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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby jlanecr500 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:56 pm

I'm as pro Honda as they come but the machine still must be designed for the intended use. For all around ATV use, including hunting , the Honda Ranchers of the 90's and early to mid 2000's are the real deal. They are darn near bullet proof. In my opinion, a good all around 4 wheeler should be as light as possible, with ample power, dependable, and have locking differentials. I bought a Rincon 680 new in 2008. It was a cadillac but was heavy and didn't have locking differentials. It was not extremely maneuverable where there is no trail like getting a deer out of the woods. It also didn't have low range and first gear was a little tall when the going got steep. Even being a 680cc, first was a little steep. Like everything these days, 4 wheelers are made cheaper and as a result are not as reliable. Even Hondas. A friend has a Foreman I think 420 that has the hydrostatic transmission and it is giving trouble so look out for that.

I've had a few Polaris 4 wheelers and while they are mechanically a little different, I enjoyed them too. I had a 500 HO that was a little lighter than the Rincon. It had nearly the same power, but where it shined is real 4 wheel drive where all 4 wheels pull and high/low range. When I bought the RZR 570 to hunt with, I sold the 500HO. A fellow board member had an old 1994 Polaris 300 4x4 2 stroke that had been in a barn for years. I bought it and cleaned it up, cleaned the carb and put on new tires and did a few little things.. (I love 2 strokes) This thing is awesome. It is very light weight, has true 4 wheel drive, low and high range. I wouldn't part with it for nothing. Even a Honda.

If I were to buy a new 4x4 4 wheeler today, it would be a Yamaha Grizzly. They are the Bee's Knee's. Period

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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby Bucket » Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:19 pm

buckaroo wrote:The secret is round up, then only scratch the ground with a disc, clover and wheat needs only a little disturbance
This is the answer. I've got a Honda rancher 420 4x4 (recommended) and access to a tractor, but after years of food plotting all I use is a seed spreader and herbicide. No-till is the way to go for weed suppression.
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby Mike Belt » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:24 am

I sold my old Polaris 400 Sportsman. I miss it. For my money, it's the best machine ever made regardless of the brand.
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby Jon54 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:51 pm

Mike Belt wrote:I sold my old Polaris 400 Sportsman. I miss it. For my money, it's the best machine ever made regardless of the brand.

I had a Polaris 500 and it was great, wished I had not given it to my father-in-law who gave it to another in law that I don’t care for. It was fast, reliable, comfortable to ride and I never had an ounce of trouble. But I keep my gear in good shape.
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby Remington700 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:10 pm

I have owned several Polaris atv’s They are faster, more bells and whistles, and will go more places. They do take more maintenance though. So it is a trade off on what you really want out of your atv.
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby Dully » Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:52 pm

I bought a Yamaha moto 4 ,225 new in 1987 still runs like new,I bet it's hauled 200 or more deer out of the woods,easy to handle
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby TN Whitetail Freak » Fri Apr 19, 2019 8:36 pm

Polaris are out of the question for me based on personal observations. Its Honda or Yamaha. The only Yamaha I'd be interested in are the 700s. Kodiak/Grizzly. However they are out of my budget. Based on research, the 2007 Foreman began fuel injected engines and is the base of where my choices start. Based on the market are also the base of mu budget. The Honda foreman really drawing my attention. I'm gonna go to an auction tomorrow where a 2014 4x4 Honda rancher is being sold if I can get it well below retail like $2,000 ima grab it. We shall see
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby Stu » Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:52 pm

Ive had them all at one time or another. Currently own a polaris and love it. 2nd fav was my honda foreman.


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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby KENBOB10 » Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:09 pm

Biggest crock of crap I’ve ever read on here. I’m sixty two years old and I’ve owned a Polaris every since they came out. To say a Honda is all there is is ridiculous . Never had a problem with any I've owned and I’ve owned quite a few between my son and I using them. I’ve saw numerous posts on here about Honda’s tearing up just like every other make. It’s not fair to the guys looking for one to pass up a good deal on one because someone personally don’t like them . Before you start saying the belt slips on them oh they do this they don’t do that, I have NEVER had one not perform the way it was designed or break down. Thanks for letting me say this like I’ve been wanting to every since y’all have been posting negative things about them. Wow, I feel better!!!!
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby greg ballard » Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:23 pm

Dont know which is best but I bought a yahama in 1988 and still use it regularly for hunting/scouting. So I guess yahama's are fair machines.
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby mike243 » Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:05 pm

I have a 04 rancherAT that I bought in 03 before hunting season started, got over 3500 miles on it now I think, its hauled a lot of deer out of the woods and other than a fan motor that got ruined due to a stick getting into it an causing it to burn up no problems. its been very enjoyable having something that's works so well with no problems. same set of tires that came on it also.
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby catman529 » Sat Apr 20, 2019 3:11 pm

I’ve only ever rode a couple different ATVs but the older Honda rancher with electric shift was an awesome bike and I’d most likely go Honda if I ever bought an ATV


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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby TN Whitetail Freak » Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:28 pm

Well guys I officially bought my first wheeler at auction. 2014 Honda Rancher with power steering and the auto DCT transmission with stick stoppers with 1900 miles. Paid a fair $3,200
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby Kimber45 » Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:50 pm

Power steering is NICE! Hard to beat a Honda ATV .. Congrats
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby Camp David » Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:04 pm

Good thing you didn't buy a Polaris. You can't keep those things out of the shop. :poke:
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby TNTreeman » Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:47 pm

Polaris stink! Every one breaks down and leave you stranded! There ALL junk. :)
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby KENBOB10 » Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:25 am

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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby prstide » Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:31 am

The only Polaris i’ve ever been around exploded in the people’s garage that owned it. Real POS. Glad you got a Honda it’ll last forever! :stir:
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby MUP » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:08 am

I'm pretty sure that the Polaris has something to do with the spread of CWD as well. :shock: :mrgreen:
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby megalomaniac » Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:33 am

TN Whitetail Freak wrote:Well guys I officially bought my first wheeler at auction. 2014 Honda Rancher with power steering and the auto DCT transmission with stick stoppers with 1900 miles. Paid a fair $3,200
Congrats, very fair price. I was thinking to myself 'good luck' on your prior post saying you were trying to get one at auction for $2000 :)

I bought a 6 month old 07 rancher ES 4x4 with 35 miles back in the day for $3900. 12 years later, 2000 miles later, 4 oil changes and air filters later, 2 batteries later, and it runs just like it came off the factory floor.

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