How Do I Lift My Polaris Ranger?
If you are ready to get lifted, you are going to need a lift kit in order to get your Polaris Ranger off the ground. There are a variety of lift options for the Ranger. You can choose from shock spacer lifts, bracket lifts, big lift kits (5+ inches), and portal gear lifts. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages. Price is certainly a huge factor, but there are other considerations as well. Do you have experience in the garage? Which are the easiest to install? Which lift kit will give your Ranger the most clearance? If you’re willing to do the research to get the right product, your lift will take your riding to the next level. This article will help you get the details in order to help you get started.
What kind of lift is right for me?
This can either be a shock spacer lift or a suspension lift. In both cases, you will add a spacer or bracket to your shock that causes it to push your suspension lower giving you lift.
Get More Information About and How to Install Each Type of Lift Kit
What is a Shock Spacer Lift Kit?
A shock spacer lift is the smallest, cheapest, and easiest lift kit you can buy for your Ranger. The kit itself is typically 4 aluminum spacers that are designed to fit snuggly on top of your shock spring. This compresses your shock spring farther than it would naturally and causes your shock to push down on your suspension harder. The result is a small amount of lift—typically 1-2”. This effect can be achieved to some degree on some shocks without the shock spacer by utilizing the shocks built in threaded collar. This lift is perfect for people who are on a tight budget or only want a small amount of lift to help clear small, everyday rocks, ruts, and obstacles. Keep in mind that the smaller the lift, the less stress is put on your suspension. These lifts can be found for under $100 typically.
How Do I Install a Shock Spacer Lift Kit on a Polaris Ranger?
The shock spacer lift kit is easy to install and should take no longer than an hour.
- The first step is to jack your Ranger up so all four tires are off the ground and to secure your suspension at each corner so that it won’t drop farther when you remove your shocks.
- Next, remove the bolts at the top and the base of each shock so that the shocks can be removed.
- Now comes the only tricky part of the installation: you need to compress the shock spring enough to remove the collar that holds the spring in place. This can be dangerous so make sure you’re wearing safety glasses and never put any part of your body directly over the shock during any part of this process. To compress the spring, we highly recommend using a spring compressor tool. If you don’t have one, take it to a shop. Some people use ratchet straps to compress springs but that can be very dangerous.
- Using a spring compressor, compress the spring, remove the collar. add the spring spacer, then reinstall the collar. To make this step easier, make sure your threaded collar is threaded all the way out and any compression valves are fully open. Even so, you may need an extra hand to help compress the spring far enough to fit the spring spacer and get the collar on again. And make sure you wear gloves—shock springs are pinch central!
- Once you have your spacers installed on all four shocks simply reinstall your shocks on your machine (make sure you put the fronts on the front and the rears on the rear) remove your straps and lower your machine.
After that, you’re good to go!
What is a Bracket Lift Kit?
A bracket lift kit is a cheap and easy lift option as well. These types of lifts utilize metal brackets (usually steel) to change the upper mounting location. This brings your shock into a more vertical orientation which causes it to push down on your suspension. These types of lifts tend to give you a slightly greater lift than a shock spacer lift would but still don’t break the bank and most don’t require you to replace any suspension parts. You’ll typically see 2-3” of lift from one of these. These lifts are a great affordable way to make room for larger tires and let you get over obstacles that you would have to avoid otherwise. This lift gets you into the realm of tackling big obstacles for fun as well. You can find these in the $100-$400 price range on SuperATV.com.
How to Install a Bracket Lift Kit on a Polaris Ranger
You won’t have any trouble installing a bracket lift kit on your Polaris Ranger. You should be able to get it done in under an hour.
- The first step is to lift your Ranger so that all four tires are off the ground and secure your suspension with straps so it won’t drop any farther when you detach your shocks.
- Next, remove your wheels and shocks.
- For the front suspension, you simply need to bolt the brackets on according to the image. You’ll notice that there are 2 options in the bracket for your upper shock on SuperATV’s Ranger lift. This lets you choose between having either 2 or 3 inches of lift.
- Reinstall your shocks with the adjustment collar in the highest position, and reinstall your wheels.
- To install the rear brackets, you’ll need to remove your wheel and sway bar. Again, make sure you’ve strapped your suspension so it doesn’t drop when removing your shock as this can damage your axle.
- Next, remove the shock and bolt the lift bracket to the upper shock mount location. Reference the image for orientation.
- Reinstall shocks, sway bar, and wheels. Lower your machine and you’re ready to ride!
What is a Big Lift Kit?
Big lifts kits are for the enthusiast rider. There more expensive and require a lot more time to install than smaller lifts, but the payoff is huge! SuperATV carries big lift kits from 5” to 10”. With that much extra clearance, you’ll be able to plow through deeper mud holes and over bigger obstacles. You can also fit huge 30-40” tires on a Ranger with a big lift kit. SuperATV has a 6” lift kit for the Polaris Ranger that will fit 34” tires. That lift kit costs $1,699.95 but it comes with all new axles, new front and rear A arms, sway bar and links, extended brake lines, extended tie rods and the lift brackets themselves. It’s a total suspension overhaul. It could take from 4-8 hours to install this lift kit depending on your ability.
How to Install a Big Lift Kit on a Polaris Ranger
- As always, the first step is to lift your machine so the tires are off the ground.
- Next, you need to completely remove all the suspension. That means removing wheels, hubs, brake calipers, shocks, axles, sway bar and links, A arms and tie rods. This process will take an hour or two.
- Press out your stock A arm ball joints and press them into your new A arms.
- Install the steering stop kit on your steering rack and install the extended tie rods. Don’t worry about how much length to thread out on these tie rods until the end when you have your hub reinstalled.
- Next, insert your new front axles into your front differential.
- Use your stock A arm hardware to mount your A arms to your chassis and use the pre-threaded holes to attach your new brake line clips where you will route your extended brake lines.
- You will then need to install your front brace and front mounting brackets. The orientation is important, so reference the image. Be sure to install bushings and spacers to the bracket before installing it on the machine.
- Attach your new extended brake lines to your brake caliper and bleed your brakes.
- Reinstall the shocks hubs and wheels. Adjust tie rod length until your wheels are facing forward when the steering wheel is in the neutral position. Use SuperATV’s adjustable upper ball joints to adjust the camber to your preference.
- For the rear, the first thing you need to do is install the grease zerks and stock bushings into your new A arms.
- Install the rear brackets in the stock upper shock mount location. Reference the image for orientation.
- Next, install your new rear axles and A arms.
- Install your new sway bar and sway bar links.
- Reinstall the hubs, wheels, and shocks and route your new brake lines to the brake caliper.
- Bleed your brakes and adjust your camber to preference using SuperATV’s adjustable pivot blocks.
- Check your axles for binding by turning your wheel by hand. If your axles bind, you may need to adjust the adjustable shock collar on your shocks.
- Drop your machine to the floor and go for a ride!
What is a Portal Gear Hub Lift?
A portal gear hub lift is a lift located in the hub of your suspension as opposed to being located at the shock. This allows your machine to maintain its factory suspension geometry while also giving you 4 or 6 inches of lift. These lifts also provide you with a gear reduction. That means you get more torque and less stress on your axles and drivetrain.
This type of lift is great for just about any application and terrain. It will take your machine through tougher obstacles easier than any other lift. Because the lift is at the hub, bracket lifts can be stacked on top of it to achieve even greater heights. These lifts are time-consuming to install, requiring at least a day and cost from $2900 for a 4” lift to $3400 for a 6” lift.
How to Install a Portal Gear Lift on a Polaris Ranger
The Ranger portal gear lift is complicated enough that we recommend referencing the official illustrated instructions here: