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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-22-2019, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Teryx4 ride quality/suspension questions

New here and looking at possibly purchasing a 2019 Teryx4 LE. I currently have a RZR 570 but we would like to upgrade to a 4 seater. I like the price point of the Teryx and the warranty but have heard that the ride quality on them can leave a person wanting. Where I primarily ride most of the trails are pretty rocky and rough and I am looking for an improved ride quality over the rzr 570 as well. I was really looking into the Teryx4 about 3 years ago and it seemed that the general consensus was that even though Kawi puts decent fox shocks on the machines the ride quality could not get fine tuned enough to really smooth it out.

My question is: Is this still an issue or was this never an issue? How is the ride quality on rough rocky trails and just overall ride quality?

Just an FYI, we are also interested in the Can Am Maverick Sport Max, their new 4 seater that came out this year based on their trail model. I like the 60" width on it and the suspension is supposed to be pretty nice. I do not like the $18k + price tag on one though! Not really to interested in sticking with Polaris, I feel their quality control sucks and they seem to intentionally cheap out on wear components to make sure their dealers service shop stays plenty busy.

Thanks in advance for any input you guys can give.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-22-2019, 05:42 PM
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The ride will be better than the 570 ur riding, but not as smooth as some, there is just not enough travel in the shocks on a Teryx, now there is ways to make them super smooth and would still be well under the prise of the can-am Max
My best advise is go ride them both, see what u like

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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-23-2019, 06:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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That's what I was planning on doing, just need to find the time to get over to a dealer that has both haha. The 570's problem is the wheelbase is so short and narrow it maintains a relatively rough ride through the choppy stuff. Aftermarket shocks made a huge difference along with disconnecting the sway bars. I know going with anything longer and wider will definitely help with the ride quality.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-23-2019, 07:59 AM
 
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A teryx with Bandits shocks. I am running the Gen 3 series. You get lift instead of lift kits. Ya get 10" suspension travel instead of 8" and ya can fully adjust em. Ride is on par with 2019 Polaris Ranger or 2015 Can am maverick 1000. Mine rides really good now imop. I recently put it through the ringer, 160 miles, rough roads (jagged 6-12"rocks) trails, lots of jeep roads with ruts roots n boulders, logs etc. Slow speed and high speeds shocks did very well. Between stock Fox and these it is 2 separate machines. It rode better than friends new Ranger NorthStar. I also disconnect front sway bar and run wheel spacers putting me at 65" width. Super stable now!

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I had an original 800 RZR then went back to atvs for a while and then purchased a 2016 Ranger 570 mid-size to use around camp and light trail riding. I found out fast that it is very limited to trail ride and really became useless to try and ride with my buddies. So last year I bought a T4 and found it to be better than the RZR or Ranger but found ground clearance was my downfall. I liked the longer wheelbase for a better ride but found myself bottoming out more. Part of my plan was to add a set of aftermarket springs/shocks to lift the T4 and better handling. I also purchased high clearance a-arms and 30" tires to complete my plan. I finally got a little seat time with my new set up last weekend and am very impressed with it. What is nice is the T4 is priced attractive than most other 4 seaters so I justified upgrading shocks/springs, a-arms, wheels and tires put me around where most other 4 seaters are. Now I have a slightly longer wheelbase (verses a 2 seat sxs) but not so long that creates difficulty in the woods and all 4 seats fit adults comfortably.
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That's good feed back to have. Thanks
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I have a Teryx4 with the longer Bandit shocks, high clearance front arms (will be doing rears soon), and 30" tires. The shocks allow about 2" of lift. My first trip out with that setup was to Brimstone and running with two Wildcat XX's on 32" tires. The Wildcats are listed as having 14" of ground clearance stock, so these should of been around 15" of clearance with the tires. The Teryx is listed as just over 11" stock but mine is around 14". The lift, a-arms, and tires make a huge difference in trail performance and there was only one place I couldn't follow the XX's because of getting high centered. Overall trail capability on rough and technical trails was pretty much a wash....there were a few places they did better and a few places the Teryx did better. The Bandit shocks also allowed me to keep up with them on the faster paced but very bumpy main trails. Not saying the Bandit shocks on the Teryx are the same as the 18" of wheel travel the XX's have, but I could now keep up to the pace they wanted to run without knocking my teeth out.

My dad has a 570 midsize Ranger. When my Teryx was stock I thought the Ranger had a softer/more cushy ride, but this was just cruising farm fields and not any real trails. Have not had the chance to do a back to back comparison between the Ranger and Teryx since going with Bandits.
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Friend has new Ranger 1000 NorthStar. I am running the Bandit Gen 3's. My ride is better in all conditions. But not by much. Of course I have adjustments he doesn't. It is night/day change from stock. I run around 13.5" clrearance on 28" tire and 2" spacer. Very Happy. IMOP 13-14" clearance is the magic # with Teryx. I do bottom on rough stuff but don't hang up like I did stock height.

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Sounds like after market shocks make a pretty big difference. We went and looked at Kawasaki dealer yesterday and I thought of another question for you guys. Since these are more of a utility SXS as opposed to the sport SXS that I am used to, do they feel tippy on side hills and off camber situations? It seems that with the stadium style seating of the rear seats and the center of gravity being higher overall than the rzr 4 and the can-am maverick sport that it could have a tendency to feel tippier on narrow trails where you can't manuever around the rocks and ruts.
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Nope, not at all. Hugs the ground. You would think it would tip, but it would take some extreme angles to even come close.

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Agreed, Even with the sway bar removed, I never feel even close to being top heavy.

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