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Could be for some sort of lock and ride system maybe like a cargo box
 

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lol...ive NEVER seen anything "Made" that goes in these holes. A LOT of owners have done research and came up with nothing other than for bungee cords, even my poLIARs dealer said thats what they're for...but who knows. However, everyone i know uses them for that specific purpose. IF ya ask me, i think they're for "Spraying yourself in the face" when you got the hose nozzle jammed up in the bottom of the bed and your spraying the water around...trust me, they work GREAT for that..lol
 

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lol...ive NEVER seen anything "Made" that goes in these holes. A LOT of owners have done research and came up with nothing other than for bungee cords, even my poLIARs dealer said thats what they're for...but who knows. However, everyone i know uses them for that specific purpose. IF ya ask me, i think they're for "Spraying yourself in the face" when you got the hose nozzle jammed up in the bottom of the bed and your spraying the water around...trust me, they work GREAT for that..lol
10-4 WagZ they do a good job of getting you wet.
 

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I have thought about those holes as well and ask who has made the best use of those holes on their ranger? Like others here, I do use straps/cords, but looking for ideas to better utilize those openings.
 

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I'm pretty sure they are used for tie downs/bungee cords. The full size rangers have a lip built into the bed rail, in the same locations, that I'm assuming are used for the same thing... At least that's what I use them for!

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The small, square holes are for bungees/tie down straps and the larger, round holes are for mounting accessories. There are a number of companies out there that make use of these holes. I've seen gun scabbard mounts use them as well as smaller, accessory boxes.
 

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What are the holes for on the side and back of the box on midsize rangers for?
Well all the comments on this are from 2015 - and the holes are still in the sides of the bed box for my new 2021 500. Just looking at the design of the exterior of the box below each square hole is a tapered flat space, as though the designers were thinking that an attachment could be inserted through the hole, extending down inside the box wall, with whatever hanging on the outside in that flat space just below the hole. I am going to put a cover on my box to protect my "moble toolbox stuff" from the elements so all those top holes for lock and ride will be covered with that. So having extra carrying capability on the sides of the box would be great (shovels, outside storage box, etc). I feel like I have to design something for those holes! (other than bungie cords which would be more of a hassle than anything (bungie hooks will not hook well to the inside (no room for the hook to engage) if the bungie is pulling up and over the bed. With all the crap that is out there for the Rangers I am shocked that no one is designing anything for those holes.
 

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Get a receiver hitch carrier or 3.5x5 Carry On trailer from Lowes. If the Polaris engineering department designed those indentations to receive an accessory the Polaris marketing department would be overwhelming you with options to separate you from your money.
 

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Yep - I had already gotten a hitch carrier (mostly to mount a 25 gal sprayer on). But I still wanted something simple for mounting a few things on the sides using the small square holes on the sides of the box. Got some appropriately sized D ring mounts, cut some 10" (so I could hold them from below) pvc pipes, pushed the pipes up and mounted the D rings to them with self tapping screws. Now I have 3 on each side of the box that I can use tiedowns to hold extra stuff: shovel, rake, or other stuff to hang from the D rings. Simple but effective fix. Shock cords work but velcro straps are better. And the D ring mounts actually look like they were intended to fit in the slots below the box holes. Took all of 25 minutes to get it done.
 
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