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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-19-2008, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Rhino or Teryx????

Gettin ready to buy a new side by side, and I'm having trouble deciding between the rhino and teryx. I'm wanting something that is trouble free and always ready to ride and easy to work on and service. Originally I was thinking the teryx for the V-twin, because I have a brute force 750 and love the motor. But, now I'm leaning towards the rhino for the fuel injection and it has the same bolt pattern as the brute force so I can swap my wheels and tires around when I need to. In everyones honest opinion, what are the pros and cons of both machines? Which one is going to be more reliable and always ready for the next ride? Thanks
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I had no problems with my 05 rhino...thought I would try the teryx since I had a brute and love the grunt....If ya get a rhino make sure you get a cdi box...atleast for the rev limiter delete....
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if you buy the teryx ask them how with out the warranty because my 1 mo. old teryx if in the shop with belt issues with only 40 hrs and kaw said i have to pay around 500 bucks to fix 9799 plus 500 really sucks.

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Why no warranty coverage??? anything to do with oversized tires???

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I finally picked up my new sisde by side. Its not a Teryx but so far i'm pretty happy with my choice. I live at 5000 ft elevation and alot of my riding gets up around 10,000 feet elevation, so I was thinking it would be real nice to have the fuel injection.
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You'll be happy witht the Rhino for sure. Mine has 3000 miles on it and I just realized I havent even changed the spark plug. It's a great machine.

That said, i have had the chance to drive a Teryx and go over it pretty well too. I think it is a better machine. many of the weak links in the rhino have been fixed in the Kawi and the extra width just feels safer. The 750 twin is MUCH smoother than the 660/700 Rhino engine, no low speed vibrations at all. Now i just have to figure out how to get one and keep my Rhino too.

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I have a Rhino 450 with 3,000 brutal trouble free miles on it. Ihave the itch for a new UTV so I drove the Teryx the other day and was very impressed. They are giving great deals on the 2008s too. I was ready to pull the trigger and a few things got me thinking.... The extra width and size in general will limit where I can go because even the Rhino is big to ride with quads. The battery and electricals being so low worries me because I do get into deep water sometimes. The access to the engine and under the hood looks like a pain too. The belt system is also more exposed to failure because of the way it engages and disengages.

I guess I'll stick with my Rhino 450 until either Kawasaki or Yamaha come up with something better..
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Both are pretty nice. I think that the tranny is 'smoother' on the rhino. Many of the belt issues on the kawi's are IMHO due to expecting a smooth, quiet transitions from start to stop. On my older kawi's, I worried about this initially... a 1000miles later with no new belt, truly abused in the mountians left in high range and belt light w/some slipping, but it doesn't leave you stranded and still runs pretty fast. I suspect the teryx is the same. If you get it adjusted decent and use some common sense w/tires, low/high range etc, it'll be fine. I just don't think it's quite is smoot & quiet on the launch as a rhino. I felt the rhino vibrates more and a little more noisy. The teryx appears to be built stronger (frame & such) w/better stability & shocks. Time will tell.

Elevation... I've been from sea level to near 10000 ft. People sometimes forget that these cv carbs do make some adjustment for elevation by design. For the most part, they run fine. Not optimal, but fine at elevation. FI is better for sure, atleast that's what we're told. Unless you have a duramax diesel w/injector problems ) Then you got a $2k problem and a carb starts looking better!!

My dealer still sells rhinos 2or3 to every teryx.
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the only thing i can see that is not beefier on the teryx is the stub axles, alot smaller than a rhino.
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Be careful in the wash out ruts going up the mountain! Just watched a Rhino rollover this weekend. The Teryxs ran through with out a hitch. The extra width is worth it.
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I think you have to get spacers for the rhino... just for safety. I've even got them for my teryx. I take them off if it's a really narrow run somewhere.
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I've put my Rhino on it's side once. It was a combination of icey conditions, steep rocky hillside and trying to jump a log along with some driver error when I turned up the hill instead of down.

I think the RZR is even more prone to rollover and when you do roll a RZR it's a $3k mistake. With a Rhino you just get your buddies to help you put it upright and you usually go away unscathed provided that you don't stick your limbs outside the cab. When I felt the Rhino start to rollover I pressed both feet forward on the floorboards and braced myself. Biggest problem was the stuff flying around the cab and having a tough time getting the seatbelt unlatched. I had my ful cab on so I had to open the door tank style to climb out the top. It fired up after about 30n seconds of cranking and off I went. Any good Teryx rollover stories ?
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What's the deal with the RZR rollovers... what breaks?
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The frame and cage on the 08 RZRs are crap.. Chinese Go Kart grade if you ask me. Polaris acknowledges this and has made improvements for 09 so we'll see. The RZR is quick but doesn't compare to a Rhino or Teryx in quality or durability... Not even in the same league.

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What's the deal with the RZR rollovers... what breaks?
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