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Took this out for a test drive....

Post in 'The Gear' started by MasterMech, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

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    Yee Ha! ::-)

    Definitely a departure from the utilitarian Gators of the past. Only hauls 400lbs in the bed but still has a 1200lb tow rating. Seats are great and the thing rips! 60+ MPH. !!!

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  2. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    Looks like a nice unit, how long before it's at your house?

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  3. ScotO

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    I like them, but I'd rather spend 1/3rd as much as they cost and buy a decent Jeep or Samuari.......with a lift.....and it'd be street legal......
  4. punchy

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    i held out for a long time. this year i got my polaris ranger. i really like it better than my old 4wheeler.
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    I agree. While they are pretty cool, they seem to be an awful lot of money for a limited use vehicle. How about CJ3A or something like at. About the same size and you can fix anything on it with a screw driver, adjustable wrench and bailing wire
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  6. ScotO

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    I know! I bought a snowmobile from a guy up the mountain, he's a playboy who buys things at a high price on a whim, and sells them for a low price. I heard he had a "deal" on a Polaris Razr, so I went and checked it out. Turns out it was a very low mileage 4 seater, one wicked-azz machine, but he wanted almost 14 grand for it, used!! No Friggin Way! That thing is almost as big as a CJ, I'd rather have a jeep for a fraction of the price and be able to drive it from point A to point B, legally!
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  7. Dairyman

    Dairyman Feeling the Heat

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    Looks like a fun ride. Have you heard if there going to add some speed to the diesel?
  8. MasterMech

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    I wish! (Actually would rather have an XUV i825 but that's just me being picky! :rolleyes:) Definitely not in the budget now or the near future. Actually I'm not sure what would be more expensive, the Gator or the divorce. <>

    I doubt it since the XUV's and HPX Gators are still very work oriented. The XUV i825 (3 cyl suzuki gas) is still my "best of both worlds" pick. 1200lb payload and 45 MPH in a very capable, durable vehicle. 30 MPH (top speed for the diesel XUV i850) is still the fastest diesel in the biz to the best of my knowledge.

    As for you guys and your Jeeps, I'll race you up the trails and across the fields anytime. ;) I'm sure the ride in those Cj's is less than desireable once you get over 30 MPH. Last one back to the stacks buys the beer. ::-)
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    Jeeps and SxSs both have their place . . . I suspect a large determining factor as to which one to purchase depends on what you plan to do with it . . . and access to legal ATV trails . . . or not.
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    You're on!
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  11. thewoodlands

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    On our property I'll take the Rhino, perfect fit for the smaller trails heading up the hills or down!

    zap
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    Jeep or gator? Seems like comparing apples and bananas to me. Those gators are pretty sweet IMHO. We love our Mule 4010 trans. It's maneuvarable through the woods trails, rated to carry 600 lbs in the bed, tow 1100 lbs (I have exceeded both of these at times with no problems), and the bed can be shortened and a rear seat folded up to haul grandkids!! KInda ugly and definitely not a speed demon, tops out at about 28 mph, but we've ridden trails and with 4WD and traction lock it really can climb! My wife uses it in the gardens/pumpkin patches in the summer too. It's a very practical, useful piece or equipment. (FUN toy!!)
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  13. punchy

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    just get it, you deserve nice things.....
  14. tfdchief

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    I love em all and this one too!
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    Alright...i like diesel as much as the next guy but i don't see the appeal of a diesel side by side....at least not for the extra coin. My uncle has a 400cc gas mule and it has plenty o'torque. On a vehicle under a thousand pounds you are gonna run out of traction before you run out of power. There are probably a handful of people who would benefit from the longevity of a diesel, but a couple rebuilds would still be cheaper.

    If i could hear a turbo whine and blow off...and roll a little coal...I'd be all in.
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    The reason I have a diesel is that I don't have to haul fuel. If I didn't have a tank at my house to fill out of then gas would be the way to go.
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    Good point...fuel cost is prob lower too (bleeding red i assume)...
  18. MasterMech

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    Don't think anyone's building a diesel side-by-side yet, for technicality's sake, I consider the Kubota RTV's, Deere Gators (with the exception of the RSX), and other diesel utility vehicles to be just that. Utililty vehicles (UTV's).

    Buddy of mine built a brand new Kubota RTV 1100 with a lift, tires, and a turbo kit. I don't get it myself but kinda one of those things where one neighbor has to out-do the other. (and they both have deep pockets.)
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    We have a deisel Kubota RTV 1100 at work. Not impressed with it at all.
    Hydrostatic braking will nearly throw you through the windshield.
    It won't navigate any incline over 20deg without losing oil pressure and power.
    Loud as hell too - exceeds the OSHA 8hr time wieghted exposure, so we have to put ear plugs in to drive it.
    I think I'd have found a better way to spend 14k, but its just power plant money.
  20. MasterMech

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    Not to mention they are helpless when in tough terrain or soft conditions. Low ground clearance and very heavy. I'll take a cabbed XUV i850 anyday over the RTV1100 and if I need something bigger/more capable than the XUV I'd be looking at Bobcat's ToolCat line.

    That hydrostatic braking is adjustable if it really is making using the machine uncomfortable.
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    Yeah we had the shop adjust the hydraulic braking relief, but they will only go so far, its better than when brand new, but I still don't care for it. One thing if it would navigate a slope and you wanted a jake brake but as I said the thing looses oil pressure on suttle inclines.
    We have crushed blue stone all over the site, it does spin tires and hop on occasion, nothing the diff lock can't get it out of though.
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    A friend of mine bought a base model Kubota RTV and we took it out to repair snowmobile trails and I was under whelmed.
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    I have always wanted a Polaris Ranger 6x6. Power, serious traction, and still small enough for the small trails. (With a hydraulic dump bed, of course)

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