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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-29-2011, 06:12 PM
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with my 2008 the active decent control works great. it is only activated when in 4wd, it literally crawls down hills without the use of any brakes. i want to add that the sportsman is 1 up on the foreman because they come with disc brakes vs the foreman with drums. everyone has their opinions on polaris. i personally like them.
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with my 2008 the active decent control works great. it is only activated when in 4wd, it literally crawls down hills without the use of any brakes. i want to add that the sportsman is 1 up on the foreman because they come with disc brakes vs the foreman with drums. everyone has their opinions on polaris. i personally like them.
I'm glad to see they added that in that model year, I did some research on them as I haven't looked at them much in years. You can imagine the old system of just having electronic brake assist to the rear tires only on a slippery steep downhill,with one lever braking on top of it.(hairy)
I see that the new xp 550 versions took a cue from Honda, and turned the engines sideways to narrow up the machine some(they were always wide before), and finally added dual a-arms to the front of the machine.. At least there trying to improve on them still, and 40hp on that model also.
It's hard to compare those two 500 models though, because to me their in a different class, even though the engine sizes are the same. One is a pure utility, and the Polaris is an irs sport/utility machine.
I guess it would come down to what you need it for the most, the Polaris would be a smoother, faster all around machine, but the verdict is still out on the newest Foreman 500, if were talking about the 2012 model as to how it works out.
I agree it should have disc brakes, and some type of locker to be a better all around machine.(All the Honda's should)
All the dealers are still sitting on 1 and 2 yr. old new machines in this economy, and I would probably look at those for the best deal if you can find one that you like, and a good dealer sometimes makes our decision easier.

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I'll make this comparison easy for you just from what I witnessed this passed weekend:

Polaris:
- Transmission belt started slipping
- Engine started overheating
- Front left axle broke

Honda (2 of them):
- Only one started to overheat due to radiator full of mud.
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I'll make this comparison easy for you just from what I witnessed this passed weekend:

Polaris:
- Transmission belt started slipping
- Engine started overheating
- Front left axle broke

Honda (2 of them):
- Only one started to overheat due to radiator full of mud.
what year polaris was that? i see this alot on the older ones, seems like that were crappy built back when they first came out. but most of my in laws have 2004 and newer and havent had problems with any of them?!?!
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most of my in laws have 2004 and newer and havent had problems with any of them?!?!
Let's hope they don't have the extended frame versions with the dump box because as I said before - they are obsolete! What kind of Mickey Mouse company would stop carrying replacement rear driveshafts for machines they sold just 6 years previous.

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^^^ luckily they just have the standard models. no 2 ups
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I'll make this comparison easy for you just from what I witnessed this passed weekend:

Polaris:
- Transmission belt started slipping
- Engine started overheating
- Front left axle broke

Honda (2 of them):
- Only one started to overheat due to radiator full of mud.
what year polaris was that? i see this alot on the older ones, seems like that were crappy built back when they first came out. but most of my in laws have 2004 and newer and havent had problems with any of them?!?!
It had to be a newer one because it was 800 v-twin and it had EFI.
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