PRC Polaris Ranger Club banner
1 - 20 of 48 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
194 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Starting this thread to document my 2018 build. This will be used for hunting in northern Arizona. It resides next to a 2014 900 Ranger that has over 10k on the clock with full cab, heater, forward a-arms, 27s, and so on.

This will be a slow build as I wait for both Polaris and the aftermarket to get products to market but the plan is as follows:

Polaris Accessories:
Tip out windshield
Rear glass
Power window doors
Heater
Windshield wiper

Aftermarket
Forward arched A-arms
EMP metal roof
30" Maxxis Carnivores
14" Method Standards
Dash mounted WeBoost cell booster
Dual Seizmek gun rack
Viair 400H on board air mounted under the hood
Otrattw Contura XIV switches
Rigid 10" E2 Pro light bar in driving pattern
Baja Designs S2 cargo light
Warn Provantage 4500S winch
Onboard battery tender with hard mount 3 prong AC outlet in lower dash.
Horn and rear view mirror for street legal


I plan to use the polaris winch plate but mount the contactor under the hood instead of down low. I'll make a bracket off of the roof for the cargo light and WeBoost antenna. Not thrilled that Polaris isn't even sending shops the pulse connectors. I'll probably bypass the pulse bars except one for the windshield wiper.



Land vehicle Vehicle Motor vehicle Tire Automotive tire

Land vehicle Vehicle Motor vehicle Car Automotive tire
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
819 Posts
Are the windshields the same between the 14 and the 18?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
53 Posts
Looking forward to seeing a lifted '18 along with the specs.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
194 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 · (Edited)
Update: Polaris parts have slowly trickled in. Finished putting in the doors, front and back glass, windshield wiper, air compressor, roof, upper pulse bar, cargo light, cell phone booster, winch, dust seal kit, and light bar. I changed oil at 13 hours and am nearing 25 at which point I'll do diffs/tranny and check engine oil. Machine runs well and overall Im happy with it. The front sway bar adds a huge sense of security cornering heavy fully cabbed and loaded rangers. Soon I plan on trying without the front but I doubt I'll prefer it over the stability through corners.

Land vehicle Vehicle Motor vehicle Automotive tire All-terrain vehicle


A couple of notes:

I used an old 900 winch plate and just mounted the contactor under the hood. Much better.
Auto part Vehicle Engine Car Trunk


The Viair compressor would not fit under the hood so it went under the driver seat with some shop quality Goodyear hose. I sealed the compartment with form cut foam and could not be happier with the outcome.

After shearing off polaris plastic roofs I went with the smooth metal EMP roof which is great. The only problem being I lack the factory headliner to cover the pulse bar and wiring. I consider this an opportunity to put in a 3 layer sound deadener/headliner. First I'll lay down dynamat then a layer of CCF and finish it off with some black headliner. This has yet to be completed but I will document the process. I think ill notch out the middle section and use velcro to adhere the 3 layers to roof. That way I can access the map light/pulse bar/cell booster wiring.

The map light that came with the roof was not great. I swapped it for a Rigid A series in warm white that I like. Shop wired up fake pulse connectors for the light as Polaris still isn't selling them.
Auto part Fuel line


Ceiling Luxury vehicle Family car


The new Rigid Pro light bars are a market improvement. The 10" E series Pro in driving configuration is far more enjoyable than the old 30" combo rigids.
Vehicle Bumper Automotive exterior Auto part Car


Bumper Auto part Automotive exterior Vehicle Tire

USB outlet
Auto part Hand Vehicle door Automotive exterior Trunk


I changed things up with the cell phone booster this time. We mounted a 12v socket behind the dash and plugged in the cell phone booster. I could have hardwired but had the parts and it works. It's much nicer not having the power cable dangle but rather now dive into the dash with the antenna cable. Drilled a 5/8" hole in the roof and stuck a big bolt and nut through - it makes for a sturdy mount point for the magnetic antenna.
Automotive exterior Vehicle door Auto part Vehicle


I have to give a shout out to Phil at Four Seasons Motorsports in Arizona. They're the only dealer I've worked with that is willing to help with any aspect of these builds. I have no affiliation with them but if you need first rate and/or one-off work Phil is the guy.

On order:

Forward arched a-arms
14x7 Method Standards (There needs to be more 4x156 wheels in a 5+2 offset)
30x10x14 Bighorns. The ride is worth a few extra plugs.


As soon as the heater comes in (hopefully first of Feb), I'll wrap up the rest with pics along the way. 30s, wheels, and a-arms will be in this week. Interested to see how stock clutching does on the 30s. Though the wheel/tire combo is nearly the lightest 30" setup available. 30" Bighorns have always run smaller and are the lightest reputable tire out there. I nearly opted for the Carnivores as they are a light 8 ply with better hardpack manners but its still an 8 ply so I'll wait for reviews.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
301 Posts
Do you know the weight difference on those tires?

Can you feel any loss in acceleration with the 30s BH?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
194 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 · (Edited)
The highlifter arms include great sway bar brackets on the top arm. Problem is they're welded at an angle that isn't ideal. Highlifter quickly looked into it and sent photos of their test unit. They say normal, or close enough to normal. To me, it looks like it puts unnecessary angled stress on the lower bushing.


Auto part Suspension Vehicle Engine Suspension part
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
194 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Do you know the weight difference on those tires?

Can you feel any loss in acceleration with the 30s BH?
Weight difference is not much. I'll scale the stockers later. Most 30s weight 36 to 40 pounds without wheels. 30" bighorns are 31 pounds. with a 14 pound wheel I'm not expecting much loss.
Tires measured 28.7 inches off machine right after mounting at 10 psi. I'll air them up tonight and see if I can get a little stretch out of them
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
377 Posts
At 28.7” they might work with a arms!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
377 Posts
That’s awesome. I am hoping that a 29” tire would work without A arms. Your buggy looks sweet!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
194 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 · (Edited)
That does look too out of spec to make use of.
But, at ride height you want some (and max) angle. The top of the link will experience fore-aft motion through the range of arm travel. So the link should be vertical'ish at 25% and 75% of full arm deflection, with max angles equally at 100% (either way) and 50%. Geometry and words pretty much aren't compatible and I am too lazy to make a diagram.
And this post was 95% worthless anyways :D

More Ranger porn, please :D
You're spot on and I've seen that play out before. I'll get it on jacks, remove the shock, and cycle the suspension while watching the sway mounts - for anecdotal purposes - the sway mounts are objectively out of spec.


And 10" too wide? Is this not the Formula Offroad forum? But really, I've driven many miles on UTVs with 28 or 30 by 10 tires and have found the opposite. Riding styles/expectations are everything.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
226 Posts
Like your build--great info, but love your garage floor.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
194 Posts
Discussion Starter · #17 · (Edited)
Can you tell me what wheel off set you used and how much wider did it make your machine Thanks
On order:

Forward arched a-arms
14x7 Method Standards (There needs to be more 4x156 wheels in a 5+2 offset)
30x10x14 Bighorns. The ride is worth a few extra plugs.
Haven't measured new width but will get around to it soon.

Edit: quick measurement shows 64" up front; forgot the rear.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
194 Posts
Discussion Starter · #18 · (Edited)
Verified 30s fit easily with no lift just forward arms. Ride improvement from stock tires is dramatic. Big improvement in terms of smoothness and traction.

No front sway bar may be the way to go for guys not looking for high speed cornering. I notice the front end feeling more limber and body roll was not bad - on 30s still less body roll than a stock 900. Found a poser rock to check clearances

Land vehicle Vehicle Tire Automotive tire Off-roading


On the bump stop - plenty of space

Auto part Vehicle


Land vehicle Off-roading Vehicle Automotive tire Off-road vehicle


Full droop

Tire Off-roading Automotive tire Motor vehicle Vehicle


Rear diff magnet after 17 hours. First change. Nothing bad but wouldn't want to wait till 50 hours; had the typical metallic sheen. Front diff understandably looked new.

Product Metal


The blue kick lights in the door are really growing on me.

Blue Light Steering part Vehicle Steering wheel


Onboard charger is so convenient

Tire Automotive tire Vehicle Automotive exterior Car


Auto part


Moved the cell phone booster as it was in the way of a heater vent.

Vehicle Auto part Car Military vehicle
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
6,358 Posts
Really sweet thread. Great pics and good insight. Sway bars are a fixed force in a dynamic world. I really wish there was an easy way to enable/disable them, aka "quick disconnects". The ride quality without them is so much better. But they do play an important role. The answer is electronic stabilization :D Maybe some day...
Agree, the sway bars are just about a necessary evil - gotta have 'em for fast, flat performance, but at the cost of good articulation and control when the trails get gnarley. Wondering if the new RZR Dynamix Active Suspension ($$) might be a step towards 'electronic stabilization' and if so, how soon before (if!) it makes it way to the Ranger line??

 
  • Like
Reactions: arcticzale

·
Registered
Joined
·
194 Posts
Discussion Starter · #20 ·
Really sweet thread. Great pics and good insight. Sway bars are a fixed force in a dynamic world. I really wish there was an easy way to enable/disable them, aka "quick disconnects". The ride quality without them is so much better. But they do play an important role. The answer is electronic stabilization :D Maybe some day...
I'd be happy with a tunable KOH/Ultra 4 or shock therapy setup. Something like the piston driven walker evans end links might even work to keep the first few inches of travel free.

I got out on the highway and the 30s sans front sway inspired much more confidence in a straight line and tuns have a little sway but again, not bad.
 
1 - 20 of 48 Posts
Top