Every piece of equipment has a natural lifespan. Whether it’s your push mower that eventually corrodes and dies or your 30-year-old monkey wrench that will probably last another 30—everything has its limit. The longer they last and the more abuse they put up with, the more reliable they are.
When you’re considering a new side-by-side, reliability is even more important. They’re tasked with doing what few other vehicles are capable of—going off-road. Once you’ve left the manicured path for unknown terrain, anything can happen.
Here’s our list of the most reliable UTVs of 2021. These vehicles are ready to face the unknown.
We’re listing the 5 most reliable UTVs of 2021. The following machines are standouts in terms of their overall quality from the factory. Durable parts are key, but a given manufacturer’s quality control makes a big difference too. So let’s get to it.
Honda may not make the most cutting edge vehicles when it comes to power and performance, but nobody can best them when it comes to quality. Go with a Honda Pioneer to get a vehicle that will keep on trucking no matter what.
They say the devil’s in the details and that’s what sets Honda apart from the rest. The quality of every part, from the engine and transmission to dash and seats, is a cut above the rest. If you keep up with your maintenance schedule, this is one vehicle you can count on for ages.
While the high-quality parts are the reason we put it on our list, its suspension is no slouch either. It boasts 12.7” of ground clearance and a 63” wide stance. A ground clearance like that will help it avoid taking unnecessary bumps and hits on your ride.
Kawasaki’s first foray into the sport UTV market came in the form of the 2020 Kawasaki Teryx KRX 1000, and they came out swinging. The 2021 renditions carry the same traditions of high-quality OEM parts that verge on overkill.
The suspension gives you more clearance and more width than any other UTV in its price range. It packs in 31” tires on beadlock wheels too. More ground clearance means fewer bumps, and few bumps mean this thing will stand the test of time.
That’s an impressive setup to be sure, but it’s the construction of the whole suspension that has us impressed. The front A-arms and four-link trailing arms aren’t just impressive from a comfort and control standpoint, they’re also beefy. You don’t normally see such thick tubing in factory suspension parts.
That fact that everything is so big and beefy on the Kawasaki Teryx KRX 1000 is what makes it one of the most reliable UTVs in our book.
We’re keeping that Japanese manufacturing train a’rollin’ with the Yamaha RMAX2 1000. It’s positioned as a sport utility side-by-side to take on the Polaris RZR 1000 and the KRX 1000. While it doesn’t have the same bump-avoiding ground clearance as the KRX 1000, it certainly has enough. It’ll clear over any normal terrain without bottoming out. It also sports some beefy A-arms in the front and rear that can certainly take a beating.
But what really sets the Yamaha RMAX2 and RMAX4 apart is the transmission. Yamaha knows how to make a quality CVT and this one is probably the best. It features a warranty-backed ten-year belt life. And it performs great too. It grips well to provide smooth, predictable power, and the engine braking is excellent.
It’s a great machine overall, but if you want a reliable transmission, this is it.
We’re putting another Honda on our list: The Honda Talon 1000R and 1000X. With sport models, every part gets pushed, hit, shoved, and jumped harder. Luckily, the same things we love about the Pioneer are what we love about the Talon. Their detail-oriented quality means this is a sport model that can handle year after year of pushing the engine, transmission, and drivetrain to the limit.
In particular, the Honda Talon has advanced A-arm bushings designed to last as long as the arms themselves. And they’ve got some of the best axles we’ve seen from factory. It’s an impressive package to be sure.
The one thing that holds it back in our eyes is the ground clearance. The Talon 1000R sports 13” of clearance while the 1000X has just 12.7”. That’s OK for a utility-focused UTV, but on a sport model, we want more. (And you can have more with a little help from a lift kit.)
Reliability tends to become an issue when you reach the top of the horsepower spectrum. When your RPM is high enough to rattle windows, you know you’re beating your machine up. Not to mention, you’re hitting every bump, rock, and stick that much harder when you’re going 60, 70, or 80 MPH.
That’s why we have to reward the Polaris RZR PRO XP for its excellent chassis. They sacrifice some weight and top speed to make the bones of the PRO XP that much stronger. We’re confident that this machine will still be running true in ten years time. To top it all off, it has great ground clearance and excellent suspension so you shouldn’t be beating the heck out of your undercarriage every ride.
We do have one reservation recommending the RZR PRO XP because of the clutch issues they’ve had. Luckily, they’ve issued a recall that should have them all fixed.
It’s important to remember that every UTV on the market is more reliable than they were ten years ago. Differentials, transmissions, and wear parts have gotten much better over the years. But these are the standouts for 2021. Get one of these, and you’re bound to have fewer breakdowns.
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How did you come up with the Honda pioneer is better then the yamaha rmax.. the rmax is built and assembled in the USA just like a Harley is. The rmax has a higher ground cleaner then the pioneer and the rmax has more front and rear travel then the pioneer. The 2 compared in every category the rmax is the superior machine over all. Look at the actual specs.
Hey Lynwood, thanks for tuning in! Overall, this is an article to talk about the most reliable machines. It’s not so much about the order as it is about the machines that are listed. We did look at multiple factors including Honda’s engine and long history of reliability, instead of only focusing on ground clearance and assembly. But ultimately, they’re both very good and Yamaha’s transmission is great. Again, the order of which they’re listed isn’t the driver here. It’s more to help give people dependable options when browsing for a new machine. We’re glad to hear your favorite made the list!
Honda is definitely reliable! I’ve ran the old 4trax, 300ex, and 450 foreman 4-wheelers wide open in all 4 seasons, in the mountains without any issues. Love Honda! Nice to see how they compare in a great line up of UTV’s as well. Thanks
Hey Mitchell, thanks for tuning in! We appreciate the support!
There is no Way a Polaris should be on this list.Cana am is a way more dependable machine.
Hey Bryce, we appreciate the feedback. Stay tuned for our article on 2022’s models. Thanks for tuning in!
I have owned 4 brand new Hondas one side by side and 3 quads and they have never let me down. I plow a store plaza sidewalk that is at least 2 miles for all the sidewalks. There is NO belt drive quad that will push the snow I push for the hours I put in. I’ve bent my plow in half but absolutely no damage to my quad and that’s for up to 10 hours at a time. I’m running a 2017 rancher fa06 loaded with 27 inch tires that will out work any belt drive quad
I love my KRX I kave 1200 miles on it and no problems mabe the driver we have been to Utah riding new Mexico Missouri Arizona
It sounds like you’ve taken your KRX on quite the adventure. Thanks for sharing, Brian!
That is awesome to hear, Christopher! Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
If only Honda built a vehicle like canam lone star. Talking about double cab enclosed even though canam cab is not good leaks water and dust
I love my X-2 it’s a 2019 and we’ve put a 1,000 miles on it I live in Louisiana but we’ve been to Hatfield and McCoy trails in West Virginia Mena Arkansas several times not one second of trouble and I can go anywhere anyone else can we are just about done paying for this one and going to get the 1000 x-2
Hey, Jeffery! It’s always a good time at Hatfield and McCoy. Thanks for sharing your experience. We’re glad to hear your X2 has worked out so well for you!
So sick of the accolades given out th this machine.
There is a reason so many are coming up for sale with little to no miles on them.
The krx is a total hunk of junk . I have one .
Eats clutches , several reports of blown engines with UNDER 100 miles on them, transmissions that randomly jump out of gear,
underpowered and geared too low, seat frames that bend and break just sitting in them, seats that don’t fully remove making cleaning difficult,brake pads that last 100 miles , brakes that are underpowered ,huge holes in the floorpan that suck the dust in smothering the rider, crappy springs on otherwise great shocks , if the seats get wet so will your butt for the next month as the seat foam is not sealed , doors that separate and sag, crappy skidplate ,plastics that scratch just by looking at them…..
And that’s just off the top of my head.
I can’t wait till I sell this piece of crap.
Steve I don’t know why you are having so much trouble but other than the periodic jumping out of high gear I haven’t had any of the other problems. Totally happy with my KRX but only 350 miles
I’ve had my KRX for about a year now, and have no complaints at all. It does everything I’ve asked of it and more.
What will you get when you sell?
Bought it for 29,900
Sold it for 29000.
Had 260 miles on it
Hey Steve, I’m sorry to hear about your bad experience. These aren’t things we’ve seen a pattern with for other consumers, which is why the KRX made our list. I hope you’re able to get it taken care of, and get the ride you want!
I’ve rode with 2 different krx’s n both of them have had the back axle pop out of the yoke a few different times. Even after being fixed at the dealer.
What, not one Can-Am made the list?? What’s up with that?
Hey, Mike! Unfortunately not for this year, but stay tuned for 2022! 🙂
The wolverine 850&1000 rmax definitely deserve a bigger ratting than third. The engine is based on a race proven platform. Belt longevity and overall durability are top notch and has been since the original rhino was introduced. The belt on my first rhino 450 lasted 11 years (08-19). Also in my opinion Polaris doesn’t even earn a mention. They are fast and impressive right up to the moment they blow a belt or a diff.
Hey Cullen, these machines are not in any order and are just listed as 5 machines that we rank high in terms of reliability for 2021. I’m glad we can agree that the RMAX should definitely make this list. Thanks for tuning in!
Don’t know bout 1000 but 850 Yamaha engine is a total crap – was in the market to buy one just to find out most machines were rebuilt engines around 1000+ miles and others sounded like rebuilt will be coming in soon – if you don’t need 100hp best bet is Kawasaki teryx 800
I have ovened both and own a yamaha now i will tell you by far the honda is way more reliable over the yamaha, maybe not the clearance or wheel travel but when wheel bearings, brakes, ball joints, axle cv joints, one way bearings are all shot the honda will ride right on by !
Why can I not find towable cover for my new Honda 520 with roof and windshield?
Hey Robert! I’m not sure anyone makes a cover specifically for towing. Typically people will get an enclosed trailer, but as long as the roof/windshield is installed correctly and the machine is loaded facing forward, there shouldn’t be any issues losing them on the trailer, if that is the concern. Thank you!
Loading them facing forward can be a problem depending on the length of the trailer and the number of axles. If the tongue weight is too light, the trailer will fishtail.
The Yamaha Rmax may be very reliable, but it isn’t similar to the Polaris RZR. It matches up to the Polaris General.
I am a powersports technician and I have seen more Yamaha and Kawasaki units in our place for repairs then any Honda units. I own a Honda Pioneer which I traded my Teryx for. Also own an RMAX.
My Pioneer is best suited for the rough terrain in the area where I live more so than the RMAX
Hey Jason, we appreciate the feedback and thank you for tuning in with us!
I’m looking at a rmax 1000. I’m 76 years old and don’t want to have a lot of trouble. Or be stranded on a trail Never owned a Yamaha. Are they reliable
Totally agree with this list. Can’t beat a Honda. I’ve got a 19′ Pioneer 1000-5 and absolutely love it.
I had a Rancher 400 but regretfully sold it.
Both were and are totally reliable. Never had a problem with either. Whether riding for fun or working on the farm.
Love Honda #1.
Thanks for the love, Tommy!
“Bearings, brakes, ball joints, CV axle joints”….Sounds like you modified the suspension system, since all those items you listed ARE part of the suspension. People should leave their machines stock. It wasn’t designed by engineers to be modified.
Comparing it to a Harley makes it sound worse and not even them are made completely in USA anymore I would have to agree with the Pioneer because it’s been around for a while now the rmax is new and remotely untested
They’re talking about reliability not specs tard
Honda has the lock on transmissions with their tried and true, very robust DCT. I turn wrenches at an extremely busy dealership and we almost never see Hondas or Kwakers for mechanical failures. (SxSs. 4x4s are a different story.).
I have a prop w/ the Polaris at #5.
And that a Mule didn’t make the list.
Hey, Brent. That’s awesome feedback to hear from someone who works on these machines. Stay tuned for our 2022 list!
I know several people with pioneers. They’re absolute junk. Transmission failures galore. Who ever wrote this article is an idiot haha
We appreciate the feedback, Your mom! 🙂
With a name like “Your Mom,” I’m not surprised by your fake news comment. Owned a P1K5 for 4 years now and it has been bulletproof. If you are referencing the transmission problems of 2016, Honda fixed that issue with a clutch housing update. Don’t sap electrical power from the clutches and they will last forever…just like the rest of the machine.
The Kawasaki Teryx 800 2 seat and 4 seat versions are well known for their reliability. I did a lot of research before buying mine and it seemed from all I could find to be one of the most reliable machines available. I haven’t put many miles on mine yet but time will tell. From personal experience over the years (about 50 years riding) with dirt bikes, motorcycles, ATV’s, and, personal water craft Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Suzuki are all superior to anything else when it comes to reliability. As long as you keep up on maintenance they will take unbelievable abuse and keep going.
The word is than, not “then”!
I hate to say it but Harley’s are piles of junk. Theres a reason none of the techs will own one.
Harley is built in Indonesia and put together in USA so they can say built in the USA.
Victory was made in the USA, but Harley hates competition so after a 10 year lawsuit they finally won and did away with a better motorcycle instead of doing it the american way and making their junk better. I use to ride Harley’s till i rhode a Cross Country Victory.
I absolutely agree, Harley is all about the brand and less about the product. I’ll never buy a damn thing from s douche company that sues other companies for having a similar exhaust sound.. imagine if the Big 3 did that bs with V8’s.
The discussion was on reliability not performance factors or specs. You must be a RMax owner.
It says most reliable not out perform
the rmax might be assembled in the usa but the pioneer has a transmission like a car unlike the belt driven rmax and honda is known for reliabillity and quality the honda pioneer was designed in japan where the terrain is rougher wetter and the weather gets colder so the pioneer is going to be better
You didn’t read how they reviewed the machines. Actual specs was only part of it.
You obviously don’t know about reliability. Honda’s have and always been the more reliable bike out of any brand out there. Durability has nothing to do with ground clearance or where its made. The rmax might be faster, better ground clearance and handling but like i said this was about reliability and nothing beats honda there.
Now, if Honda could just ramp up production, I’ve been trying to buy a Pioneer 1000-5 LE for several months, but can’t find one in stock, anywhere within a 400 mile radius of where I live. Starting to also look at Yamaha……
Hey Mike, just get a base model and build it up from there. It’s what I did and saved myself plenty of money for the accessories. I own a Honda Pioneer 500 and a 1000-5. I may consider a Talon 4 seater one day or who knows..Maybe I’ll buy a KRX. Legroom was also a big seller for me at 6’9” tall. …Love my super reliable Hondas.
Thanks for tuning in with us! An interesting note on the legroom side of it. It’s nice that manufacturers are starting to take things like that in mind for their customers.
Hi 100 Acre, I’m TexasJackKin on Honda SxS and enjoy your posts on a regular basis!
Hey, Mike! Unfortunately, this has just been the name of the game for many of us. Hopefully you got your ride!
I got it a few months ago and have about 700 miles on it! a great machine! I’m TexasJackKin on Honda SxS
That’s awesome. Thanks, Mike!
Hey Lynwood… Can you not read… Its not a SPEC comparison.
This is terrible thinking that superatv has the best suspension upgrades that’s a wrong statement, I bought a 6 inch lift for my commander and if had problems ever since this kit was put on 4 axels broken having to work on it on the trail 5 trips now totally made my commander unreliable worst mistake I’ve ever made superatv has no answers on why the problems have happened. You think after the 4 axle broke they would send a rep to me to look but no they don’t care I will never buy any type of product from them , beware……
Hey Kevin, I’m sorry to hear about your experience. We sell several of those kits with wonderful feedback. There are a lot of different variables that come into play when it comes to axle failures, including axle CV angles, shock adjustments, suspension adjustments, etc. Something that may also be helpful is to check out the instructions link at the bottom of the product page. There are visuals that help you confirm that everything is set properly. We’d be happy to help you troubleshoot the issues you’re experiencing. Give us a call at 855-743-3427 and we’ll get you figured out.
I think Honda has its place at no. 1. I have a 2015 1000 pioneer. Over 10,000 miles on it. While my friends are changing broken belts, or changing BRP’S Fuel pumps or blown motors.and polaris blown hubs. I’m still riding. I’ve had em all, and this honda just keeps on driving. It may not be the fanciest or the fastest but definitely the most dependable .
Thanks for sharing, Marty! We’re glad to know your Honda Pioneer has worked out so well for you.
I see the Polaris 900 XP wasn’t on the list…. I am curious as to your thoughts on this machine. In SE Georgia, there are seemingly hundreds of these machines. They range from standard to max’ed out on modification.
With that said, the front propshaft and differential failed at 234 hours. My machine is stock and I don’t mudbog or ride in water. I just trail ride on county maintained dirt roads. 1) is this a common Polaris issue, 2) do you think Polaris will help with repairs and 3) what if any alternatives might you suggest when I repair my machine?
I’m 62 yo and disabled. I rely heavily on my machine. I don’t rawhide the machine as I can’t afford to be stranded since I don’t walk very well.
Hey Joe, I’m really sorry to hear about this. To my knowledge, it’s not really uncommon unfortunately. But it is typically more common in machines that are driven hard, mud/water riding, have bigger tires, etc. As far as Polaris making repairs, it will depend on the year of the machine and the warranty. If it’s outside of warranty, they may not. I would recommend you reach out in any case. In most cases when the prop shaft fails, it’s due to a failed carrier bearing initially. This can result in a bent or broken prop shaft from the play or slop allowed after the carrier bearing is no longer holding the shaft properly. We offer a complete driveline replacement kit as well as the bearing carrier for the Ranger XP 900 Crew, and a replacement front shaft for the standard cab. Give us a call at 855-743-3427 and we can get you set up if you’re interested. We appreciate you tuning in!
How does polaris make the list with exploding clutches and such? Super atv fails again. Products are junk so is your opinion.
Hey Josh, we appreciate you tuning in! We’d love to hear the specifics of failures that you’ve experienced with us. Give us a call at 855-743-3427 and we’d love to get you taken care of. Thanks for reading!
Can Ams didn’t make the list huh? Ive owned them for years and beat the hell out of them had never had a problem and I’m talking about sport machines not the low performance guys on this list.(save for the RZR) I knew 3 people with KRXs, all of them had a drive shaft come outta the yolk while on trail within the 1st 1000 miles. As a matter of fact I towed all of these outta the trails except for the yamaha at one point or any with my maverick.
Hey, Adam. We really appreciate the feedback. It’s helpful for us to hear everyone’s experiences. Can-Am did not make our list this year unfortunately, but stay tuned for 2022!
What a bunch of horse S$%t !! We go on rides with can ams and rzrs , and the can ams hardly ever breakdown ! The last five or six mexico baja runs we ran about 40 can ams and 10 or so rzrs every time. Now we have to factor in a tow truck because every single trip a rzr breaks down beyond repair Or burns down ! Lol ! ALSO.. the last trip we had to send sineone back to town to get every available rzr belt they could find, because they tried to keep up with the canams, and used up all 16 belts ! Lol ! Only one burnt belt on the canams ! You got your facts wrong bud ! And when you are ready i can prove it. 🙂
Hey, George. We really do appreciate the honest feedback. It helps us understand what issues are had across the world with these machines. Can-Am unfortunately didn’t make the list for us this year, but stay tuned for our 2022 list!
I gotta agree with this article. Have driven many machines and have friends that drive the others. Most of the group rides tight trails hard.
Although early on I had a couple major issues that took out a couple pioneer 1000’s Honda did a great job addressing the water intrusion and clutch issues of early on and happy to say we’ve been beating on our newest Pioneer now for years without issues. Got a buddy that runs hard and lives off his Pioneer, has about 6k miles on tracks and 30k miles on machine without anything really other the ball joints and a couple twisted axles.
We pulled a fully dressed up Jeep that was broken down in woods 6 miles to camp on muddy trails with our when none of his Polaris buddies would.
We have had great luck with our Wolverine as well, it’s been flawless.
Many in the group have switched to KRX and showed excellent Durability with that machine.
As for me it’s a bit big here in N. Idaho so I’ll be happy with Talon 2 seat x shortly.
And btw for guy that mentioned “American” rigs, Honda is built here with Japanese engines which ain’t exactly bad lol.
For those that don’t need the biggest numbers and brightest sticker with a riding suit that matches, but needs ultimate dependability I’d sure suggest Honda,Yami, Kawi. The Japanese machines are far better that way.
Thanks for the kind words. We appreciate you tuning in!
Well I’m a Recent KRX convert.
So far so good.
The one thing I can say is It Is comfortable and well built.
Hey, Harry! Hopefully the KRX continues to run well for you. We have enjoyed it!
There is nothing more reliable than a TomCar. This was left out maybe it’s not popular as the others. Don’t get me wrong the utvs mentioned above are great, however, need to make one of Tomcars models at least honorable mention due to there tank stature and ease or lack of repairs.
Hey, Dennis! When we published this article, the cc’s on this machine were not really comparable to the machines we have listed. We did keep in mind the popularity of these as well. We do appreciate you bringing this to our attention as a possible list candidate, though. Thanks for tuning in with us!
Lol polaris, with all the clutch recalls and such… after 10k on a 900 rzr I will.nevwr own another pos polaris. I went talon R and in 1 yr has 5k, I’ve replaced a u joint cus the cap popped off. On my polaris it spent 50% of time in the shop being fixed and had gone thru a topend at 4k. Absolutely don’t get me started on their clutches and junk transmission and diffs.
Hey Joah, thanks for sharing your experience with us. At the time this article was written, the clutch issues were just starting to rise. We do have a note in the article stating this with apprehension. Nonetheless, I’m glad you have had a better experience with your Honda Talon. It’s a great machine.
That’s interesting. Did you do the regular maintenance of Oil and Air filter? We have 8 Rzr’s and I can say we have had very little problems and we ride them hard. I blew a belt on my 900XP at 3500 miles and sold it at 5k miles with no issues other than the belt. I now have a 16 Rzr XP4 Turbo just turned 4k miles and not a problem one and I’m still on original belt. The Rzr might not be as reliable as some of these machines like the Honda Pioneer but it will put double the smile on your face when you are riding it. Most of the reliable machines are slow and rough and meant for groomed trails and roads. It’s like saying a car is more reliable then a jeep that goes off road and is beat every time it is driven. Of course a slow UTV or ATV will be more reliable because it doesn’t see the torture that a race machine sees.
So if you want to go slow and be beat over the bumps the Honda Pioneer is a great vehicle. If you want to have fun but might have to put a little into maintenance then choose Rzr or Can-Am.
Is my Polaris ranger 1000, ok for a first time owner. I was told it’s very reliable. It takes 5 to 7 weeks to arrive.
I looked at Honda, kawasaki and few others. Four passenger vehicle with full safety devices.
Hey Bill, sorry for the delayed response. The Ranger 1000 is a great machine as well. Did you end up choosing one?
RMAX should be #1. I’d like to see a Pioneer 1000 take on the Rubicon in stock form (okay you can put 1″ larger tires on it like we did for the RMAX4). Honda put out a statement about running High gear in pretty much anything but flat ground. Yamaha reps will tell you don’t bother using Low on the RMAX, it’s not needed.
Go lurk the KRX FB groups. When Dalton puts out statements about the KRX clutching having serious issues, you can take that to the bank. Steering knuckles, driveshafts, CV axles popping out, one-way bearings, gas tank issues, driveshafts breaking, sheave grooving in under 300 miles due to bad sheave weights, etc.
“It’s positioned as a sport utility side-by-side to take on the Polaris RZR 1000 and the KRX 1000”. While it will give those models a good run for their money, it’s meant to take on the Polaris General and Commander, which it easily beats without trying.
Thanks for tuning in! This list is actually not in any particular order. We’re simply listing the 5 most reliable of the year. We appreciate the feedback!
i am shocked that the rzr 800 did not make the list .
Polaris machines are not reliable.
I bought a Honda 4 trac in 1996 and she still my baby 2day never had trouble with it at all
Thanks for sharing, Terry! We’ve heard and had many great stories with Honda.
These things need to be removed from the market. Death traps
Polaris has issued a recall. Problem is they still dont have a solution for the clutch problem. Whoever wrote this article did not do much research.
Hey, Brett. We appreciate your feedback. You have nothing to worry about when it comes to our research. This article was written at the beginning of 2020, when with our findings, we did feel a solution was near with what Polaris was putting out. Things do change over time. Thanks for tuning in, and stay tuned for next year’s list!
Id personally trust a can am over a polaris, kawasaki, or honda. Plus they outperform every other machine.
Thanks for the feedback, Jason! Stay tuned for 2022’s list. 🙂
I’ve got an ’08 Teryx. I typically use it only in the winter with tracks. My problem with this model is changing the belt takes an hour plus, even when you’ve done it a few times, and that’s in my shope (preventative) and not on the snowy trails I use to access backcountry skiing here in N. Idaho.
I’m looking to buy a new 4-seater of some brand. How hard are these other belts to change? Is there a “best” rig if you’re running tracks?
Hey Pete! Most manufacturers have realized that, that has been a big issue with earlier year models, so most later year models have had design changes to relocate the clutch or just make it more accessible. I would say any of the machines listed on this article would be great options for you. From talking to our install team, the PRO XP was the easiest, and then the KRX if you are still interested in Kawasaki. We haven’t gotten one installed on the RMAX yet, so maybe our readers might be able to help you on that. And then the Pioneer and Talon do not have belts, so that should be pretty easy. 😉 Thanks for tuning in with us!
I wish you guys would do a all sport sxs section instead of mixing in the utility sxs’s?. Our group has about 20 machines and they are all rzr’s and mavericks and maverick x3’s like mine. We’ve put thousands of miles on all michigan trails together. I gotta tell you im very surprised can-ams didn’t make the list? They have been super reliable, Especially when it comes to the motors!
This is great feedback to hear. We’ll take this into consideration for our 2022 list!
I am currently interested in buying a used 2012 Polaris RZR 800 EFI with a 3500 winch and some other “minor amenities” for around $6500—7000. It has approx. 7000 miles on the engine but has been maintained quite well ( I have seen the service records) and it has a stronger completely covered canopy top/roll bar , new “knobby tires” and garaged In Your opinion is this Polaris “Food For Thought” in regards to buying? Thank You.
Thanks for reaching out! For something in that condition, it doesn’t sound like a bad price!
Honda talon x #1
I beat the heck out of my machine. I live in Wv and the trails eat RZR for breakfast. I can’t tell you how many people my fellow talons riding buddies and myself have towed in. It’s so bad I don’t want to ride with big groups because there is always that guy with his turbo S trying to show off until he breaks something. I’ve seen four different Pro XP spun a rod or blow a gasket. To much hp
Honda very reliable,Just rolled over 20000 miles , 2800 hrs on 16 pioneer 1000-5, still going strong, replaced brakes at 16k, rear bearings @ 18 k. , starter motor @ 19 k, on third set of tires. Have pulled stuck trucks an tractors out, even pulled started jd backhoe once. Comfortable ride and quiet in cab.
KRX 1000 extremely reliable and so comfortable for a tall person 6’5 and I don’t even have the seat all the way back. Only breakdown I had was a broken driveshaft, and that was due to my own lack of talent while jumping (held the throttle down, in 4×4, doing a 20 foot long jump). I’m so happy I bought it. Climbs like a billy goat too.
Well if you had to break a drive shaft, that sounds like the most rewarding way to do it.