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4 wheeler or side by side? #5034908 03/23/14 09:29 PM
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My son and I are getting on our first deer lease in east texas. I think theres going to be some mud. Would you recommend a 4 wheeler or a side by side? Why?


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Re: 4 wheeler or side by side? [Re: Mike Smith] #5034940 03/23/14 09:48 PM
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Side by side for me. More room, comfort, hauling capacity and just a smoother ride at the end of the day.


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No doubt about the comfort and carrying capacity of the side by side but the 4 wheeler "atv" can be taken in many places a utv will not go because of size and the cage covering most of them. Course there are a few hunters around that have one of each just in case. juggle

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For 2 of you, a side-by-side no question. I went from an ATV to a UTV and the only regret I had was not buying the UTV in the first place.


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Re: 4 wheeler or side by side? [Re: Mike Smith] #5035800 03/24/14 01:15 PM
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You got it right on the mud too. Wouldn't hurt to have a power winch.


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Re: 4 wheeler or side by side? [Re: Mike Smith] #5036414 03/24/14 07:37 PM
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I love my ranger crew and the kids love it. We all can ride together safely. I have a bed to haul all my corn to fill feeders. And when it is not full of corn, I get firewood and store my cooler. The only way you can comfortably do that on an atv is if you have a trailer as well.

Re: 4 wheeler or side by side? [Re: Mike Smith] #5038894 03/26/14 01:24 AM
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I'll stick with my 4WD Grizzly. Most side by sides are so big I would rather have a Jeep.


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Re: 4 wheeler or side by side? [Re: Mike Smith] #5039019 03/26/14 02:18 AM
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Side by Sides much more comfortable IMO. But there are definitely places the 4 wheeler can go that most side by sides cant.

Re: 4 wheeler or side by side? [Re: Mike Smith] #5040212 03/26/14 07:59 PM
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I had a atv for several years but sold it and bought a Honda Big red sxs and I love it. I am planning on selling the Big Red and getting the new Honda Frontier simply because where I hunt very few trails and lots of black locust thorns. If the Big Red has a draw back it is the size but most of the time even that is a positive, hauling people, corn, or firewood.







Re: 4 wheeler or side by side? [Re: Mike Smith] #5040441 03/26/14 10:29 PM
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East Texas and mud equal a 4 wheeler with tall tires. I have driven my Ranger in that mud and it is a major pain in the A$$.

Re: 4 wheeler or side by side? [Re: Mike Smith] #5040732 03/27/14 01:33 AM
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Personally I'd rather have a side by side.

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UTV with 4 wheel drive, front windshield. Bed in back to carry gear, corn etc.. Keeps the wind off of you, it is safer and there are not many places in Texas where you need a standard ATV. Having said that, I have an ATV! Just looking for a UTV.


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Re: 4 wheeler or side by side? [Re: Mike Smith] #5042361 03/28/14 01:29 AM
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UTV, my $.02

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How old is your son? When I bought my Kubota 900, my kids were 7 and 9 and I didn't feel comfortable with them driving ATV's (I know a couple of people whose kids ended up in the hospital with serious injuries after flipping them). So for me, it was a choice between a UTV and a used 4 wheel drive vehicle. I went with a UTV so my kids could drive it.


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Given the prices of UTVs, why wouldn't you just buy a jeep or 4wd truck?


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Or even one those 4x4 mini trucks. They have heat and a/c

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Get a UTV or you will be trading in a 4 wheeler in the next few years


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Re: 4 wheeler or side by side? [Re: Mike Smith] #5075834 04/17/14 07:50 PM
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Buy an old jeep, bronco, or samurai of the like. Hold more weight, way better ride, way way WAY less cost lol

Re: 4 wheeler or side by side? [Re: Mike Smith] #5116327 05/17/14 02:43 AM
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Definitely get a side by side, more places you can go on one and they even make full enclosures for most of them if you live in a colder part of the country.
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I've got both. This morning I wanted to go see where the dozer operator had cleaned a fence line for me. It's back in what I call the big tangle. For years, when fixing fence along there, I've had to cut my way in with a chainsaw just to get to the fence. I was amazed that the dozer guy could take that dozer where he did, but the fence line is accessible now. I considered taking the side by side, but went with the 4wheeler (Yamaha Big Bear in 4wd) to cruise that fence. It was a scary ride, being a mix of up, down, and sideways. I'm glad I took the Yamaha.


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Originally Posted By: twinbubba
For 2 of you, a side-by-side no question. I went from an ATV to a UTV and the only regret I had was not buying the UTV in the first place.


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Re: 4 wheeler or side by side? [Re: Mike Smith] #5176193 06/27/14 01:06 PM
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One of each, they both are handy in different applications especially in east texas when you are working on projects in the woods


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Re: 4 wheeler or side by side? [Re: Mike Smith] #5186021 07/03/14 10:35 PM
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We trail ride all the time and I have a teryx and I go every where the 4 wheelers do. The only reason I'm selling mine is to get a rzr cause we don't have a deer lease anymore so I want a strictly toy. Side x sides can go just about every where a 4 wheeler can. Look at the width of a 4 wheeler you like and look at the width of a side x side you like. I owned 4 wheelers the last 9 yrs and owned 6 different ones and I wouldn't trade my side x side for all of em.

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I have a sportsmen 500 now and looking to trade to a side by side. Much more function

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