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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-23-2008, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from another former RZR owner

My Teryx will be primarily used for hunting and ranch work here in the central coast of California, although the ranch roads here are a mountainous race circuit so my machine still needs a good dose of fun factor like the Rzr. Unfortunately, the Rzr could not survive the dusty conditions here and after a year of good service engine problems started multiplying like rabbits. As long as it delivered that amazing kick in the ass you forgot the lack of a parking brake (transmission park binds on hills), the skimpy bed (can't call it a box), the noisy muffler (not a hunting plus), and the tendency of the ass end to want to come around when descending a steep road with a loose surface (exciting). There were a lot of things to like about the machine, and I got to know it pretty well, but you can't have fun if it doesn't run, let alone trust it if you're headed out into the middle of no where when it's sub zero.

After I have some time to get the Teryx broken in and drive it over the same roads I promise to post more info of how the two compare. I would expect the mid engine and wider stance to make it a better handling and better sticking machine in many respects.

I will share one example where I believe the rear mounted engine in the Rzr definitely was a disadvantage. I was going up a steep, straight, eroded road with large icy and wet (slippery) rocks, essentially rock climbing as slowly as possible. The road was cambered downhill to the right and erosion along the right (downhill) side of the road (started by damage from full size vehicles) had opened up a gully large enough to swallow the Rzr if it lost it's grip. Because of the rear mounted engine a lot of weight came off the front suspension, reducing the grip of the front tires. When the suspension pulled the left front (the uphill tire) into the air I lost my nerve and retreated. I was there to hunt not fall into a big ditch, and there was plenty of other acreage to hunt. I think in that particular place and time a mid engined vehicle would have kept that wheel on the ground.

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I hunt some areas in Montana where there's some washouts & flipped my buddy's Honda Rincon last year. I considered the RZR, but opted for the Teryx instead. It sure made the hunt more enjoyable this past October. I'll be waiting to hear from you too regarding the Teryx's ability on the rugged stuff.
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I think you made the right choice, Turtle. Polaris made the Rzr narrow so it could use trails restricted to ATVs. If this isn't important, the wider Teryx should be less likely to flip over. I also looked at Artic Cat's Prowler, which I think is even wider. Kawasaki chose their width so the Teryx would still go into a full size pickup bed. Don't know about the Prowler. If ATVs keep getting larger, we're going to end up with the equivalent of an old Willys jeep. I have one, and its not much bigger than an ATV or heavier than a Kubota diesel ATV.

Gotta head off to the Kawasaki dealer and sign the paperwork before service starts diagnosing the Rzr and changes their trade in offer.
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