For those of you who have a winch on your off-road toy and on-board you have all the cool snatch blocks/pulleys and attachments for winching yourself—or your buddies—out of any situation you may find yourselves in, there is another tool you might want to consider for your off-trail adventures—the Reversaroller.
The Reversaroller is detachable and very basic, yet functional in design. Our Reversaroller kit was designed specifically for our test vehicle, a Polaris Sportsman XP. The Reversaroller is also available for select vehicles from six other major manufacturers, including Arctic Cat, Can-Am, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha.
The kit consists of a new fairlead with a beefed up bottom roller and mounting tabs, the fifth and bottom roller bracket assembly/mounting pin, rear link assembly/mounting pin, all necessary hardware and a nifty canvas drawstring storage tote.
After tearing the box open and looking at what was in front of us, we decided to not even look at the install step-by-steps (which might not be the best example but proves how easy the unit is to install) and still were done with it all in less than 30 minutes. All you need for the initial installation is a 3/8-inch drive ratchet with a 9/16-inch socket and wrench to change out the winch fairlead and re-position (Polaris only) the side roller bolts, along with needle nose pliers for the roller pin e-clips.
The only unplanned issue we had was trimming the lower plastic fascia slightly to accommodate the bottom edge of the new fairlead, due to the winch location. The mounting of the fifth roller bracket and the rear link for use takes less than a minute with quick-release mounting pins.
Oh, The Places We Can Go
After having the Reversaroller at our disposal, we know that some of the situations that our test mule has been subjected to previously would not have been quite so precarious had we had the Reversaroller during those times.
One of the primary purposes of the Reversaroller is steep incline control, whether it is ascend or descend—we’re thinkin’ the gnarly obstacles in Moab here for sure. Other situations where we found this attachment comes in handy are poking into mud holes, water crossings and snow banks, although some forethought is needed here and having the fifth roller bracket, rear link and winch line in place prior to committing to any of these tricky spots is key.
The Reversaroller also shines when you are riding with toys that are non-winched and for winching on the run. It is so much easier and safer winching/driving foreword rather than backward, not to mention letting the back suspension take the load like it is supposed to, instead of stressing out steering components.
Reversaroller warranties its products 100 percent against breakage, excluding rollers, roller bushings/bearings and roller pins. At this point, the fifth roller bracket and rear link receiver seem to be very durably constructed and we have not had any issues with our test unit.
The Reversaroller has allowed us to go in spots we might not have previous to installing the unit on our vehicle.
Prices vary so to get the most up-to-date pricing information for your vehicle, check out Reversaroller’s website, listed below.
Contact Reversaroller (801) 796-7066 or www.Reversaroller.com.