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Best 4 Wheeler? Tracks?

by , Posted to on 11/27/2010 11:28 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/23/2010
Location: ND
I am looking for a new 4 wheeler. Will be getting rid of my 08 arctic cat 650 TRV have not been happy with the machine very cold starting. I am looking for some input on the newer models out there. What does everyone like? Need a machine that starts very well in the winter as it will be used alot for fishing. Want a larger machine 600 + possibly another 2 up or something that can sport a box on the back for hauling.

Also looking to put a set of tracks on the machine. Any input?

 Thanks in advance for the input!
Re: Best 4 Wheeler? Tracks?
by on 11/28/2010 00:14 AM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/09/2009
Location: ND
some of the best machines to put tracks on are artic cats, for the simple reason they are shaft drive. i have always seen them start well in cold weather and their 800s are great machines. another good wheeler is a polaris sportsman 800 but i have heard with tracks they can be hard on belts.
 
Re: Best 4 Wheeler? Tracks?
by on 11/28/2010 01:56 AM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/26/2007
Location: ND
If u want a machine that starts good in the cold, go with a EFI model... they're a lot better starting in colder conditions compared to a engine with a carburetor. Polaris tends to be hard on belts in general, just not with tracks. Than for tracks look at Camoplast... they're an all around good track system that's easier to steer and handle compared to the Mattracks.

Re: Best 4 Wheeler? Tracks?
by on 11/28/2010 08:23 AM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/11/2008
Location: MN
1 name polaris sportsman started every time it was -30degrees

Always Fishin

Re: Best 4 Wheeler? Tracks?
by on 11/28/2010 09:28 AM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/13/2005
Location: ND
I have a buddy looking at those bolt on wheel extensions. I don't know what they are called but they can make an an an Atv float on water. I believe they cost about $500 for a set.
Hail the Bison!
Go Pack Go!

Re: Best 4 Wheeler? Tracks?
by on 11/28/2010 10:04 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: MN
They are called J-Wheelz, and they really work great in deep snow, slop, and mud. You can actually run an ATV on water with them. You will find clips on them on You Tube.

www.j-wheelz.com/index.html

They bolt on and off in 15 minutes as needed. A very functional cost effective answer and cheaper alternative to spendy track systems.

Made by some regional guys in SD too. Well worth a look.

Ed "Backwater Eddy" Carlson ~ ~ ><,sUMo,> ~ ><CD
Re: Best 4 Wheeler? Tracks?
by on 11/28/2010 10:29 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/30/2002
Location: ND
Has anyone actually tried these J Wheelz??? Looks kind of interesting if we get a big snow pack again on area lakes.
 
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by on 11/28/2010 10:35 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/11/2009
Location: ND
Can Am.   My father has a Honda Rubicon and a Can Am 800XT.  He decided to sell the Honda for some Tatou tracks for his Can Am... apparently he has to much money since that idea is getting scrapped for the new Can Am Commander w/ Tatou tracks.

My co worker has 2 of the Can Am 800's  according to them when mud and snow is involved the Can Am's were hands down handling the terrain better then any of the polaris' along with them.
Re: Best 4 Wheeler? Tracks?
by on 11/28/2010 11:23 AM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/18/2006
Location: ND
st00pid Said:
Can Am.   My father has a Honda Rubicon and a Can Am 800XT.  He decided to sell the Honda for some Tatou tracks for his Can Am... apparently he has to much money since that idea is getting scrapped for the new Can Am Commander w/ Tatou tracks.

My co worker has 2 of the Can Am 800's  according to them when mud and snow is involved the Can Am's were hands down handling the terrain better then any of the polaris' along with them.
First choice is can am
Second is honda
I would go with the 4 season tatou's
I wouldnt even bother with the honda after owning a canam.
I had a pair of tracks and they are wonderful
Re: Best 4 Wheeler? Tracks?
by on 11/28/2010 12:37 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/26/2003
Location: ND
Gotta put in a plug for the Yamaha Grizzley 700ES EFI.  Starts in the coldest of ND winters, pushes snow like it's not there (tons of power) and I run Devils Lake with it with no problems.  I'm thinking of tracks on it pretty soon.  It will be unstoppable with them.

Re: Best 4 Wheeler? Tracks?
by on 11/28/2010 12:45 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/10/2005
Location: ND
hoytvectrix Said:
some of the best machines to put tracks on are artic cats, for the simple reason they are shaft drive. i have always seen them start well in cold weather and their 800s are great machines. another good wheeler is a polaris sportsman 800 but i have heard with tracks they can be hard on belts.
Im pretty sure Arctic Cat doesn't make an 800.  They have 700 and 1000.  I think they all are EFI now.  But I could be wrong.

"To the hunt!"
Re: Best 4 Wheeler? Tracks?
by on 11/28/2010 1:57 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/26/2007
Location: ND
You're right, Arctic Cat doesn't have a 800 model, most of their engines are EFI now with the 650 and the 366 being the exception.
f7_2003_97x Said:
hoytvectrix Said:
some of the best machines to put tracks on are artic cats, for the simple reason they are shaft drive. i have always seen them start well in cold weather and their 800s are great machines. another good wheeler is a polaris sportsman 800 but i have heard with tracks they can be hard on belts.
Im pretty sure Arctic Cat doesn't make an 800.  They have 700 and 1000.  I think they all are EFI now.  But I could be wrong.




Re: Best 4 Wheeler? Tracks?
by on 11/28/2010 2:31 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/26/2003
Location: ND

Re: Best 4 Wheeler? Tracks?
by on 11/28/2010 7:37 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/04/2009
Location: ND
You will not want to run tracks on anything with a belt drive if you are going to run it alot.  Polaris are the worst, yamaha the best from my experience.  Bottomline a honda without the belt drive is the way to go.  Tatou4s is the best bang for the buck track and power steering is one heck of an option when running tracks
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Re: Best 4 Wheeler? Tracks?
by on 11/28/2010 7:54 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/28/2008
Location: ND
yamaha big bear is an awesome machine great work horse it out performers my yamaha grizzly anyday as far as the cold start no idea all my machines are in the heated garage
any day hunting is better than any day working
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by on 11/28/2010 8:05 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/24/2006
Location: ND

YAMAHA GRIZZLY 700.... myself and 7 or 8 of my freinds have had arctic cat, polaris, honda, ect.. and weve all switched to yamaha.  none of us have had any problems to my knowledge and 2 have tatou 4s, 2 have mattracks in the winter.   mattracks r smoother riding and stronger, tatou are longer so they float better in deep snow

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by on 01/30/2011 01:14 AM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/14/2006
Location: MT
I have an 06 Honda Rubicon.  My friends run other brands and they all seem to do very well.  My Honda has had zero issues while a few friends quads have needed maintenance.  In all honesty they don't maintain and are rough on them.  The Yamaha's and Cat's do power through the snow better than mine.  The Rubicon starts every time but being a carb needs some love on start up and then ticks along wherever.
Yeah, it's kind of like that.
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by on 01/30/2011 06:46 AM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/08/2010
Location: MN
My newer 700 Grizzly efi with power steering is awesome.Had it on devils lake last year a few times went through deep snow lots of slush great machine i would recommend the grizzly 700 its amazing what this machine will go through
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by on 01/30/2011 10:26 AM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/10/2003
Location: ND
All automatic artic cat and polaris 4 wheels have belts!  Iam 100 percent sure. I have 2 buddys one mechanic at polaris and the other owns a artic cat shop!  they tell me tracks are hard on belts but if you use low range when pulling heavy loads and a little common sense they work fine!  they also said they have improved the belts strength!  Just sharing alitte info not being a smart a#$.  i own a polaris but i think my next one will be a yamaha  there motors in everthing they build are awesome!!!!!
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by on 01/30/2011 10:33 AM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/10/2003
Location: ND
I think some max tracks on a blazer or suburban would be fun and alot warmer!  but of course the price sucks
Re: Best 4 Wheeler? Tracks?
by on 01/30/2011 10:55 AM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/12/2003
Location: ND
257weatherbysmokes Said:
I think some max tracks on a blazer or suburban would be fun and alot warmer!  but of course the price sucks
As does getting said full-sized vehicle somewhere to actually use the tracks. 

If a guy lived in Warroad, Beaudette, Devils Lake, etc and had both the room and extra $$ to have a dedicated full-size rig with tracks you'd be in tall cotton.  Having to trailer one all over creation would be a pain in the arse.

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