Re: Purchasing a new ATV... HELP!
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.
Ride it like you stol' it!