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Hey everyone. I am having a difficult time deciding between two atvs. The first option is a 2017 Can-Am Outlander 450 4x4 it has 108 hours on it and I can get it for 3500 maybe a little less. It looks brand new the other option is a 2016 Honda Rancher TRX 4x4 with DTC IRS. It has low hours but I am not confident on the exact amount. They are asking 4500. I will most likely be keeping whichever ATV I get for its lifetime. I live on some property and it would be used for daily chores and occasional trail riding. I am open to suggestions on other models but I really feel more comfortable under 4k right now. I want something that will stay running if I maintain it properly. My 98 Kawasaki Bayou 300 is still going but I am having to really baby it. Any input would be great! Thanks.
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Hey everyone. I am having a difficult time deciding between two atvs. The first option is a 2017 Can-Am Outlander 450 4x4 it has 108 hours on it and I can get it for 3500 maybe a little less. It looks brand new the other option is a 2016 Honda Rancher TRX 4x4 with DTC IRS. It has low hours but I am not confident on the exact amount. They are asking 4500. I will most likely be keeping whichever ATV I get for its lifetime. I live on some property and it would be used for daily chores and occasional trail riding. I am open to suggestions on other models but I really feel more comfortable under 4k right now. I want something that will stay running if I maintain it properly. My 98 Kawasaki Bayou 300 is still going but I am having to really baby it. Any input would be great! Thanks.
I know that maintenance/parts is more expensive on the can-am, I have a 2018 can-am defender HD10 and it cost me $80 for a oil change kit! Told me that it’s the kit for 400cc motors to the 1000cc. They both sound like great machines though, you get what you pay for!
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No drive belt.
I personally wouldn't own a ATV with a drive belt.

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No drive belt.
I personally wouldn't own a ATV with a drive belt.

Feel the same as this guy....When I was looking for a new bike researched them all,that belt drive just turned me away.My BIL has a Arctic Cat and seems uncomfortable riding through a lot of water worrying about that belt drive.

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Feel the same as this guy....When I was looking for a new bike researched them all,that belt drive just turned me away.My BIL has a Arctic Cat and seems uncomfortable riding through a lot of water worrying about that belt drive.
When going through deeper water with my side by side I always have that thought about my drive belt but with my old Honda I don’t worry about anything.
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Hey everyone. I am having a difficult time deciding between two atvs. The first option is a 2017 Can-Am Outlander 450 4x4 it has 108 hours on it and I can get it for 3500 maybe a little less. It looks brand new the other option is a 2016 Honda Rancher TRX 4x4 with DTC IRS. It has low hours but I am not confident on the exact amount. They are asking 4500. I will most likely be keeping whichever ATV I get for its lifetime. I live on some property and it would be used for daily chores and occasional trail riding. I am open to suggestions on other models but I really feel more comfortable under 4k right now. I want something that will stay running if I maintain it properly. My 98 Kawasaki Bayou 300 is still going but I am having to really baby it. Any input would be great! Thanks.
I know that maintenance/parts is more expensive on the can-am, I have a 2018 can-am defender HD10 and it cost me $80 for a oil change kit! Told me that itís the kit for 400cc motors to the 1000cc. They both sound like great machines though, you get what you pay for!
Those kits are a rip-off. Just buy T6 or your favorite oil in gallon jug and find yourself a supertech or microgard or napa filter and you're good to go.

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Hey everyone. I am having a difficult time deciding between two atvs. The first option is a 2017 Can-Am Outlander 450 4x4 it has 108 hours on it and I can get it for 3500 maybe a little less. It looks brand new the other option is a 2016 Honda Rancher TRX 4x4 with DTC IRS. It has low hours but I am not confident on the exact amount. They are asking 4500. I will most likely be keeping whichever ATV I get for its lifetime. I live on some property and it would be used for daily chores and occasional trail riding. I am open to suggestions on other models but I really feel more comfortable under 4k right now. I want something that will stay running if I maintain it properly. My 98 Kawasaki Bayou 300 is still going but I am having to really baby it. Any input would be great! Thanks.
I know that maintenance/parts is more expensive on the can-am, I have a 2018 can-am defender HD10 and it cost me $80 for a oil change kit! Told me that it’s the kit for 400cc motors to the 1000cc. They both sound like great machines though, you get what you pay for!
Those kits are a rip-off. Just buy T6 or your favorite oil in gallon jug and find yourself a supertech or microgard or napa filter and you're good to go.
They were doing a promotion to get rid of there 2018 models and it came with a 5 year warranty compared to the one year. They told me to use the kits so if something happened the dealer couldn’t blame it on me for not using the correct oil.

Something is bound to break in 5 years so might aswell put as many km on it as I can on them.
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Hey everyone. I am having a difficult time deciding between two atvs. The first option is a 2017 Can-Am Outlander 450 4x4 it has 108 hours on it and I can get it for 3500 maybe a little less. It looks brand new the other option is a 2016 Honda Rancher TRX 4x4 with DTC IRS. It has low hours but I am not confident on the exact amount. They are asking 4500. I will most likely be keeping whichever ATV I get for its lifetime. I live on some property and it would be used for daily chores and occasional trail riding. I am open to suggestions on other models but I really feel more comfortable under 4k right now. I want something that will stay running if I maintain it properly. My 98 Kawasaki Bayou 300 is still going but I am having to really baby it. Any input would be great! Thanks.
I know that maintenance/parts is more expensive on the can-am, I have a 2018 can-am defender HD10 and it cost me $80 for a oil change kit! Told me that it’s the kit for 400cc motors to the 1000cc. They both sound like great machines though, you get what you pay for!
Those kits are a rip-off. Just buy T6 or your favorite oil in gallon jug and find yourself a supertech or microgard or napa filter and you're good to go.
Will be using rotella T6 and some aftermarket filter once the warranty ends
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Will be using rotella T6 and some aftermarket filter once the warranty ends
That's certainly something you can do if you want the warm and fuzzies about your warranty. But by law no manufacturer can require you to use a specific brand oil and filter. Look up the Ma As long as what you use meets the industry standards specified in the manual, save your receipts, you are good to go. They can only require you to run their brand of maintenance supplies if they provide them to you free of charge. FYI I'm a Rotella T6 user as well, and used it when my Yamaha was still under warranty. Since AMSOIL gets this question a lot they went to some things to explain it better than I can.

https://www.amsoil.com/newsstand/art...oil-synthetic/
https://www.amsoil.com/lit/g2488.pdf?zo=1721168
https://www.amsoil.com/about/guarantee.aspx/

2004 TRX400FA (Rancher 400AT)
MotionPro twist throttle kit
12" handlebar mounted light bar
rear rack wheelchair carrier
Cycle Country 48" plow w/ KFI hybrid mount
Champion 3000 lb winch w/ synthetic rope
23" Titan 489's all around (saving clutch)

2011 Grizzly 450 EPS

Others in the family: '04 TRX250TE, '85 TRX250 Utility (X2), '05 TRX90, '06 TRX500FA, '95 TRX400FW,' 88 TRX125
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