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Any opinions on the stock Ace suspension? Mine isn't broken in yet, but so far the rear seems stiff and the front seems just maybe a tad soft. Anybody try removing the sway bar yet?
 

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Any opinions on the stock Ace suspension? Mine isn't broken in yet, but so far the rear seems stiff and the front seems just maybe a tad soft. Anybody try removing the sway bar yet?
My 400HO was the same way, soft front, stiff rear. The rear will loosen up, but the only fix for the front nose dive is HD springs. They are not pricey, Most Polaris dealers stock them.
 

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I'm concerned that removing the sway bar would have the same result as my RZR - it would no longer feel "planted" and would instead feel tippy, unless I spent a few hundred on new springs for it.
Slippery slope, that.
 

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I'm concerned that removing the sway bar would have the same result as my RZR - it would no longer feel "planted" and would instead feel tippy, unless I spent a few hundred on new springs for it.
Slippery slope, that.
I had a RZR-S that I did that with as well. I replaced the springs with progressives and removed the swaybar. It was more tippy feeling, but the articulation over rocks was great! It's a tradeoff I guess.

The stability of the ACE is great. I was doing powerslides in the driveway and it was very well balanced and controllable.
 

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Well, I did it. I disconnected the sway bar. Probably not a Polaris endorsed mod. Kids, don't try this at home! I only took off one strut to try it out. Imho it is a 100% improvement! Sure there is a little bit more body roll. If you like high speed turns flat as a pancake, then maybe its not for you. But rock crawling, rough trails, articulation over obstacles, it is waaaay better. Takes the harshness out of the rear. Not as plush as a rzr-s with progressive springs, but pretty darn good. Now it doesn't toss you around nearly as much as before. Really, I don't think the body roll is as much as the rzr-s was without the sway bar. It's a keeper for me!

Now, if we can just add a little more rebound damping and a little more spring to the front, it'll be perfect!
 

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When I was messing with the rear shocks it seemed to me that even when I disconnected one side, there was still a fair bit of tension on the other side.
I'll be interested to hear how it turn out when you've pulled both sides.

Given how much of a pain it is to line things up to get the bolt back in, it is not something I want to play with again without a reasonable expectation that it will help a lot.
 

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....there was still a fair bit of tension on the other side.....
True, with only one side disconnected the sway bar itself is still adding friction to one side. It wasn't noticeable to me while riding.

That bolt is tough to get in, isn't it? I held the control arm up with my knee to line it up. (I had the wheel off) I'm not sure I really like that design, using the same bolt and mount for the shock and the sway bar strut. Oh, I forgot to mention I had to use a shorter grade 8 bolt for the shock after I took the strut off.
 

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i took out the ace. i had a rhino with lsr long travel , man i was spoiled with the lsr suspension , felt more power on the ace. but i think the ace needs some suspension work. it was fun and maneuver well
 

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Thinking about removing my sway bar too. Anyone else have any more input on this?
Can't tell you about the ACE, but when I removed the sway bar from my RZR S, I was not comfortable with the amount it leaned, especially on sidehills, and the amount of body roll turning at speed.
If you do a lot of low speed rock crawling, you'll benefit from removing the sway bar.

People on the RZR forum say that if you're going to remove the sway bar, the best thing to do is replace the springs with progressive ones, which will help to compensate for the missing sway bar.
But I wasn't willing to spend that much money, especially if it didn't work out for me.
 

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We've loosened my sway bar to give it some flex without going full removal yet. Also, figured out why one of my rear springs was rubbing on the frame when compressed. Apparently the have a bow in them and just had to turn so that the bow was on the outside. Fixed that problem for now.
 

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We have owned several RZRs and now have an 800 S. It rides great, but the little 2014 Ace rides like a log wagon and just beats you to death. Anybody figured out how to make it ride better? We have reduced the air in the tires and adjusted the rear shocks. Looking at "air" seat. How about other shocks? Any help appreciated. Thanks.
 

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I improved the ride by installing 26" tires with 5# pressure and the suspension seat brackets. Made a ton of difference IMO.
 
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I'm having my (passenger side :)) sway bar rub against the exhaust. Is this what happened with you? It's only 2" above the sway bar bolt. Seems like a design flaw
 

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I'm having my (passenger side :)) sway bar rub against the exhaust. Is this what happened with you? It's only 2" above the sway bar bolt. Seems like a design flaw
Welcome to the forum! If it were a design flaw, it would be happening to pretty much all of them. Most likely you got a factory defect.
 

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I'm going to remove the swaybar links once it warms up and see how it rides,, its the only complaint I have with the Ace. Another thing I thought about doing if it greatly improves the ride is to do what the guys running the newer lawyer approved Jeeps do for off road and that's have quick disconnect links. Unhook for trails and hook back up if needed/wanted.
 
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