the Ranger Mid-Size, Ranger Full-Size, and Ranger Crew can malfunction. Luckily, most Polaris Ranger editions will flash check-engine lights and error codes on the instrument cluster when things go awry, and these codes indicate which issues might exist and detail where the potential problems may lie. Failure Mode Identifiers (FMIs), for example, are used in conjunction with a Suspected Area of Fault (SPN) to determine electronic problems, whereas Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) are thrown when on-board sensors detect suspicious inputs. The owner’s manual can be used to decipher the meaning of Polaris Ranger error codes and check engine lights, but if you've lost your manual or never had one to begin with, here is a detailed walkthrough of Polaris Ranger check engine lights and error codes!

    Common Polaris Ranger Error Codes

    Before you drive yourself crazy trying to diagnose and fix your Polaris Ranger after an error code is thrown, there are a few basic things you should check and rule out first. On most Polaris Ranger model years, thermostats, sensors, and wiring is often to blame for both error codes as well as check engine lights. If your rig doesn’t show the correct gear -- or any gear at all -- on the dash, you’ve probably got a bad gear position sensor. And if the lights on your rig are still on, holding down the menu button and flipping to the diagnostic code page will give you a numbered readout that you can look up for specifics. Error code 656 on a 2015 Ranger 900 XP, for example, typically involves issues with the ETC accelerator position sensor (i.e the gas pedal sensor). If you’ve made sure that the connections are dry, clean, and unbroken, replacing the bad sensor should set you straight. 

    Polaris Ranger misfire codes are also commonplace, with direct cylinder misfires that activate limp mode and other misfire codes occurring in even new model years with low milage. A temporary fix for Polaris Ranger misfire codes is to shut the vehicle off and then fire it back up again, but this is a short-term solution that won’t remedy the underlying problem. A slipping belt is another usual suspect that causes misfire codes to be thrown, so replacing your belt when a misfire code is displayed will likely lead to a resolution. It's a well-known fact that Polaris made their knock sensor codes over sensitive in the Ranger, and it only takes a single tooth slipping to throw an error code. If the error light doesn’t turn off after you install a new belt, put your Ranger in neutral and rev the engine at 4,000 rpm for a minute or two and see if that works. Alternatively, you can also send your electronic control unit to a place like Gilomen Innovations, which will open up the parameters of the ECU to reduce its sensitivity.

    Another error code that the Polaris Ranger frequently throws is code 520207, which indicates that the all wheel drive control circuit is stuck. To release the 4WD, drive your rig at least 10 feet in reverse, put it in neutral, and then move forward in low gear only. If that doesn’t turn the check engine light off, you can also push in the plugs by the front and rear differentials.

    Error code 520285 means that you need new brake pads, while error code 520207 sub 5 means that you have a short to ground and need to look at the wire harnesses for rubs, tears, and other forms of damage. Further common Polaris Ranger error codes include 3598 -- which is a code for low output voltage from the ECU that typically indicates a loose wire, a bad connection, or a bad ECU -- 65590 / 65591 misfire codes -- which can often be fixed with new NGK spark plugs -- and 746-5 -- which you might be able to clear by disconnecting the battery, cycling the key a couple times, and then reconnecting the battery. If all else fails when error codes are thrown, plugging in your Ranger to a laptop and clearing the stored error code might be the best course of action.

    False Positive Polaris Ranger Error Codes

    There are many accounts of Polaris Rangers throwing false positive error codes when no errors actually exist. As long as you’ve kept up with scheduled maintenance and haven’t abused your rig too badly, the likelihood is high that either a sensor is bad or some wiring has come loose. The flashing yellow check engine light on the 2015 Mid-Size Ranger 570, for instance, is the error code for the speed sensor. Although the speed sensor rarely goes bad, the speed sensor wiring often does. So an easy fix for this is to simply get a new plug and then splice it in. 

    Looking for chaffed wiring when Polaris Ranger error codes appear is a smart thing to do. The Ranger is similar to a modern car or truck, sending a 5V reference signal to the sensors to get feedback about the performance of the various components. If one of the wires is rubbed through and shorted to the ground, it will pull the voltage down for all sensors fed by that circuit. That being said, you should also be sure that the battery voltage is normal -- somewhere around 12V when the engine is off, and between 13V and 14V when the engine is running.

    Even if the wires look normal, they can break inside the insulation if the wires coming from the connector bend immediately after entering / exiting said connector. Using a voltmeter is key, and checking to see what’s getting power and what’s not will save you from frustrating and expensive trial-and-error guesswork. 

    Closing Thoughts

    After fixing the underlying cause of your Polaris Ranger error codes and check engine lights, the vehicle should clear the codes automatically. Some codes will clear after you hit 25 mph, while others will clear as soon as you move fast or long enough for the sensor to generate a positive reading. Damaged wiring and bunk sensors are often to blame, with the throttle position sensor (TPS), gas pedal sensor, and knock sensor being particularly problematic. It should also be noted that your wiring / wire harnesses can be broken down to a single strand and still give proper ohms resistance specs, so identifying and diagnosing the underlying problem can be quite difficult at times. But with a lot of perseverance and a little luck, any Polaris Ranger error code / check engine light can be diagnosed and fixed!

  • Polaris Ranger Windshield Wiper Kits: What You Should Know

    In a bid to maintain unobstructed forward visibility at all times, some Polaris Ranger owners choose to run half windshields. In this way, when things get messy and mud starts flying, the driver can simply look above the smeared-up and caked-over windshield. Half front windshields, however, don’t provide much protection against rain. And although you might still be able to see with a half windshield after a brutal mud barrage, the cleanliness of your cockpit will surely be compromised. 

    To preserve a clear line of sight while simultaneously blocking mud, dust, water, and more, Polaris Ranger full windshields with wiper kits do the trick nicely. No matter how intense your rides get and regardless of the terrain, weather conditions, and other factors you encounter on or off the trail, with the support of a Polaris Ranger windshield wiper, you’ll be confident, competent, and uncompromised behind the wheel. But which Polaris Ranger windshield wiper kit should you choose? Be it for extreme effectiveness, maximum convenience, or to match the material of your UTV windshield, here are our pics for the best Polaris Ranger windshield wiper kits

    Manual Vs Electric Polaris Ranger Windshield Wipers

    Both hand-driven and motor-driven Polaris Ranger windshield wiper kits have their pros and cons. As you might expect, manual Polaris Ranger windshield wipers are much cheaper than automatic Polaris Ranger windshield wipers. In addition to the lower price tag, manual wiper blades for the Polaris Ranger are also much easier to install. Because they rely on electric motors to function, electric windshield wipers for the Polaris Ranger can be a bit of a pain to put on and wire up. And if you’re running other on-dash or above-windshield accessories like defrosters, aftermarket gauges / in-dash stereo panels, or SSV sound bars, the mounting location for a windshield wiper motor might already be occupied. 

    That being said, having to operate a hand-driven windshield wiper when it’s raining cats and dogs outside can be exhausting at best, and distracting / dangerous at worst. If you’re using the front headliner space above your Polaris Ranger windshield for a sound bar, electric wiper units like the ones by MotoAlliance can be mounted at the base of the windshield. Alternatively, if your dash space is fully utilized, electric wiper and washer kits like the ones by Seizmik can be mounted near the top of the windshield. 

    Glass Vs Poly Polaris Ranger Windshield Wipers

    Not all windshield wiper kits for the Polaris Ranger are made for every type of windshield material. Use a wiper made for glass on a polycarbonate windshield, and scratches are likely to arise. Conversely, if you use a wiper kit designed for poly windshields on a glass windshield, cracks could develop during installation. Many windshield wiper kits for the Polaris Ranger require users to drill through their windshields. And although this is possible with standard glass windshields, it is a bit trickier with DOT windshields made from laminated safety glass. 

    Polaris Ranger Windshield Wiper Length

    If your Polaris Ranger windshield wiper blade is too short, you won’t get maximum coverage. On the other hand, if your Polaris Ranger windshield wiper blade is too long, it will extend past the perimeter of your windshield and lose much of its effectiveness. Not only that, but a long wiper blade is also more likely to damage either itself, or your windshield. Add factors like windshield vents and overhanging roofs, and it becomes even more important to get the right Polaris Ranger windshield wiper blade. 

    Different Polaris Ranger models will require different wiper blade sizes, and the right blade length for you will also vary depending on whether the kit you choose is mounted on the top or bottom of the windshield. The top-mounted wiper kit by Seizmik uses a 14” blade to avoid vents on the lower section of the windshield, but bottom-mounted windshield wiper blades can be anywhere from 11” to 18” -- it all depends on your windshield, your vehicle model, and the mounting location of the wiper blade. 

    Final Thoughts On Polaris Ranger Windshield Wipers

    You might be handy enough to modify a rear windshield wiper from a tractor, Ford Escape, or other small car / SUV to work on your Polaris Ranger windshield, but why risk cracking your expensive windshield just to save a few bucks on the wipers? Even if you don’t need a Polaris Ranger windshield wiper kit with multiple speeds, adjustable arc positions, and a 12V sprayer, getting a UTV windshield wiper kit made specifically for your vehicle and windshield type is a good idea. Not only can they be installed using pre-existing holes / mounts, but wipers made expressly for Polaris Ranger side-by-sides are also less likely to damage your windshield!

  • Customizing The Exterior Aesthetics Of Your Polaris Ranger

    A lot of Polaris Ranger owners could care less about how their side-by-side looks, and instead prioritize things like utility, practicality, excitement, and overall recreational enjoyment. But beauty and functionality don’t have to be mutually exclusive. You can have a workhorse machine that gets things done during the work week, and then cleans up exceptionally well for that weekend UTV event. There’s no shame in wanting a beautiful Polaris Ranger exterior, and just because your Ranger, Ranger Crew, or Ranger Full-Size is clean and conforms to your personal aesthetic preferences, doesn’t mean that it’s a trailer queen that never gets down and dirty. But what can one do to alter the look of their UTV? Keep reading, because that’s what we’re discussing here!

    Painting The Polaris Ranger Exterior

    The color selection of factory Polaris Ranger body panels is limited to say the least. So if you want your rig to be a specific color, pattern, or texture that Polaris doesn’t offer, one option is to paint your Polaris Ranger body plastics. Some folks argue that paint doesn’t last on rough and tumble vehicles like the Polaris Ranger. But if you do it right, follow proper protocol, and don’t cut any corners during the prep process, you can get a paint job that’ll withstand tree limbs, clay, dust, and anything else you might encounter in the field.

    When painting anything from metal and wood to plastic and stone, preparation is usually the biggest and most important part of the process, and painting Polaris Ranger body panels is no different. To begin, you’ll want to sand everything down smooth to remove scratches, scuffs, and other residue. You can do this relatively quickly and easily using tools like paint strippers, soda blasters, and pressure cleaners -- but be careful with the latter, as you might damage the panels if you get to vigorous with it. After all the panels that comprise your Polaris Ranger exterior are flat, featureless, and free of debris, you can then apply a plastic adhesion promoter like BullDog by the Eastwood Company. Once that drys, you can prime your plastics with a high-build primer, then apply a base or clear coat. Subsequently apply a few coats of the desired color of Polaris Ranger paint and then reinstall your panels. You might have damaged a few of the pop rivets that hold the panels on during disassembly -- that is, if you don't own a rivet-pulling tool -- but those are cheap and easily replaceable. 

    Wrapping The Polaris Ranger Exterior

    Instead of painting your rig’s exterior for greater curb appeal, another option is to apply a vinyl body wrap. Polaris made their body plastics using a specific kind of polymer that is difficult to paint over -- even with the right prepping chemicals to ensure good adhesion. So if you’ve tried painting your bike and it keeps chipping off -- or if you want a detailed design / pattern that is almost impossible to produce by hand -- a Polaris Ranger wrap job could be the right solution for you. There are many aftermarket Poalris Ranger wraps out there that you can order and install yourself. Alternatively, shops that wrap automobiles should also be able to wrap your Ranger, so it might be worth reaching out to your local body repair shop.

    You can wrap your vehicle’s entire exterior, or wrap specific sections like the hood, side panels, doors, etc. If you’re creating the wrap design yourself, make sure to print it on premium cast 3M vinyl made to apply on low energy surfaces (like plastic). Like with painting, the prep work you conduct before wrapping your UTV is also critical. Cleaning chemicals like Prep-Sol and OS-2 can work, but simple acetone can also help to remove oils, waxes, fingerprints, and coatings on both interior and exterior plastic surfaces. Be careful, though, as acetone will almost immediately cloud up and degloss polypropylene plastics like those in the Ranger. The trick is to lightly rub, not soak, the plastics with a shop towel containing a splash of acetone. If you wipe it off right after, it will have just enough time to do its thing against gunk without causing any plastic damage! 

    Coating The Polaris Ranger Exterior

    Be it for a glossy shine or to repel dust, mud, and water, Polaris Ranger exterior finishing coats are solid options that can be used to make any Ranger look like Miss. America. Ceramic coatings are popular, but each brand uses a different formulation. Some Polaris Ranger ceramic coatings don’t last, and as soon as you flex your machine's plastics, micro fractures develop in the coating surface which capture dirt and give the appearance of smudges. These smudges are then difficult or nearly impossible to remove, which is something that puts a lot of riders off.

    Coatings like Swamp Shield, Turtle Wax Hybrid Solutions, and IGL are among the best. And for those that want a super clean finish but don’t want to ceramic coat their Polaris Ranger exterior, products like Coverall and SC1 also come highly recommended. Hit your headlights with a polishing compound, apply some Rain-X to your glass windscreens, and your Ranger will be slicker than alligator spit!

    Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

    At the end of the day, so long as you’re happy with the look of your Polaris Ranger exterior, who cares what anyone else has to say. If it’s worth it for you to invest the time and money into beautifying your bike, then so be it. In the proverbial words of Jon Bon Jovi, it’s your life, and it’s now or never. You know you're not going to live for ever so do what makes you happy and leaver the haters behind in a cloud of dust!

  • 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!

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