Hello, i am interested in getting a side by side soon. I am leaning towards a polaris ranger. I will be using it for hunting,trapping,little work and playing too. Just looking for some pros and cons.thank you
Just like water cooling.The last thing I need to do is have another cooling system to service.Let alone those weed eater rock catchers mud eaters they use for rads.Plus don,t forget about anti freeze,flushes,and water pump headaches.You can keep em,I,ll stay traditional.
a year ago I bought the ranger 400 and just love it. I didn't need anything bigger and it was carbureted that was important why introduce electronics into something that will be used in water and mud. this snow was the first real snow I was able to use it in and it goes like a tank hauled 2 deer and 4 guys out of the woods in 16 inches of snow and never missed a beat.
My Ranger is fuel injected and a really good machine but make sure you test drive one long enough. This machine is a great workhorse but definitely not a quad. To me at least if I want to have fun and rip around it is on my quad. Take into consideration that you have a roll bar and there will be no ducking under fallen trees. Trails for quads will work but you bust alot branches. The gas pedal provides for jumpy movement. Don't get me wrong I love my Ranger but it has it's place.
You have electronics in carburated ATVs and they still run. Electronics in modern ATVs and UTVs are protectecd against the elements. Todays manufacturers would not sell off road vehicles that could not operate in mud and water.
Don,t bet on it.I,ve seen some stupid setups.Like our Polaris Hawkeye has the battery located in the storage compartment under the front rack,a very good idea.Our Sportsman 500 is mounted in the open underneath the left rear fender exposed to everything the rear wheel throws up.That was extremely stupid.I had to make covers and modify it to protect the battery.
I bit the bullet last year and bought a new Polaris ranger. I own a older honda 500 but wanted something like this but hated to spend this much on a toy. Know i woiuld never look back its a little wider than 4 wheeler so you need to be more careful on trail width. I was able to take my mom for aride on her old home place with her oxygen tanks places she hasent seen in over 60 years. Built a nice tree stand on hill and able to carry all my material and tools. Fuel injected is only way to go carbs have been around 4 ever and pita also. I had a former service manager from a car dealership tell me one time the carb. was the worst item ever made. Todays fuel sitting will kill a carb. where it doesent fi. Take your carb. bike out west to colorado at 9k elevation and hope it starts. Fuel inj. doesent matter. The independant suspension on the ranger is impressing. The ranger is the perfect size for in the woods anything any bigger wont fit around as well. I bought mine from Freedom Power sports in Everett Pa. 814-623-6500. Ranger, camo, winch, windshield $1,000.00 cheaper than a local dealer where i live in Md. They are only a 50 minute drive and sell Polaris, honda, kowasaki so you have options under 1 roof.
I have a 07 500 in fuel injection. Works great, never had a problem besides me having to slam the dump bed on it. It sticks every now and then. I also bought a Warn Pro Advantage 72" plow kit for my driveway. It works great but I later found out you can't add the power angle on it which stinks. All in all a great machine. I found it used for $4500 with under 150 hours. (Great Deal)
I’ve had a teryx, rhino, ranger, and commander. They all have their strengths and weaknesses. The commander is definitely the nicest. It’s also the most expensive though so I guess you get what you pay for.
I have a 2010 Ranger 800XP side by side, with a bunch of options on it including a full Ranger Ware fiberglass cab, extreme bumpers front and rear, Warn winch, A-Arm guards, oversized tires and spoke aluminum wheels, etc. I've also made an aluminum rack that fits into the holes in the top bed rails so that I can mount my 10 1/2' Titan fly rod/reel carrier on top, and have a custom made enclosed/lockable poly box in the bed to carry some of my fishing gear.
Mine has been a pretty good machine overall. I keep it in MT, where it is legal to drive them on the highway (although I only go a short distances), it has been reliable so far, and (generally) gets me where I want to go, and back home again.
Here's the negatives, from my limited perspective: They are expensive - mine was $20,000 or so fully equipped, plus I put another $4,000 in a trailer, and also had Montana Canvas make a custom cover for it. They are somewhat hard to service, if you are planning to do your own routine maintenance - fluid check points, and drain plugs are hard to get at and require some special tools (at least for mine), and I understand the older ones were even more difficult. Because they are belt driven, mine doesn't seem to have the torque that I wish it did, and I've been unable to drive it into places that I'd have wished I could access - however, on the plus side, I am able to get into and out of some pretty tight spots to launch my 16' drift boat (about 600-700# including its trailer). Probably the most dissatisfied thing about mine is the Ranger Ware fiberglass cab. The quality of that thing it pretty bad, and I wish in hindsight I'd have never bought it, and would never buy another one again.
I had a Rhino. It was rated as the best offroad side-by-side in '06. I hated it other than it was fast. If you're riding offroad, which is where they belong, NOT on highways, why the heck do you need to go 45 mph? I weighed MY situation and geographical usage. I needed a powerhorse that had super torque, one of the heaviest weight carrying capacities in the bed, and I decided I wanted one that had a glass windshield rather than plexiglass. After testing all of them, including a Bad Boy Buggy, I opted for a Kubota RTV 900. Can't beat a diesel for the torgue, and the Kubota has all the requirement I needed, including power up and down dump bed, and complete rear hydraulic porting at the rear to run a multitude of hydro implements if needed. It's far more stable than my Rhino from a side tilt issue, fir nearly all my trails without any further grooming, and the diesel will run and last longer than any gas engine. All that said, like all the others, they have their place and also have their glitches. With their solid rear axle, they ride rough, and aren't the quietest in the world. I bought mine with the optional camo cab, and glove box, windshield wiper, and spray in bed liner, and have just over $15,000 in it. Any more, none of them are cheap. I'll say this though, if I were to buy a gas unit ti would be the Ranger. I get to run one a lot and they are a good, stable unit
The last one I would own is the Kubota.The ground clearance is non-existant and they are well overpriced.My local JD dealer has a Company that is a customer that bought about 10 new Kubotas fully loaded with cabs,glass,ac,the works.They were doin alot of off road work in the gas industry.Anyway they traded them in for new Gators within a month cause they were so overloaded with all of that crap on em they couldn,t go up any hills worth a darn and would just bog down.They were diesels and they traded for Gator diesels with all of the cabs,heat,and ac also and they have been workin great for that Co.This was about a year or so ago.Remember Ben when the Rhino was goin thru a lot of legal trouble because they were deemed unsafe?Their sales of course plummeted.Their is also a Gator model that goes 45-50 mph.That is just nuts.
I've been looking and comparing them for the past 6 months. Was leaning towards a RTV 1100 until I drove one. I have to agree with goodoleboy, it drove like it was struggling even without a load. this was a fairly new 2011 with only 140 hrs.
towing capacity for the diesel kubs also surprised me. only 1300 lbs for the big boy 1100. rangers have 2000 with a gas. doesn't seem right to me.