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ATV What do you recomend and why

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Unread 05-13-2013, 01:07 PM
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Re: ATV What do you recomend and why

I have a Honda 450 Foreman ES and couldn't be happier. As others have stated, extremely reliable and dependable. I have not owned any other ATVs but would buy another Honda is a heartbeat.

I did buy a Kubota RTV 500 utility vehicle two years ago and have been extremely happy with that as well. Not fast, but I have yet to find a hill it won't climb or anything it won't tow or haul.

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Unread 05-13-2013, 01:28 PM
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Re: ATV What do you recomend and why

Living on a ranch and doing chores every day I probably put 10 miles a day everyday on a quad. This is definitely Polaris country as I rarely see anything different. I plow a 4 mile road downhill during the winter and pull a trailer during the summer. My currant quad is a 2007. I don't really like the new ones as they went to all plastic in the front so my custom built snow plow won't work with them as it fastens to the front quad metal and raises up onto the deck when running in deep snow. I really don't like the power steering can't feel the trail.

Getting around a ranch gate....forgot the key.

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But bottom line Polaris builds a good quad which will run for thousands of hours if maintained properly. I would like to have another brand new 2007 setting in the shop just waiting till this one wears out.

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Unread 05-13-2013, 10:06 PM
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Re: ATV What do you recomend and why

My first one is an Artic Cat 500 great torque. It will pull anything. Bought it for the clearance underneath, logs rocks ... Next one is a Can-am 800. Love it. All the power you'll need for any kind of riding. The newer ones have a steering assist, Haven't tried that yet, but all day on 2003, Can-am works the arms. Check out the steering assist on all breeds.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 10:47 AM
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Re: ATV What do you recomend and why

My 2005 Honda Rincon 650 is bullet proof. Direct drive with no belts to replace, great torque for my purposes and low maintenance. I have 8,000 very hard trail miles on mine. It is used exclusively for back country riding and rock crawling. I installed High Lifter springs front and rear and it really improved the handling in the rocks. I replaced the tie rod ends myself and avoid dealers like the plague. Most of my riding partners own Polaris machines of various configurations. They ALL agree that their cost to maintain is excessive compared to mine and other Honda Rincons. The only knock I have on the Rincon is that Honda doesn't offer power steering on this model. As with any mechanical device proper and continuous maintenance is the key to long life.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 08:46 PM
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Re: ATV What do you recomend and why

My wife a has a 02 polaris 335 magnum bought when a couple years old starts and runs excellent most of all very stable and quiet, I bought a 05 yamaha 450 new starts and runs excellent also but is a louder machine and is not as stable as her polaris I have tipped it on it side a couple of times, and going down steep ravines at an angle it feels tippy and adjusting the shocks dont seem to help I have ridden some of the bigger polaris machines and if I ever buy another 4 wheeler it will be a polaris. The front diff lock is great and wont buy a machine without it, it has gotten me out of a few tough places and a winch is a must.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 09:16 PM
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Re: ATV What do you recomend and why

All of these machine have a weak link of some kind, we sell and service kawi and get a lot of polaris and Honda in for repair. The small kawi is not very good, the 650 and 750 are awesome machines but a couple of the sensors can give a guy some issues. The polaris is a pile, I know that someone will get their panties bunched about that but you could not give me one after working on them and trying to service them. Hondas are my favorite for all round.
We've had the power steering models out a couple years now and I don't think think they are safe, more guys have hurt on them because they flip so easy, a lot of them have been traded back in on regular steering machines.
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Unread 05-14-2013, 09:29 PM
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Re: ATV What do you recomend and why

I too have a UTV, a Kubota RTV 500. I chose it specifically because it was the least expensive hydrostatic transmission model available. The RTV 400 is belt driven.

Initially, it was available with a cab, but when the time came and I inquired, the cab had been discontinued, which really sucks. I did get the plastic roof and have a soft rear and front window, but I will be making my own doors this summer. In winter it really helps to be able to keep wind driven snow out the cab.

The RTV 500 rides very hard. I don't know if it is to provide "feedback" to the operator about his speed over rough terrain (land rover style and I am referring to the old leaf spring models). Certainly if it will spend a lot of time on hard terrain, the spring rates or spring preload would have to be backed down.

Yes, it is slow. But it was never going to be a racer. The engine is fuel injected and starts reliably in any weather. The layout is weird with the engine in about the least accessible spot possible. Good thing it is not too hard to remove things to get at it. Pretty much all the space in front of the toeboard is completely wasted, its not as if they put a trunk under the hood, although they should have.

You have a similar transmission system as a jeep. 2WD high, 4wd high and 4wd low as well as rear diff lock. I had no problems getting around this last winter in snow on top of sloppy clay. I would probably not have tried towing too much under those conditions since it does not have ice studs... but it did haul out all the deer we got on a sled.

I paid a little over $6000 for it with 93 hours on the meter which I felt was a good deal. A set of doors with soft windows, a rigid windshield, a trunk under the hood in front and a cover for the load box at the back are things I will add to it.
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