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Not wanting to bother or intimidate anyone. I am contemplating on a purchase of a new Utv, just not sure which make or model yet. I am also looking hard at the Viking, but like the lower price of the Pioneer.
Mainly I am observing to see how owners like there purchase, and what accessories they add.
I have an Griz700 but feel a Utv would do everything I want and more. :)
 

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Well,

It's a lot of money no matter what you buy. Its smart to lurk around! Get it right the first time.
 

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Welcome to the group.
One of the best ways to get first hand info to help make your decision.
 

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Welcome to the forum! You've come to a great place to gather info.
 

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Welcome and the best utv in the world for you is the one you like before and after and iv wanted mine since before they released them. Some leds and a winch top and windscreen of some sort then add what you want there are alot of ideas on here that can be applied to multible different brands of utv. Good luck on choosing and getting a utv
 

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Only thing thats scares me about the new Pioneer is the no dedicated low gear
for bad situations. I motor a lot on frozen lakes ice fishing and of course use diff
lock in my ATV, but I have a low range. Not having it on the Pioneer makes me
wonder if its going to plow well, and get me out of a mud pit. Other than that I
like the looks of it.
 

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I was in the same boat you guys are in. I bought my first ATV in 2006 (Jan) and sold it the day my Pioneer arrived. I looked at all of the UTV's and compared options and prices. I really need one to work, first. Playing isn't why I'm spending $13K+ of my money.

I don't plow a lot, but I do plow "some". Our most recent snow saw me plow 11 neighbors drives (some short and some long). I have wonderful neighbors who allow me to hunt their land. In return (not by contract....just a gesture), I plow their drives. I never once have had to even put my ATV in 4WD to plow any of them. Mine is the worst. Even with slick tires, the ATV handled this last snow like it wasn't even there. I put my KFI plow together, yesterday. It's a 6' model (ATV plow was 54", I believe). It's quite impressive in size and weight.

We're supposed to get some snow this week. I'll give you an honest assessment of how the Pioneer does, if we get it (the weather). I'm no fanboy of the Pioneer. I AM a huge fan of their engines (I have Honda engines on two other pieces of equipment I own). I'm running the factory tires and wheels (FYI). I'll be actuating the plow with a KFI 3500# winch.

If it doesn't do the job, I'll be HIGHLY surprised. For reference, my driveway is 500' long and on a pretty good grade. Still, the 376cc Suzuki Eiger I owned did it in 2wd (even going up).

Photo is of my drive BEFORE I bought the plow....lol.

 

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I would first decide what kind of riding you are going to be doing, Full on sport riding or more leisurely family oriented riding. I have had a couple of 50 inch Polaris rzrs and have put around 6000 miles on them. They have been OK but I have seen a lot of build quality and reliability issues with them that I never experienced on any of the Hondas I owned dating back some 30 years. The rzr is a faster machine and is better for tight woods. They come with a low range mostly to save the belt drive IMO. I was worrried about no low range in the Honda but that has not been a problem at all as the Honda will climb or do anything my rzrs will do. For a pure sport ride I would go with a rzr. FOr a combination of riding I would choose the pioneer. If I had to have one that would do it all and return me home safely every time I would go with the Pioneer.
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I traded my 700 grizzly in on my pioneer no regrets
 

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I agree with soapy if your going to be working or plowing alot id get a pioneer but as far as low gear dont worry about that. The tires will spin all 4 before you stall the motor.
 

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Don't worry about plowing. I live in Alaska and plow a 400 foot driveway on a fair grade and it makes short work of it. So far for me the Pioneer has crawled out and over some nasty stuff. Good luck on your decision.
 
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