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Hey guys,
Im a proud yamaha snowmobile owner for many years now but am new to the UTV game. I'm going for a new one soon and have narrowed it down to the 3 seaters, viking, arctic cat HDX 700 and polaris 900.
I'm not really fussy on the polaris but like the extra power of the 900. The cat has lots of additional storage besides the dump and the viking is , well, YAMAHA!!!
I have heard many pros and cons about all 3 but the noise issue on the viking concerns me.
Also I'm wondering if the 700 is truly powerful enough for a track set that i may add in the future and if the eps is needed...I'm thinking it is????
When looking for a UTV a winch is a must for me but I would like to have a removable setup that I can move from front to rear receiver. By what I have seen on the accessory site it can be done on the viking but was wondering if anyone has used this configuration and if so how it works?
Another concern for me will be fuel milage. Where I will be using the rig will be miles and miles of woods roads and I expect milage will be an issue. How do the viking compare to the others? I have heard the cat is exceptional on fuel.

Any HONEST opinions and comments will appreciated.

All the best

Robbie
 

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Welcome!

I don't have any experience with the tracks so I wont even comment on that but as far as the noise level, it can be overwhelming if you don't have the sound dampening kit from Yamaha...If you're buying a new one, they should come pre-fitted with the kit.

As far as the winch, I currently have the one that's mounted on the front so I can't really say how the mobile one works.

Fuel mileage.....I haven't really looked into how many miles/hours I get out of mine but it does seem like I go a while before I have to refuel even after riding through the dunes, mountain trails, and some high speed stuff.

Hope that's of some help.
 

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Since this is one of the Viking forums, pretty much everyone here went through the same process that you did but ended up deciding to get the Yamaha. You need to examine what is most important to you and what you will be doing with the SxS. For me it was the large steel dump bed and Yamaha reliability. I drive it every day at least twice and cannot afford to have it break-down on me. After reading a LOT of reviews and posts on the various forums, it became clear that nothing else would be anywhere near as reliable and be able to navigate the steep, tight terrain on my property.

Why a 3-seater instead of a 2 or 4 seater?
 

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Since this is one of the Viking forums, pretty much everyone here went through the same process that you did but ended up deciding to get the Yamaha. You need to examine what is most important to you and what you will be doing with the SxS. For me it was the large steel dump bed and Yamaha reliability. I drive it every day at least twice and cannot afford to have it break-down on me. After reading a LOT of reviews and posts on the various forums, it became clear that nothing else would be anywhere near as reliable and be able to navigate the steep, tight terrain on my property.

Why a 3-seater instead of a 2 or 4 seater?
I would rather a 2 seater and get a narrower machine but I need a minimum of 3 seats. I wouldn't consider the 4 seater a due to their size.
I will be using it mostly for trail riding and hunting.
 

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I would rather a 2 seater and get a narrower machine but I need a minimum of 3 seats. I wouldn't consider the 4 seater a due to their size.
I will be using it mostly for trail riding and hunting.
If you are really planning to use it for trail riding and hunting and want more than 2 seats, you are doing yourself a big dis-service by not looking at the 4 seat models available from Kawasaki & Can-Am (I would never buy a Polaris or Arctic Cat). You would probably be surprised by how agile they can be in the woods, and for the most part you will probably find that Kawasaki reliability is right up there with Yamaha. If you do relent and look at 2-seaters, the Wolverine is a fantastic choice and would be my first pick. It is a beautiful machine.
 

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^^^this.

I'm not a fan of Kawasaki but I cant argue with their reliability record either. They make reliable machines as does Honda. I'm about American products but I haven't been impressed with Polaris....especially their "parking" brakes, lol.
 

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^^^this.

I'm not a fan of Kawasaki but I cant argue with their reliability record either. They make reliable machines as does Honda. I'm about American products but I haven't been impressed with Polaris....especially their "parking" brakes, lol.
Did you consider that the Polaris was trying to commit suicide?
 

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Was looking at the Kawasaki 4 seater but I still want the utility aspect of the dump box. I know it's hard to get exactly what you want so I think the 3 seaters is what's best for my situation.
 

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Sounds like you are in the right place then.
 

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I had a prowler hdx but like the Viking better hdx has a little more power.but the Viking is a lot more conforable. a lot more leg room I would get the power steering its worth the extra money
 

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I had a prowler hdx but like the Viking better hdx has a little more power.but the Viking is a lot more conforable. a lot more leg room I would get the power steering its worth the extra money
So the hdx has MORE power them the Viking???
I had a chance to try a hdx and was not overly impressed with the power.
Was hoping the Viking had a bit more get up and go.
 

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I bought the viking for comfort. I have a bad back and so I was looking for something that fit my back, that and it allowed me to haul my kids. The polaris is very uncomfortable when you put 3 people in it. It might be fine with 2 kids and you but the viking is comfortable with me my dad and brother in law and werenall over 220#'s each.
 
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