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    High lifter or BackCountry?

    Iím looking for a new Ranger. It will be used on the farm and some minor trails. No mud other than crossing some creeks. Iíve heard some bad things about the turf mode. I looked at a Backcountry and the highlighter because they already had snorkels winch and arched a arms. Things I would probably do anyway.

    Iíve heard the backcountry had the same gear to gear transmission and no turf mode BUT the one backcountry that I looked at had a switch that had turf, 2 wheel and 4WD. So Iím confused.

    I had old ranger and sold it for a Prowler HDX. I want to meet with back to Polaris.

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    To me it sounds like the back country model would be exactly what your looking for. No turf mode or reverse issues with the back country as the reverse chain is gone and replaced with a actual gear drive. From what I've read here. And I thought the Back Country came with arched A arms from the factory for more of a lift. And I use turf mode 99% of the time. Please don't be afraid of having turf mode and using it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mouse2146 View Post
    Iím looking for a new Ranger. It will be used on the farm and some minor trails. No mud other than crossing some creeks. Iíve heard some bad things about the turf mode. I looked at a Backcountry and the highlighter because they already had snorkels winch and arched a arms. Things I would probably do anyway.

    Iíve heard the backcountry had the same gear to gear transmission and no turf mode BUT the one backcountry that I looked at had a switch that had turf, 2 wheel and 4WD. So Iím confused.

    I had old ranger and sold it for a Prowler HDX. I want to meet with back to Polaris.

    Suggestions?


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    The BC is the best Ranger Polaris has produced to date.

    The BC DOES HAVE TURF MODE, and utilizes the new Automotive Bevel Gear Open Differential. It is a better design than the previous Avalanche Differential.
    Which is the one you have read the horror stories about.
    To date I have seen only 1 of the new Differentials fail, and it was on a heavily modded unit.

    The BC also does not have a Reverse Chain, it is Gear Driven.

    Suggestions? Purchase the BC and ride on.
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    I wonder what the odds are for Polaris to make more changes in 2020. Anyone know when the Ď20 models will be revealed and on the dealers lots?

    Iím not in a big hurry to purchase especially if a new model year will be released in 2-3 months.




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    I would go BC. The HighLifter is a whole different animal, different gears, different suspension, Mud tires The Back Country is like an XP1000 with Attitude!!
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    I am in the same boat and considering both the High Lifter Crew and Back Country Crew. They are pretty much the same price at the dealership I went to. My only hold back is the High Lifter comes with doors. I would also probably change the High Lifter tires out. My local salesman said in his opinion the Back Country rides better than the High Lifter.

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    The high lifter is made for going deep and running over gators and mud and swamp (chut'em) riding and the back country is made for trail riding.
    I'm glad Polaris is at least addressing concerns and improving the weak links.
    I've never been to Oklahoma (where the wind goes sweeping down the plains) but I would think the Back Country would be a great choice.
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    I have a midsize 570 but Iíve also had no issues with turf mode, and can go anywhere I want in turfmode. What kinds of issues am I supposed to have?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimh406 View Post
    I have a midsize 570 but Iíve also had no issues with turf mode, and can go anywhere I want in turfmode. What kinds of issues am I supposed to have?
    Some folks think turf mode is a weak link, but in reality 99% of the time were all riding in turf mode with no issues. The reverse chain is the weak link I think. I treat my reverse gear(chain) like a newborn.
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