POLARIS PRO HD 4500-POUND WINCH

— Testing the new Rapid-Recovery winch with remote —

The Polaris Pro HD 4500-pound winch is a 50-foot, synthetic-rope-equipped, 4500-pound-capacity winch that comes pre-installed on a mounting plate and has the electrical box pre-wired and connected to the winch plate too.

WHAT DOES IT FIT?

The 2018–2019 Ranger XP 1000 with options for many other newer Polaris ATVs and UTVs. A heavy-duty, 6000-pound winch is also available, as well as a 3500-pound winch for ATVs.

An electric winch is one of the more common bolt-on parts UTV owners purchase for their machines. A typical install is also one of the more difficult and time-consuming jobs. The Polaris Pro HD winch removes that hassle.

PERFORMANCE:

For this install, all you have to do is remove the front bumper (four bolts), hang the winch plate/motor assembly on the frame and then secure it in place with four supplied bolts. The winch plate literally hangs in place while you tighten the bolts, saving you from having to ask for help or fuss with heavy objects, small bolts and wrenches at the same time. It looks like someone in the product development department took a cue from the assembly-line guys. This is by far the simplest winch install we have ever done. The Ranger XP 1000 is pre-wired for this winch. So, to complete the hook-up, all you have to do is connect the controller leads into the wires in the stock harness, which brings them up to the dash. There you can connect the wireless remote-control box. You do have to route the positive and negative cable to the battery, but that is only a few feet away, right under the hood. The directions that Polaris supplies are straightforward and simple as well.

The black stopper is magnetic, which tells the sensor in the aluminum fairlead to stop spooling the rope when the two get close. You can also slide the black bumper down the winch line if you have a special project where you only want the rope to move a certain distance.

WHAT ELSE?

Another unique feature of the Polaris Pro HD 4500-pound winch is Rapid Rope Recovery. To use it, all you have to do is turn a dial on the winch motor to access a quicker gear that allows the rope to spool or unspool up to five times faster than normal. The feature is meant to be used unloaded. If you do have weight on it, the winch will just bog down quicker. Finally, the winch is equipped with Auto Stop technology. That means the fairlead of this winch has a sensor on it that will stop the winch from winding up when the hook gets close. This is a nice safety feature, especially since the winch winds up so quickly.

THE VERDICT:

If you bought one of the new Ranger XP 1000s and haven’t installed a winch yet, you must consider the Polaris Pro HD 4500- or 6000-pound-rated winch. It’s available at your local Polaris dealer.

CONTACT: www.polaris.com

RATING: ★★★★★

PRICE: $849.99

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