10-06-2013, 10:59 AM
Join Date: Oct 2013
2014 Ranger 570 initial review
I have owned my Ranger 570 for about a month now. I purchased it from Ritchie Tractor in Maryville, TN. The sales experience was pleasant and my sales guy was very accommodating. I have put 130-some miles on it riding dirt, mud, and some rocks at Royal Blue, TN.
The 570 engine has excellent power. It doesn't need to be wound up at all to deliver torque. It is also not very noisy.
The 4WD comes on and off very smoothly. The only way you can even tell the front wheels are being driven is if you turn too sharply, causing the front CVs to groan.
Turf mode is a great feature. It's much more pleasant on gravel or hard-packed dirt than a locked rear diff. Turf mode is surprisingly capable in mud or hill climbing, too. I've forgotten to turn it off a couple of times and still not gotten stuck.
It rides smoother off-road than most cars do on pavement. It's really quite extraordinary. Despite having a short and narrow wheelbase, it's amazingly stable. It has yet to feel tippy to me at all.
It seems to get excellent fuel efficiency. It usually goes about 20 miles per tick mark on the fuel gauge, so that should be 150-160 miles on a full tank, easily.
It's small enough that you have PLENTY of options for picking a line over rough terrain.
The seat, though it doesn't look like much, is very comfortable and plenty roomy enough for two adults (maybe three skinny ones).
The headlights are BRIGHT!
The dump box is just about the best thing ever. I can take almost anything I might imagine on a ride and still have room for more. The glove box, cupholders, and cubby holes in the cab are also very nice.
My only major complaint is the seat belt positioning. It rubs against my neck no matter what I do. I wish it were adjustable for height.
The engine backfires from time to time when letting off the gas. This doesn't really bother me.
Sometimes I smell gasoline. I can find no leaks in the tank, nor the lid. I believe the smell may be coming from the exhaust, which would explain the backfiring. The engine may be tuned too rich.
It is significantly more difficult to clean than my buggy was, particularly all the nooks and crannies on the underside of the dump box.
Ritchie Tractor made a few mistakes when assembling it. The spark plug was only in finger tight. One of the rear grease points hadn't been greased very well. I was able to put two full pumps into it. They had knocked some paint off the roll cage when putting it together.
Always check over your ride before you take it out the first time!