The Ranger HD comes with a self-leveling rear suspension generated by two of the biggest rear dampers known to man.
These huge coil-over shocks on the HD will respond to stupid sized loads. It’s shocks actually pump the rear of the XP to a completely static-level after driving about 500 feet.
The self-leveling rear suspension on the HD is amazing technology for hauling heavy loads in the cargo box. Without any feedback from the driver, the system automatically senses the load difference and adjusts height accordingly. It means handling is virtually unaffected when you’re carrying a load.
Any SxS when loaded is a handful to turn as a result of reduced front wheel bite. Our base XP understeered terribly when under a comparable load capacity. The XP HD responded like it was on a trail ride with zero push while EPS negated the weird steering feel the base model generated from the extra weight.
The verdict? This is going to change things in the utility SXS biz.
Photo by: Kyle McDougall