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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-11-2019, 06:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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Considering a Teryx 4

Hey, I just signed up here. I've got an 08 rzr right now that I've owned since 2010. I am finally tired of working on it after every single ride. My rzr only got 3000kms and I've had to replace the front diff,dozens of ball joints,seals,bushings, brake pads,a couple axles and it burns about a liter of oil every 200kms. After my last ride I found both front hubs were broken and the clutch housing was pulling away from the engine causing water to flow in during every river crossing....

I've got 3 kids and a wife now that want to come along sometimes now so the rzr isn't gonna fit all of us. Most of my friends all have quads so I want something relatively small. One buddy bought an 18' X3 maverick(non turbo) and that thing is like driving a truck through the bush compared to my rzr. He's constantly either pulling out his saw or banging up his machine off trees.
I have no experience with Kawasaki but I like the 3 year warranty. Sure beats buying a Polaris in the fall and having the warranty expire before you get to ride it in the spring.

Probably my biggest concern about getting a teryx is the weight. Usually when I get stuck it's either in deep mud or trying to cross a field of muskeg with nothing to winch to other than a quad if they're not stuck somewhere out of reach.

Are there any common mods everyone seems to do to these things like run the air and or clutch intake up higher? Does anyone haul them in the back of their truck? I'd plan to buy on within the next year or so unless a great deal comes up. I haven't been to the dealer yet cause I'd likely end up leave with another payment I don't want right now.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-11-2019, 09:45 AM
 
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Hey, I just signed up here. I've got an 08 rzr right now that I've owned since 2010. I am finally tired of working on it after every single ride. My rzr only got 3000kms and I've had to replace the front diff,dozens of ball joints,seals,bushings, brake pads,a couple axles and it burns about a liter of oil every 200kms. After my last ride I found both front hubs were broken and the clutch housing was pulling away from the engine causing water to flow in during every river crossing....

I've got 3 kids and a wife now that want to come along sometimes now so the rzr isn't gonna fit all of us. Most of my friends all have quads so I want something relatively small. One buddy bought an 18' X3 maverick(non turbo) and that thing is like driving a truck through the bush compared to my rzr. He's constantly either pulling out his saw or banging up his machine off trees.
I have no experience with Kawasaki but I like the 3 year warranty. Sure beats buying a Polaris in the fall and having the warranty expire before you get to ride it in the spring.

Probably my biggest concern about getting a teryx is the weight. Usually when I get stuck it's either in deep mud or trying to cross a field of muskeg with nothing to winch to other than a quad if they're not stuck somewhere out of reach.

Are there any common mods everyone seems to do to these things like run the air and or clutch intake up higher? Does anyone haul them in the back of their truck? I'd plan to buy on within the next year or so unless a great deal comes up. I haven't been to the dealer yet cause I'd likely end up leave with another payment I don't want right now.
I can't give you any advice on the recovery aspect in mud, but the Teryx will meet all your other needs. I am new to them, but it is a great UTV. I've only had mine for 3 weeks, but I already have over 250 miles on it and it has exceeded my expectations on every ride. I have ridden in every seat and they are all comfortable, great family side by side. Everyone I know who had a razr/maverick has since parted with them, same reasons as you. The Teryx is well built and should last a long time, and the 3 year warranty is awesome. Good luck with your decision!
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post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-11-2019, 02:13 PM
 
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I hauled my t4 in the back of my ram 2500. Built a bed extension that went into hitch.
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post #4 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-11-2019, 02:28 PM
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Reliable is one thing the Teryx is ... Would be kinda hard to haul in a truck but doable, does not have the speed of a razor, but pretty peppy and low end is amazing. Down flaws that about everybody will agree with me on is heat in the cab cause engine is between seats, and the v-twin is very raspy sounding which makes it a little louder in cab, but sounds mean... I don't know about getting stuck in the middle of a field 😁 but I've pulled mine out of a hole with a quad before. Hopes this helps
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Hardest part about putting it in back of truck is building the extension. After that you will probably want some airbags depending on truck but I hauled mine all over michigan like that.
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Thanks for the replies. I might end up checking out a dealer one of these weekends.

Hansen, you have a short box I assume? I've got a long box 05' Dodge(dually with airbags) and am hoping it'll fit in there with the tailgate strapped up or removed like I do with the rzr so I can haul my holiday trailer too.

I'm not too worried about being too hot, in the mountains where we usually like to ride I'm happy if it gets as warm as 59F outside. More than once I wished I had a heater.
I probably won't plan on swamping one of these so I guess I shouldn't worry about pulling it out.

I was just reading about the warranty. I'm not sure how it is in the states, but on the Kawasaki Canada site it said you need to haul your machine in to the dealer for all periodic maintenance otherwise your warranty will be void. I've got a dealer relatively close to my work but I wouldn't mind being able to change my own fluids at home. Definitely not a deal breaker though.

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I change my own fluids and keep all my receipts in the book in dash, write dates on filter and in book, they give me no problems, just use Kawasaki fluids to cover yourself, Kawasaki will give u no trouble unless it looks 100 percent neglected
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I change my own fluids and keep all my receipts in the book in dash, write dates on filter and in book, they give me no problems, just use Kawasaki fluids to cover yourself, Kawasaki will give u no trouble unless it looks 100 percent neglected
This is what I did for my 20 hour service. I changed everything, it is easy. But I did buy the supplies through my local Kawasaki dealer just to show that I purchased the appropriate stuff. They didn't blink an eye knowing I was doing the service myself.
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Hi Andy,

I have a 2016 Teryx and my warranty just ended. So far, I have over 2000 miles on it and have had to replace nothing that I didn't want to (bigger tires for example). I did put a belt on it, but turns out I didn't need it. I've been extremely happy with the bike. If you are riding in muskeg, I assume the extra warmth in the cab from the engine would be a welcome feature. As for the noise, the more you close in the cabin (roof, windshield, etc) the louder it will get. You may want to consider ear plugs But yeah, they are loud to be sure.
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post #10 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-11-2019, 06:32 PM
 
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Yup I had an 04.5 Cummins shortbed. It squeezes right in there. Your truck will haul no problem. I would take some measurements when you go look at it though. I think from the front of bumper to rear tire is just a little longer then an 8ft bed.
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I have a 2017 and it is loud but tons of torque, haven't found anywhere it won't go. I had my CVT belt changed at dealer at 2386 miles but like above it did not really need one. Battery only lasted 18 months, replaced with a NAPA lawn tractor battery. Good luck!
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Welcome to the forum, Andy. It looks like you've already received a lot of good tips and information.

You're not alone in your experience with the RZR. I've spent many days riding with all types of Polaris ATVs and SxSs, and many of those days ended by dragging one or more of them back to camp. I think you'll be pleased with the reliability of the Teryx.

You mentioned you want something relatively small, so I'll just throw this out there - no SxS will compare to the size of an ATV, except the 50" RZR. The Teryx4 has a short wheelbase, but is much wider and taller than your RZR. The X3 is a little wider than the Teryx, but don't expect the T4 to simply pass through narrow sections like your RZR. But it's worthy trade-off IMO.

Good luck with your search.
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post #13 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-16-2019, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
 
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Yeah, thanks for the advice everyone!

I'd just have to carry a chain saw along for the narrow trails. My rzr is at about 54" now with the offset wheels I'm hoping 6-7" won't be too bad but at least in the rzr the wheels stick out past the body, doesn't look that way for the teryx. I'd want at least a 2" lift and the tallest tires without needing a clutch probably 28's. Most of the well used trails are getting wider by x3's and xp's.

Measured the tailgate opening on my dodge and it's 60 1/2". Might have to buy or build a sled/atv deck. I kinda regret selling my old basket case fummins now.
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Oh it will fit. I'm sure the bed width is the same as my old truck. Squeezed right in.
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Oh it will fit. I'm sure the bed width is the same as my old truck. Squeezed right in.
61 to 62 inches on my stock Teryx. Oversized tires might blow that out even further. When mine isn't in the toy hauler, I carry it on a 6x12 trailer. My short bed F250 carries my ATV perfectly. I can't even imagine trying to stuff Rex in there.

Yes, I know it can be done. I just don't see it happening on my truck.

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post #16 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-17-2019, 05:03 AM
 
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Maybe the le sits wider idk. I have 2018 base model t4. I loved hauling it this way.
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Should I consider a teryx?

Hi Andy. I also have an '08 50" RZR and am now the proud owner of a 2018 T-4 LE. I don't have my calculator close to figure out what 3000km is, but I have 4,000 miles on my RZR and have had NONE of the problems that you have experienced. Since I only have a couple of hundred miles on the Teryx, I won't boast to reliability as others with more miles can, but so far, so good!

I will say that I have 29" tires on the RZR, 30s on the Teryx. I have a 2" lift on the Rzr and have arched A arms and Bandit suspension on the Teryx. The Teryx is a much more comfortable ride, even loaded up with 4 adults. At the end of a 60 mile day in the RZR, my back hurts and I am sore from being beaten around. Not so in the Teryx. The Teryx is NOT a whole lot louder than the RZR, but a whole lot warmer than the RZR. Where I ride, mostly in the winter in the Arizona Strip, (and at the 8000ft level during the summer) a little extra warmth is welcome. I am tired of freezing on club rides and also installed heated seats to make sure of a comfortable ride:{)

I have seen several members of my club load their T-4s in the back of pick-ups, BUT, they are all STOCK, stock tires/wheels/suspension & no spacers! and it is a very close fit. I have been asked to watch & guide the loading and was amazed at how close the fit was-BUT, they did fit.

One of the issues that attracted me to the Teryx was how much less mud the riders & driver had to scrape off or their machines. No joke; I was scraping 4" of mud from my roof ,windshield,and ice chest while the Teryx owners sat and watched me. I decided that I wanted/needed a 4 seater so then I began my investigation and ended up with a new T-4, earlier this year. Yeah, there are more powerful machines out there, but for my kind of riding, 35 MPH is about max. I can get 48MPH out of my T-4 at 8700'. Yeah, if a manufacturer has that much confidence in their product to offer a 3 year warranty, that sits well with me.
Good luck. There is a LOT of good info available on this site.
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So far I'm set on a Teryx. Now it's just a matter of when and whether to buy new or used.

I'm not worried about going 60mph anymore, most of the riding I do is 30 and under. I originally bought my rzr just so I could go riding with a broken femur. I was gonna sell it after a year and go back to my 07 king quad but I lost all desire to go back to a quad after seeing what my little pos rzr could go through. Plus no more having to lean over the front rack while climbing up steep hills or flying over the handlebars and having a quad come summersaulting behind you lol. But now I want something to bring my kids and wife along for the ride. That was always an issue I had with the old wench I traded in.

The best looking deal I've found for a used one so far is this:
kijiji.ca/v-atv/calgary/2015-kawasaki-teryx-4-seater/1454833642?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

Edit: Ha, I was able to sorta post the link to the ad

Damnit, I can't include links.... Well, there's a 2015 Teryx4 LE with 28" zillas, and stock set of wheels and tires, full windshield, winch, 2 " lift, with 1500miles/2500km for $11k. It's been listed on Kijiji for almost a month now.

And for new I found this one: A new 2019 LE for $16500 plus who knows for pdi, tire tax, dealer fees,gst etc...Probably looking at $18-19k out the door? Then need to buy a winch, lift, but will have 3 year warranty and I'd know it wasn't swamped yet.

If I bought new I'd prefer to get the base model, add a roof and get bigger tires anyways. But there aren't many around and they want over 17k for the base and 20k for an le locally around Edmonton. The two I found are in Calgary 3 hrs south of me.

I'm cheap and would prefer the used one but don't want to buy someone else's worn out junk that's been used as a submarine or been rolled down a mountain. I'd rather be the one to do that. Kinda.

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I'm in Southern Utah. Kawasaki ownership here is behind the curve. I couldn't find any used machines that appealed to me out of the limited selection. I was searching the internet and came across Hester's Motorsports in Raton NM. John will build whatever you want and he helped me a great deal when deciding on my my aftermarket parts. Maybe watching a couple of his U-Tube videos of builds that his dealership has done will help you decide what can be done and what your options are. My build is the blue one. John gave me a better price than I was able to find locally, so I would recommend him. He will ship, but I chose to make the 1350 mile trip to pick up. I still think it was worth it.
You know what they say; good things come to those who can wait. Good luck!
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new is good......

break it in right.......

my '18 now has 2800 miles........185 hrs........

runs like a champ.....
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post #21 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-24-2019, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
 
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Well, I still want a new Teryx 4 but just came across what seems like a good deal on a 14' Rzr 1000xp. Has 2000kms with lots of extra's (winch, aluminum roof,full doors, light bars,stereo,supposedly upgraded reverse chain and clutches...)along with a 2010 14' flat deck trailer for $10k. I don't really want another rzr make work project but don't have 20k for a new Teryx 4 quite yet either.

Edit: Scratch that, it just sold this morning. But came across a 17' LE with "low miles".

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Love, love, love my T4. 2017 with about 3,600 miles. October is right around the corner. Dealers are going to want to clear the showroom of the '19s to fill it with '20s. Deals to be had if you wheel and deal. Bought mine new at end of year like this. I found a better deal at a dealership 3 hours away and my local dealer matched it.

Dry weight for the T4 is right at 1,600. Your dually can manage that. If it fits, it ships!
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