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Re: Kawasaki vs. Polaris
In rebuttal to GTA's view of 4 wheel drive
:"4x4 operation is much simpler on the Polaris, flip one switch and both front tires lock when AWD engages"
Although simple operation of 4 wheel drive is important, the actually mechanics of how it works can be more important. When you engage the 4 wheel drive sysytem on a Polaris you are still in 2 wheel drive. It requires the rear wheels to spin a certain amount and then eventually engages the front WHEEL, then after the one wheel spins, the other wheel starts to engage at the same rate as the first.
Then when going downhill, since the rear wheels have to spin, it offers little front wheel hold back when descending a hill. How important is that? Try it out next time your out in the mud or snow, just put your machines in 2wd and have fun rolling out the pucker marks at the bottom of the mountain.
The Kawasaki is in 4 wheel drive works if you are going uphill, downhill, in reverse, or on its top, it doesn't matter. And true front wheel engagement is also progressive. Meaning if you need easier steering you can let off the lock and then get back on. YOU can control it, not the other way around.