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    You cannot go wrong with a Polaris. It is all I have ever owned and they are rock solid machines. Oh by the way i am selling my 500 Haha... Too bad you are in Cali

    Seriously amazing bikes.

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    Only problem I've had with my 850 is a seal in the waterpump went bad, and I have over 2500 miles on it


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    I have purchased 3 Polaris 500's for work last fall and all I can say is they are worth more as a paper weight than an atv. In the shop more than in the field (broken belts, bad cv joints, won't idle, fuel injection problems). Polaris quality has gone way down hill lately. We used to have awesome luck with Polaris but the new ones just don't hold up. Find a good used older polaris or buy anything else. just my .02

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    Technology seems to be making more things worse and less reliable all the time. New Honda and Polaris having problems when the old ones were pretty much bullet proof. Ford has had lots of diesel engine problems since they dropped the old 7.3L powerstroke and Dodge has had problems with the 6.7L when the old 5.9L ran forever. Also the EFI 4 wheelers I have been around dont have a rope or kick start. Seems like in trying to make everything 'better' alot of reliability has been lost along the way.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoVandal View Post
    I have purchased 3 Polaris 500's for work last fall and all I can say is they are worth more as a paper weight than an atv. In the shop more than in the field (broken belts, bad cv joints, won't idle, fuel injection problems). Polaris quality has gone way down hill lately. We used to have awesome luck with Polaris but the new ones just don't hold up. Find a good used older polaris or buy anything else. just my .02
    Like I said 2500 miles, replaced the belt once because of piece of mind, if they are taken care of they last a long time, cv joints and belts break due to operator error. If one breaks on me, I'll admit to it


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    I would look closely at Can-Am. I have probably sold and delivered as many Hondas as anyone in America and they still donot have the suspension and handling to compete with Can-Am. I have two Honda 500s one a Rubicon and the other a Foreman. The Rubicon is the best utility atv I have used, the Foreman is very dependable and always liking in ride and handling, and ability. I also have a purpose bought Tandem seat Bombardier, great brakes handling and suspension. It will climb steeper hills safely than anything else I have tried. I have retrieved a bull elk from a canyon that no other atv has been in much less dragged a bull elk from.
    Same thing in the side by sides, clear winner is Can-Am. I am using a Rino, but its not my first choice.
    I use the two wheel Honda Fatcats of the 1986 and 1987 vintage with great success when the trail narrows.

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    I'm a Polaris guy myself. Have had no problems with the sportsman 500. Ranger xp 700 is pretty good machine. I have heard some amazing things about can-am. My next machine might be a can am

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    I have a Kawasaki brute force 750 and I love it. It is bullet proof. I would highly recommend Yamaha though. I work at a dealership and so I get to see all the ups and downs of all the brands. Yamaha to me is definitely the best. Can am are pretty amazing too.

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    Thanks for the great replies, seems like you can get a lemon in almost any make of quad. I decided to first look into a used engine and see what it will cost to fix my quad one more time. If its not too expensive I'm tempted to fix it and use it as a backup or loaner quad. I just saw a Honda Rubicon my buddy purchased used, and like their side mounted gear shifter. Looks like you can shift it to a five speed (ES), or an automatic with Hi, low, and super low settings. My buddies is a 2005, 500cc, and only paid $2,600. It had 300 miles and really likes it so far. It rides like a tank.

    Anyone know where I can buy a used or rebuilt Honda motor.
    Last edited by bigshot; 04-28-2012 at 11:38 PM.

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    GO Suzuki!

 

 

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