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    Many variables for the correct answer.
    Side by sides depending on width can keep you off some trails.
    Is the area you hunt more or less easy open area's or some very rugged trails.
    New or used?
    My Can Am is a 450 and has more than enough power for me and I do ride some rough area's.
    PS is a must IMO on very rough terrain. Not so much on places like rail trails.




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    Used would be good so up to 500cc honda or Yamaha winch power steering 4x4 . Ok that gives me a idea what are the problens with polaris no one mention them

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    Quote Originally Posted by overtheir View Post
    Used would be good so up to 500cc honda or Yamaha winch power steering 4x4 . Ok that gives me a idea what are the problens with polaris no one mention them
    Nothing wrong with a Polaris. They start good and pull strong. There have been a few issues with electrical on the smaller models and some hiccups from time to time with parts availability.

    If I was to buy a new machine today it would be a Polaris 1000. Honda and Yamaha are awesome bikes but severely underpowered for what I do with my quads, here's hoping Yamaha puts their side by side twin into a quad. Kawasaki has no ground clearance and burns belts like there's no tomorrow under harsh riding conditions. Suzuki makes a great machine but I find them rather bland. Two Can ams, one bent frame and one electrical nightmare.... never again. I'm still riding around on my old Arctic Cat 650 twin, she's beat to pee pee but still outruns any modern 700. Given Cat went belly up and is now Textron I'm not sure the new guys have the kinks worked out just yet Arctic cat had some strong machines with all the extra warranty you could buy but they would never honour it.

    The others mentioned are mostly the tried and true older models, unfortunately everything is being built cheaper and lighter. Light weight compromises structural integrity.

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    I have a Polaris 500 with EFI. I think 2006. Great machine, better stock tires, lots of storage areas, nice racks, back up lights, lots of clearance, nice ride, it’s never let me down. Would buy another.
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    Polaris suffered from 2 issues but it goes back in time somewhat. Hopefully, they've addressed it. Firstly, the company had a reputation of not supporting their dealerships when it came to valid warrantee claims. This of course landed on the owners lap and they had to fight tooth and nail for warrantee service.
    Secondly, and I've had experience first hand with this, was the older ATV's had a belt drive rather than chain which would slip when wet. We had one guy in our moose camp who had a 500 that we pulled through every water hole that we walked through on our machines. It was a super comfortable riding machine though.

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    sawbill I haven't had a problem going through deep water with my Can Am.




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    My experience with them goes back quite a few years so one can only hope Polaris had addressed that problem. I think too that whenever a company puts out a product that has a particular issue its takes a very long time to regain a positive image. Think Pierre Trudeau and rusty '70's Fords for instance.

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    yea no one around here that I know has a Polaris.....was deemed a poor mans ATV and as usual you get what you pay for.

    On the flip side...not to many drive Honda's...all agree probably the best in terms of reliability, but too expensive when you can get the job done cheaper.

    That's where the Kowy's and Arctic Cats come in.
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    If I bought anything but a Honda they would throw me out of my camp.


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    Have an ArcticCat 500. Used for work more than play. Knock on wood, zero issues for 5years now. Low range will pull a crap load of weight. No complaints, it's been a good working machine for what I use it for.

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