It’s no secret that the Honda Pioneer is a great UTV. Whether you’re using it for business or pleasure, the Honda Pioneer is unmatched in its functionality, utility, and off-road riding performance. No other UTV manages to strike a balance between work and play quite like the Honda Pioneer. However, if there’s one common complaint we’ve heard from Honda Pioneer owners, it’s the lack of ground clearance. While its low center of gravity makes the Honda Pioneer great for towing, it also limits its off-road riding ability. Its relatively low ground clearance also makes it hard to give your Honda Pioneer those big aftermarket tires you’ve been eyeing. Thank God for lift kits!
Many riders like to lift their Honda Pioneer for the extra ground clearance needed to take on more challenging off-road terrain. Others choose to lift their Honda Pioneer to make room for larger aftermarket tires. No matter what you’re looking to accomplish with a Honda Pioneer lift kit, we’ve got a variety of industry leading options for you to choose from. The 2.5 inch bracket lift by High Lifter, for instance, is a popular choice for those looking to accommodate bigger tires with its arched and extended A-arms. This kit allows you to run tires up to 30 inches. The best part about a bracket lift kit is that they allow you to use your stock axles without having to worry about binding or breakage. However, the same can’t be said for all sizes of lift kits. The 6 inch lift kit by SuperATV is a perfect example. While the lift kit itself performs great and is simple and easy to install, it unfortunately changes the geometry and weight distribution of your Honda Pioneer. This change in stance puts added stress and pressure onto your axles. If you choose to run such a lift kit on your Honda Pioneer, you would be wise to upgrade your axles to Rhino 2.0 axles or their heavy-duty counterparts in order to avoid consistently breaking your axles time and time again.
Unlike bracket lift kits, portal lift kits will raise the ride height of your Honda Pioneer without changing the ride angle and geometry. For people wanting to run 30 inch tires and above, portal lift kits are the perfect solution. But even with a 6 inch portal lift, you might still find yourself struggling to turn the steering wheel without causing those big aftermarket tires to rub against your wheel well. For this issue, offset A-arms can be a big help. While high clearance A-arms can help provide the extra room needed to accommodate larger tires, they can only do so much. In addition, you may need to try swapping out the tie rod portal brackets with a set of portal steering brackets. Portal steering brackets can help give your big tires more room to turn.
The Honda Pioneer is known for its hauling capabilities. When it comes to hauling heavy cargo and pulling heavy tools like a plow, a good lift kit will help give you the extra height you need to counteract the sagging caused by carrying excess weight on your Honda Pioneer. When carrying or pulling heavy loads, this extra clearance can be essential to avoid bottoming out. Your Honda Pioneer’s OEM shocks are notorious for dropping significantly when you load up heavy cargo or hitch a heavy tool like a plow. This can make it much harder to turn, accelerate, and make it over bumpy terrain. While new shocks may be necessary to completely counteract this, a good lift kit like the ones from Rough Country, SuperATV, and High Lifter will go a long way in helping to offset excess weight and avoid damage from bottoming out.
Don’t make lifting your Honda Pioneer harder than it needs to be. Whether you’re looking to give your Honda Pioneer a lift to conquer more challenging terrain, accommodate bigger tires, or handle excess weight, our lift kits give you all the hardware and components you need to make lifting your vehicle easier than you ever imagined. After your first ride in your lifted Honda Pioneer, you’ll wonder why you never did it sooner. If you’ve finally realized it’s time for a lift, look no further than Everything Honda Offroad.
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