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    Polaris or Yamaha? SE or not? Must have dealer options?

    I've been shopping for a new sxs for a few months now. Having a hard time deciding what to get. I'm on my 2nd Ranger right now and have been really happy with Polaris and have a good local dealer close by. Problem is we need 4 seats and something smooth on the trail.
    The unit will be driven by my wife a two younger kids chasing my older daughter and I on dirt bikes. The 2006 Ranger we have now is pretty rough ride and no power steering. We like having the box as we can put my middle daughters 110cc bike in box when she gets tired of riding.
    So the big dilemma was a Rzr 4 with a small box and fairly long wheel base or Ranger like we have with bench seats and only 3 seats or go full out on a Ranger crew.
    Finally I decided to look at something other than Polaris and saw the x4 which seems perfect for our use. I'm going to go see one next week. Anything in particular to look for?

    I'm in Canada and there seems to be a lot of 2018s still kicking around. An SE is going for $18k.
    What's special about the SE? Just the automotive style paint?
    For options I want a winch, roof and windshield. Aftermarket seems to have way better prices than Yamaha. Are there any factory options that you think are a must have or better than then aftermarket.
    I'd like a heater as well but its $1000. I can buy a similar looking unit at Princess Auto for under $200. But I imagine the factory package comes with the ducting and vents and switches to make it all look factory.
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    I would go Yamaha, (side note) I myself am currently considering selling my 2 2014 700 eps Grizzlies and 2011 Grizzly 350 and getting an X4, keeping my 2017 Wolverine.
    I am also the type that says if you can afford to go with OEM Yamaha Accessories then do it before aftermarket.
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    You could look at the Polaris Genral 4 seater, but the starting price is $21,799 American. It's a 100 hp. motor, quite powerful for younger drivers, where the X4 has an extra key under the hood to limit the speed for less expirenced drivers. I'm not sure about all the SE upgrades but I think besides atuomotive paint you get alloy wheels two tone seats and a huge list of factory accessories!
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    In addition to the fancy paint, the SE comes with a full aluminum skid plate kit and bead lock wheels. I am a former SE owner and those two add-ons are definitely worthwhile. I'm surprised Yamaha didn't continue to offer that for the Wolverine X2 SE as a standard feature.
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    Bead lock wheels, really? Are those real beadlocks or just fancy looking aluminum wheels with a ring of fake bolt heads?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayh View Post
    Bead lock wheels, really? Are those real beadlocks or just fancy looking aluminum wheels with a ring of fake bolt heads?
    The R-Spec SE's have real beadlocks from Yamaha. It is on the outer side only. The bead is bolted into place.

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    But not on the x4, just regular wheels.

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    I think it really comes down to where you ride. For me, we ride tight wooded trails. Polaris and Arctic cat 4 seaters were out. The only options were Honda pioneer, Kawasaki t4, wolverine x4 and maybe the can am commander max. The x4 was the best of the bunch for me. It has a tighter turning radius than my wildcat sport. The x4 is great but the lack of a box could be a deal breaker for some. The quietness of the machine is awesome. The biggest gripe about this machine is the 50 mph govorner. It can be eliminated and with larger tires, you can see 55 pretty easily.

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    Thanks! We ride tight wooded trail in the mountains with tight switch backs. I can't imagine doing some of the switch back without a lot of backing up. Some I can't even get my Ranger around without one backup.

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    Speeds not an issue. I can't see my wife exceeding that. I doubt our Ranger can hit that.

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