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    (Jon) Starting Member jab800's Avatar
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    Difference under seat on midsize 800 vs. full size

    I am in the market for either the 500 mid size or the 800 midsize. I sold a full size 800 due to all of the heat problems under the seat and blowing through the dash. I felt like the cooling system on the fullsize 800 wasn't big enough. I went to a local dealer and compared the mid size machine to the full size. I noticed that the radiator looks a little bigger on the mid size. Did they beef up the cooling system on these machines? I also noticed on the mid size that it has a different heat shield on the muffler under the seat. It also has more heat shields on the gas tank. I am wondering if the heat under the seat on the mid size machines is as extreme as the full size ranger. I did notice that the mid size 800's fan came on at 204 degrees just like the full size does. I would like some first hand experience with how the heat on the mid size is compared to the 800 full size from somebody that has been running one. I am really leaning towards the 500 but can get the 800 for $1000 more. I just don't want to get in the same situation I had with the full size 800.

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    Jon,

    I can't help on the 800 midsize, but I can tell you my 500 mid has been amazing with no heat issues. I did have to redo the gas tank float, but that is because I drowned it coming off the Glacier right after I got it. Silt got in the gas tank and caused some issues. I have also had my throttle freeze up, but again I go through alot of wet conditions and after 7 1/2 hrs of running it sat outside the camp in -27 degree weather for 8 hours.

    I consider those all to be user related issues not design flaws. Ride them hard and your bound to find some problems.

    I have always had plenty of power, only time I "wished" I had more is when I asked the Ranger to carry a full moose in the bed and 2 in a pac rat trailer. Had to winch the last 75 yards up a very steep grade mountain. It was snowing and the trail was slick, so more power may not have helped.

    Good luck!

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    My biggest fear is when I die my wife will sell all my guns for what I told her they cost.

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    (Sha) Veteran Member cetheridge's Avatar
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    No heat issues with my 500 either, and I'm in a slightly warmer climate than Jason! The 500 has enough power for what I do. I had a brute force, and I was worried that I would miss the power, but I don't.
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    (Scott) Regular Member Hawgtied's Avatar
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    Heat is not a problem for my 500 either. I tend to do a lot of slow riding, most of the time with some type of load in the bed. Im not sure about the 800 mid, someone will add comments about it though.
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    (Brian) Regular Member boovan's Avatar
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    I went and drove a 800 midsize & had planned on buying it.
    Boy was it LOUD!!! I made the mistake & drove the 900 Ranger too, needless to say I came home with the 900.
    Didn't notice the heat in the 800 midsize though, but it was 33 when i was driving both.
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