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Need advice on purchasing a side x side #5891708 08/23/15 04:36 PM
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I am wanting to purchase a new side x side in the near future and was looking for some suggestions. I am leaning toward the Kawasaki pro fxt. I don't need one that drives fast just something dependable and durable. Any advice on what to get and where might be a good place to get a good deal on one?

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We bought the Kawasaki Teryx4 because of the riding we like to do. It's not designed for the dunes, which is why it has a much shorter wheelbase than the RZR or CanAm. It best suited for wooded trails, which is where we spend most of our time hunting and riding. The dealer we went to, Louis Powersports in Greenville, didn't have the Mule FXt at the time, and honestly we wouldn't have bought it anyways. JB, the salesman could've easily up sold us to a RZR but instead told us that the Teryx4 was the right choice for our riding style. It will still do 55mph with 4 adults which is plenty fast. And like the Mule, it has a 3 year manufacture warranty

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I thought he was asking for advice on shotguns also. He wants a UTV.

You should look at and measure the beds before you buy. You want he bed 49 inches all the way through the tailgate. I've seen people try to work around the old rangers.


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Originally Posted By: twitch528
I am wanting to purchase a new side x side in the near future and was looking for some suggestions. I am leaning toward the Kawasaki pro fxt. I don't need one that drives fast just something dependable and durable. Any advice on what to get and where might be a good place to get a good deal on one?


I have a Pro Fxt, you will be very happy with this machine. Lots of power and a fantastic smooth ride. I love mine.


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Originally Posted By: Stompy
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I am wanting to purchase a new side x side in the near future and was looking for some suggestions. I am leaning toward the Kawasaki pro fxt. I don't need one that drives fast just something dependable and durable. Any advice on what to get and where might be a good place to get a good deal on one?


I have a Pro Fxt, you will be very happy with this machine. Lots of power and a fantastic smooth ride. I love mine.


How wide is the bed? Can you lay a sheet of plywood in it?


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I am wanting to purchase a new side x side in the near future and was looking for some suggestions. I am leaning toward the Kawasaki pro fxt. I don't need one that drives fast just something dependable and durable. Any advice on what to get and where might be a good place to get a good deal on one?


I have a Pro Fxt, you will be very happy with this machine. Lots of power and a fantastic smooth ride. I love mine.


How wide is the bed? Can you lay a sheet of plywood in it?


I bet you could, it's wide. It's a 2 seater 6 person machine. I'll measure it the next time I go to the tool shed.


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I need to be able to put my 48 inch dog box in mine.


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Here's mine. Back seat folds forward to extend the bed.






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Is it worth the extra money for the power steering or not?

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Is it worth the extra money for the power steering or not?


Yes sir, like driving a car. Also the back seat sits up higher to see over the folks in the front seat. Kind of a neat feature.

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Thanks. I was pretty much dead set on the Kawasaki just wanted to get as much info as possible before taking the plunge

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I think that's a good choice. I've had mine for 1 year now and I have 0 complaints. Lots of power, good clearance, fantastic ride, 4x4 good in the mud and water, I love mine.


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Absolutely get power steering!

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Do yourself a favor and visit the John Deere dealer. See the Gator lineup. I'm very happy with my 825i w/power steering, plenty of power, comparable to a jeep.


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Be the first to get one of those new Yamaha YXZ1000R sport SxS.

They are only $20,000. eeks333


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We recently bought the Mule Pro FXT EPS LE... I absolutely love the machine and would highly recommend them.
We've had mules in the past.. And this thing is a WHOLE NEW DEAL..


By the way, I am selling my OEM plastic roof if anyone is interested in it.
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rzr xp 1000 eps would surly be a great side x side to get. Lots of power and good seating and great storage compartment just install a 4 wheeler tire and its ready to go any condition of the road.

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Re: Need advice on purchasing a side x side [Re: twitch528] #5936902 09/20/15 03:38 AM
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I've ridden the fxt pro, ranger crew (too long) 800 and 900 , gator 825 ix (or whatever 4 seater) and a few others. Own a 800 crew (noisy) with some mods. They all have good and bad points. The (ugly) fxt pro (with crap seats), (and same great engine as gator 825) would be my choice if they had a locking front diff, without they won't hang with a ranger on rough/slick steep stuff, if they would I would own one. The gator will not cross any water crossing over around 10 inches deep without getting the belt wet and stalling out (and why are the seats a foot narrower than the machine?). The rangers have some weak points but there are aftermarket fixes for most of it. I'm going to wait and see what comes out. I looked at Yamaha 6 seater and it's a good machine with a horrible engine. Too bad there is not a perfect machine considering what these things cost. There may be some newer versions of the machines I have run that fixed some of these issues, not sure.

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Look at the Honda pioneer 500. Great machine for 2 and will fit in the bed of a pickup. Picked up one this year and took it to the mountains of Colorado. It performed great and went places I did not want to go. It has plenty of power and handles great. Price is great also. Top speed is around 40 to 42mph and that is fast enough for me. Went above 12K feet elevation and some fairly deep water crossings and had no issues. Its smaller than most side by sides so its a lot more manurverable in tight places.

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Originally Posted By: Nathan at Fork
Save a BUNCH of money and buy an old army jeep.

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Yamaha Viking without a doubt . search the reviews and you will see the difference . Had mine a year and took it to heck and back and runs like a champ . my buddy guides hog hunts out of Polaris rangers but is looking to trade them in for the Viking after driving mine


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