I’m not a hardcore trail rider so I’ll most likely leave it stock but will definitely grease the wheel bearing once a year since I’ll be using tracks for the winter months. Thanks for the quick reply.tracks are hard on everything! Wheel spacers put more pressure on the wheel bearings and all suspension components. I don’t care though. I grease my wheel bearings once a year.
Thanks. I think the offset would be better suited for me.I think people use spacers as a bandaid. You can get wheels with different offsets that do the same thing, but don’t move the leverage point out away from the hub. Moving the leverage point further out makes it more possible to break axles.
Btw, people also use spacers to put bigger tires on and the combination is a double bad thing.
Thank you that’s good user info. I’m new to the scene and we just purchased a 2021 XP 1000.I have questioned all this stuff for years. When they first came out with IFS 4x4 trucks back in the 80s I went through all this stuff. The first one I bought came from the factory with positive offset wheels but naturally I had to have different wheels and big mud tires. When you start changing the offset and moving the center line of the wheel further out it is actually changing the amount of leverage or load on the wheel bearing assembly. Whether or not it is enough to make a difference in the life of the wheel bearing I don't know. I'm guessing big heavy tires take more of a toll on things than anything else. I know I have one 4x4 that I bought new in 1984 and have ran aftermarket wheels (and spacers on front), with more negative offset than OEMs and have only replaced the wheel bearings a couple of times. Coming up on around 300,000 miles. I have a feeling no more miles than most people put on these side by sides none of this stuff is gonna make much difference. This is why I don't worry much about running lifts and so forth. I do have wheel spacers and 2" lift on my Sportsman ATV since it was new (2003 700) and have never touched the wheel bearings. Just my opinion.
I have the shocks moved out on both my rangers, I don't see how that can affect anything other than make the ride a little stiffer. Wheel bearings are about the least of my worries on rangers, fairly easy to replace and not that expensive. I do recommend greasing them once in a while if you get in lots of mud and water.
Thanks! That’s pretty much what ours will be used for. I’m more for sustainable and durabilityRangers are a different animal than 4x4 trucks but do have many similarities. It's pretty obvious big heavy tires are more likely to cause drive train failures involving gear cases and axles, but I also think it depends on how much they are abused. I have watched the way some of these guys play with these things in the mud and I can tell that is some serious abuse. My rangers are used for hunting and working, not playing in the mud. Maybe that's why I have had pretty good luck without breaking things.
I was on ATV patrol with the Sheriffs Dept and have much time behind the wheel, with only two wheels on the ground lol. Not many wet areas but lots of jagged mountain trails. But that was a department UTV, a Ranger at that is why I bought one... frigg’en tough on washed out trails. But now I own one and want to do everything right as far as up grades. Your info is much appreciated. I’m right in line with you.I don't necessarily baby my rangers and I go anywhere I need to go within reason. I'm not jumping off in a creek that is 4' deep. My opinion is these are some pretty tough machines and I have enjoyed having them, it sounds like you will too.
How is reducing the offset any different than installing spacers? In a case where you’re adding spacers to make up for offset, you end up with the same geometry at the hub.I think people use spacers as a bandaid. You can get wheels with different offsets that do the same thing, but don’t move the leverage point out away from the hub. Moving the leverage point further out makes it more possible to break axles.