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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-25-2001, 08:31 PM
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Purchasing a new ATV... HELP!

I'm about to buy a new 4 wheeler. It will be used primarily for hunting and sometimes for joyriding (No jumping or wheelies, horseplaying, etc). I'm very swayed towards the Polaris Magnum or Sportsman models. Can someone support my choice or turn me on to another company's vehicle? I'm still very open in this decision. I started looking at Hondas then Arctic Cats, now I'm leaning towards the Polaris. Any input is welcome and appreciated!

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-25-2001, 10:17 PM
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Tiretool, I was in the same dilema a few months back, Almost exactly, minus the artic cat. I looked at Ranchers, Rubicons, Grizzlys and Polaris.
The grizz, well, lets just say its looks wern't me. I wanted an auto 4x4 for huntining and trail riding, but still wanted to slide thru the coners and make the tight technical turns you can make on a 2wd. Hondas don't offer selectable 4wd, Polaris does. This is important when it comes to cornering and wear and tear. the honda has a 10.5 foot turning circle, the polaris is 6.5 ft. After that it was between the sportsman and the magnum. The '00 sportsman has fully independant suspension. To me it seemed costly to fix and the rear axles are at a very extreme angle. (cv joints ain't cheap) so I chose the Magnum. Very happy with the bike, it does everything I want it to do. I added a 2000lb winch,and a front bumper. so far I have used the winch on two hondas and a Kawasaki, both 2wd, that could not go were I could.

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i think a kodiak would suit you. good power slectable 4wd good handling isnt real heavycan turn sharper than any other 4x4 and reliable.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 01-26-2001, 03:05 AM
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From what I can tell as yo what your looking for your in the right neiborhood polairis is a fine machine, If I were looking for a machine to do what you are looking for I would pick the sportsman, My father (65 yrs old) (with a bad back) has the sportsman uses it for hunting was climbing shale rock hills with no problem , and after riding all day said his back felt great (the independant suspention) good luck with your choice,and before making that final decision dont forget to look at the Yamaha Wolverine (it weighs alot less)

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I would say go with Polaris, I have a magnum and it is GREAT, and I use it for everything form climibing rocks to race it around and it is great, I also have a couple differant Honda's, and I say there good too, But the polaris rides SO much better. You can't beat the suspension either. Good Luck!

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