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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-11-2020, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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Considering Purchasing but concerned about ride quality

I'm seriously considering a '20 Teryx. I love the price point and the warranty. And all-in-all, I've heard very good things about the quality of the machine. But i'm concerned about ride quality on the trails around the Las Vegas area. I drive a Ram Rebel with air suspension. I've driven it on some of the trails I'd like to drive the Teryx and anything about 15 MPH was REALLY rough and bumpy! I'm concerned that the suspension on the Teryx will not be terribly different than my truck and at best I'll only be able to drive the same trails at a slightly higher speed. I want to make this purchase so I can take my family out (2 young boys) and we can have a fun day on the trails--not get beat around due to insufficient suspension.

I asked the local dealer about ride quality and they said it would be similar to my truck. Granted, they know I was also interested in a Talon or RZR, so I'm not sure how much of what they said is true vs them just trying to steer me to the more profitable sale.

Would appreciate if any of you all that like to cruise the desert trails at a decent speed could provide your personal experience on how this thing actually handles on the trail. The best test drive offer I was able to get is around the dealer's parking lot.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-12-2020, 02:52 AM
 
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Depending on the terrain, the Teryx does pretty good. The fox shocks are adjustable and make a huge difference. For super rough areas I would look into a better suspension. I bought mine for trail riding rather than for sand. You can't go wrong the durability of the machines either.
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The ride will be MUCH better than your truck on rough roads. I will easily do 30 + MPH on roads where trucks can barely do 10mph or risk shaking things apart, lol. Honestly, it doesn't sound like the person you are talking to has a lot of experience with Side by sides in general, or they are trying to push you in another, more profitable, direction. Good luck with your decision, maybe find another dealer who will allow a test ride.

Forgot to mention, I have a 2017 Ram and it could never ride on rough terrain like a Side by Side can.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-12-2020, 05:15 PM
 
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Teryx isnt the best/smooth rider. RZR much better. Most turn shocks to full soft and for good reason. Now if ya buy Bandit shocks it is butter smooth imop. Huge upgrade. I give Teryx a C in Suspension. It is way better then trucks. Slow speed is better. BUT with Teryx ya wont be broke down all the time. Summary is decent, RZR better, Talon probably better too. Slow speed Teryx is fine, high speed it isnt fine. TEryx is also Hot, I see you in Nevada so I threw that in, get flip up windshield or no window so ya dont cook. That said I choose T4 over your other choices.

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Thanks for the replies everyone! @Stormking mentioned the heat. Is it hot enough that riding in the already hot enough NV heat would make things unbearable? Driving along at 30 miles per hour in Las Vegas during the summer with the windows down is like being in a low heat convection oven. I don't need to cook my thighs due to EXTRA heat coming from the center console.
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Thanks for the replies everyone! @Stormking mentioned the heat. Is it hot enough that riding in the already hot enough NV heat would make things unbearable? Driving along at 30 miles per hour in Las Vegas during the summer with the windows down is like being in a low heat convection oven. I don't need to cook my thighs due to EXTRA heat coming from the center console.
It does get hot. I ride in Northern NV and the extra heat is noticeable during the summer, but the fun factor definitely outweighs that for me. I can't speak to any of the other brands and heat, but I haven't heard it as a main complaint. I will take the reliability of the Teryx over any heat or noise issues.
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@hsach , what size trailer are you using? I'm looking at a 10' aluma as space in my garage is limited.
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@hsach , what size trailer are you using? I'm looking at a 10' aluma as space in my garage is limited.
Fortunately I rarely use a trailer, when I do, I borrow one of my brothers. I ride straight from my house to the mountains most of the time. I am not sure of the size, but it has a ramp on the back and the side for loading. When I look it up on the internet, it looks like they come in 12 or 14ft. You should definitely be able to fit it on a 10ft one since i have space in the back of the trailer when I pull all the way forward. I am going to put a link to the trailer I borrow, hope it helps, pretty sure I use the 12ft one. https://www.johnsontrailerco.com/sin...side-ramp-pkg/
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Honestly the Teryx will ride much better than your truck. But not as good as a rzr or talon. But... Key point you even brought up. The price. You could get a teryx and upgrade the shocks and still get a huge improvement in ride and have extra money for upgrades. I reall equal the teryx and x4 to a happy middle ground. its a bit faster and sportier than the old mules and farmstyle units but not as decked out as the race style utv like the rzr and canams. So your gonna loose some ride quality and speed but take a close look at the suspension. My teryx4s control arms, dif, and just about everything under the seats is way beefier than my dads rzr 900s. Granted his is way faster and a bit softer. I paid 5k less, and my wife/the dog and nephews love it just as much esp since I have 4 seats instead of two.

a half windshield and no roof will really calm any heat down. its warm but not gonna cook you out like the cab of a vehicle with the windows rolled down. Honestly my biggest complaint is the noise. BUT i have a full window, roof, and rear net so its amplified. Im gonna get a half window and remove the net/possibly the roof and see how it is. But im very happy esp with price and reliability. Its a middle ground UTV. not as fast as a rzr but not as slow/clunky like a kabota or mule etc
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I like my Teryx4 and wouldn't push anyone away from getting one... but all of my riding buddies have Honda Talons. If you're looking at faster paced riding in desert conditions, I would definitely go with the Talon 4 if that is an option financially. You are going to pay a healthy chunk more for it, but for the conditions that you are describing, it will ride MUCH smoother than a Teryx4. You will have a lower and more aggressive seating position with suspension that is designed for that terrain. It is a lot longer than the T4 but in the desert that is actually a benefit. It is also rear engine so it is much cooler and quieter in the cabin, and shaft drive means you never have to worry about belts overheating or struggling in the sand. The only 4 seat Talon I have driven is the Live Valve version and I can tell you that I can go at least double the speed over the same terrain than I can in the T4. Not a knock on the Teryx, as I knew it wasn't a high speed or desert machine when I got it, but the Talon is made for that stuff. With these two machines you're basically comparing a Jeep to a Sand Rail.
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Check out the new KRX. I have one. It is better then Talon imop, in many ways. Priced way better as well. It checks all the boxes I think. I will testify it is pretty darn tough, rides amazing, isnt too loud, isnt HOT. Has few smaller issues but all do.

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I have looked at the KRX. I just haven't seen an option for a 4 seater, which is what I want so I can bring the family along. I'm in no hurry so maybe they'll release a four seater version of it in the near future before I actually make a purchase.

Thanks again everyone for all the feedback! If/when I do pull the trigger and it happens to be a Teryx, I'll definitely also plan to do the Bandit shocks as part of the dealer build.
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I have looked at the KRX. I just haven't seen an option for a 4 seater, which is what I want so I can bring the family along. I'm in no hurry so maybe they'll release a four seater version of it in the near future before I actually make a purchase.

Thanks again everyone for all the feedback! If/when I do pull the trigger and it happens to be a Teryx, I'll definitely also plan to do the Bandit shocks as part of the dealer build.
I am in the market for a 4 seater as well and am trying to decide which direction to go. There are quite a few options out there and they are all expensive haha.

If your area is anything like mine, you may have to wait for a 4 seater anyways. The majority of the dealers in the Salt Lake City area have been cleaned out of 4 seaters. Apparently everyone took their stimulus checks and put down payments on new SxS's instead of paying their bills with it :eyeroll I was personally hoping there would be some good pandemic deals going on because I was assuming that no one would be buying toys when they supposedly aren't working, not just the opposite to happen.
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