I know my 2011 800 XP has some of that metallic heat shield material on the bottom side of the seat in the middle. I have noticed, that the seat does get warm in the middle but it is not like so bad to be uncomfortable.
I do believe that some are experiencing some bad stuff with their Rangers. I guess pressure needs to be brought to have these things addressed.
I'm not a big fan of law suits, but unfortunately that is what is understood a lot of times .. other things brought to bare like consumer protection just doesn't cut the mustard.
Stuff like this happens all the time .. a lot of folks don't have the same problems and probably none at all with their machines. I know what sold me to buy a Polaris was my experience with my quad.
The one thing that I had a problem with, and the dealer warrantied it, was the exhaust flange was damaged in production and it developed a leak after a few hours. That machine has never left me anywhere, Ive never babied it but I do take care of it, I need too ... sometimes I can be places with, that's a long way to walk out.
So I buy my Ranger, and I start experiencing a problem with the Throttle, and in working to solve the problem, I found this forum. LOL ... I've never actually participated much, I have read a lot of different forums.
... But, I solved my problem, it was an easy fix thankfully. I've seen a lot of good help here for problem for different people and that's cool, that,s the beauty of this platform .. People relating issues and getting help and giving help.
Does no good to pour the drama all around, it just doesn't make a difference for anything for any good.