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Old 08-20-2012, 01:31 PM   #1
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500 ranger vs 800

Ok i know the new 800 efi midsized ranger is a new concept but im curious as to pros and cons for my purchase im looking to buy a ranger for trail riding involving a lot of mud and rough terrine, working on our small 33 acre farm, hunting and county road riding

I can get a 500 ranger with winch bumper roof and full windshield from the factory for less than the 800 mid sized is it worth the difference in power of the 800 motor vs 500 what would you do?
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:22 PM   #2
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the 500 sounds like the deal. unless your loaded with $$$$.
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:41 PM   #3
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yea i agree ranger1 cause i deffonatley aint loaded
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:04 PM   #4
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I have a 500 and I love it, I don't see the fascination with bigger engines myself. The 500 gets hot and I know the 800 gets a lot hotter... and the 500 ALWAYS has enough power.
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Not to change the subject, but that's why I love our 400. It actually has a 455cc under the hood and has plenty of power for us.
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:33 AM   #6
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well im glad im getting positive feed back, im re learning pros and cons for the polaris brand havent owned one since 05 and never owned a ranger.....now russ when you say the 500 gets hot are you talking about an overheating issue or just general operating temp? because i can handle operating temp i ride an old harley in 100 deg weather all summer lol
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now russ when you say the 500 gets hot are you talking about an overheating issue or just general operating temp? because i can handle operating temp i ride an old harley in 100 deg weather all summer lol
Mine hasn't overheated.

If you keep researching Rangers, you will find that the 700s and especially the 800s blow extremely hot air into the cab, and also get the seat very hot above the engine.

The 500 will produce some heat in the cab and seat, but on a much more limited basis than those with larger, hotter, engines.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:52 AM   #8
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ok thats kinda what i thought you meant but it makes sense ....bigger motor = more heat and hotter operating temp but im pretty sure my mind is made up ill be gettin a 2013 500 sage green ranger with roof windshield winch and bumper installed from the factory when i go
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If you are getting a front windshield, you will want a rear one too unless you enjoy eating dust. It will swirl around in the cab pretty bad without one. I had a front windshield for about a week and after eating enough dirt/dust, I went and got a rear windshield.
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If you are getting a front windshield, you will want a rear one too unless you enjoy eating dust. It will swirl around in the cab pretty bad without one. I had a front windshield for about a week and after eating enough dirt/dust, I went and got a rear windshield.
ok thanks for that tip the front windshield aint manditory i may end up not gettin it now and decide later on to do something like that and rushville aint too far from my stomping grounds
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