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Old 09-11-2019, 02:47 PM   #1
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What is everyones favorite out of these 3. Yes I know there are some threads on here but I want to ask again. The 19's are at a pretty good price I feel like, and I am talking to a few dealers seeing who can give me the best option. But I just cant bite the bullet and pick which one. First time UTV owner. Opinions appreciated!
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Old 09-11-2019, 02:55 PM   #2
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Anything but Polaris, I went with Kawasaki mule pro fxt on this list one and I’m happy with it.. it’s kinda slow but I’m not worried about it.. my buddy has the cam am and I really like it too.. may would have bought a can am if I didn’t get the Kawasaki so cheap..
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Old 09-11-2019, 02:58 PM   #3
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Anything but Polaris, I went with Kawasaki mule pro fxt on this list one and Iím happy with it.. itís kinda slow but Iím not worried about it.. my buddy has the cam am and I really like it too.. may would have bought a can am if I didnít get the Kawasaki so cheap..
I keep hearing the same thing about Polaris.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:03 PM   #4
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Polaris are junk, I have a Kawasaki tyrex. Kinda like the mule but faster and lil more sporty. I also like canam, they are just more expensive.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:05 PM   #5
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I keep hearing the same thing about Polaris.
Mine was nothing but trouble.. I know 6 people thatís had one and one 4 were same story as mine the other 2 didnít have any major issues.. I also like that Kawasaki comes with a 3 year warranty and you can add on another 3 years for around $600..
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:15 PM   #6
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Mule Pro FXT. So far 2 machines and both have done well. However, I would not hesitate to get a can am defender next time.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:21 PM   #7
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Ive had polaris and Can-Am.. I was not fond of polaris at all.. I got rid of the polaris went to can am and now have had two of them. the defender is an awesome machine.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:23 PM   #8
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Can Am all the way. I just saw that they're coming out with a longbed 2 seater that's essentially a flatbed. Removable sides, underbody boxes, etc. Pretty cool!
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:34 PM   #9
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I have had a Polaris of some sort since 1990 and never had one that required more than maintenance. My current is a 13 Ranger.

That said I know a guy that gas every one on your list currently and the Mule is always the first choice.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:39 PM   #10
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I have a Polaris and like it so far. I hear good things about both Mules and Can-Ams. I've got a neighbor that wishes he would've gone with Polaris instead of the Mule due to the issues its given him. I guess every brand can have some hiccups.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:40 PM   #11
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I have gone with Can Am and can't be more pleased. I have a commander and a good friend has a defender. Both are quality machines.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:42 PM   #12
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I will be picking up a Can Am next Sat. Dad just traded in his Mule FX Pro for one as well.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:47 PM   #13
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Had a 2012 Polaris. Nothing but issues. Have bought 2 can am defenders hd10s since then. Single and crew. Love them. Phenomenal machines.


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Old 09-11-2019, 03:49 PM   #14
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My .2.... Kawasakis are rugged. But **** they are rough and slow compared to polaris.

We have 4 rangers currently anywhere from 05-16 models. Some with 7-800hrs and some have 1500plus.

We have had very little issues to speak of. Most of the issues we have had where wear and tear or something stupid we did.

Only real grip i ever had on the 05 models was we broke the torsion bars all the time. Finally rebuilt them with 1" cold roll and they dont break now.

Can ams are slick but they have alot more electronics is my only complaint with them.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:50 PM   #15
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We use 2 out of the 4 every day. One is a feed ranger that gets used alot during winter months. Carbs where finicky on the old Carb models.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:52 PM   #16
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My .2.... Kawasakis are rugged. But **** they are rough and slow compared to polaris.

We have 4 rangers currently anywhere from 05-16 models. Some with 7-800hrs and some have 1500plus.

We have had very little issues to speak of. Most of the issues we have had where wear and tear or something stupid we did.

Only real grip i ever had on the 05 models was we broke the torsion bars all the time. Finally rebuilt them with 1" cold roll and they dont break now.

Can ams are slick but they have alot more electronics is my only complaint with them.

what kind of Polaris did you have that had torsion bars? Every one I have seen have had coil springs
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:53 PM   #17
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My defender has been the best side by side I have personally ever owned. built to last and solid overall.
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:02 PM   #18
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I just got a 19 Can Am HD10. I love it.
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:08 PM   #19
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my buddies who ranch or rolling Kawasaki's or Can Am-s
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:09 PM   #20
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Got rid of a Pewlaris 900 xp...went with a 2019 Can Am Defender HD10 XT...zero comparison between those two...if I went any other route it would be a Honda Pioneer.

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Old 09-11-2019, 04:16 PM   #21
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I work with a guy that was one of (3) Can Am Factory Race Team engine builders in the US for quite a few years. He said Can Am is the way to go. He worked for them and crewed when needed. They raced Baja once or twice. He also crewed on a couple of big moto-cross teams. You talk about a hand now when it comes to side x sides, 4 wheelers or dirt bikes...this guy is a hand. He rolled a YZ450 in our shop the other day after work...set it on his stand and said, "Time me." Eleven minutes later, he had pulled the old engine off, installed the new one, kicked it and was on a wheelie going across our parking lot.
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Old 09-11-2019, 04:21 PM   #22
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I bought a 19 ranger crew xp1000 back in April and love it so far. Machine has a ton of power and the ride is first class. 270 miles and right around 60 hours.
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Old 09-11-2019, 05:06 PM   #23
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Love my mupe pro fxt. 2016 with over 600 hours now so its got a ton of use...and used hard! Lol

BIL traded is mule for a new polaris 4 axles later snd a couple sensors hes really regretting getting ride of the fxt. As soon as he gets this axle replaced hes going back to the mule.
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Old 09-11-2019, 05:39 PM   #24
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:03 PM   #25
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We currently have 3 Can Ams in the family, and have had two more previously. About to add another Defender. We have had one Ranger, and a couple ATVs. We wont make that mistake again.
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:36 PM   #26
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2019 Can Am Defender. Been great so far. Talk to Justin Spies on TBH. He will get you whatever you decide on at a great price.
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:48 PM   #27
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I have a ‘17 can am defender. It’s been an awesome machine so far.
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:48 PM   #28
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Had a Ranger. Now have a Mule FXT Pro. I liked it the best out of the top 3. It turns really sharp for a crew. Rides smoother than the Ranger.
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Old 09-11-2019, 06:55 PM   #29
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Polaris has been solid for me.

Only issues I have had is a direct result of some ďhold my beer & watch thisĒ moments

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I think you are good with any of the major brands, just comes down to personal preferences

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Old 09-11-2019, 07:17 PM   #30
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I have a Ď17 can am defender. Itís been an awesome machine so far.
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:26 PM   #31
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I have had two rangers and now a mule
Pro fxt. No issues with any of them. Was close to selling my mule last month but I have heard too many storys about can am defender having brake issues.
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:27 PM   #32
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I have a Bobcat (Polaris) verdict is still out.
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:51 PM   #33
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Pro fxt. No issues with any of them. Was close to selling my mule last month but I have heard too many storys about can am defender having brake issues.
Havenít heard of this issue in the can am before. My defender has been great.
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:58 PM   #34
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Pro fxt. No issues with any of them. Was close to selling my mule last month but I have heard too many storys about can am defender having brake issues.


Do elaborate...had my Can Am Defender since end of January this year and no not what you speak of.
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:03 PM   #35
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Kawasaki Mule is an absolute work horse!!!
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:22 PM   #36
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the mule is a great rig. a bit bulky but good. if you want a sportier one I would go honda.
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:25 PM   #37
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Buy a used 4 wheel drive truck. You’ll have heat and ac. You can get a good one for like $14k
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:34 PM   #38
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Have done lots of upgrades on my defender. Been through some nasty stuff. I have broke. A couple axles in rice fields but self inflicted.


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Old 09-11-2019, 08:35 PM   #39
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Mine is a 2017 Polaris Ranger 900 XP EPS. No problems for me. To each their own.
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:00 PM   #40
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Why not ask what color underwear do you wear?

Everyone has a different preference!

I've owned 3 Polaris four wheelers and have never had a problem
We have 2 Polaris Mules and 4 four wheelers!
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:11 PM   #41
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:34 PM   #43
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I love my Mule Pro FXT. It’s not going to be the fastest but it’s definitely a smooth ride and a work horse.
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Currently debating between defender and mule. Only thing I don’t like about the mule is lack of bed space. Loved everything about the defender until I read about the low rpm surging issue.
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Currently debating between defender and mule. Only thing I donít like about the mule is lack of bed space. Loved everything about the defender until I read about the low rpm surging issue.
Bed space is bad. It is my only issue with the mule.


On the subject of brakes I am
Going off what I see on defender Facebook groups. Seems many people have issues with brakes and codes being thrown. I was close to getting
One but will wait a year or so .
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:07 PM   #47
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Bed space is bad. It is my only issue with the mule.





On the subject of brakes I am

Going off what I see on defender Facebook groups. Seems many people have issues with brakes and codes being thrown. I was close to getting

One but will wait a year or so .


Thatís interesting. I havenít seen that a whole lot on the groups. But I donít read them daily either. I havenít ever had brake issues or thrown a code. And I have forward a arms, 6 plus inch lift, 33Ē BKTs.

But throwing codes of any kind is a major PIA. I could understand with frustration with that...


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Currently debating between defender and mule. Only thing I donít like about the mule is lack of bed space. Loved everything about the defender until I read about the low rpm surging issue.
Depends which model of Mule, I just bought the PRO-FX EPS LE and it has a bigger bed than my 4010 did plus its a 3 seater. My bed measure 53"x 54" and 11" deep, mine gets used as a hauler for feed and such, not so much for people. I did like the Defender but have had real good luck Kawasaki that I bought another.


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Old 09-11-2019, 11:00 PM   #49
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Why not ask what color underwear do you wear?

Everyone has a different preference!

I've owned 3 Polaris four wheelers and have never had a problem
We have 2 Polaris Mules and 4 four wheelers!


I gotta find me one of those Polaris Mules. That could be the best of both worlds!!
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Old 09-11-2019, 11:11 PM   #50
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Best way to sum this up is.....

Ford F250/350 diesel - Can Am Defender - Low fence.

Chevy 2500/3500 dirty max - Polaris Ranger - High fence

Dodge, Nissan, Toyota and anything else - Kawasucki, Honda, and what ever they cell at Tractor Supply - day hunts.

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