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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-18-2017, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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I'm seriously considering trading my 2014 Teryx for a new Polaris General. I want the 100 HP motor but not necessarily the issues associated with the Polaris brand. I've done a little research and the General has been pretty reliable with a few minor modifications. Anyone have experience on these machines; anything other than the rear end of them, I have seen my share of them when they pass me.
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I don't have any experience with the General... However, I do have lots of experience with Polaris, everyone talks about reliability problems with them. I got my first Polaris atv in 1998 and loved it, I have had 2 more since then. My last was an 850xp that had over 4500 miles on it. I never had a problem with that bike. I now Have a 2015 Kawasaki Teryx and I wish I had bought a Polaris or Can Am. Polaris rides 10 times smoother than Kawasaki and has more power as well... I like my Teryx but miss the ride of the Polaris. Bottom line though is, a lot of people say Polaris is not reliable, this is totally false. Sure they have issues, every machine does at some point. My motto is, if you abuse it expect to work on it.
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From my understanding the General has the same basic mechanicals as a RZR 1000S, just a different body. Please correct me if I'm wrong but if that is the case I wouldn't rule out the RZR....honestly for trailriding I would go RZR. Have to admit being a little jealous of the General spec sheet and watching in anticipation for the General 4. In a way I was glad the General 4 has a stupid long wheelbase and super high price tag which makes them not so attractive to me!
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The General has a larger bed and more standard options the Razor does not. I wanted a machine I can work with and play with. My Teryx is certainly functional for what I purchased it for but it I want more power and maybe secondly a smoother ride. The Teryx has good power and I would not say it's underpowered when running through the woods and fields. Especially with Yamahas and Hondas but when we ride the perimeter dirt roads those Polaris machines are just better, not only faster but handling as well. Also I like that there is a wider variety of accessories for the Generals and Razors. I have 2 friends with Razors, they are both Maintenance Mechanics but I believe them when they say their machine has been trouble free since they have owned them.
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Here is my experience with Polaris

I have owned two rzr 800 a rzr 900 and rzr 1000 and ranger 900

I have found once I have hit the 1500-2000 miles on the odo it's time to completely redo the drive train. Wheel bearings,belts,ball joints,shocks etc basically any moving part beside the main drive. Polaris is built extremely cheap compared to the overseas company's. weird right. But it's the truth. I only regret buying my one rzr 800 because it was a absolute lemon and I was replacing stuff every time I went out.

Ps Polaris sxs have the absolute worst air filter systems. If you buy one first upgrade is an aftermarket air filter or system depending on your money. I had to re do my top end on my 900 at 1800 miles due to dust and I have replaced the air filter every 400 miles as the dealer said it's not common on Polaris sxs to allow dust into the motor.... I'm not trying to bash Polaris as I loved the power. Suspension and handling of all of them. The fun factor is extremely high when you drive them... I recently got rid of all my Polaris toys and bought a teryx sxs and a Yamaha sidewinder snowmobile switched to the Japanese manufactures I guess. I love my teryx yes it didn't have the power like my rzrs and the ride is no where near as good. But dam I know when I go out in the bush with buddies my teryx will get me home. I trust the machine I guess there where plenty of times where I took my rzr out and didn't think I was going to make it home. I remember saying something is going to gernade today and you will be towing me home to one of my buddies driving a old rhino we laughed and laughed but that evening my belt blew minor but had to get towed none the less. I'm not telling you not to get a Polaris I could care less your money. They re a hell of a good time. The cost and reliability is out to lunch and there warrenty is awful. So if you have the money to buy and fix your Polaris sxs go for it. Like I said only one regret was my 09 rzr 800 the rest where ok but didn't keep them past the 2000 mile mark.

Buddy bought a 2017 highlifter 1000 throwing codes at 50 miles
Fixed but the look on his face was OMG I just spend 28000 and had a issue.
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heres my opinion coming from a 2012 Teryx4 owner with over 10,000 miles 850 hours on it.

polaris general is basically a older rzr 900 or newer rzr 1000 mid travel (rear a arms, no trailing arms) chassis with just a different interior /bed/and body panels. its just a rzr without rear trailing arms. so with that being said heres the kicker

what does that matter you say? well most of upgrade to bigger heavier tires/ mud tires with that or even with stock your trans will break the reverse chain any day out riding, and if your lucky wont ruin the case and you can still get home going forward only...

polaris builds this stuff with min quality and engineering. driveshaft issues, center bearing issues and vibrations, loud front diff noises, weak reverse chain, weak wearable front diff awd design using hilliard clutch one way bearing that breaks.. on paper these polaris are awesome looking , even i will say that, great soft ride, lots of travel. lots lots of hp, lots of accessorys from polaris and aftermarket.... do i own one?no but i read alot. and we have polaris atvs that i think are crappy vs the japanese saldy our american companys cant always make good stuff...

is my statement true of every polaris, no, and all machines have problems. even my teryx, teryx is not perfect by far, i just think its reliable. this is my opinion and my experience with my t4 and does not represent everyone else.....

just be prepared to pay alot of money for nice polaris and it might not be on the trail much at times...

and i do have friends with polaris rzrs and rangers that dont have many issues, but that reverse chain thing to me is a joke. if i need to back up and use the power i want to know it can handle it, and i heard the polaris is limited to 35% throttle opening for reverse , and it still can break it

heres a video , not sure if its true or not....

polaris general breaks reverse chain - Yahoo Video Search Results

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I appreciate everyone's comments and I went and looked at one today. I think I can live with the lack of power, my machine has taken me everywhere I chose to go with little to no issues. I think I can sacrifice a little speed and comfort for the reliability. Thanks guys, I'm good the Teryx is all I really need. Kawasaki please get us more power!
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I don't know about in the states but in Canada you're paying 6k or more for a General with around the same options, not worth it IMO.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-20-2017, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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The Teryx has more standard equipment and a longer warranty. The General is actually better equipped than the Razor but as others have commented the Teryx is a nice compromise of capability and reliability. It does not make 100 HP and go 70 MPH but certainly is capable of worry free trail riding and with mods is capable of much more. I'm happy with my machine and will continue to tweak it to my riding style.
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