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Re: Heads up Polaris Guys! [Re: MT bowhunter] #7546441
04/02/22 06:57 AM
04/02/22 06:57 AM
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Texas - Michigan
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I use my UTV as my office and it gets "used." Lines extending to 80 miles per day in heat especially.
I said goodbye to Polaris and their subpar parts in 2015. Went with Kawasaki because the ranch lands of south Texas are brutal on buggies and I watch what these ranches all run.
All in the span of several years from 2013 to 2015, 15 of my 17 ranches switched from Polaris to Kawasaki because they can't afford to have side by sides in the fix it shop as often as Polaris units require.
Last three years, more and more going with Honda because of various reasons.
So, I traded my Mule, which had 12,500 miles on it for a Honda Pioneer 1000 and away we will go this year.
I put RP Spartan tires on it (had to order and wait three months for them) so the 12 ply military tires are swapped out for the stock tires and we will be checking traps in May in a FINE machine.
Have used it once already for a week long contract for predators and whew this buggie has horses!

I'd suggest saying goodbye to Polaris as I said goodbye to Chevy many years ago. Service is off the charts TOO expensive.
You'll be waiting on parts just like you're waiting on the buggie. Ouch.

Blessings!
Mark


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Re: Heads up Polaris Guys! [Re: MT bowhunter] #7546478
04/02/22 08:03 AM
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Look for your own parts if your dealer can't find it . I needed a Honda ignition switch waited a month . I got tired of waiting I found it in 15min on amazon and had it in three days

Re: Heads up Polaris Guys! [Re: MT bowhunter] #7546519
04/02/22 08:51 AM
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Man I would be flat out mad, the problem is if you cancel on them they will have that thing sold at their higher price within hours, so they probably do not give a crap if you cancel or not. Hopefully they do the right thing. Good luck.

Re: Heads up Polaris Guys! [Re: MT bowhunter] #7546529
04/02/22 09:08 AM
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I'm struggling with the fact that 5% of a new Polaris Ranger equals $1,200! WOW!

Good luck getting a machine.

Re: Heads up Polaris Guys! [Re: MT bowhunter] #7546546
04/02/22 09:31 AM
04/02/22 09:31 AM
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I went to Polaris for oil and filter to change my oil. They had a "kit" which was two quarts of oil and a filter in a pretty little box. $80 and I felt violated.


Life ain't supposed to be easy.
Re: Heads up Polaris Guys! [Re: MT bowhunter] #7546552
04/02/22 09:42 AM
04/02/22 09:42 AM
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Texas - Michigan
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Anyone who doesn't deep dive into how much servicing "things" these days costs will not fare well financially.
Gone are the days when a spark plug kit and a new switch fixed 'er.
Today, the lights blink, the engine governors brake, and you will be forced to find a mechanic who is way north of $100 per hour to see what they can do for you. When they can.

If you use "stuff" day in day out it matters.
Play stuff maybe not so much.




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Re: Heads up Polaris Guys! [Re: MT bowhunter] #7546559
04/02/22 10:00 AM
04/02/22 10:00 AM
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Do not cancel your allocation!!! At very least look into selling your allocation to someone else, you may make $1,000+ off the deal. You have an investment in waiting, get something out of it atleast.

Re: Heads up Polaris Guys! [Re: MT bowhunter] #7546566
04/02/22 10:05 AM
04/02/22 10:05 AM
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First trapping vehicle I ever used was a 60 1/2 ton chevy. Had a straight 6 and 4 speed manual. 2wd. That old chevy 4 speed had a real low 1st gear. Didnt use it for just road driving. Was more like a 3 speed with an extra low gear. Worked pretty good with snow tires on it but when the snow got deep or something a 4wd worked better. Cousin had an old surplus willy's jeep. It had no heater and the canvas top wasnt in the best shape. Only run about 40 mph flat out. I would borrow it though at times. A tach dwell meter a compression gauge and a test light were all the diagnostic equipment you ever needed for either one.

Todays pickups last longer. By a bunch. Break down less. When they do break its pricey though. The simplicity of something you can fix yourself has a lot of advantages. Not sure which way I like better.

Never saw a need for a big golf cart. I prefer a pickup. When it gets muddy and landowners don't want me using a pickup I use a 4wheeler. Haul it property to property on a trailer with my pickup. The comfort of a pickup is hard to beat.


Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Re: Heads up Polaris Guys! [Re: MT bowhunter] #7546607
04/02/22 10:56 AM
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You couldn't trap in south Texas with a pickup effectively. Depends where someone traps.
I'd use a truck in Kansas.


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Re: Heads up Polaris Guys! [Re: MT bowhunter] #7546616
04/02/22 11:13 AM
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You can see what driving around in mesquite does to paint all right. I never worry much about looks. I just want everything working properly.


Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Re: Heads up Polaris Guys! [Re: MT bowhunter] #7546650
04/02/22 11:51 AM
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What does a Dodge have to do with getting a Polaris? Read what Pat said why he needs a Ranger. whistle


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Re: Heads up Polaris Guys! [Re: MT bowhunter] #7546669
04/02/22 12:12 PM
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Well I have to confess I never used one. Looking at them I have a hard time believing they will go places a pickup won't. They haven't been around that many years but somehow fences still got built. Guys I know that use them, use them to keep from dinging up their pickup. I think its cheaper to just use the pickup.


Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Re: Heads up Polaris Guys! [Re: MT bowhunter] #7546689
04/02/22 12:31 PM
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Width of Polaris Ranger 60"
Width of Suzuki Samurai 60.6"
Width of 1980 Toyota pickup 63.3"

Not much difference there except for cost and longevity. Polaris definetly wins on highest cost, but you sure don't get much life out of them. $24,000 for something that is completely worn at 20,000 miles equals over a $1/mile. . . before you add in repair costs.

Now a fourwheeler is narrow enough to go a lot of places a pickup or most of the new side by sides won't. There are a couple side by sides made that are still narrow, and are popular with those people who actually want to drive them somewhere other than down the main road. But they still cost quite a bit and tend to not come with usefully designed cargo areas.

Now if you are trapping/hunting private land some landowners will allow ATV/UTVs where they don't want you driving pickups, so that could be a potential benefit. Personally I see people tear ground up a lot more with them than with pickups, but it is the owners making the rules.

Re: Heads up Polaris Guys! [Re: MT bowhunter] #7546697
04/02/22 12:40 PM
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I can go on wet ground with my UTV that I would not dare with my pickup. Weight is the big thing.


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Re: Heads up Polaris Guys! [Re: MT bowhunter] #7546740
04/02/22 01:14 PM
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MT bowhunter - have any suggestions helped?

Mark - glad to see that you got your Pioneer and like it. What level and color did you get? Did you install that part for the seatbelt? Did/are you going to install a soft/hard back window to keep out crud from sucking in? I need to install side mirrors, canít get used to the rear view mirror.

Re: Heads up Polaris Guys! [Re: MT bowhunter] #7546748
04/02/22 01:26 PM
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There's a trapper who uses a side by side in Shenandoah , VA. Not a Polaris ranger. It's one of the other brands.


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Re: Heads up Polaris Guys! [Re: danny clifton] #7546832
04/02/22 03:41 PM
04/02/22 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by danny clifton
Well I have to confess I never used one. Looking at them I have a hard time believing they will go places a pickup won't. They haven't been around that many years but somehow fences still got built. Guys I know that use them, use them to keep from dinging up their pickup. I think its cheaper to just use the pickup.


Danny, if you saw Pats country, youíd understand why he needs a side by side. Keep in mind, this isnít just for trapping but itís his daily work vehicle maintaining thousands and thousands of acres of ranch. I grew up on a four wheeler and Iíve ridden with Pat up some goat trails that made me want to re up my life insurance policy. His daily routine requires opening and shutting a zillion gates. Itís a whole lot nicer stepping out of the side by side than crawling in and out of a truck. The fuel savings alone would be worth it if he never had to access some of the country he does. I can honestly say I donít think thereís a member on here who has a Utv that actually ďusesĒ it as much as Pat.


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Re: Heads up Polaris Guys! [Re: Gary Benson] #7547031
04/02/22 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Gary Benson
Originally Posted by backroadsarcher
I think I would cancel my order and ask for my money back.

My lady tried that. She ordered a gun and they asked her to pay some down on it. Maybe all of it. It was supposed to get here in 2 weeks. After a month she asked for her money back and the dealer was going to keep 20% of it because he "had done his part", just couldn't get the gun. She ended up buying a different gun just to keep her money and I bought it from her. Our world is changing for the worse.

Why?

Re: Heads up Polaris Guys! [Re: MT bowhunter] #7547542
04/03/22 12:23 PM
04/03/22 12:23 PM
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tried to buy a new honda and could not find one ,all were six to a year out wait. Ordered a Can-Am couple months I got it seems a little lighter than my Honda Rubicon 2009 ,Same with a new mower ended with a Hustler but was upgraded to a commercial model because the one I ordered never came in .So I say patience grass hopper !

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Re: Heads up Polaris Guys! [Re: danny clifton] #7547549
04/03/22 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by danny clifton
First trapping vehicle I ever used was a 60 1/2 ton chevy. Had a straight 6 and 4 speed manual. 2wd. That old chevy 4 speed had a real low 1st gear. Didnt use it for just road driving. Was more like a 3 speed with an extra low gear. Worked pretty good with snow tires on it but when the snow got deep or something a 4wd worked better. Cousin had an old surplus willy's jeep. It had no heater and the canvas top wasnt in the best shape. Only run about 40 mph flat out. I would borrow it though at times. A tach dwell meter a compression gauge and a test light were all the diagnostic equipment you ever needed for either one.

Todays pickups last longer. By a bunch. Break down less. When they do break its pricey though. The simplicity of something you can fix yourself has a lot of advantages. Not sure which way I like better.

Never saw a need for a big golf cart. I prefer a pickup. When it gets muddy and landowners don't want me using a pickup I use a 4wheeler. Haul it property to property on a trailer with my pickup. The comfort of a pickup is hard to beat.

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