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Everything Polaris Ranger - Blog

  • What should Ranger Enthusiasts do during the Coronavirus Outbreak?

    On March 13, President Donald Trump declared a national state of emergency in the United States due to the novel coronavirus pandemic currently sweeping the globe. Before we get further into the blog, we highly encourage everyone reading this to practice safety in their daily lives through regular hygienic practices, such as frequently washing your hands with soap and water and staying home when sick. 

    With that being said, we also encourage everyone not to neglect their hobbies, which, if you’re reading this, likely includes tinkering with your Polaris Ranger.

    So if you’re not able to go out and enjoy your Ranger at the moment due to the precautions necessary to avoid contracting the coronavirus, how can you still enjoy your UTV? 

    One of the great things about limiting your time among the public is that you’ll have plenty of time to browse Everything Polaris Ranger for all the aftermarket parts and accessories you’ll want to outfit your machine with. Whether you’re looking for the best gunrack or a brand-new heater, Everything Polaris Ranger features hundreds of aftermarket parts and accessories that will allow you to customize your machine any way you want.

    Staying home and avoiding public interactions also means more time to spend in the garage, so why not spend that time outfitting your UTV with all your new purchases from Everything Polaris Ranger? Self-quarantining at home means you’ll have plenty of time to tinker around and rig up that new winch you’ve been waiting to buy or set up that new audio system so you’ll be jamming out the next time you hit the trails. There is no better time than now to dedicate some hours in the garage outfitting your machine with all the latest and greatest parts and accessories currently offered on Everything Polaris Ranger. Self-quarantining could mean sitting inside and watching the latest Netflix show, or it could mean cracking a beer, compiling all of your purchases from Everything Polaris Ranger and getting to work upgrading your unit. When summer comes and it’s time to roll your machine out of your garage, you’ll surely be glad you spent your time wisely.

    For those ordering parts from Everything Polaris Ranger while we wait out the virus, remember that all purchases over $99.99 have free shipping, so don’t wait to load up on all the goods that have been on your wish list. For those ordering under $99.99, shipments come with a $9.95 shipping fee within the continental US, and most orders are shipped within three business days from the time the order is placed. Customers will receive a tracking number once the order is shipped and on the way, which will allow you to keep an eye on your package as it travels to you while giving you an estimated date of delivery. While shipments are typically received within 5-7 business days, delivery days depend largely on your location and the distance from our distribution centers. Should you experience any difficulties with your orders or have any questions during the ordering process, pop over to Everything Polaris Ranger to get more information and to get in contact with our sales department.

    Taking your shopping practices online to Everything Polaris Ranger will allow you to browse all of the aftermarket parts and accessories you could ever dream of having, all from the safety of your own home. Our fast and affordable shipping makes ordering from our website a breeze while ensuring that you’ll have your parts in your hands and on your UTV within days. So if you’re planning to stay at home and wait out the virus, pop over to Everything Polaris Ranger to load up on all your favorite aftermarket parts and accessories so you can hang out in the garage and spend some time with your UTV. By the time summer comes along and the threat of the virus has passed, you’ll be the talk of the town with your newly-outfitted rig tearing up the trails. 

  • Choosing a Lighted Side Mirror for your Polaris Ranger

    Maintaining visibility while driving your car down the highway is one of the most important aspects of vehicular transportation, so why wouldn’t the same go for those operating a Polaris Ranger?

    Side mirrors are essential for UTV riders. Whether you’re cruising down a public trail with your friends on your tail or ripping down private trails solo, retaining visibility while behind the wheel of a UTV is detrimental to your safety and the safety of others. Having side mirrors helps you keep an eye on your riding buddies or on the trail as it disappears behind you in a cloud of dust. Some mirrors even feature LED lighting that will improve your ride if the sun has already begun to set.

    So, what goes into choosing the perfect LED side mirrors? Everything from safety to the lighting and color of your side mirrors should be taken into consideration when choosing which product will work best for your UTV. 

    Of course, safety should be the top priority when selecting the best in lighted side mirrors. Rear lighting will keep you visible to other riders in the area. If you are travelling in groups, moving the light higher on the rear side will help trailing vehicles use it as an indicator. 

    If your goal is to make your unit street-legal, compliance could become an issue depending on where you are riding; though the rules vary depending on state and location, having a “blue safety light” in the rear is standard for easier visibility to trailing cars.

    While the color of the light might seem more like a cosmetic feature, the color actually affects the function of the light quite a bit. For example, when riding through areas where clouds of dust will be kicked up, you must have light that is able to pass through the haze to alert others of your presence and proximity to them. If the light is unable to cut through the dust, riders may not be able to see one another until it’s too late. 

    Braking is always indicated by a red color, which has become almost universal for both powersports units and vehicles as the indication for stopping. Not having the signature red brake lights to signal a stop could lead to dangerous situations for riders and passengers.

    So where can you get some of these coveted side light mirrors for your UTV? Here are a few side mirrors available on Everything Polaris Ranger that customers should consider outfitting their machine with before taking their rig on their next big adventure.

    Polaris Ranger Side Mirrors with LED Spotlights by Moose

    The Polaris Ranger 570 (Round Bars)/ General 1000 Side Mirrors with LED Spotlights by Moose are an excellent option for those looking to outfit their Polaris Ranger with versatile side mirrors. Featuring LEDs that can be used as running lights, these side mirrors are constructed from glass, are fully adjustable and are convex to reduce glare. The durable housing ensures that rough activity on the trails will be no match, and the trails will stay brightly illuminated even through the roughest rides.

     Polaris Ranger Pro-Fit Pursuit Night Vision Series Side View Mirrors with Dual Mode LEDs by Seizmik

     These side mirrors will take away any limitations imposed by nightfall and keep you going long after sunset. The Polaris Ranger Pro-Fit Pursuit Night Vision Series Side View Mirrors with Dual Mode LEDs ensure that your nightly activities will continue under moonlight, allowing you to continue navigating even the narrowest trails under the beam of light thrown off by the mirrors. The mirrors come with IP68 water-resistant metal housing that can withstand extreme conditions. The convex mirror surface permits drivers to see around them with a wide viewing angle and image stability. The adjustable independent glass allows drivers to peruse even the roughest of terrain by staying put through every ride. Other features include weather sealed caps to protect hardware from moisture and debris, tough aluminum housing that can withstand almost anything thrown its way, and adaptive 360-degree bracket rotation that will accommodate any angle roll cage pillar to provide an optimal viewing position chosen by the user.

    Use good judgment when purchasing the side mirrors right for you, and keep in mind that different mirrors offer different functionalities and signals to other drivers. Make the decision that works best for you, and be safe out there!

  • ATVs vs UTVs - What's the Difference?

    Regardless if you’re an avid rider who hits the trails every weekend or you’ve never set foot in a powersports dealership, chances are you’ve heard the two acronyms, ATV and UTV, at some point or another. Each type of unit share similarities that commonly group the two as alike, or even the same. Many manufacturers have both ATV and UTV lineups available to customers. And perhaps most obvious, each of them has four wheels. 

    But what exactly makes these machines different from each other?

    There are a slew of unique characteristics that give each machine its individuality, along with varying functionalities that serve various types of riders. Whether you’re looking for something catered to work or play, here are a few characteristics of ATVs and UTVs that set each of them apart and make them the ideal unit for specific functionalities. 

    ATV

    ATVs, or all-terrain vehicles, are an ideal unit for someone looking to do some solo riding. They are smaller than UTVs, and as such are great for getting through small spaces and navigating thinner trails that a UTV wouldn’t typically be able to squeeze through. These machines are built for making quick turns and darting down the trails. They are typically built to hold one rider, though some are constructed to hold a passenger behind the driver. These units are built for a fun afternoon on the trails- they are built to smoothly navigate rocky terrain while keeping the rider safe and comfortable. 

    Riding an ATV is a bit more physically demanding than operating a UTV, with riders having to straddle the seat like the saddle of a horse rather than sitting in a conventional seat. The handlebar system makes driving an ATV a bit more like riding a bike than driving a car (though the ATVs have a bit more horsepower than a bike). While farmers typically use UTVs for heavy duty work, ATVs can be used to help farmers move around the farm quickly and accomplish a wide variety of tasks.

    UTV

    UTVs, or utility task vehicles, are commonly used by ranchers, farmers and hunters for outdoor tasks that involve hauling, navigating rough terrain or anything else that might require a little extra kick. Most UTVs can seat between 2-4 people, while some are even equipped to seat six so the whole family can come along and enjoy the ride. Driving a UTV is much like driving a car, with a steering wheel and foot pedals that drive the machine forward. 

    While most ATVs are built for a fun weekend ride on the trails, UTVs boast a hardy build that make them the perfect unit to use on the farm on a day-to-day basis. These units are designed for heavy-duty work that makes hauling equipment or other abundant materials a breeze. The large storage space in the bed makes it possible to transport anything from point A to point B quickly and efficiently.  

    So, which machine is better? Ultimately, the choice is yours. If you’re looking for a solo ride down some rocky trails that need some maneuvering, an ATV might be your best bet. If you want to load up the family for a day of riding, or if you are looking for a machine with some serious horsepower, then a UTV might be the way to go.

    Whether you’re a farmer looking for a work-horse related machine for hauling or an ATV enthusiast looking for your next wild ride, both ATVs and UTVs have plenty of offerings that will make your next big adventure, or your next day of work, one to remember.

  • Top Five UTV Accessories To Get You Through Winter

    As a UTV owner, bringing your unit out into the chilly elements for work or play can be a breeze with the right accessories. Whether you live in the suburbs or out in the sticks with several miles separating you from your nearest neighbor, here are five accessories that will help you through the last stretch of winter before the flowers begin to bloom and the snow makes way for greener days.

    Polaris Ranger Plow

    A plow attachment will make even the strongest snowstorms look like a breeze, giving users the opportunity to clear their driveways quickly and easily without the added time and pain of using a shovel or a snowblower. Stow the shovel in the back of the garage and save the back pain for another day by attaching your plow, jumping behind the wheel of your UTV and clearing away snow in record-time. 

    The Eagle Plow Mount System promises a user-friendly process that is sure to make installation a breeze for even the novice UTV rider. The extra-wide 72-inch design was built with durability and usability in mind. It plows a wide path and features end supports for added strength and durability. Retailing at 609.95 on EverythingPolarisRanger.com, this plow is a must-have for riders residing in the north, in the mountains, or anyone simply looking to get something out of their way in a hurry.

    Polaris Ranger Cab Enclosure

    The fun doesn’t have to stop when the balmy summer days make way for cool winter months. A cab enclosure allows users to take their unit out on the trails for some good ol’ fashion fun to enjoy the Winter Wonderland while remaining safe and comfortable within their UTV.

    The PathPro RCS Cab Enclosure by Curtis Industries can be used in any season. The windshield opens to increase ventilation, and a wiper kit can be added to clear away rain or snow. The quick-release mounting system will allow users to quickly add or remove cab components in changing weather patterns, with no time wasted in the installation process- the windshield can be installed and ready within one minute, allowing users to hop in and go. No matter the weather conditions, the PathPro RCS Cab Enclosure is sure to give users the ultimate experience, rain or shine!

    Polaris Ranger Winch

    That huge pile of snow in your driveway may be begging to be bulldozed, but sometimes plowing straight through will only leave your unit stuck with few options of how to get it free. Rather than waiting weeks for the spring thaw, a winch can make quick work of getting you or your friends out of a sticky situation. Whether you need to pull yourself out of a pile of snow or move a downed tree off the trail, a winch is the ultimate solution to getting out of a bind and back on the road in no time.

    The Synthetic Rope Winch by SuperATV promises fast results with a 50-foot, 6.5mm thick synthetic rope and a wireless remote control that will get you out of almost anything. The weather-proof seals promise to keep your gears turning even in the worst of conditions, and a smooth, reliable electric system will keep your battery running. The synthetic rope is light, safe and won’t rust- a huge benefit for those of us experiencing snow flurries outside our windows during the cold months!

    Polaris Ranger Heater

    We keep ourselves warm inside our homes, so why not in our UTV’s as well? A heater will do exactly as promised: heat up your cab and create a balmy, comfortable environment that rivals even the natural conditions of a warm summer day. Get the beauty of winter and the warm benefits of summer, all in one package!

    The Polaris Ranger 800 Cab Heater by Curtis Industries comes equipped with a defroster and two additional lower vents for the driver and passenger to ensure ultimate comfort while hitting the trails during the snowy months. The heater installs directly to the inside of the cab to create the best environment possible for both rider and passenger. Riding is made far more enjoyable while comfortable, and the Heater for the Polaris Ranger ensures that users are in the lap of luxury during even the coldest rides.

    Polaris Ranger Windshield

    A front windshield protects users from the bite of the cold air while ensuring the safety and protection of all occupants. Riders and passengers will enjoy prolonged comfort, ensuring that the fun continues without interruption. 

    The Polaris Ranger Full Utility Windshield will keep the cold air and elements out of your cab while creating a comfortable ride for you and your friends. The installation is quick and easy, with a simple removal process for the days where you’d prefer a nice breeze to blow through the cabin. The premium .177 inch thick polycarbonate ensures durability and longevity for years of enjoyment.

    Just because the trails are covered in snow and the temperatures are low doesn’t mean you should let your UTV gather dust for several months out of the year. By taking the right steps and adding the right accessories, UTV owners can enjoy the winter months behind the wheel of their unit to keep the air full of the sound of revved engines year-round. So layer up, get outside, and enjoy your unit to the fullest!

  • Polaris Ranger Survival Kit: What You Should Keep In Your Emergency Tool Box

    Rule number one when riding your Polaris Ranger is to always stick with a buddy. However, we know that there are many circumstances where you’ll be riding alone. So whether you’re conducting some of solo work, or heading out on a solitary ride to clear your mind and do a little soul searching, you should always carry an emergency survival kit when you venture out alone in your Polaris Ranger. From recovery kits and emergency tools to spare parts and survival rations, here are the most important items that every Polaris Ranger owner should keep in-vehicle to stay prepared for the worst case scenario.  

    Polaris Ranger Recovery Gear

    The go-to solution for recovering a stuck Ranger is a UTV winch. But this alone is insufficient. In addition to your winch, your recovery kit should also include shackles, chokers, and a snatch block. With regards to the former, many Polaris Ranger owners recommend soft shackles. Not only are they super strong, but they’re way safer and easier to use than standard shackles.  

    Winch extension lines, tow straps, and pulling tools like the ropes by Bubba Rope are an integral part of recovery. But even with hundreds of feet of extra winch line, you may still not be able to reach the nearest tree. So if you know there’s a chance you’ll get stuck while riding in a treeless area, a Pull Pal Land Anchor is worth bringing along. Similarly, you could also pack a 4-6 foot rock bar and a T-post driver to pound the bar into the ground when you have nothing else to tie your winch to. 

    Gloves will protect your hands when operating a winch or using other recovery tools, and traction boards like those by Maxtrax are great for both sandy and snowy applications. Farm jacks are another versatile tool that you can mount on the exterior of your Ranger and use like a come-a-long jack for recovery if your winch goes out. And when all else fails, good old human power will always come to the rescue, so bringing tools such as shovels, machetes, axes, and picks can get you out of a bind should your other equipment fall short. 

    Maintaining A Rideable Ranger In The Field

    Most parts of the Polaris Ranger can be temporarily rigged up and supported with basic tools and supplies to get you back to civilization in a pinch. Things like tie rod ends, replacement bolts, and extra lug nuts should be readily available in your bed or tool box, and ensuring that you can get home in the event of a tire malfunction is also pivotal.   

    Tire plugs and a portable pumps / 12v compressors should fix a pinch flat or a puncture. As long as it’s not a sidewall issue, patches and plugs — or even something like a can of fix-a-flat — should enable you to either keep going or limp back to camp. Many riders use a spare tire rack to store a spare Polaris Ranger tire for emergency situations. If you’re going haul a spare though, just make sure it’s the same size as either the front or back tires. And even if you don’t have a spare, you’d be surprised how tough a flat tire can be. 

    If you can’t get your flat tire to hold air after patching it up, it’s probably ruined beyond repair. You can ride on a flat if you have to, and if you’re tire is spent anyway, it sure beats freezing to death stuck in the woods. Preventative measures can be taken to avoid flat tires in the Polaris Ranger, such as running thicker 8-ply tires or by using something called Green Slime Tire Sealant. Regarding the latter, however, you shouldn’t put Green Slime in your tires and leave it in. After about a year or two, the slime may start eating holes in your wheels — regardless of whether they’re aluminum or steel. 

    Polaris Ranger Survival Kit Essentials

    To be prepared for everything in your Polaris Ranger, you’ll likely need a trailer, not a tool box. But there are a few items that are common culprits for breakdowns or can be lifesaving in emergency situations. Of course first aid kits that include a CAT tourniquet should be kept in your Ranger at all times, and a couple MRE’s as well as high-protein foodstuff can give you energy if you become stranded. Water purification tablets and electrolyte tabs will help keep you hydrated, and a bit of whiskey can be used to sterilize wounds. 

    Spark plugs, an extra belt, a fan circuit breaker, wheel bearings, as well as ball joints with new circle clips are good spare parts to have on hand, while things like metric wrenches and socket sets can be used to fix most of the mechanical components of the Ranger. Other tools to bring along on riders include pliers, crescent wrenches, channel locks, and a multi-tool or pocket knife.

    Toilet paper, paper towels, and a carb cleaner are sure to come in handy — even outside of survival situations — and you should always carry a can of starter fluid. Starter fluid can be used in many different ways, be it for popping tires back on their rims, cleaning parts, starting fires, the list goes on and on. 

    A few other suggested items to pack in your emergency kit include super glue, baling wire, electrical wire, and various electric connectors. You can always find a need for duct tape, and waterproof matches as well as lighters are vital for starting fires easily. Finally, bug spray for repelling insects, WD-40 for greasing your machine, and butane for cooking or fire starting are also good to have on hand. 

    In Closing

    The best way to avoid a survival situation is to ride in groups, and the second best way is to insure that you always have a way out, regardless of what happens to you or your machine in the field. However, the unpredictability of the great outdoors is impossible to anticipate. Leave your hubris at home and replace it with the right emergency survival kit in your Polaris Ranger. Do this, and your chances of surviving whatever nature throws at you will be greatly increased. 

  • The Best Stereo Setups For The Polaris Ranger

    So you want to be able to play some tunes in your rig and are curious about the various audio setups available for the Polaris Ranger. But with so many options out there, you might be wondering which system is best? Should you go with a simple soundbar, a stereo roof, a portable stereo? Will a golf cart radio be loud enough for use in the Ranger? Are there ways to sync up my music with my whip lights

    All these questions are valid, and by the end of this blog, you should have a better understanding of the options available for playing music in the Polaris Ranger. Whether you only need something simple to use for FM radio, or you’re wanting to turn your Ranger into a concert stage on wheels, here are our top picks for the best stereo setups for the Polaris Ranger.   

    Wet Sounds Stereo Systems For The Polaris Ranger 

    While Wet Sounds offers a variety of different audio products for both aquatic and terrestrial power-sport vehicles, many Polaris Ranger owners Wet Sounds systems and applaud their products. They offer individual stereo components such as coaxial speakers, tower speakers, amplifiers, and sub woofers, but also provide stereo kits with everything a Ranger owner needs to get their audio system up and bumping.

    In addition to complete systems, they also offer soundbars, and the Wet Sounds Stealth-6 Ultra Soundbar is one that really blasts. It’s not cheap by any means, but it’s compact, sounds great, is bluetooth compatible, and comes with a two-year limited warranty. You might be able to fab up a homemade audio setup that is louder with a little fuller range of sound, but it will likely take up much more space. Furthermore, after you add up the price for speakers, an amp, a bluetooth box, and fiberglass, you’ll be right around the same price as the Ultra 6 Wet Sounds Bar. For something that is simple to use and out of the way, any Wet Sounds soundbar will work. 

    With regards to their wake towers, the Wet Sounds 10s are very well built. Comparing these tower speakers with others — such as the ones by JL or Rockford — is like comparing apples and oranges, as instead of running a traditional tweeter or bullet style system, Wet Sounds uses a compression horn with a separate input, giving it a completely different sound than a tweeter-style tower. Furthermore, many riders like the wakes by Wet Sounds because the require very mild power inputs, yet still sound amazing. 

    Rockford Stereo Systems For The Polaris Ranger

    For a stereo system that is crystal clear, loud, and easy to install, Rockford is hands down one of the best stereo setups you can get for the Ranger. Whether it’s a Rockford Fostgate Stage 1, 2, 3, or 4, you’re sure to get a good sounding system with Rockford. Their kits come with tremendous head units as well as all the wiring needed, and you can choose which and how many pods, speakers, and kickers you want. 

    Their Punch Marine 6.5" Full-Range Speakers are night and day better than other speakers out there. They have better frequency response on the low end — down to 48hz —  as well as a better magnet and tweeter. Additionally, they are made with centrex plastic and are both UV and water resistant. 

    While you cannot criticize the sound quality of a Rockford stereo system, some riders have found issues with their placement in the cab and the color of their speaker grills. However, if you’re less concerned about speaker aesthetics and never use the footstep where some Rockford speakers can be installed, you won’t be disappointed with a Rockford Fostgate stereo system. 

    ProBox Roof Stereos For The Polaris Ranger

    Feedback about the ProBox top stereo setup is hit and miss. Sure the ProBox roof stereo is placed out of the way and is loud enough to wake the dead, but this is definitely overkill for most riders. Plus, because they took away the radio receivers on their newer kits, tuning is difficult, and at loud volumes the audio becomes distorted. This is common with bluetooth controllers, at high volumes they tend to distort. 

    That being said, the ProBox roof radio is a popular option and doesn’t require an alternator to be used in the Ranger. Although most agree that Wet Sounds have a slicker look, ProBox stereo setups offer better bass. 

    Honorable Mentions 

    In closing, here are a few soundbars that we couldn’t, in good conscience, leave out. The Sound Storm btb6 is a quality sound system — not quite a soundbar but occupying a similar space. It hooks right up to your phone or MP3 player, sounds great, and is nice and loud. The VDP sound bar is another simple option. Although they’re known for indoor sound systems, they also make a vehicle-specific sound bar that works great in the Polaris Ranger. And finally, MTX Audio, with their Mudsys 46" soundbar, is another Polaris Ranger sound system that is decent for the money and quite loud, sure to meet and exceed all your expectations! 

  • Keeping Your Young Loved Ones Safe In A Polaris Ranger

    One of the safest things you can do to guarantee the safety of your children when riding a Polaris Ranger is to drive nice and easy. But even still, when your youngsters’ lives are on the line, a few more safety precautions should be implemented. After all, when you’re out and about in any off-road vehicle, you’re at the whims of Mother Nature, so taking a few added precautions doesn’t make you paranoid, but rather, prudent. Things like kid-size helmets can protect your youngster's heads from bumping and blunt impacts, while car seats and booster seats will ensure the proper performance of factory as well as aftermarket seat belts and harnesses. Your most precious cargo can never be replaced, so taking the extra steps to guarantee their safety and well-being while tagging along in your Polaris Ranger is undoubtedly your number-one priority.

    Using A Car Seat In The Polaris Ranger

    Similar to on-road vehicles, both front and rear-facing car seats can also be used in the Polaris Ranger. Pretty much any care seat approved for regular automobile use can be ran in a Polaris Ranger. However, a common issue is that the stock Polaris Ranger seat belts don’t always tighten up enough or stay taut when fully pulled. You can use a razor knife or something similar to cut the stitches between the belt and the flap, which will let you tighten up your child’s seat just like you can in a car. This flap is there to prevent your seat belt buckle from falling into the seat, so removing it doesn’t diminish the strength of the seat belt in any way. Alternatively, you could also drill holes into the flat piece behind the seat and install u-bolts to use the safety belts that the car seat came with.

    Ratchet straps can also be used to secure a car seat in the Polaris Ranger. Small ratchet straps can hook around the mount where the seat belts bolt behind the seat, and there is a clip that comes on the back of most car seats to are meant to lock the seat belts for older cars that don’t have locking seat belts, which are perfect for ratchet straps. Car seats with extra head padding are advisable, and you can never go wrong with extra straps to hold the car seat down. But even a Polaris Ranger with a car seat and a full windshield can’t protect your child from dust. So in addition to avoiding bumpy terrain, you should also try to avoid dusty areas when riding with your young children on board. 

    Using A Booster Seat In The Polaris Ranger

    Like car seats for babies and riders under the age of two, Polaris Ranger booster seats can also be installed for kids too big for car seats, yet too small to fit the stock seatbelt. The right age/size appropriate seat will make all the difference. You want something that will elevate their posture enough so that the factory seatbelt goes across their shoulders, not their neck. The same goes for 4-point harnesses. If you don’t have a booster seat and are not using a youth-style harness, the connector strap could also be located directly across their neck, rather than their chest. You don’t want them sitting too low, yet you don’t want them elevated too high either, lest they not receive the torso protection that seatbelts and harnesses are designed to give. You want them boosted to the location a normal adult would sit at. 

    Using Youth-Style Helmets In The Polaris Ranger

    Many states make it mandatory for individuals under the age of 18 to wear helmets when riding in a side-by-side. And while this may be no issue for teenagers and older kids, for those that require car seats, helmets can often cause more harm than they prevent. 

    A bulky, full-face helmet, for example, might put your child’s head at a dangerous angle when used in conjunction with a car seat. Furthermore, the weight of even the lightest off-road helmets can be too much for a young neck to bear. Add sudden stopping, turns, and, god forbid, a collision of any kind, and severe neck damage, whiplash, and other issues are more likely for young children wearing heavy helmets.  

    Padded toddler helmets are a good solution, as they are mostly foam and weigh next to nothing. Lightweight bicycle helmets can help you circumnavigate the law in some areas, and half-shell skateboard helmets are similarly suited to pass the inspection of your local Forrest Ranger.   

    You might be of the opinion that people need to stop looking to the government to protect them, and that the government needs to change their mentality and not be involved with such issues. Just know, however, that the warden will follow the law regardless of how sound it is, writing you a ticket regardless of your rational pleas and superior arguments.   

    In Closing

    At the end of the day, keeping your kids save while riding in a Polaris Ranger is up to you. Car seats and specialty-designed UTV booster seats are a given, and helmets are unquestionably beneficial for older riders. But be careful when putting heavy helmets on underdeveloped necks, lest you cause the very thing you’re trying to avoid. 

  • Chopping the Polaris Ranger Cage: Why And How?

    There are many reasons why one might want to chop the cage on their Polaris Ranger. Clearance in the woods, for instance, can become problematic with a lifted Polaris Ranger rolling on large aftermarket tires. However chopping your ranger can also help it fit into your seven-foot garage or enclosed trailer without the need to deflate the tires and pile people in the bed. Add things like 4” portals, a 2” bracket lift, and aftermarket shocks to your Ranger and might just be a little too tall to go where you want. Whatever the case may be, here are some things to consider before, during, and after chopping the cage of your Polaris Ranger. 

    Things To Consider Before Chopping Your Ranger Cage

    Although not the hardest modification you could make to your Ranger, lowering the cage does require a few important tools and a bit of know-how. An circular saw, plasma cutter, or similar metal cutting tools can be used to make the cuts in the cage, and a welder is required to put it all back together. 

    You should also make sure that a frame chop is absolutely essential. Although many think that it makes the Ranger look way more nasty, it does make buying accessories more of a pain — especially full Polaris Ranger windshields, cab enclosures, and doors. Furthermore, if you’re tall, you may want to either go a bit shorter with your chop or do a seat chop in conjunction with your cage chop so you’re not knocking your dome all the time when you ride.  

    Mathematically speaking, you can’t take any length out in the vertical direction without also lengthening the top. You’re working with a triangle, which means you can’t shorten one side and keep the same angle on them without compensation on the other side. This only works if the sides were to be parallel with each other. And not every Ranger is built the same cage wise, so the process might be slightly different depending on which edition and year you own. For example, the 900 Rangers are a little different with the braces, and they don’t use round tubes. Their rear pillar is also vertical, which makes a chop job even easier. 

    Chopping Your Polaris Ranger Cage

    Take care when welding your machine so that you don’t fry the throttle position sensor, mass air flow sensor, crank position sensor, or anything else electronic for that matter. Disconnecting the battery is a must, but even this doesn’t necessarily protect all the electronics in your Ranger when making welds. In addition to disconnecting the battery, also disconnect the brains of your Polaris Ranger (the main computer box), and try to keep the welding ground as close as possible to where you are welding.

    This is a helpful diagram that you can use when lowering your Polaris Ranger cage:

    You should chop the front bar on the bottom at bung and middle and the back bar on the top at the bung. Take the cage off, make all your cuts, bolt the front and back legs back on, set the other part on and then tack everything up. Once it all looks good, you should pull it back off to make the final welds. 

    Some will say that 5” is the max chop length, but we’ve seen guys with up to 11” chopped off their cage. While we’re not suggesting this, it is indeed possible. Around 4-6 inches is the most common. If you chop the back 4”, you can do a 4.5” or a 3" chop on the front. 

    You will have to play around and take a little each time from one end to get what you want, but if you go more than 5" in the rear, you will have to add length on the top center — which makes running an aftermarket roof quite difficult. We’d suggest doing the back rack first, and then align the front to meet the back section to see what you need to chop. Chop small and work it out, don’t just measure 5”, chop, the realize that you messed up. 

    Polaris Ranger Seat Chops

    For those who are tall or those who take their cage down to extremely low lengths, you can get more headroom with a seat base chop. To chop the seat bases in the Ranger, you start by cutting the frame for the seat, then trip the plastics to recess the seats. U-boat the seat frame, cut the last piece of the frame off, measure how low you want to go, then cut again. You then weld them back into the factory spots, and bolt it back together. You’ll no longer be able to use the under-seat storage trays, but that’s a sacrifice many riders are willing to make. 

    Closing Thoughts

    Whether you’re chopping your Ranger cage to fit it in your toy hauler, wanting to reduce the hight of your machine for better clearance under trees and other foliage when trail riding, or just want your rig to fit inside your garage without having to call your neighbors over to sit in the bed, a cage chop can be done on a Polaris Ranger. You might struggle to fit a windshield on after it’s chopped, but your local glass shop can surely cut a pane of glass or poly to fit the new height. 

    Some people might think it a tase of money, and others do it purely for the looks. We’re not advocating a cage chop nor are we discouraging it. At the end of the day, it’s your machine, so do what you want with it. Just make sure that whatever you do, you do it right!

  • Increasing The Top Speed Of Your Polaris Ranger

    Whether you’re doing some high-speed highway driving, drag racing your side-by-side on flat blacktop, or just have the need for speed, there are various ways to give your Polaris Ranger some added giddy-up-and-go. Simple things like tuning or flashing your machine’s ECU / ECM to remove the speed governor will increase the top-end limits on a stock Ranger, but without more substantial UTV mods, you’ll never reach the potential of your machine. 

    While LS small-block or Hayabusa engine swaps will surely make your Ranger faster, there are more practical and less intrusive ways of speeding up your Ranger — after all, stock tires are only rated for certain speeds, and your stock belt will likely slap the case like mad at high velocities. Nevertheless, if you’re tired of lagging behind your friends with RZRs and no longer want to be the caboose of your convoy, here are some ideas that could quicken up your Polaris Ranger.

    Tweaking The Engine Control Module For A Faster Ranger 

    Depending on what cc Ranger you have, a simple ECU tune can really wake your machine up. A Polaris Ranger 1000, for example, has the same motor as the RZR 1000, so you would think their top speeds would be comparable. Yet because the Ranger 1000 comes tuned down from the factory, it will lag behind an RZR — that is, if you don’t adjust the ECM. 

    You can send your ECU in to have it reflashed, or install an ECU tuner to make the adjustments yourself. Furthermore, if you’re Ranger feels sluggish, make sure that you’re using it in performance mode and that your performance switch is plugged in. It might seem obvious, but some people think their Ranger is abnormally slow, but were just riding in low or four-wheel drive. Additionally, having your seat belt plugged in and ensuring that your seat belt sensors are functional — or overriding the seat belt safety measures all together in the ECU — could also be slowing you down. 

    Going Faster With Road Tires

    If speed is the only thing you’re after, you may as well just get a sports car. At around 2,500 lbs bone stock with no adds or accessories, the Ranger will never feel like a supercar no matter how much you put into it. This isn’t to say, however, that it can’t be woken up. If you’re running bulky mud tires, your top speeds will be limited. So if you really want to go fast and ride primarily on paved roads, smooth radial tires are your best bet. 

    The lighter the UTV, the faster it will go. Ergo, light tires are best for high-speed applications. But in addition to running lighter tires, you could also run on a quarter of a tank of fuel while stripping off any accessory that you don’t use. This may seem extreme, but everything UTV related requires a sacrifice, and most things are zero sum — performance gains in one area will detract from another.  

    Increasing Speed And Acceleration With A Clutch Kit

    The best way to increase both speed and acceleration in your Polaris Ranger is with a clutch kit, and the best Ranger clutch kit is either from Gilomen Innovations or RVS Performance. With one of these clutch kits and their related tunes (as well as an aftermarket belt), you can reach nearly 80MPH in your Ranger without taking ages to get there. 

    Clutch kits are the first thing many riders do their Rangers, even before a roof, winch or windshield —  it is that good. Riders with large tires go with clutch kits as well, bringing their speeds up to near-stock levels despite running bigger aftermarket tires.

    The clutch work is rather simple if you want to do it yourself. No special tools are required — unless you have a 2015 or earlier 900, and then you should add a spider jam nut while you are in there, as the extra power will spin your spider off on the primary. Later machines had this from the factory. The nut is cheap but the tool isn’t the cheapest. 

    Most riders opt for clutch kits with a stiffer secondary spring because it pinches the belt a little more, and heavier primary clutch weights. The Giloman or RVS tune basically brings the de-tuned 1000 motor close to the same specs as the 1000 RZR. For A Giloman tune, you need to send in your ECU every time you need to change or upgrade a tune. With RVS, however, they will download tunes onto a Dynojet tuner and you can switch back and forth or upgrade the tunes yourself.

    Closing Thoughts

    The Polaris Ranger isn’t a racing side-by-side. And despite what you may have seen at the local mud hole, it’s not a submarine either. That isn’t to say, however, that going faster isn’t a priority for some riders. So if you want to wake your UTV up a bit, yet still want all the benefits that come with a Ranger, there are options to be had.

  • Proper Storage Methods For Your Polaris Ranger

    You’ve devoted a fair amount of capital to your Polaris Ranger, so why not go the extra mile to protect your investment? Sure damage might occur on the trail or when the machine is in use, but that is just part of the game and a cost of doing business. What isn’t justifiable, however, is damage, ware, and the depreciation that is unavoidable when you leave your machine out and exposed to the elements. 

    A stock ranger should never be left outside unprotected. Add a navigational system, communication units, subwoofers, UTV speakers, and other delicate electronic accessories to the mix and you’ve got even more of a reason to keep your rig sheltered. Some might argue that you probably should build a storage building of some kind before putting $20,000 into a side-by-side. But for many riders with limited space or a fixed income, this just isn’t an option. Whatever the case may be for you and your situation, here are some ideas for storing your Polaris Ranger when it’s not in use. 

    Storing Your Ranger Indoors

    Putting your Polaris Ranger inside a garage is an obvious way to fend off the ravages of Mother Nature. If you don’t have a garage, a pole barn or insulated pole shed will do the trick. But if all you have is a small patch of land, a simple lean-to structure or a pop up carport can also work. We’ve even seen people store their Rangers in 20' shipping containers.

    Indoor storage is beneficial not only because it keeps your Ranger out of the wind, rain, snow and sun, but also because it deters small animals from using your side-by-side as a free AirBnB. Rats, mice, and rabbits all love stuff like this. They climb up under the chassis and build nests where it suites them, chewing on wires, gnawing threw plastic, and dropping excrement with blatant disregard. 

    This is not to say, however, that vermin aren’t an issue inside as well. We know people that keep their UTVs in a locked shop, surrounded by a locked fence, and with motion alerts on their phones to prevent theft, all the while neglecting the more plausible damage that will undoubtably occur should a few stay rodents manage to get inside.

    Storing Your Ranger Outdoors

    For those that don’t have a shop, shed, or drive-in basement to store their Polaris Rangers in, the next best thing a UTV owner can do for their machine is give it partial coverage. Garage roofs and covered patios work well, and as we stated earlier, a car port is an easy solution for UTV storage. You can have a one-car carport put up for less then a grand, and put steel on the sides and back wall. Most companies will charge a lot to enclose them, but it’s easy and cheap to do yourself. 

    Enclosed trailers are another solution that work great for both storing and hauling a Polaris Ranger, but again, for those without an excessive amount of zeros in their bank account, things like this are out of the question. So if you’re wanting to protect your machine with the least amount of money, a UTV storage cover is your best bet. Go to a Can-Am dealership and get a breathable Defender cover that the Crew Lonestar or Limited machines are shipped in.

    Other Polaris Ranger covers work as well, so long as they have the elastic bands that go all the way to the bottom of the tires with the straps underneath. You should avoid using regular tarps unless you’re covering your machine from snow, as tarps tend to trap moisture underneath.  

    Making sure that you cover your machine when trailering it is also important. Road salt, fast-flying sand, and other impacts from the open highway will dent, ding, and damage your Ranger when in tow. It should be noted, however, that not all storage covers are meant to be used for trailering. The fabric by the straps may start to tear if you use a storage cover as a trailering cover. The fabric will unravel and the cover might fall apart completely.

    But even Polaris Ranger trailering covers may fail if you don’t secure it or the machine properly. Nine times out of ten, when you hear someone saying that their trailering cover is junk, it’s typically due to improper use, not an inferior product. So strap your trailering covers down tight, use the built-in ratchet strap around the bottom, and crank the cinch strap down low from side to side to keep everything nice and secure.

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