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so Hello everyone.. I just bought a 2008 650 last night. The cage seems a bit tall and the prowler will not fit in my enclosed trailer. Has anyone taken a few inches off the bottom of their stock cage and put it back on? When I sit in the prowler I have over 1 foot of clearance above my head to the roll cage.. Thanks for any input!
 

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Check in with Jake at PPF , He built me a new one for my 1000, 2.5 inches
lower so it will fit in my trailer,plus it looks way cooler.
 

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shipping is killing me up here in alaska. Sometimes I pay more in shipping than I do for products... I was fixin to lower the stock cage 8 inches until i get to the lower 48 (aka lower 48 states) and buy a whole new cage.. i was wondering if anyone one was a penny pincher and tried it...
 

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2008 Prowler XT - The gas guage always shows only one bar regardless of how much gas is in the tank. When I initally turn the key on the guage shows all the bars but then immediately goes down to just the one bar. Any ideas on how to fix this problem?
 

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2008 Prowler XT - The gas guage always shows only one bar regardless of how much gas is in the tank. When I initally turn the key on the guage shows all the bars but then immediately goes down to just the one bar. Any ideas on how to fix this problem?
Buy some Chevron Techron fuel treatment and run about 3 tanks of fuel through. It seems that some gasoline allow the fuel level/sender in the tank to corrode and give incorrect readings.
If that doesn't work, take the level/sender out of the tank and clean it.
 

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The OEM Cage is not really suitable for lowering. You would have to rebend it wider to fit the stock mounts once you lower it. That could be done, but at what risk to the integrity I'm not sure.
I would think you could find a machine shop that has a bender and can fab up a cage for you with much better results than shortening the OEM Cage.
 

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I shortenend the cage. I removed it completly from the atv. I removed a total of six inches from the bottom of the rails behind the seats and removed four inches from the front section. I started by cutting four inches off them I test fit it and realized it could use more cutting. I then re drilled holes for the bolts and painted the raw metal. I t worked out great, feels as secure as it did when I bought it. It looks alot better tooo. Now when you look at your cage you will notice the top of the cage is more narrow than the bottom part where you will be cutting. I thought it was going to be a problem initially however, it worked out just fine. this whole process took me two hours. tools needed. A Cutting tool such as a dremel or hacksaw ( air tool would be best but a dremel works fine.) Paint, An angle grinder or a file and a drill. The hardest part was after making the initial cut you have to put the aft end of the cage back on and angle the cut so it sets on the frame as it did before you cut it. It was not hard , I should say it was time consuming. I have pics, but i don't know how to post them..
 

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Yes I have lowered my stock cage 5" I also lowered the seats 4". Just take your time and plan it out first. I cut the bottom of the cage off at the same angle as stock. Then ground out the stock plug welds. redrill your cage for new plug welding. place the stock rollbar extensions back in place and bolt them snug. Put the shortened cage back on "It may take some finess because its now narower" replace the top X brace. shorten the rear V brace. Now you can start welding. I used a dewalt sawzall to cut everything 4" grinder to clean it up and a small mig with .025" wire for all welding. It turned out great and cheap. Ill try to post pics.http://s852.photobucket.com/albums/ab83/dustyshovel/
 

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Great- how did you lower your seats???? I am 6 ft, so can not lower the cage a lot, but if I lowered the seats I could...
We are really loving this machine. We went riding with a bunch of RZR's. They had trouble in the water- we just powered right through in 2 wheel drive!
 

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Well lowering the seats is a little more involved. Again take your time and plan it out. First remove seats, engine cover, seat pans, rear inner fenders and floor. Disconnect battery and remove. Unbolt seat brackets. Make a mark with a scribe 4" down from the seat brackets that are welded to the cage. "Well down and forward at the angle of the cage". forward maybe an inch. Cut off the welded seat brackets with a sawzall "you will reuse these". Clean them up for welding. rotate them 180* weld them back on at the scribed marks. Next you need to move the other side of the seat/frame down. Cut the rear frame rail at the back of the seat pan just in front of the upright round tube. Cut the seatbelt tube just on this side of the belt breather. cut the air filter bracket in half and the shifter bracket. now extend the seatbelt 1" square tube down and forward with 5" of new 1" stock, the same with the rear frame "tack weld only for now, make sure everything is level and square". Extend the air filter bracket with sheet steel same as stock. Have a helper hold the air filter box in place wile tack welding. The same for the shifter bracket. Bolt the seat brackets in and adjust as needed. Final weld. Reinstall battery box, but it needs moved toward engine about 1" so redrill the holes. Pass. side is about the same. You will need to trim the seat pans and on pass. side the seat bottom plate to clear filler neck. The rear inner fenders need about 1" trimmed off the top were the clip on, and they will go back on. trim the floor risers 4" and reinstall. And now you can trim and remold the engine cover "a heat gun will help with this". I now this is long winded but it is needed without good pics.
 

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you are kidding me!!! PROWLER has the advantage of higher lift and you wanna LOWER!!!!! WTH!!???? get a ranger already!!!!! geeezzzzzz
 

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you are kidding me!!! PROWLER has the advantage of higher lift and you wanna LOWER!!!!! WTH!!???? get a ranger already!!!!! geeezzzzzz
He's talking about shortening the height of the stock cage, it sits in the clouds already. Nothing about lowering the ride height.

Lowering the seats and shortening the cage is a hot ticket on the Prowlers...
Heck, I've lowered my seats over 12 inches and the cage height with 14 inches ground clearance is about 64 inches...nice low center of gravity... :slaphappy:
 

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Hey 2bubik I have two prowlers and shortened both so they would fit under my auto lift .I took 6 inches out of the back and 3.5 out of the front it's not hard as long as it is rectangular tubing .there are inserts in the tubing you just cut tubing off and grind out welds and reweld back in .just mark insert before you grind out .happy to talk you through it if you contact .took about 6 hours to do one
 

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I have a 2009 prowler 1000 XTZ and it is shortened 5" on the roll cage front,rear,v bar, and box roll bar.. I''ll trade for a stock roll bar set up. I live in Missoula, montana
 

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I successfully shortened my cage .. Here are photos..<div style="width:480px;text-align:right;"><embed width="480" height="360" src="http://static.pbsrc.com/flash/rss_slideshow.swf" flashvars="rssFeed=http%3A%2F%2Ffeed932.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fad163%2F2bunik%2Farctic%2520cat%2Ffeed.rss" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" /><a href="http://photobucket.com/redirect/album?showShareLB=1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pic.photobucket.com/share/icons/embed/btn_geturs.gif" style="border:none;" /></a><a href="http://s932.photobucket.com/albums/ad163/2bunik/arctic%20cat/" target="_blank"><img src="http://pic.photobucket.com/share/icons/embed/btn_viewall.gif" style="border:none;" /></a></div>
 
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