Adding some protection to the best-selling UTV
There is no denying the popularity of the Polaris Ranger UTV. It might be the best selling UTV in the industry and with that kind of popularity, there are a lot of accessories available for it. Everything from windshields to roofs to bumpers to storage…and a whole lot more. A popular add-on for many Ranger owners are a set of doors to replace the standard netting doors that come stock on most models. In this article we are going to look at our favorite Polaris Ranger doors and their features.
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Polaris Lock & Ride Clear Polaris Ranger Doors
We’ll get started with the most expensive Polaris Ranger doors on our list, but man, are these doors cool. This is a full door kit that mounts directly into the space on the Polaris Ranger 1000 and XP 1000 models. It is full Lexan Poly Acrylic, so yes, the door is clear. This lets in the most ambient light allowed, as well as giving you full, uninterrupted vision of your surroundings. The upper, hinged window is glass, giving you a little more durability as glass will not scratch as easily as poly. The advantages are that you can see through the door, so it’s like having a window that goes all the way to the floor. This also lets the maximum amount of light into the cab while still having an enclosed door. Plus, you had to admit, they look pretty sweet.
Seizmik Framed Door Kit
We’ve seen all kinds of door kits. One of the trickier style doors are the fabric ones, as they don’t have the shape to hold up for very long. The Seizmik door kit is different, because there is a steel frame giving the door it’s shape. There are solid latches as well. From a distance, you’d think the doors were solid. The fabric is heavyweight, PVC-coated polyester that sheds water, cleans easily and holds up to abuse. Seizmik used 3D scanning technology to make sure the Polaris Ranger doors fit flush. This door kit fits using the stock connections, so there is no drilling or modifying the ROPS or body work to get the doors to work on your Ranger.
Dragonfire Racing Black Half Doors
Polaris Ranger half doors are a great option for those looking for something more substantial than the stock net doors, but don’t want a full door. These are popular for those who aren’t adding a full-cab enclosure. Dragonfire Racing specializes in slick products that look as good as they function. These doors look about as sleek as a door can. They have a sturdy steel frame and a steel outer door that can be painted to match your Ranger. If you’re going all out and adding a custom wrap to your Ranger, these doors look fantastic when wrapped. These Polrais Ranger half doors fit flush, so there is a serious added layer of protection against mud and dirt from sneaking in.
SuperATV Heavy Duty Aluminum Half Doors
SuperATV has a little different take on the metal half-door idea. These Polaris Ranger half doors use a steel frame with a bolted-on aluminum outer door to reduce weight. SuperATV also designed the door for comfort, too. The latches are designed to not slam into your knees, or bother you while driving. The upper part of the half door is designed to give you a little extra room for your arms and shoulders, while still looking streamlined and sleek. The latches are actually pretty cool because they swing the door out like the doors on your truck, while most door systems swing the door from the rear of the cab, or suicide style.
Polaris Replacement Net Doors
Sometimes things happen and the OEM net doors get damaged, or in extreme cases, get torn off the machine. It happens. Now this might be a great time to upgrade to one of the other doors mentioned above, but the budget doesn’t always allow for that. Trust us, we get it. You still need to have some form of containment to keep you inside the machine, so you can simply opt to replace the stock net doors. The most common cause of damage to the stock net comes from not getting the metal frame tab into its slot on the floor and then snagging it on something along the trail. Replacements are a cheaper alternative to having nothing. And something is better than nothing.
What kind of Polaris Ranger doors do I need?
That’s a good question and you probably already know the answer. If you’re looking for doors to keep the cold and snow out in a northern climate, full doors of some kind are for you. Composite or poly type doors are going to give you the most protection, but the cost is going to be high. Half doors are nicer than the nets, and give you more protection from the elements, but they do limit you if you want to fully enclose the cab down the road. Adding Polaris Ranger doors is not a cheap option, but the added protection can be a major advantage.
If I’m looking to enclose the cab including the doors, what is the best option?
There are two kinds of cab enclosures – soft and hard. Soft enclosures are make of fabric materials that make up the roof, and sometimes the rear panel. The doors will often be a zip-up blend of fabric and clear plastic. Hard cabs are almost always resin or plastic with solid doors, latches and even roll up windows. You can even get options with power windows! The hard cab will cost you, often to the tune of thousands of dollars, but if you are going to be using your machine in cold weather, it’ll be worth it. Soft cabs are nice and more economical, but know going in that if you use your machine a lot, the soft cab will not always last as long as you hope, especially in harsher climates.
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