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Excellent information, exactly what I'm looking for!

I will be sure to get the upgraded e-brake pads and fab a shield.

Will the XTR's last under the weight of the 6x6? Obviously mud/muskeg performance is important, but being an exploration type rig I don't want something that's going to rapidly wear down on gravel/hard dirt roads. Looking at the XTR sizes right now, they have a 27x9x12 and 27x11x12. Are you guys running x9's up front? If the steering isn't too difficult I'd think x11's up front with wheel spacers would offer far better flotation.

Are you guys staying with 12's or upgrading to 14" rims? 12's will perform better in soft terrain, but what about when loaded down with 1,000 lbs of hunting gear, two guys, and a moose? Do you find there's too much sidewall flex? I'd prefer to keep the stock steel wheels since you have the ability to bend the lip of the rim back if it gets banged up on a rock. I 've read that rocks can get stuck in the 12's and wear grooves through the wheel, but I'm sure this is extremely rare.

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The other issue I have noticed on them is the front shocks are valved way to softly and the springs are too soft. This allows the front suspension to bottom out when it should not. Once that starts happening the shock bump stops split and fall out. Then your 27's start rubbing on the fender well and can break the plastic.

You can either upgrade the springs. Pull the shock apart and replace the bump stop with a small Kong dog toy(indestructible!). Or add the spring spacers Polaris has for 4 wheelers running snow plows.
I'll upgrade the springs, I've read elsewhere on the net that the factory springs are soft.

As for winches, I had already planned on a 4,500 Warn w/ synthetic, but that's good info about the Polaris winches, I'll pass that on my buddies who are winch shopping.
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Im running 9" wides on the front of mine. I had 12" wide on the front end of my sportsman 6x6. I havent really found many times or places where the 9" has held me back. The front doesn't seem to bury as bad as the sportsman did. I also run 12" wheels. I havent had a problem with the sidewall flex running some loads that shouldn't have been in there lol. Just run a decent amount of air in them when loaded for a week hunt. As for tire wear, im not overly impressed, but can't complain either. On par with most any other tire out there. Just not as long lasting as the 589's. Then again, they ride much much nicer too.
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I dont believe think the stock E brake pads are the problem. Get a rock in there and get them hung up and any pad will disappear fast if its dragging.
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We've used these a LOT for work as a firefighting rig. We load them up with racks all over, drop a 80-100 gallon tank on the back with a trash pump and becomes a mini firefighting rig.

X2 on the fan issue, ours on switches already. We have also had issues with overheating them, but I think it is mostly the suit that gets built up in the fins and it's hard to get back out, I have looked into aftermarket fans or even secondary radiators that mount up high but haven't done anything yet.

We load ours up with a LOT of gear, water, packs, tools, etc. and I have noticed that they don't like high gear and low speeds, the low gear is your friend. We ended up building a clutch kit with a different secondary, heavier base weights, and stronger belt. It helps a LOT with wear on the belt as we were blowing 2-3 belts a summer, the kit has paid for itself already on both the machines I use and we now just put new belts on beginning of the summer season. Also, make sure the plastic covers are sealed up good, they can leak water inside and leave you with slipping belts in the middle of a water hole, learned the hard way.


Only major stuff I can think of off the top of my head right now, we've had many minor problems with ours but we abuse the hell out of them and then trade them in after 4-5 years. Ranger is the only way to go for utility units, we've tried many and they do take the most abuse and just keep on going. You are going to love the 6x6.
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I have the ranger 900 not a 6 wheeler but I wanted the 900 power plant and the redesigned ranger. Fantastic machine. Only issue I had was the rear speed sensor needed a shim. I have 27x11x12 on all 4. They are Interco radial reptiles a more aggressive tire would be better for mud but I do like the all round performance. I probably would not get another set though. I have heard the swamplites wear out quickly. The load these machines can carry is amazing!!!
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A few more questions

- Is a clutch kit necessary for 27's?
- Is the factory skid plate sufficient?
- Are the stock headlights adequate?
- Do you guys carry spare tires or just plugs? Anyone install a small on-board air compressor for inflating tires and/or operating power tools?
- What kind of fuel mileage/range are these averaging? I want to get an idea of how much fuel I'd need to carry.
- What's the belt life like? Do they go through them as fast as sleds?
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We got a clutch kit for ours for pulling heavy weight all day every day. It hated high gear without the kit and took out a belt every month or so, after it would last all summer. I always have two spares on the sled, but the clutch gets damn hot firefighting because they are right off the hot ground.


Skid plate for ours have been fine so far. They suction like crazy to mud which I hate.

Stock headlights are ok. Light bars can be found for cheap though, our unit this year will have one.

We carry an ATV plug kit in ours, slime, and a small compressor that works off the 12v. It fits nicely in the passenger glove box. Pretty cheap unit but has saved our ass many times.

No idea on fuel mileage, I have never paid attention.
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