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I am looking at buying either a Pioneer 4 or a Polaris Ranger 900 xp. Now before anyone says it yes I know the pioneer is a better all around machine, but Polaris kills it with their cabs.

I am in MN and none of the dealers even have a Pioneer with a cab to look at so I am wondering how the fit and finish is. I would be buying a hard roof, hard back, hard doors, and glass windshield. Is anyone running this set up? If so does it seal up fairly well? Obviously its not going to seal as well as a polaris cab....no one has mastered that yet, but my rhino cab hardly sealed at all so I am looking for something better.

Also, I have read a few threads here about the Honda heater really sucking it up. I had a heatercraft in my rhino (it was yamaha factory) and that thing would bake you out. The heater in the ranger will also bake you out. So has anyone got the honda heater to do the same? 95% of my use will be in the winter. I have a boss UTV plow and I ice fish so the cab and heater are very important aspects for me.

I will be putting tracks on this thing next winter and using it for ice fishing. Going 30 miles across Lake of the Woods is no joke and I need a cab that is sealed well, heated well, and stays defogged. I hate to say it, but a poorly sealed cab and a poor heater will be a deal breaker on the pioneer for me. There is no doubt in my mind it is the best built machine out there I am hoping you all will chime in and tell me they built the cab as good as they do everything else.

Thanks in advance for any information you can give.
 

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I test drove a 2 seater that had a cab. From what I remember it sealed pretty good. There were a few gaps (and I can't remember exactly where) that I noticed, but nothing that couldn't be filled in. I held off purchasing the factory cab for a couple of reasons. 1) I didn't like how the roof added height to an already tall roll cage. 2) I want a tilt out option on a glass windshield. 3) I'm hoping someone comes out with a full hard cab enclosure for the P4. I purchased the stock P4 with no accessories, added a set of camoplast tracks, and am now patiently waiting for the aftermarket companies to start kicking out some new toys for this thing. Good luck on the decision.
 

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Hello Lost, I have a fully enclosed cab on my P4. I don't have any comparisons to other side by sides but I think it is pretty good. There are some places that need to be sealed in to keep air from coming in and some foam comes with the doors and sides to help with that. I also got some other foam from the hardware for a few bucks to help with that also.

I live in Alaska and with out a heater and dressed properly I can drive with out gloves down to temps near 0 after you get the machine going and some heat starts coming off the engine into the cab. It is pretty comfortable. It has not been below ) since I purchased it so no info there yet.

I have purchased a heater but have not gotten it installed yet. It is from here;Polaris, Can-Am, Kawasaki, Arctic Cat, Bobcat, Yamaha and Universal UTV Cab Heaters

I got tired of waiting on the Honda heater and found this one. It has 4000 more BTus and has 6 vents and cost around 60 dollars less than the Honda heater. I hope to get it installed this weekend. I will try and give an update on the heater if I get it done this weekend. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have other questions.

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So far they have been great, but I admit I haven't put many miles on them yet. I just installed them a couple weekends ago and have only had it out for a few test drives. I live in ND and most of our snow has a pretty good crust on it right now, so the pioneer has had no trouble crawling over any mound of snow or drift I could find. We have had a very frigid winter but not a lot of snow. My main purpose for them is getting around the lakes while ice fishing so hopefully with late ice right around the corner and things getting soft and sloppy, I will be able to put them to the test.
 

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Cziggs what kind of tracks did you purchase?

I ran the Tatou 4s on my rhino and loved them. Really took abuse well.
 

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Well got a deal I couldnt pass up....and bought a red P4 about 15 minutes ago. Ordered the can and all so I will know when it shows up. Cannot stand the red but camo has been taking forever to show up at my local dealer. Figured I will just dip it!
 

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Congrats on the purchase. Are you going with a full cab or just for the front part? The cabs are pretty good, like mentioned above there are a few places to add in some foam strips. I like the hard doors but it does cut down on the area getting in and out. It will be something I think you would get use to though. I haven't had the chance to install a heater yet so I can't comment on that.
 

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I am doing a hard cab on the front and at some point will be doing the rear. Haven't decided if I am going to order it all right away or wait til next fall for the rear. My concern on the rear seating area is finding a heater to heat that as well. Might be tough.
 

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If the front heater would put out enough T into the duct work and extend a few to the rear. There is the electric ones but I'm not sure how much strain it would put on the system, might have to run a dual battery setup. There are also these universal ones that with some fancy plumbing you could make it removable.

https://motoalliance.com/Site.Store.go?action=gotoProductDetails&id=658

I would say most of it would depend on the heater performance in the front. Possibly just a little fan blowing through the window to the rear would be enough to keep it decent.
 

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The hard cab seals up nice. I run at 18 MPH with the Mattracks EZ tracks on the hard pack. Really like the ride that they give and I like the clearance. You cant get them to hit the frame.
 
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