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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-22-2000, 09:39 PM
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2WD or 4WD???

So, I moving to Vermont next month and am looking for an ATV. The biggest thing I'm struggling with is 2wd or 4wd, as I'm getting lots of conflicting opinions. my initial thoughts are 2wd is more fun sliding thru turns, however I am wondering how good a 2wd would be in the snow? How much snow is too much for a 2wd, or 4wd for that matter? (i know the solution is selectable 2 or 4 wd, but its just an expensive option)

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-23-2000, 03:18 AM
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Re: 2WD or 4WD???

I have had my Polaris Sportsman 400 4x4 since 1994. I have an adjustable v-plow for it and I take it in deep mud and sand every other weekend. When it comes down to plowing and mud-bogging, you can't beat 4 wheel drive, especially Polaris. It's also good in sand. Even though it has the stock super-aggressive tires, it still hooks-up great. I haven't gotten the thing stuck in any terrain yet and I beat the piss out of it.

So, for your application, go 4x4 and go Polaris.

-Z71man
97 Chevy shortbed Z71, 350, 5-speed, 6" Superlift, 33x12.5 Swampers
94 Polaris Sportsman 4x4 400 - bone stock, but bada$$

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Re: 2WD or 4WD???

How about a Polaris Scrambler? shift in or out of 4 wheel drive with the push of a button, & its very sporty, since you seem to want to slide around turns. Everythings expensive!

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Re: 2WD or 4WD???

every 4WD Polaris is a push button 2 or 4 wheel

post #5 of (permalink) Old 04-03-2000, 01:19 AM
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2 wheel is fun but, Vermont has 3 seasons only. Snow - November through March, Mud - March through May, and finally
Construction season... If you want to go everywhere, 4 wheel drive is a nessesity. 2 wheel drive severely limits your area
to ride. Plus, you can't do "doughnuts" on ice in 2 wheel. I got up to 42 MPH once in 4 wheel...


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on what? i've hit about 60 on my Polaris. not to be a *****, but 42 isn't that much. on a flat stretch of dirt or sand, you can easily hit 60.

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Try reading my post again. 42 MPH doing "doughnuts" on ice.

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oh. gotcha. sorry about the confusion there, chief

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Re: 2WD or 4WD???

how about the best of both worlds? With the amount of snow your going to see in Vermont, 4wd will be useless in the deep stuff.So my suggestion would be buy a 2wd sport quad 300 ex 400 ex etc. etc. Then get yourself a set of the tracks that there making for snow! All the articles on them say there as good as snowmobiles. This way you can tear it up in warm weather with tires, then kick butt in deep snow with the track kit.(I'll bet the extra money for the track kit works out to about the same as the extra for 4wd?)

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