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    The 4 seater gators

    How well do they do off road? Does the long wheelbase hurt them a lot? I was looking at the xuv 550 s4. I'm not looking to do crazy stuff off road, just trail riding in the woods maybe.
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    I have a 4 seat Kawasaki mule. It is not has nimble has a smaller 2 seater but around the yard i love it. My grandkids ride along and we have a nice trip around the yard. Of course the longer wheelbase means longer turns but i have pleanty of power.
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    I don't personally know about the 4 person UTV's but there sure is a lot of them out there. They can't be too bad.
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    Not sure how they are,I have 825i two seater. I sure with the 4 you would loose some ground clearance, but I'm sure there nice if you don't plane on getting crazy off road.
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    Rock on guys, I was just curious, I have been looking at them. I brought the idea up to the boss and to my surprise she kinda liked the idea! Lol

    We wouldn't be doing any crazy rock crawling or anything. I would imagine just hills and trails through the woods. Then misc work around the yard maybe.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeeper4Life View Post
    Rock on guys, I was just curious, I have been looking at them. I brought the idea up to the boss and to my surprise she kinda liked the idea! Lol

    We wouldn't be doing any crazy rock crawling or anything. I would imagine just hills and trails through the woods. Then misc work around the yard maybe.
    We are on our second Gator, the original was ONE of the best purchases we've made. VERY useful if you own property, IMO. FWIW, my wife uses it far more than I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    We are on our second Gator, the original was ONE of the best purchases we've made. VERY useful if you own property, IMO. FWIW, my wife uses it far more than I do.
    I could honestly see my wife doing the same. Using it more than I do. I think it will be one of those things, once she gets it, she will fall in love with the thing and I will never get to use it. Like my new jeep that was supposed to be mine lol
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    I own the 550 s4 and after getting the transmission issue straightened out it has been ok. From what I understand, the transmission issue was something that many owners of the 550s4 were having. The shifter would hang up and you had to tap the gas to get it to shift. After 2 times in the shop the dealer got it fixed and I have not had any more problems with it, it has been close to 2 years now. As far as using the gator on tight trails, power steering would be a good thing to have. When it comes to turn radius, you need a good bit of room to turn around, that would be another place where PS would come in handy. As far as ground clearance, it does not have that much and will high center pretty easily especially on uneven terrain. As for power, IMO, the 550 is underpowered when you have more than 2 people and gear loaded in the bed. We use ours for hunting and when 4 of us get in it seems to lug when pulling hills. The 4wd and differential lock works great and will get you out of some sticky situations, as long as you don't bottom out. I can't speak for other manufacturers but I would think that you are subject to have issues with ground clearance when you stretch a utv that much.

    Don't get me wrong, we love our gator but if we were to buy again, we would likely opt to go with the larger 625, 825 or if I won the lottery, the 855d. I think they have discontinued the 550 and replaced it with the 590.

    Not trying to discourage you from the 550 just putting my .02 out there
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    Quote Originally Posted by CNGreen View Post
    I own the 550 s4 and after getting the transmission issue straightened out it has been ok. From what I understand, the transmission issue was something that many owners of the 550s4 were having. The shifter would hang up and you had to tap the gas to get it to shift. After 2 times in the shop the dealer got it fixed and I have not had any more problems with it, it has been close to 2 years now. As far as using the gator on tight trails, power steering would be a good thing to have. When it comes to turn radius, you need a good bit of room to turn around, that would be another place where PS would come in handy. As far as ground clearance, it does not have that much and will high center pretty easily especially on uneven terrain. As for power, IMO, the 550 is underpowered when you have more than 2 people and gear loaded in the bed. We use ours for hunting and when 4 of us get in it seems to lug when pulling hills. The 4wd and differential lock works great and will get you out of some sticky situations, as long as you don't bottom out. I can't speak for other manufacturers but I would think that you are subject to have issues with ground clearance when you stretch a utv that much.

    Don't get me wrong, we love our gator but if we were to buy again, we would likely opt to go with the larger 625, 825 or if I won the lottery, the 855d. I think they have discontinued the 550 and replaced it with the 590.

    Not trying to discourage you from the 550 just putting my .02 out there
    You are good man! That's one of my main worries is ground clearance. We aren't gonna go out and buy one tomorrow, just doing our research now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CNGreen View Post
    I own the 550 s4 and after getting the transmission issue straightened out it has been ok. From what I understand, the transmission issue was something that many owners of the 550s4 were having. The shifter would hang up and you had to tap the gas to get it to shift. After 2 times in the shop the dealer got it fixed and I have not had any more problems with it, it has been close to 2 years now. As far as using the gator on tight trails, power steering would be a good thing to have. When it comes to turn radius, you need a good bit of room to turn around, that would be another place where PS would come in handy. As far as ground clearance, it does not have that much and will high center pretty easily especially on uneven terrain. As for power, IMO, the 550 is underpowered when you have more than 2 people and gear loaded in the bed. We use ours for hunting and when 4 of us get in it seems to lug when pulling hills. The 4wd and differential lock works great and will get you out of some sticky situations, as long as you don't bottom out. I can't speak for other manufacturers but I would think that you are subject to have issues with ground clearance when you stretch a utv that much.

    Don't get me wrong, we love our gator but if we were to buy again, we would likely opt to go with the larger 625, 825 or if I won the lottery, the 855d. I think they have discontinued the 550 and replaced it with the 590.

    Not trying to discourage you from the 550 just putting my .02 out there
    Nice post.
    Last year John Deere replaced the 550 with the 560, the 590i was new last year.
    Our 560 is no speedster by any means but we have never lacked for power, yet but it's not a 560s4 either.
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