— UTV advice by Sarge McCoy —


Dear Sarge,

I just got a sweet deal on a 2018 demo Polaris Ranger XP 900 EPS in Matte Titanium Metallic, and I intend to install some accessories due to the low original purchase price. So, I was wondering, in your opinion, what order and type of accessories should I install so I don’t make an expensive mistake. I am considering a cab for all-season use and some extra lights for night work. Thanks for any advice you can provide me.

Serge Rajas

Bend, Oregon

Private RahRah, you just scored my favorite color in the Rangers! I am also glad you are asking the correct questions before draining your wallet! If you are going with an all-weather cab, then the absolute first thing you must have is a roof. I prefer the Polaris #2879881 HD steel roof for strength and protection with a built-in roof liner. After the roof, you should have a windshield. In the long run, the glass windshields hold up better than a poly windshield, even the hard-coated versions. Look at either the fixed Lock & Ride #2882191 or the tip-out version (for ventilation) #2882874. Do not waste over $500 on a Genuine Polaris windshield wiper and sprayer. Way too expensive. Then it is imperative, that if you have a windshield, you must have a rear window. Why, you may ask? Wind turbulence! Dust will swirl around the windshield and enter the cab area from the rear. There are many versions of rear panels—rear poly #2879812, rear glass #2879013, rear sliding glass #2879015 (just like a pickup truck) and canvas with PVC window, and #2879040 doors! Dump those worthless fish nets! Polaris and many aftermarket companies make doors in canvas and plastic. At the minimum, get a half door, but be aware you could still get swatted in the face with a half door and the right branch, Boot! Here are all the doors Polaris lists:
en-us/shop/accessories/doors/. As to lights for night work, a roof-mounted light bar is a must, as well as a smaller light bar for rear light. A bed light helps with cargo loading and unloading, and finally an automotive dome light is a must if you need to read anything inside the cab at night. Add a 4500-pound multi-mount winch (because 3500 pounds is barely enough when your Zooter is buried hub-deep in gumbo mud). The Warn Polaris multi-mount winch is #2880096. Go to Everything Polaris Ranger ( and requisition a front receiver hitch and winch receiver mount. Slap on the 4500-pound winch and you now have winching capabilities both front and rear (you will thank me for that capability later, Boot). All this info is worth at least a 15K night march—2400–0500 hours. You do not want to be considered a “drop,” Boot! Dismissed!


Dear Sarge,

I have an unusual request and am sure you are the only one who can answer it. I wish to change the backlight color on my 2011 RZR 1000 from red to blue. Do you know how? The unit doesn’t appear to have push-in replaceable light bulbs.

Danny Tanner

Reubens, Idaho

Private Tin Man, it can be done, but you better be very good with a fine-point temperature-controlled soldering iron and a styrofoam hotwire knife!  Needle-point tweezers will also be needed. You will need eight OSRAM Opto semiconductors #LB T67C-P2R1-35 and blue SMD LEDs from Mouser Electronics #720-LBT67CP2R135Z. Remove the cluster from the Zooter and the rubber cushion ring. Cut the case 5/8-inch from the top lip. Remove the top bezel and pull the needle straight up. Remove the four Torx screws and pull out the assembly. Flip over and remove two more Torx screws. Remove the white plastic front. De-solder all SMD LEDs except the needles. Reassemble and test before gluing the case back together. If you manage to not break it, Sarge needs a picture! Or, you can be a “girly-man” and send the gauge to Concours Specialties (6488 Glenway Avenue, Suite I, Cincinnati, OH 45211; (513) 481-9999; www.teamconcours
.com) for a color change for about $100. Dismissed!


Dear Sarge,

I have a 2001 Suzuki KingQuad 300. At any throttle position above idle, it skips badly and backfires. I was told that this problem is usually the vacuum fuel pump. So, I went ahead and replaced the vacuum pump with an electric pump. However, that didn’t cure the problem. Next I was told it might be the reverse limiter. So, I disconnected the reverse switch. Again, it had no effect. Sarge, can you point me in the right direction?

Dennis Hodge

Orville, Ohio

Private Hodgepodge, I would be most happy to point you in the right direction! Double time to Area 17 and you will pick up every unbroken paintball on the range! When you are done, then we will have a discussion about listening to everybody except someone who actually knows about your Zooter, Boot! A skip is generally not a fuel problem. Electrical/ignition defects are usually the cause. And before we get started Boot, the 300 Zooter does not have the reverse limiter! Change the spark plug and test the ignition coil. Those are the basics. Also, the 300 Zooters have from time to time blown out their voltage regulators. And with unregulated voltage as high as 17 volts, it can raise havoc with the black box or, in some cases, even damage the box, requiring replacement. A VOM meter can tell instantly what your operating voltage is. A factory service manual is very helpful here. You do have one, don’t you, Boot? Didn’t think so! Because a “free” copy is impossible to find, go to Chaparral and requisition a copy. Dismissed! 



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