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Old 01-22-2018, 12:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all. 1st Time here. I知 about to buy a new UTV for a hunting camp rig. Two people, occasionally a deer or elk. Snow and rain, sometimes above 60ーF. It値l be towed into camp in an enclosed trailer, behind my dually. I知 tired of banging around and beating up a $50k truck while elk/deer hunting.

I知 all about which ride will be more comfortable. Logging roads almost exclusively. Potholed and washboards. I don稚 care about 35-40 mph or better. I値l gut the rig and rhino line it or something.

Seems like I can grab one for with EFI $3k or so, replace tires, trim some wheel wells, add lockers, and some basic tune up stuff. Maybe $6-$8k to have a very reliable ride. Or, I drop $10k on a 700-1000cc UTv with no heat, no radio, no windows, etc... But, the UTVs are pretty comfortable going over the potholes, ruts, etc.

Oh yeah, L4 and L5 discs are herniated...
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey Wdlfbio,

I just registered here on the forum and saw your question.

I致e had a Polaris RZR 570 (50) for a few years and last year acquired a 87 Samurai. After running both for a summer and fall I am putting the RZR up for sale and sticking with the Sami as my full time off road vehicle.

The RZR is really fun, light and nimble. On the forest and BLM roads around southern Utah it provides a great ride, smoothing out washboard and climbing over rocks. The 50 width allows it to go pretty much anywhere. My RZR has a fold down windshield and aluminum roof but that gives minimal protection from the dust and wet and nothing for the cold. It痴 street legal but not practical to drive on a highway or main road for any distance so I carry it in in an enclosed cargo trailer towed behind either my truck or RV. Not a big deal but it does mean taking into account the extra parking required for the trailer.

The Samurai is a whole lot easier. I can drive anywhere and for longer trips flat tow it behind the truck/RV. Even with big tires it痴 only about 66 wide so it can go on most forest trails and probably places where my RZR couldn't. The ride is not as smooth as the RZR but I値l live with that in exchange for protection from the elements and the extra carrying capacity.

I hate parting with the RZR but found that the Sami has been the go to machine so no sense it letting it just sit there.

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Thanks Tom. I spoke with a buddy about mother options as well. He does a lot of crawler builders out here in western WA. I had to keep reminding him, I wasn稚 looking for crazy off-road, but reliable and comfortable. He said similar things that other here talk about on how capable the samurai is and easily modded. A few simple parts can make an appreciable difference in the comfort. So, I think I can be into one for < $6k and be a very happy camper. I like the added protection from the elements over most UTVs too.
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