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    So I am planning on purchasing a recreation side by side to do some riding with my kids (under 30mph) and wanted to get everyone's take on windshields. I have been in crappy weather plenty of times while riding wheelers - pretty much expected most of the time. I plan to ride most of the year above freezing. That said I would like to get a nice setup that wont turn into more trouble than it is worth. I am debating a flip-up windshield from SuperATV or going with a full glass windshield with vents at the bottom (EMP or Alpha windshields). What is everyone here running and what are you thoughts? Pros/Cons specific to AK type trails and conditions?

    TIA

  • #2
    I have a full windshield and soft cab on our Prowler! Sure makes running in bad weather more bearable!!!!

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    • #3
      Weather aside, it's pretty easy to get a stick through your face without a shield. Even with a windshield everyone should always be wearing a helmet...but too many people don't.
      ...he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. ~Thomas Jefferson
      I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. ~Gerry Spence
      The last thing Alaska needs is another bigot. ~member Catch It

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      • #4
        It is nice having a windshield. Quality glass and not plexiglass which scratches easily. It really makes nasty weather much more tolerable!

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        • #5
          Another windshield fan for both safety and comfort. On those dusty days on the trail you will want to be able to wipe them clean.
          I am the one who has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life the way I want to. - Jimi Hendrix

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          • #6
            When buying a windshield for my Victory motorcycle, I was looking at a detachable. I was told by lots of riders to not even consider detaching it, because once it was on I wouldn't want to take it off. they were right.
            Hunt Ethically. Respect the Environment.

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            • #7
              If you spend any time looking at web sites for accessories you'll notice that the Polaris Ranger has far and away more accessories available than other brand or model. I have a 2015 Arctic Cat Prowler and the selection for windshields and cab accessories is very thin. Just keep that in mind as you select your machine.

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              • #8
                I run a full glass front windshield, and poly rear. My machine originally came with a front half windshield. It didnt take long to figure out that a full windshield was a must for the wife and I.

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                • #9
                  CygAK:
                  In addition to a full glass windshield, I also have wipers and a defroster/heater in my Ranger Crew and It really makes it nice when cold or rainy/snowy. I am all for roughing it when need be, but bring more comfortable and able to navigate more safely with a windshield is great and worth the expense imho.

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                  • #10
                    Full hard cab in my Ranger with pop open vents in the front and vent windows in the hard doors and with a fan. Have not needed a heater down to about -15 which is the coldest I've had it out.

                    Never regretted having the cab. As circumstances dictate, I'll go with the option of soft doors, or just take the doors off for summer use.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks everyone. I think I will stick with the solid DOT glass windshield and put some wipers on it. Sounds like that is ultimately the way to go long run. I forgot to mention earlier that I also plan to get soft cab doors and poly rear for sure to keep out the dust.

                      Originally posted by ChugiakTinkerer View Post
                      If you spend any time looking at web sites for accessories you'll notice that the Polaris Ranger has far and away more accessories available than other brand or model. I have a 2015 Arctic Cat Prowler and the selection for windshields and cab accessories is very thin. Just keep that in mind as you select your machine.
                      I plan to get a Yamaha Wolverine x4 850 and get what you are saying totally. There just aren't a whole lot of accessories geared for the Yamaha wolverine/brand compared to Can-Am/Polaris or even the Kawasaki.

                      Now I just need to narrow down which dealer to buy from House of Yamaha in Big Lake or Performance Yamaha in Wasilla. I have heard great things about both

                      Thanks again!

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                      • #12
                        “Now I just need to narrow down which dealer to buy from House of Yamaha in Big Lake or Performance Yamaha in Wasilla. I have heard great things about both


                        Big Lake Yamaha is simply great to deal with. We bought our ATV’s and VK540’s from them. Talk to Susie and I am sure it will make your decision easier. Their pricing, service, and customer service are excellent. Little things like allowing me to drop off the Grizzly’s on a trailer for service to pick up the next time heading out, to the mechanic sharing VK expertise and talking to me like an enthusiast are much appreciated.

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                        • #13
                          No windshield, ever, they block your view ,stay dirty, loud ,heavy, unnecessary
                          “Thank you Polaris for making me a better mechanic”

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                          • #14
                            you'll want glass as the plastics scratch so bad and become useless in no time. I ran my Honda Pionner with a full glass windshield and hard roof. It created a low pressure and sucked all the dirt and dust into the cab, you'll want something that tips out or vents to break that pressure. If your run a full in the winter/fall you'll be fine, but in the summer most people take off the doors and windows.

                            better order now i've been waiting for months for my new sxs to arrive and it keeps getting pushed back, probably will cancel it and order a 2022 model

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                            • #15
                              My two cents, it's Alaska- better to have a full windshield for crummy weather and safety... The draw back of having a full windshield is if you don't have a back windshield, it creates a back draft that will pull dirt and trail dust into the cab.

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