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Old January 31st, 2012, 04:55 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I am looking around for a decent 4x4 atv. I am looking at around 2006 or so. What experiences have you had with them? Such as Polaris belt drives vs. Shaft driven. This will just be for cruising around the property and dragging deer out of the swamp. Nothing to crazy!!


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Old January 31st, 2012, 07:22 PM   #2
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I have had several quads in the past. ost of them were Yamaha. I had Honda three wheelers when I was yonger.

I dought a Polaris because it was 82 % made in the US.

I was woried that it would be a mainteance issue, as years ago every one said the belt drive was for shit.

I have to tell every one that this Polaris, is my favorite quad I have ever owned, the four wheel drive system and the suspension is fantastic.

It has EFI so it will start in the dead of cold with out a problem.

We love the thing.

Polaris 550 EFI FTW!
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Old January 31st, 2012, 07:59 PM   #3
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What are "trouble" areas, if any to look for on the polaris? How often does the belt need to be changed and is it a pain? Have you run into any belt slippage issues?

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Old January 31st, 2012, 08:10 PM   #4
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I have about 800 miles on the one we have, I have used it to pull a gravity box up the driveway incline out here and burned all four tires on dry pavement, no belt slippage yet, I really do not know.
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Old January 31st, 2012, 08:17 PM   #5
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I think belt issues on any of them is no different than any belt drive toy. I have a Kawasaki prairie 650 with over 800 miles on it and some of those are hard miles, steep inclines, hauling very heavy loads or dragging heavy objects....in other words using it harder than it was intended.
I have no issues, although I would love a EFI machine. I have slipped my belt no less than a dozen times and smelled the burnt belt, yet I am still on the original belt and running great still. I bought the tools to change it and a new belt two years ago figuring it was going to go south at some point and yet it hasn't.
With any of the major brands you cannot hardly go wrong, although I personally lean towards Yamaha and Kawasaki machines (I have run both for 20+ years) I have also used a couple Polaris models (400 and 500 sportsmans) and both were very durable and still running strong today after many hard miles or work around the property and farm.
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I was hesitant at first when looking to buy my new quad. I had always had Honda 3 wheelers growing up and never owned a Can-am especially with a belt drive. No worries on the belt drive. Like Hunter9 I really doubt any of the major manufactures would give you may issues. I have a Honda TRX90, Suzuki Z250, and my 800 Renegade now and each machine although completely different are really nice.

The biggest warning I found when looking for a quad were to stay far away from the "Chinese" brand quads. Lack of parts availability were the biggest complaints.
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Old January 31st, 2012, 09:12 PM   #7
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My Polaris sportsman is an 04, it's been a great great machine. I'd buy that machine 10 times over. It will push more snow then u can imagine! I bought it new in 04
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Old January 31st, 2012, 09:14 PM   #8
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Quads are like welders and plasma cutters, buy more then u need. It'll hold it's value way better too.
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Old January 31st, 2012, 09:44 PM   #9
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I would not buy a polaris...I bought the rzr, while fun and the only machine that can do what it does, I will say its the biggest piece of shit manufacturing wise. The fit and finish of the machine really leaves alot to be desired, considering how much they cost
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Old January 31st, 2012, 10:11 PM   #10
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I'm a Polaris fan - I have two Polari and two Honda Recons.

All have been trouble-free and reliable.

Hondas are good quads as well - my issues on the larger models are full-time (i.e. always on and stiff steering) 4wd or overly complex auto trannies.

No first-hand experience with Yamahas, but hear good things on the utility quads.

I've run into several folks who have had quality and build issues with large Kawasaki utility quads - belt issues and electrical issues.
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i have a 350 honda rancher. love it have never done a thing to it and it has been beat to death..i am not a big polaris fan.seems like you eather get a good one with no isssues or one that always has shit going wrong with it..
if i bought a newer quad it would be a honda or yamaha..arctic cat is the worst one made...
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I have a Yamaha Grizzly 550FI with power steering and I love it.....I am not nice to this thing by any means. I can hook to a 30 foot log and drag it out of the woods fully locked all 4 wheels spinning with no problems!
Always haul about 3/4 cord of oak out of the woods in my trailer......can hardly steer, but it'll pull the load just fine.
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My dad has a honda rincon he's on his second one and absolutely loves it. Hondas run forever and I know I've beat the shit out of it and he hasn't had a problem yet with it. The new EFI makes starting a breeze and the ride of the independent suspension is amazing.

The other 2 utility quads id suggest is the yamaha grizzly and can-am outlander. My dads friend has had his 660 grizzly forever and its still running strong and the can-ams have won the utility quad shootout every year since they came out.

I have no experience with can-ams but they look badass and make more power than any other 4x4 quad.

Any new quad with powersteering would be nice if you can afford it
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YAMAHA all the way. I have 4 quads.
2009 Grizzly 550 with eps and efi
2005 Suzuki King Quad 700
2004 Grizzly 660
2004 Kodiak 450

I beat the shit out of these things and the yamaha's have never broke yet. The 2004's have about 2700 miles on them, and have been in headlight deep mud and water, climbed mountains in colorado, hauled trees out of woods, and trail ridden. The suzuki is really fast and good torque but the exterior is not well made. The bolts that hold the panels together are always falling out so the fenders are just flopping around.
I have heard alot of good about the can-am's. But the Grizzly is the best all-around in my opinion. The size is great, has good power, locking diffs, bulletproof drivetrain. Winner in my book.
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I sold my grizzly 660 last winter to buy a polaris sportsman 850. There was nothing wrong with the griz, just started giving me fits. It was an 03 model with less than 900 miles. Had to replace all 4 outer cv joints, I'm told they went to heavier duty units in 04. The diaphragm on the carb developed a hole???? So i had to replace that. The heated handgrips to a crap for the 4th time. The shift indicator lights quit working. The machine had lost 10 mph of top end speed so i changed the belt just for grins, but there was virtually no wear on it. In short it served me well, was a good machine just didnt trust it anymore to go anywhere but my property, that and the wife hated it (how do you start this thing, i cant get it into gear, the 4wdcarb drive button thing y doesn't work, ect. ect.) So went out and the got the sportsman. Rode a buddies outlander hated the suspension, felt like you were gonna go o er the bars if you went too hard into a corner. Can't get comment about any other machines just don't have any experience with them. Before I bought the sportsman I almost bought a king quad just couldn't find one in any other color than yellow the day I needed it.
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i have a 2005 Kawasaki Brute Force 750, bought it brand new its got 1500 miles on it and 450 hours. all i have had to do to it is change the plugs and the fluids. i plow with it and haul a trailer with 300 pounds of horse shit once a week. BEST quad i have ever owned!!!!
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I've had Polaris, Kawasaki, and currently own a Arctic Cat with the Kawasaki driveline.

I've had no issues with any of them. I currently plow with the A/C- like 8 driveways in my neiborhood and have had no complaints. Whatever you get- go for something with the EFI. it's way better than dealing with a choke.
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Old March 11th, 2012, 01:45 PM   #18
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I think i bought my 2004 polari with something in mind about them being more of a US company than the rest. Cant remember tho... They've been relatively trouble free other than abuse and neglect issues. I just dug one of them out of the garage after sitting for 2+ years. After a little carb cleaning it still operates like new.
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i have a kawasaki brute force and absolutely love it. wouldnt trade it in for any other quad
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