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Thoughts on buying a 4X4 ATV, UTV?

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We Recently bought a place in the Country, woods, creek, pond and need a good off road buggy, a utility vehicle. For family and grandkids reasons, thinking side-by-side for our first one. Wanting a bed to haul stuff, a winch, roll cage, brush guards, what else!

Dirt bikes and fun buggy rides will come later.

Started looking at a side-by-side, something like a John Deere Gator. But I'm lost in all the different makes, styles and designs.

Although not intended for wide open flying in the mud, we do have a couple of rough spots down below the pond and would like to get one that is able to climb back up out of the creek bottom.

For those that have or had them, what's good? What's bad? What to watch out for? Known brands not to touch?

Thanks for any help you can provide to keep me from buying a lemon.

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If you are looking at Polaris, make sure they are fuel injected. I believe everything over 500cc is but double check. I have 2 Polaris sportsman 500's and they both have had the carb rebuilt twice in the last 10 years. I know many of the early Rangers have the 500 in them and they are underpowered.

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I had one of these.
Can Am Commander.
Luxury and 100% better than my Polaris RZR.
There was no comparison in quality.
The Commander beat the RZR in every way.

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Do not waste your money on power steering on a Polaris as it's a joke. Only works in the soft stuff in which PS isn't needed.
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While i was working on the Kingston Ash Spill we used Kabotas. The 900s were OK but the larger engined ones were outstanding. Side by side, 2 person, 4x4, hydraulic bed, tough as nails. Not particularly fast, but the little diesels started every time and would run 12 hour shifts on a single tank of fuel.


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+1 for Kubotas but also check out the Gravely Atlas RTV. Ariens and Polaris partnered up on the Gravely. The Atlas is a workhorse.
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Thanks for the ideas, thoughts.

The Kubota diesel is on my short list for sure. The reviews on those sound pretty good. With a diesel pick up and 2 diesel tractors we will end up with a large, portable refueling tank on the property some day.

Polaris reviews seem to be all over the place. But if I go that way, EFI for sure!

No John Deere Gator thoughts out there?

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If you're interest in something that will go anywhere while carrying a lot of stuff, and you're 6' tall or under, you might consider a Japanese mini truck. I've had these on my place for over 10 years. They are a 660cc. Since they're a 3 cylinder typical engine/transmission/transfer case/etc., if you you know anything about cars, they are very easy to work on. All maintenance parts are available at O'Reilly, and there's a guy in MO who can get you any part. They're faster than most UTVs, extremely quiet because they have a full muffler system, and a full frame. These are Hijets. I think one is a 93 and one a 94, but can't remember exactly.

The light colored one is for sale (I have it in Katy) for $5,500. I also have a 6 x 10 trailer that I put it on for sale (both for $6,500). My son is now grown, married and doesn't come to the lease much anymore. If you're interested, PM me and I'll send you more photos.
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If you're interest in something that will go anywhere while carrying a lot of stuff, and you're 6' tall or under, you might consider a Japanese mini truck. I've had these on my place for over 10 years. They are a 660cc. Since they're a 3 cylinder typical engine/transmission/transfer case/etc., if you you know anything about cars, they are very easy to work on. All maintenance parts are available at O'Reilly, and there's a guy in MO who can get you any part. They're faster than most UTVs, extremely quiet because they have a full muffler system, and a full frame. These are Hijets. I think one is a 93 and one a 94, but can't remember exactly.

The light colored one is for sale (I have it in Katy) for $5,500. I also have a 6 x 10 trailer that I put it on for sale (both for $6,500). My son is now grown, married and doesn't come to the lease much anymore. If you're interested, PM me and I'll send you more photos.
Interesting. PM with contact info sent.

I am that guy in the room that can change a recessed light bulb in an 8' ceiling - standing flat footed! Both of our sons can change that bulb the same way. But, I can fold up enough to sit on a stock Wing seat for 145,000 miles. So, still might make it work for short trips around our small place.

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I'm 6' with a 32" inseam and fit fine. If I stretch I can change that light bulb. I'll send you more information, but I'm afraid you'd be too long legged. They are pretty cool and I love them. Who knows, maybe you can run up to Katy on Saturday and try to squeeze in it

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