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lsualum2432
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baton rouge
Member since Mar 2013
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Best Side by Side?
I am getting a side by side but not sure what kind. Main use will be for hunting trails to & from stand and just cruising around the land. I know Polaris seems to be the most popular. Just curious on people’s experiences with different brands and if anybody thought they got a really good deal at particular place.


wickowick
LSU Fan
Head of Island
Member since Dec 2006
41604 posts

re: Best Side by Side?
There are a lot of good side by side makers, but the best will be of the best quality and have the pedigree. Holland and Holland and Purdey are the cream of the crop.


TheDrunkenTigah
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Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2011
16068 posts

re: Best Side by Side?
I think he might not be describing a fancy shotgun.


Vlad
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North AL
Member since May 2012
2397 posts

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SoFla Tideroller
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South Florida
Member since Apr 2010
17449 posts

re: Best Side by Side?
We've got the Kubota 1140 and love it.


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wickowick
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Head of Island
Member since Dec 2006
41604 posts

re: Best Side by Side?
quote:

I think he might not be describing a fancy shotgun.


He isn't but I can't resist...


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swamplynx
McNeese State Fan
Lake Chuck
Member since Oct 2014
801 posts

re: Best Side by Side?
I bought a Can Am Maverick about a year ago. I love it, but if I had to do it again, I'd go either a Ranger or Defender. Something a little more utilitarian and can easily fit my kids.


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Bawcephus
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Jul 2018
1551 posts

re: Best Side by Side?
If you don't care about being flashy or going fast, a Mule is hard to beat.


way_south
Member since Jul 2017
506 posts

re: Best Side by Side?
I bought a used Viking. I have been looking for a long time, not in a big hurry, and when this one came up I knew I was buying. Owned by an old guy for getting around on his property, 120 hours, didn't look like it had ever been in mud or water, original tires, etc. Perfect UTV and half the price of new.


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TigerAxeOK
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Kaer Morhen
Member since Dec 2016
10145 posts

re: Best Side by Side?
I have had a Viking VI Ranch Edition for just over a year. Tough as nails and absolutely bulletproof for the applications you're describing. Most comfortable ride on the market, and a three seater is produced if you've no need for the six seats.



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jgthunt
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Walker
Member since Feb 2010
1862 posts

re: Best Side by Side?
I've had a mule 4010 and currently have a ranger 900xp. I have no complaints about either. I like the power of the ranger compared to the mule, but the mule is hard to beat for price.


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Enos Burdette
Georgia Fan
Atlanta, Georgia
Member since Dec 2019
366 posts

re: Best Side by Side?
Honda, Polaris, Can Am all make good machines. Deere and Kubota are good for work but not as zippy on the trail. Drive them all and see what you like best, look at the dealer, and weigh the finance options vs. price.


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pdubya76
Mississippi St. Fan
Amite County,Ms.
Member since Mar 2012
3871 posts

re: Best Side by Side?
The Mule and Kubota RTV are for working . I’ve had my RTV 500 since 2009 and it’s been great. It’s slow and heavy but it’s reliable and will get the job done. I hope to have it for many more years. I use it to ride the trails at home, haul seed/tools, pull a small trailer, and other general chores. It can take some mud but I try to avoid that. It’s not built like the Rangers, can am, etc. Just look at the frame and suspension and you’ll see the difference.


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RichJ
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The land of the CoonAss
Member since Nov 2016
1371 posts

re: Best Side by Side?
I have a 2008 Kawasaki Teryx NRA Ed. Other than routine servicing, a couple water temp/fan switch sensors, and a set of tires, has been absolutely bulletproof. Only 2 seats, engine in between (gets warm in summer), smallish dump bed, but fast as a whip. Governed to 50 mph, but takes little time to get there


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lsufan1971
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Zachary
Member since Nov 2003
8997 posts
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re: Best Side by Side?
I have a 2020 Ranger XP1000 EPS. Had an O2 sensor go out in first 6 months. Had rats chew through wires twice that put bike in limp mode. Apparently the wires are soy based that attracts rats. Other than that it’s been solid. Upgraded from a 2015 Ranger. Better ride, turning radius, and power. FYI upgrade the headlights to LED. It’s $40 and will be best money you spend.


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Nado Jenkins83
LSU Fan
Land of the Free
Member since Nov 2012
45989 posts

re: Best Side by Side?
Vikings are awesome. I'm still partial to the Kawasaki Teryx


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animalcracker
LSU Fan
Member since Oct 2010
1370 posts

re: Best Side by Side?
Yamaha either the viking or wolverine.


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skullraker
LSU Fan
Slidell
Member since Aug 2010
83 posts

re: Best Side by Side?
Honda Pioneer. My buddy has a 1000 with back seats and he bought a 500 last season. That lil 500 is Pimp. Like a 4 wheeler footprint, but side by side. Can really get is tight spots with that thing. If I had an extra $8K laying around, no doubt, I would get the 500 Pioneer.


Rando
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When IPs were Visible
Member since Apr 2015
18405 posts
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re: Best Side by Side?
I'm selling a 5 fully loaded for 8200.

Power steering and all.


lv2bowhntAU
Auburn Fan
God's Country,a.k.a N. Alabama
Member since Jan 2011
3128 posts

re: Best Side by Side?
I went from a 800 Ranger to a 6 seater Viking and now into a 2020 1000XP Ranger Crew. I really liked the Viking in every aspect except that it is noticeably underpowered for a machine that size. I never really knew how bad until I test drove a 1000XP Ranger crewcab. The difference is night and day. I can't knock the viking in any other way than that. Ranger or Viking either one will be a good solid ride that will serve your purpose


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