Polaris Ranger cargo racks are a great addition to your vehicle when it comes to transporting gear, tools, and equipment. However, before purchasing a cargo rack, there are some important things you need to look out for.
Firstly, consider the cargo capacity of the rack. The weight capacity of the cargo rack should be able to handle the weight of the cargo you need to transport. Some cargo racks have a weight capacity of up to 200-300 lbs, while others can handle heavier loads. It’s important to note that particularly heavy cargo racks are going to affect your performance, handling, and stability. Therefore, it’s recommended that you choose a unit that meets your needs without adding unnecessary weight.
Another important factor to consider is the build materials and construction of the cargo rack. Look for cargo racks made from high-quality materials that can withstand the weight of heavy cargo, such as steel or aluminum. The cargo rack should be sturdy, durable, and able to handle the bumps and jolts of off-road use. Steel is durable, easy to come by, and cheap, but it is much heavier than aluminum and can corrode if not properly treated. Carbon composite could also be an option as these are incredibly sturdy and lightweight, but are immensely expensive in comparison.
When choosing a Polaris Ranger cargo rack, you have several types and installation locations to choose from. The most common type of Polaris Ranger 570 cargo rack is the rear cargo rack, which is usually mounted at the back of the vehicle and provides ample space for carrying gear, tools, and equipment in an organized and efficient manner.
Some Ranger models (Polaris Ranger XP 1000, Polaris Ranger 1000) come equipped with a front cargo rack, which is mounted at the front of the vehicle. This is a great option for carrying smaller items that you need quick access to, but front cargo racks are more prone to damage, can obstruct your frontal vision, and can’t carry nearly as much stuff.
If you want to transport longer items that can’t fit in front or back, a roof cargo rack is a choice to go for. Items such as coolers, skis, snowboards, ladders, planks, or camping gear are best carried on the roof.
A cargo box is a type of Polaris Ranger cargo rack that provides a secure and enclosed space for carrying gear. It is usually made of plastic or metal and can be mounted at the rear or front of the vehicle. However, these do offer good protection and security but are limited in space and cargo organization.
Lastly, if you use your Ranger as a workhorse for carrying construction materials, lumber, or specialized tools, a bed extender is a really good idea as it extends the bed in order to accommodate larger items. Even so, it does not provide much more space than the bed itself.
In conclusion, when choosing a Polaris Ranger cargo rack, make sure to consider the cargo capacity, build materials and construction, and the type and installation location that suits your needs.