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First trip out since the rally tomorrow! 200 miles round trip and it will be nice to not tow a trailer at snail's pace! Looking forward to the new ride with the loads on the rear to smooth things out.

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Now, that's what I'm talking about!!!

 

I will probably side load a RZRS 1000, which is 106". I could probably get it down to 102" with some transport-only tires/wheels if it becomes an issue.

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Watch where you put side marker lights on your bed. I think you can see mine ? 2 inch flush mount.

They're right in the way of where I want to put my ramps. So the chrome rings I have around them keep getting broken. I never planned on sideloading anything when I built the bed. But I did make removable side rails for loading pallets with the forklift. They slide the same as side rails on a rollback tow truck and are held with pins.

 

Also watch your hitch Height. Stock my rhino just cleared the fifth wheel hitch loading from the back. But with the long travel suspension it's wider and lower and just skims over the top of the fifth wheel plate.

The razor and I think CAN- AM are going to be longer so you really need to be careful.

As for the side lights if I did it again I would still use 2 inch LED but French them into the bed sides.

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Watch where you put side marker lights on your bed. I think you can see mine ? 2 inch flush mount.

They're right in the way of where I want to put my ramps. So the chrome rings I have around them keep getting broken. I never planned on sideloading anything when I built the bed. But I did make removable side rails for loading pallets with the forklift. They slide the same as side rails on a rollback tow truck and are held with pins.

Also watch your hitch Height. Stock my rhino just cleared the fifth wheel hitch loading from the back. But with the long travel suspension it's wider and lower and just skims over the top of the fifth wheel plate.

The razor and I think CAN- AM are going to be longer so you really need to be careful.

As for the side lights if I did it again I would still use 2 inch LED but French them into the bed sides.

I can see where the lights could be an issue. I dont think the hitch will be a problem though. 30" tires on the SXS and 35's on the Jeep. Guess we'll see when the ramps get here!

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Ended up getting some ramps from a seller on Ebay. They were slightly longer that the ones from Discount Ramp, in stock, and $300+ less. Should do the job?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/171823591537

I was on the fence which ends to get.....figured a didn't need full knife and couldn't really decide hook or plate on the other. Figured these would be most universal.

Nice ramps that you found.

 

What is the deck height of your truck?

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Published spec on the RZR 1k is 119"? They are a tad longer than my Maverick in stock form. I got a bumper that tucked in tighter so I didn't have to pull it off every time to load it in the hauler.

 

I'd never try to side load mine for a trip....I'd have a problem for sure!

 

The RZRS 1000 is the new model released a couple of weeks ago, built off the new RZR platform released last year. The RZR XP 1000 definitely would not side load.

 

http://www.polaris.com/en-us/rzr-side-by-side/rzr-s-1000-eps-white-lightning

 

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The RZRS 1000 is the new model released a couple of weeks ago, built off the new RZR platform released last year. The RZR XP 1000 definitely would not side load.

 

http://www.polaris.com/en-us/rzr-side-by-side/rzr-s-1000-eps-white-lightning

 

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That little 1000S is cool! I had a RZR 800S back in the day and always thought if they made something with more travel and HP, it would be a blast! That Ace 900 could be fun too!

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I'm not sure how much I can tweak things to work there. If I pull that grab bar, I can get 2-3", pull the front axle down with straps to the axle should gain me 2-3" without really stressing things..... My buddy suggested sinking the tires into the deck for a few inches in the past.

 

Swapping tires is more work that I want to deal with as the whole theme of my camping is not to work on vacation.

 

Have to play with this a little more as I'm not sure how the front cap articulates being in front of the pivot with the different movements. That Ti front cap that was a cool feature for a pickup is now biting me in the rear!

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I would recommend getting some heavier duty straps that have chain ends http://www.truckntow.com/cargo-control/ratchet-strap-components/2-winch-straps-w-chain-anchors.html with ratchets that have chain ends as well http://www.truckntow.com/cargo-control/ratchet-strap-components/vulcan-proseries-ratchet-short-end-with-chain-anchor.html

 

also you should run the straps around your jeep's axles in a criss cross pattern, thats a much better securement point

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I got one set of these: http://www.uscargocontrol.com/Towing-Auto-Hauling/Wheel-Nets-Auto-Car-Tie-Downs/2X8-Short-Wide-Ratchet-Strap-W-Axle-Strap-10-000Lbs

 

.....and a set of these except with snap hook ends:http://www.uscargocontrol.com/Towing-Auto-Hauling/Wheel-Nets-Auto-Car-Tie-Downs/Side-Mount-Wheel-Net-W-Ratchet-and-Flat-Hook

 

Those cheasy straps were what I used to hold the ramp from spitting out. I just put them on there as a little joke for you guys!

 

I have always cross tied to the axles with chains/binders but decided to try the ratchet straps since they are lighter, quieter, and don't rust. I might even weld on d rings to the axles to make it even easier! I'm getting lazy and our goal has been no more than a 20 min setup/teardown.... This is vacation.

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I didn't notice any flex in the ramps at all. The seller rated these at 5,000lb per pair and claimed half knife ends were stronger for when you used then at a steeper than ideal angle. Time will tell I guess.

 

I do know I didn't pucker one bit loading or unloading. The width and length are about right.

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