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counterbalance

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by tinkenboutit, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. tinkenboutit

    tinkenboutit Junior Member
    from zone 5
    Messages: 26

    I just put a 50" Moose blade on my 2005 Polaris 500 ATP. I notice the front of the quad drops 2 to 3 inches when the blade is up. Is there any need to counterbalance the blade?
     
  2. rm25x

    rm25x Member
    Messages: 42

    need? no not really. But it does help with traction. Just add about 100-150lbs to the rear rack.
     
  3. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    You can add weight on the back rack for more traction. But you realy don't need to IMO.
     
  4. MRadke

    MRadke Member
    from WI
    Messages: 49

    You could also buy a pair of rubber spring wedges to stiffen the front suspension. They look like a donut and twist in between the coils.
     
  5. shtuk

    shtuk Member
    Messages: 34

    I put rubber spacers (kimpex makes nice ones) in all four of my springs. it makes a big difference for ride and to compensate for the weight of the blade.
     
  6. Elwer Lawn Care

    Elwer Lawn Care PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,495

    anyone have a link to a website for these spacers? ive been just running bags of salt in the back for weight.
     
  7. Badgerland WI

    Badgerland WI Senior Member
    Messages: 161

    If the Polaris has a coil-over set-up on the front suspension, get a measurement of the front coils springs and you can get replacement, heavier duty coils. From what I've heard, Polaris machines have the softest coils up front. I can help you find the right replacements once you know how tall and ID of the factory coil you have.

    The higher spring rate will keep it from nose-diving with the additional weight out front. This is what we do when setting-up plow utility trucks.
     
  8. mcfly89

    mcfly89 Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    Highlifter.com also sells stiffer springs that work great for a plow rig.