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  • Thinking of getting a side by side - advice?

    I have owned several ATVs over the years and have ridden OPAs (Other People's ATVs), so i'm not a total newb to the sport.

    I am considering a side by side for my next rig. I'd really like to be able to transport it in the bed of my full size Chevy truck. Just looking at the specs on the various websites, the smaller Polaris Ranger and the Yamaha Rhino appear to physically fit - width and length. It looks like i will have to "climb" over the wheel wells in the bed of the truck with the front tires, otherwise they should fit.

    Is this just a dumb idea? I really don't want to go to the expense and hassle of a trailer to move it around.

    Any other comments on what i should look for in a SxS are very welcome! Thanks!
    English is an odd language. It can understood through tough thorough thought, though.

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    If it fits in your truck, go with the RZR. It will be a lot more fun than the Rhino. Keep in mind that the RZR S, although more fun, has different dimensions and likely won't fit in your truck.

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    • #3
      Well I have looked at the new 400/500 rangers while a neat idea, they lack somethings. 1. storage space, the bigger rangers have a ton storage area the little ones don't. 2. The 400/500 only seat two while the bigger rangers can seat 3. the bigger rangers have bigger boxes as well. I think they are well worth the extra hassle of gettign a trailer.

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      • #4
        The Ranger XP will fit in a full size Ford. Its tight, but it will fit. I would have never believed it either. I also didn't believe a Ranger XP with a top would fit in a standard 6 foot door on an enclosed trailer with a beaver tail, but I did it this winter. You gotta have someone sit on the tailgate of the ranger passing thru the door. The RZRS will not fit in a standard full bed Ford. Not sure on the normal Ranger. The payload of the Ranger vs any other UTV is apples to oranges. The bench seat gets warm on a Ranger, which is nice in the winter especially with a full windshield and hard top. My wife has a Ranger XP and since she got it, my Rubicon is a plow vehicle, and my son rides it on tough trails with us. Sitting side by side, having a conversation with your partner, out of the weather, sipping a hot cup of coffie on a cold fall morning is hard to beat. Hope you enoy what ever you decide.

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        • #5
          I have a Rhino with 27" tires that fits in my reg bed GMC. Tail gate down of course, but it fits and rides fine. No room for anything else though. I dont think I would go across the state with it like that, but I have taken it to Kenai from Anch and back without problems.
          The trailer is much easier to load and unload without worry.

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          • #6
            My rhino with 26" mudlites fits fine in a full size bed. Like its already been stated not really any room left but it works fine. If you are looking for used one Im selling mine. Hillbilly

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            • #7
              Thanks for the comments, guys - really appreciate it! It sounds like one will fit, but a trailer is still the best solution. Hmmmmmmm... I may go ahead and get one, try hauling it in the truck and then decide if a trailer is in my future.

              I will use the SxS primarily for hunting and may pull a meat trailer behind. At that point a trailer to move it all behind the pickup becomes a requirement... and so it goes... more toys...
              English is an odd language. It can understood through tough thorough thought, though.

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              • #8
                [QUOTE.. and so it goes... more toys...[/QUOTE]

                Just remember he who dies with the most toys and guns, WINS!!!

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                • #9
                  Honest question, not picking....I was discussing this with a buddy the other day...what is the reason for a side by side? I mean, it seems that its basically as wide as a small jeep, yet too big and heavy to go where a good 4 or 6 wheeler will go.

                  Besides alongside the highways or on gravel roads, where do you guys find to ride them? Does it limit where you can/will go to ride/hunt?

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                  • #10
                    Really I drive our current one everywhere from Eureka to petersvilles to swede lake trail! Hands down the sxs are the way to go. Do they get stuck yes but a good winch will take care of that. I will probably never own another 4 wheeler while up here in Alaska!

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                    • #11
                      Thanks 323, they just seem so heavy and low centered that marshy stuff would be out....

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by dkwarthog View Post
                        Thanks 323, they just seem so heavy and low centered that marshy stuff would be out....
                        Sounds like someone needs to take you for a ride There are very few situations where I prefer a 4 wheeler...but there are more situations where a 4 wheeler doesn't even come close to a SxS...of course, there's always that little detail of cost...a new SxS decked out is stupid expensive....
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                        pull my finger....

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                        • #13
                          Maybe I can twist Chico's arm a little.... :w00t:

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                          • #14
                            I have ATV'S and UTV's (SxS) both serve thier own purpose. Even among the same group each machine has its' own plus and minus'! My recommendation is to first decide what the purpose of this machine is. If you are using it alone any ATv will do that. If your looking for a machine to take 2 or maore then a UTV is likely the answer? If you want a work horse, that can pack a load and go anywhere, then either the Yamaha Rhino or the Polaris Mule. The mule is considerably heavier and thus has more difficulty in muskeg! If you want to go like a "bat out of hell" then the RZR or Warrior is likley your answer? Also you can put a cab on a UTV -maybe a consideration for winter?
                            As for it fitting into your truck all but the mule will. However the UTV's will have to be driven over the wheel wells and will require the tailgate to be down -even if you have a long box. My suggestion here is that you put a sled deck on your box which will allow you to carry 2 machines.
                            Good luck - ride safe!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by chico99645 View Post
                              ...Sitting side by side, having a conversation with your partner, out of the weather, sipping a hot cup of coffie on a cold fall morning is hard to beat. Hope you enjoy what ever you decide.

                              Chico, i think this is exactly why i want a SxS. That and they are just more comfortable to operate in the woods. And, yes, i'm getting old enough where comfort is becoming more and more important!
                              English is an odd language. It can understood through tough thorough thought, though.

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