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2019 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 Overview

Mar 3rd 2019

A Look Inside The 2019 Polaris Ranger XP 1000

With nearly 1000 cubic centimeters of displacement in it’s 4-stroke, twin cylinder, DOHC engine, a stock ground clearance of 13 inches, and a payload capacity of 1,500 pounds, the 2019 edition of the Polaris Ranger XP 1000 is a force to be reckoned with. It is a versatile machine that, like most side-by-sides, has both pros and cons for domain-specific applications. With a few aftermarket modifications, however, the 2019 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 and it’s larger Crew cousin can tackle whatever terrain you may encounter.

Performance Mode  


Perhaps it’s just fun and casual banter, but when riders hate on the 2019 Polaris Ranger XP 1000, we assume that they're either jealous, or completely ignorant to the facts. Some say that the 2019 XP 1000 Ranger is slow. But slow is a relative term. Is it slow compared to a tractor? Or how about slow like a riding lawn mower?. Sure, compared to an f-15 fighter jet, the 2019 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 is slow. But when you juxtapose this machine with, say, the Ranger 900, Ranger 800, or Ranger 570, the 2019 Ranger XP 1000’s true colors begin to shine through. And if you factor in performance mode --  excluding possible clutch / tune kits and turbo options -- the 2019 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 can run circles around its 900, 800, and 570 kid brothers. We’ve seen machines cruising up slight inclines -- loaded down with sprayer tanks, coolers, front and rear glass windshields, and front and rear bumpers -- maintain steady speeds in excess of 67MPH. With a loaded down 2019 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 Crew up a similarly seep incline, you’re looking at top speed of around 55MPH. In the same situation, the Polaris Ranger 900 would struggle to hit the high 40s.

True the Polaris RZR may still be faster, but at what cost? The operative word in UTV is “utility”, and the 2019 1000 XP, with its Lock & Ride cargo system, 36.75” x 54.25” bed box, and adjustable seating, is a leader in terms of utility. The suspension on the new body style of the 2019 Ranger 1000 XP is surprisingly good, and more than sufficient to handle the typical mountain trail or hill climb. Throw it in performance mode and you’ll see that in terms of acceleration, there is not much in the 2019 XP 1000 that is left to be wanted.

But even if the performance mode on a 2019 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 doesn’t do it for you, they make a turbo kit for the NBS Rangers that will wake them up even further. But at a cost of more than $3,000, it might be smarter to just get a turbo machine to start with. Another option is a Giloman tune and clutch kit. We’ve seen 2019 1000 XP Polaris Rangers hit 126hp with proper tuning, keeping up with Sportsman 850 quads without breaking a sweat.

Lighting On The 2019 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 

For a lot of riders, the 55-watt low beams, 60-watt high beams, and LED tail lights that come stock on the 2019 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 just don’t cut it. Some say that they’re too bouncy to see anything, while others say that they are pointed too high. Although this might be perfect for hunting coons, it is less than optimal for night driving.

Higher quality LED bulbs and aftermarket headlights can be installed that scatter less and have adjustable beam patterns. Some riders have even gone as far as to install dual light bars at different heights to get as much illumination as possible. H-13 Beamtech headlights are also popular. They are reasonably priced and are virtually unrivaled in terms of brightness.  

When it comes to reverse lights on your 2019 1000 XP Ranger, there are a few options. One is a fully automatic Plug & Play system, and another is a fully automatic system with the option form manual controls. Buying a complete kit is much easier to install than trying to figure out how to wire up a light and figure out what parts to use for mounting. But if you go the latter route, remember that positive power is keyed constant power, and ground is 9v constant with 13.5v when actuated in reverse. If you use factory wiring, make sure to use a relay, otherwise your lights may not get enough power.

Aftermarket Accessories For The 2019 Polaris Ranger XP 1000

Most Ranger 1000 XP owners start out by upgrading their tires and wheels first, and then move on to audio and lighting mods. If you went with the cammo color scheme on your XP 1000, spring for the camouflage roof, you won't regret it. The black top over the cammo body just doesn’t hack it, and the camouflage roof looks 100 times better!

The Pro Box roof for the 2019 Polaris Ranger XP 1000 isn’t a bad option either, as it comes with a stereo, lights, and a roof all in one. If you look at buying each component individually, you’re looking at over $1,800. For the bed, an aftermarket tool box is the perfect accessory for those who use their machines to work or perform chores. The diamond plated 60” chest type from Tractor Supply works well, and so too do the cross bed Aluminum tool boxes from Lowe. Alternatively, some tool boxes made for the Toyota Tacoma fit well, and Dee Zee tool boxes can also work in the S10 or 2019 Polaris Ranger XP 1000.

If you want to lift your rig, the 3” bracket lift from SuperATV is an easy option. Highlifter bracket lifts are also ok, but they don't leave much downward travel in the rear suspension. If bracket lifts aren’t for you, OutKast’s 3” full lift kit for the Polaris Ranger XP 1000 is enough to clear 33” tires, so depending on how big you want to go, this is definitely a viable option.

Roofs, windshields, light bars, stereos, aluminum a-arm guards, rear windows, spare tire mounts, winches (3,500 Lb), mufflers, rock lights, chase lights, turn signal kits, reverse lights, and a seemingly endless list of other aftermarket accessories are available as well, it all depends on what you need -- and, more importantly, your discretionary income.