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The "budget mods" thread was really popular over on RZRForums.net, so I figure I'll start one up here.

My first contribution:
Polaris lock and ride cargo box for $250? NO THANKS.
Plano locking sportsman's trunk for $25? Yeah, that'll work.

The box is bolted to the engine access panel in the bed.
The front of the access panel has big plastic tabs.
The back is held down by plastic pegs into rubber grommets, and I didn't trust it to stay put so I added a couple of lag screws.

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I went to homo depot and bought some 1/2x12x24 expanded metal( it was $9.97 per piece needed 3 ). Laid it down on the back of the front bumper, marked it up with a sharpie, cut it to fit, sanded it, primed it and painted it satin black to match the bumper's, I did 3 spot's on the front bumper and just protected the tail light's on the back bumper. I used self tapping screw's to hold it in place, pre drilled the hole's smaller and then View attachment 302 View attachment 303 View attachment 304 touched it up in the back before I put it on the ACE, this weekend !!!!!!
 

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Tie Down Points for the ACE

It irks me that ORV manufacturers don't include tie down points in their build.
All it would take is a small tab of steel with a hole in it welded to the frame at each corner. Maybe one front and back center too, for good measure.
So instead I have to figure out how I'm going to tie down each machine, and every one of them is different.
Here is how I have decided to do it with the ACE. And you can feel free to do it this way too, if you like. Or not.

Here's the recipe:

Go to the store and buy some eye bolts. Specifically, 3/8 x 16. Make sure they have nuts on them. If not, buy some. Also buy a set of nylon locknuts to go with them.
The ones in my photo are 4" because I didn't know how long I needed them to be and my local hardware store has a limited selection.
As it turns out, 3" works great for the front, and 3.5" for the rear. I cut mine down to size once I did a test fit.
Screw the regular nuts all of the way down toward the eye bolt, to the end of the threads and tighten them up. Those act as spacers so your eye clears obstructions.

Under the front fender, remove one of the bolt/nut sets attaching the roll cage to the frame. I went with the lower one.
Those bolts are 3/8", so the hole is perfect.
Replace the bolt/nut you removed with your 3" eye bolt. I put the eye toward the back to avoid interference with the frame.
Repeat this process on the other side.

Under the rear fender, there is a bolt which attaches the elbow guard (I think that's what that bar is called that the net covers) to the frame. Remove that bolt.
Here's the part some of you will not like. That bolt was threaded into a welded nut. I think the threads are metric, and I know the nut is a smaller diameter than 3/8".
You might be able to find an eye bolt somewhere that would thread into that, but it would be smaller and therefore not as strong. I chose to drill out that nut with a 3/8" bit.
Once the hole and nut are drilled out to 3/8", just slide your eye bolt in there and tighten it down with your locknut on the back.
Repeat this process on the other side.

Note: Eye bolts are basically straight bolts with no head, curved around into a circle at the end. With enough force, they WILL uncurl. It has happened to me with a trailer tie down point.
To reduce the possibility that this will happen, I did two things:
1. I went with a 3/8" bolt. The one that uncurled on me was a 1/4, I think.
2. When installing the eye bolt, put the open end UP, away from where your tie down strap will exert force on it.

If I had a welder, I would have closed up those eye bolts.
I might actually take a set to a local welding shop and ask them to do it for me.

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I tie mine down by the front loop and rear hitch mount, the same way I do on my Sportsman 500HO.
When I am loading on my flatbed trailer, I will probably do that. But when I am loading in the toy hauler, I need to hit the four corners because of the tie down tracks on the floor of the hauler.
I suppose I could run tie downs from each corner to the center, like you are doing with your trailer.

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Oh ok...I can see how far apart the tracks are.....nice toy hauler you have there! I'm thinking about getting one and selling my Triton trailer because I have to unload the Ace every time to get it into the garage cause it's to high on the trailer with roll bar to get thru the 7' overhead door. With a toy hauler I can just leave in hauler and put next to garage and can be locked up. What we won't do for our toys!!
 

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Indeed! Yes, I think the ACE will probably live in the hauler.
The original plan was to leave the RZR in the hauler and put the ACE in the shed, but there is more room to get around the ACE in the hauler than when the RZR is in there, and I have a suspicion that I might be taking the ACE on more trips anyway.
Except, the ACE fits in the truck bed better, so it might turn out that I leave the RZR in the hauler, and put the ACE in the shed where it is easier to get it into the truck from.
Hard to say exactly how it will shake out at this point.
 

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Did you get a winch for yours yet? I bought a winch and I just talked to Promark ATV company and they talked to Polaris and the winch mount is the same as the one on my 2013 Sportsman 500 but I think there is a replacement plastic lower bumper piece I need when I install it myself which I can't find anything out about that lower piece. When you buy the winch kit from the dealer it looks like that piece comes with it. Just wondering if you got one installed from dealer.
 

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Did you get a winch for yours yet? I bought a winch and I just talked to Promark ATV company and they talked to Polaris and the winch mount is the same as the one on my 2013 Sportsman 500 but I think there is a replacement plastic lower bumper piece I need when I install it myself which I can't find anything out about that lower piece. When you buy the winch kit from the dealer it looks like that piece comes with it. Just wondering if you got one installed from dealer.
I ordered the Polaris one after doing a Google search and seeing an ugly-ish winch mount for $75 that would allow me to mount up a Viper or Warn.
The Polaris one looks like it will fit the front of the machine better (of course). But it has not arrived yet.
 

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I seen that ugly mount also and didn't care at all for it....plus it doesn't look finished without the lower plastic piece on it like the Polaris kit. Guess I'll just have to keep watching out for that lower piece.
 

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I figured by the time I ordered an ugly mount for $75, plus a decent winch, I was almost up to the Polaris price anyway.
 

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Sure thing. I'll post up pics of the kit, the install process, and the result in the Accessories section, and PM you a link.
 

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Do not have the pics yet but I used plexiglass to make my full windshield and rear panel and smoke plexiglass/ tinted to make the roof which was approx 600$ in savings doing it my self. I went from center of bar to center of bar on all 4 pieces incase of a lay over it will not break them. The old lady wanted to be able to see up and not get her neck sunburnt this summer is the reason I used tinted for the roof I will have the pictures up shortly.
 
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