When it comes to off-roading in a Polaris Ranger, having the right shocks and springs can make all the difference in comfort and performance. However, with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Below is a guide to help you understand the different types of shocks and springs and what to look out for when buying them.
Coilover shocks are a popular choice among Polaris Ranger owners because they provide a comfortable ride and excellent handling, even on uneven terrain. However, they can be more expensive and require more maintenance than other types of shocks. If not properly installed or adjusted, Coilover shocks can result in a rough ride or even damage to the vehicle.
Air shocks are another option that offers a customized level of stiffness or softness to match your driving preferences or the terrain. If adjusted properly, they can be really effective on paved and unpaved/rocky roads. However, they are rather complex and require maintenance, which can be more difficult than most.
Lift shocks are ideal for increasing your ground clearance primarily. These will give you better approach and departure angles, are fairly customizable in the stiffness department, and will increase your suspension articulation. However, they will likely impact your on-road handling and stability, so it’s not recommended to go for lift shocks if you spend most of your time on the road.
If you want added support and durability for heavy off-roading or carrying heavy loads, heavy-duty Polaris Ranger springs are designed for that purpose. Air springs offer more customization and can alter your levels of comfort. However, they are not nearly as durable as heavy-duty springs, require much more maintenance and are usually more prone to wear and tear.
Tender springs are small, softer springs that work in conjunction with the main spring to improve the ride quality and reduce bottoming out. They are designed to absorb smaller bumps and impacts, allowing the main spring to focus on larger impacts. Dual-rate springs have two separate spring rates, providing a softer ride for smaller bumps and a stiffer ride for larger impacts. The lower spring rate engages first and provides a soft ride, while the higher spring rate engages under heavier loads or impacts for added support.
When it comes to accessories for Polaris Ranger shocks and springs, spring spacers, spring compressors, and upgraded bushings are popular options. Spring compressors can provide a lift and improved ground clearance. They are a cost-effective way to improve the look and performance of your Polaris Ranger. Spring compressors are invaluable tools that help you to safely and easily remove and install the springs without risking injuries as the tool essentially compresses the force and holds the spring in place. Lastly, upgraded bushings can improve the durability and lifespan of your Polaris Ranger's suspension components while also reducing your overall road noise and levels of vibration.
In conclusion, when buying Polaris Ranger shocks and springs, it is essential to understand the different types available and what they offer. Consider your driving preferences, the type of terrain you will be on most frequently and the potential maintenance requirements involved. With the right combination of shocks, springs, and accessories, you can improve the comfort and performance of your Polaris Ranger, making your off-roading experience even better.