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Old 11-17-2011, 11:40 PM   #1
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school me on 4x4 ATV's

what are some decent reliable atv out right now? something I can take out on a few thousand acres and not worry about it breaking down on me? I might be buying one soon... maybe a 05 or newer... 4x4 500cc and up.... I dont really plan on getting all crazy with a lift or monster mud tires... but I do want something with a good reliable 4x4 system...
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:31 AM   #3
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Honda Foreman, its not the biggest or fastest but its dead reliable. I had a yamaha grizzly and something was always broken on it. Most of my friends have Polaris and theirs also spend more time in the shop than on the trails. Had mine since 08 and the only thing that broke was the tail light cause some drunk plowed into the back of it. The foreman isn't the best if you want a mudder because of live axle in the back but is hands down the best all around wheeler. My dad had an 05 foreman 450 that I tried to break. I finally managed to rip off the entire rear axle and still managed to drive it back to camp using the front wheels LOL.
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:35 AM   #4
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A used Polaris would definitely not be perfect. They are great new but after a couple years they fall apart. Plus with that independent suspension if you hook up to anything heavy it squats to the ground.
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The Honda 4 wheelers are insanely reliable. We've got a Honda 350 ES 4x4 that gets used all year up at our hunting camp. It's used to haul things, pull trailers, mudriding (deep mud and water) as well as retarted drunk shinanigans with wheelies and jumping it. IT WILL NOT DIE and has never left anyone stranded. Just like Honda 50's, it's a machine that will always vouche for as bulletproof.

Stay away from kawasakis. We had a Brute force for 5 months and everytime we took it out to play, something broke or it would overheat.

The newer polaris models i've also heard are nice but you don't want one for serious mud riding. I heard they are not the best for that type of thing. Something to do with belts? idk.. I havn't really looked into that.

Yamaha would be my second choice if for some reason i couldn't find a Honda and found a killer deal on a Yami. It would have to be a good deal, though.


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Honda Foreman... is bulletproof. I think ours was a 300 and it was a little boss. Reliable with enough power to get you through. You won't be running out with the 500+ but you will be able to get in and out of places well enough and for those other times a little wench never hurt anyone.
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Ive only had Polaris......if you dont do a crazy lift and giant mud tires, they are reliable. Once you start doing that, expect to go through axles, etc. Also with whatever you get, if you take it in the mud, make sure you really hose off the radiator. it will bite you in the if you dont.

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A used Polaris would definitely not be perfect. They are great new but after a couple years they fall apart. Plus with that independent suspension if you hook up to anything heavy it squats to the ground.
I guess iv had better experience than most with Polaris I've got a 95 500 cc 4x4 Polaris at my ranch that gets used daily that's never had a problem we've only done normal stuff to it tires, batteries, fluid changes. We also have a Polaris 800 that runs like a champ. My firs pick is a Honda though you just can't tear them up.
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I've had amazing experiences with Kawasaki. My brother in law and I both had a prarie 650 which was reliable considering the beating I put it threw. As was said before, If you go too crazy you will go threw ball joints and cv axles. Mine had 4 inchs of lift and 28"/12" Outlaws all the way around and only ever threw one ball joint.

Jason got a brute force 750 and never had one problem out of it. It also had the lift and 28"/12" Vampires.

We did most of our riding out at Newport and Highway 90 if that gives you any idea. We also made a trip to Alto which was also very fun.

Another point-of-view: When I worked at Highlands Kawasaki I saw more polaris come in than anything. Hondas came in but were rare. Of course there were Kawis but not near as much as the polaris.

On another note, the polaris side-by-sides are typically good.

As far as polaris 4 wheelers, I would never trust anything with POS in the name.
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I had a feeling honda was gonna be my first choice... Ive got a small 70cc honda from the late 80's I swear I used to do horrible things to that fourwheeler when I was little and it just kept on truckin!

Ill go look at some honda rigs!
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Here's a thought.
Some folks want a big (700cc +) ATV so they can have lots of power and haul . That's great if it's what you want but when it comes to mud the extra weight can be a problem.
Consider a midsize (350-600cc's). The cost is lower, they burn less gas and weigh less. It makes a difference on big balloony off road tires.
I have also been told that staying away from electric (power) steering might be a good idea. Adds complication and another thing to break when you are off in the boonie sticker weeds.
I have also heard that power steering can get twitchy at higher speeds and there have been more accidents than is widely known. A little tug on the bars from a pothole and they wind up on their heads.

I'm sure I will get flamed for the above stuff. It's just things I was told when I was shopping for mine. Maybe not true but things to look into and think about.
I got a Kawi 360 Prarie and have been happy with it. Use it on the deerlease and it has gotten me through I couldn't walk through.
Even pulled a disc harrow while I was planting a food plot. I nearly had a heat stroke but the ATV kept right on workin.
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Ive only had Polaris......if you dont do a crazy lift and giant mud tires, they are reliable. Once you start doing that, expect to go through axles, etc. Also with whatever you get, if you take it in the mud, make sure you really hose off the radiator. it will bite you in the if you dont.

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Got-!!! What kinda job do you have that affords you a truck and 4-wheeler like that!!?
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Got-!!! What kinda job do you have that affords you a truck and 4-wheeler like that!!?
Oil and gas brother.....oil and gas. And the truck isnt all that, its a work truck model so it has no power windows or locks, and the 4wd is floor shift
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I dont need anything fancy... no power steering or any stupid ... Id be happy with a solid rear axle honda 500... Ive ridden a kawi and liked it too... Ill see what price ranges Ill be looking at when shopping for a used 4x4 atv... Hopefully I can find one unmolested and stock
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you should be able to find a few of them......find the old guys that just use them on their hunting leases
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i like the foreman 500... seems like a good bike... should I go newer with fuel injection? or stick with an older carb'd quad?
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you should be able to find a few of them......find the old guys that just use them on their hunting leases
hey bro, we should race our trucks
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i like the foreman 500... seems like a good bike... should I go newer with fuel injection? or stick with an older carb'd quad?
The carb'd one will probably be cheaper if things go wrong because of no electronics, but you cant beat FI. No choke, runs smoother

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my truck would get smoked lol. i really need to re-gear
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