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    Full size or mid size?

    Looking for a little help with this question. I have an rzr but have a storage issue with it, I need some thing to load camping gear and fuel but also want to be able to have speed and performance. Can the 500 do that or would the full size 800 be better?
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    That is a tough question unless you want one that will fit in the back of a pickup.

    If you plan on hauling, I would stay with the 800. Either choice is a good one. I really like those 500's as well.
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    If i was not worried about power, big tires, and lift I would go with the 400 or 500 for sure.

    But thats not the case for me, i gotta have the big boy 800!!
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    I was int he same boat. I went with the Ranger 400 because I can use it around the house. I have ridden trails in MD, WV and PA and have gone everywhere I wanted. The only complaint is the cage could be shorter to miss more tree branchs.

    You can get the 400, buy all the toys you want for it and have less in it than a stock RZR or 800.

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    Hoojs is rite the 400 is SWEET!!! and for the price u cant beat it. But 3in lift and 30in+ tires are out of the question for the 400
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    I have a 400 and love it.One thing to think about is tight trails,I ride in Gulf Hammock and have no troulble on ATV trails.Plus the low price of the 400.

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    Personally, I think tbe midsize machines are MUCH more sporty then the 800s even though the big boys have all that power! Seems it is just wasted on the extra weight and lower gearing to get the hauling capacity...my little 400 has no problem keeping up to the 800s on the big open trails and absolutely kills them in the tight stuff!
    Now keep in mind no Ranger of any size is going to match your RZR trill ride for out n' out performance, but either size Ranger will probably be a more well rounded machine, excelling at a wider variety capabilities!
    Keep in mind though, the forthcoming release for the newest Polaris SxS on Jan. 1 may make this discussion mute, since it may actually be RZR with a dump box! Only time will tell!

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    If I'm not mistaken the 400 and 500 now share the same chassis. I have ridden in a 400 and was really impressed with it's pep. I would say that 0 to 35 maybe 40 performance feels really close to my 800, of course the 400 or 500 want top out as fast.
    My reason for the 800 over the 400 was that my wife and daughter and I could fit comfortably and the extra ground clearance. The 400 and 500 have 9" and the 800 has 12", increase it to 13" within 20 minutes.

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    I adjusted the spring ring on my ranger and got another 1.5inches. You can get the same thing for the front or get a 2inc lift for 99.00.

    I ride with my wife and 3yr old in a full car seat in the 400. I'ts snug but not uncomfortable. Most of the time I ride solo so not a big issue. I would go to the dealer and sit in both and see what seems to work best. Taking the family with you is more important than ground clearence.

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    What about a bench seat in the bed of the 400? then the front would be super comfy
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