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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-11-2000, 02:24 PM
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I will be buying a new 4x4 utility ATV in the next month or so. I will be using this rig primarily for work. Building fence, pulling a
trailer, hauling fenceposts, rocks, dirt, gravel, stream crossing, etc. Yamaha's Grizzly, Honda's 450ES, and the Polaris 500's
seem to be the top of the heap. The Polaris Sportsman 6x6 is particularly interesting to me. I don't care much about fast.
I care about reliability, torque, ability to function in temperature extremes (can be very cold and very hot here), comfort and
customer service. I have read a number of posts on this and other bulletin boards but haven't seen a post focusing on those of us
that need a work horse more than anything.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 04-11-2000, 05:59 PM
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SVEMS,
If you are interested in a machine that will do the work required, yet be agile enough to do some playing once in awhile, You need to look at the Suzuki Quadrunner 500 4X4. This is by far the machine with the most low end torque that I have seen. Friends of mine have 2 '98 Quadrunners, and the one friend used to work as a logger and often times drug 16" X 8' logs without a problem. I myself have a '99 Grizzly, which is not known for its low end torque, but is an ass-kicker when you get up into mid-range and top end. DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER A POLARIS. If you need to do any thing that involves torque, or water, this is not the machine for you. The Polaris 500's are nothing but a nightmare when they get wet. I know, because my older brother has a '99 Magnum 500, and my parents have a '00 Sportsman 500, and my younger brother has a '96 Sportsman 500. For your needs, it sounds to me that you should look at the Suzuki Quadrunner 500. Make sure that it is the Quadrunner, and not the Quadmaster. The Quadrunner is the one with the 5-speed auto clutch, and the Quadmaster is the automatic. An automatic will not deliver the low end you seek. Honda is not the way to go either. The Foreman is too long to be nimble. First gear is too low, and second gear is too high to make up for first being too low. For reliability that may be the way to go. I don't know much about the reliability factor for a Suzuki, but from what I have seen, that is the route I would take if I were you.

I like 4-wheelers enough that I have looked at them all, and like to see what each has to offer. I am not claiming to be an expert, but if someone is looking for an opinion, I am ready and willing. I like to make recomendations to whomever seeks one, and if you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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I know this may sound sac-religous, but have you considered a Kawasaki Mule, or a John Deere Gator? These machines are made to do the kind of work you describe. They each have beds so you won't always need to pull a trailer, and they come with optional hydralics to dump the bed.
As for reliability, nothing runs like a Deere.


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Thanks for the info! I like the specs on the Suzuki but think I want a bigger seat (minor thing but important non the less).
Your assessment of the Polaris is common on these internet chats. Since you've got quite a bit of experience with them,
I wonder how they perform when NOT wet. Any complaints then? Good power, traction, etc.? My stream crossings are
small and I'm not too concerned about water as an issue in performance really.
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i like my polaris. read what i wrote in "Opinions on new 4x4 purchase" posted by Magna. from there, i also reference some older posts as well. there, you will find some valuable insight. also, with the water deal....i've never had a problem and i've gone through like 3 feet of water. the quad actually has a small air reserve. however, i do not know how the new ones are set up. like i said, read those other posts.

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Yep, read 'em all. So, you don't experience belt slip at all? I'm actually trying to imagine what that means. Just a squeal or two or
does the bike quit moving or what? I'll be doing almost no deep water stuff (all 12" or less) and really am concerned with the
bike's ability to work long hard hours moving slow but pulling/pushing/carrying heavy stuff. Will the belt slip in those conditions?
I'm satisfied with most of the other aspects of the bike (actually prefer the racks the two DC outlets and the nice racks over all others).
I've ridden a '00 Sportsman 335 and liked the plush ride and easy handling. I'll be looking at the 500 for what I need. Really
appreciate the responses from more experienced owners like yourself. I wonder what you think of the differences between the
Magnum 500 and the Sportsman 500 as far as hauling and pulling heavy loads? I wonder how each one might behave and if one
would be better suited to my tasks. Clearly there are other differences between the bikes but they are more easily assessed.
Appreciate your comments.
SVEMS

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to be honest with ya, i don't even know what belt slip sounds like, cause i've never encountered it. my quad should've been dead a few years ago with all the beatings i've put it through. if it was a small import SUV, then it would be dead. but, yeah...i've done towing, hauling, mudding, bogging, fording water, blasting down mogul-like trails - you name it, that bike has seen it. best buy i ever made. as for the difference between the sportsman and magnum...i've said it before - i have no idea. heard nothing but good things about the magnum too, though. i recommend those quads to anyone.

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I have had my Polaris 350 for 9 years, I replaced the belt only once and that was because I thought I should after 4 years of use and abuse.
I did have the wet belt problem once. I found out that the clucth assembly has a air intake for cooling and the lower intake hose had a stick stuck
in it and it allowed water to get in. For the most part I have been satisfied with it.

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Workhorse = HONDA (Look at new Rubicon)
No can argue this equation
Even a Porlaris owner should agree.
end of story.

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Polaris now even has the diesel quad with much more torque than any other quad, power...I own a 400 explorer 4x4 with 26" superswamper vampire mudders and it rippes thru it all, I also had a problem with slippage of the belt but it was because when I changed the belt I forgot to put in the foam gasket between the cover and housing. For hauling it has no problem, I got a custom trailer 3`x 5` and I load it heaped full of dirt and rock an it pulls it with no problems....
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