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Old December 12th, 2011, 09:51 AM   #1
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170cc vs 150cc utv

Hell everyone,
I will be purchasing a mini utv for my son soon. I have never liked the china built parts and Iím a strong believer in supporting Made in the USA companies.
My dilemma is this.
If I buy the Polaris 170 and while enjoying it a BMS 150cc utv or Pitster shows up and plays will I feel like I spent double for a better part or spent double for the same thing.
We will spend most of our time in the dunes and hard pack so it needs to perform well. I am not expecting it to perform more than an LT80 in the dunes but need the nest platform.

What is your advice?

PS: it will get a cage, doors, seats, belts, shocks, and all the necessary up grades.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old December 12th, 2011, 06:53 PM   #2
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Re: 170cc vs 150cc utv

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Hell everyone,
I will be purchasing a mini utv for my son soon. I have never liked the china built parts and I’m a strong believer in supporting Made in the USA companies.
My dilemma is this.
If I buy the Polaris 170 and while enjoying it a BMS 150cc utv or Pitster shows up and plays will I feel like I spent double for a better part or spent double for the same thing.
We will spend most of our time in the dunes and hard pack so it needs to perform well. I am not expecting it to perform more than an LT80 in the dunes but need the nest platform.

What is your advice?

PS: it will get a cage, doors, seats, belts, shocks, and all the necessary up grades.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
We have a rzr 170 and my kids just love it. Just got back from another trip to Durhamtown and it had no trouble at all.

I say if you have the money you should get the 170. I know some people have had problems with theirs, but ours has had zero problems yet.

Also I think you might have answered your own question. If you are planning on upgrading it will be much harder if you go with your other choices..I do believe. Someone correct me if I am wrong please.
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Old December 12th, 2011, 09:11 PM   #3
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Re: 170cc vs 150cc utv

Get the RZR 170 ! We had 4 of the china JUNK ! She cried along with me eveytime we went out and it broke down ! not owrth it. no the 170 isnot american made but it is alot better made !
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Old December 13th, 2011, 11:37 AM   #4
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Re: 170cc vs 150cc utv

Having a 150 Buggy for several years prior the the 170. My kids and self were looking for an upgrade. If it's your first in this size and wanting a bit cheaper price. Maybe the Pitster will be fine. It is not double the price. $3200+tax or $4600ish w/tax. $1400 +- difference. I had modified the 150 to it's max but only equaled the 170 stock. Our 150 was great for some trails and fine for around camp @ the dunes. Now the "Polaris 170" is fun in the dunes and crazy fun on the trails. Having 2 passengers with all it's upgrades and modifications it runs strong. I need to knock on wood, but not one problem. Oh ya the rear trailing arm, which Pitster has cloned. And I am thinking the resale value should be higher with the name brand.
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We have a rzr 170 and my kids just love it. Just got back from another trip to Durhamtown and it had no trouble at all.

I know some people have had problems with theirs, but ours has had zero problems yet..

We have had our 2011 170 for a year come Christmas. We have had Zero issues with it so far.
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Old December 13th, 2011, 02:42 PM   #6
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Re: 170cc vs 150cc utv

Thank you for the good feedback.
I can get the the
BMS Avenger 150CC for $2,500 otd
Pitster 150cc for $3,500 otd.
The Rzr 170 for under $5,000 otd.

What would be your choice and why?

Does the 170CC have a noticeable difference in power?
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Old December 14th, 2011, 12:53 PM   #7
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Santa paid $4170 OTD for our's. 5k is WAY to HI !!!!!!
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Old December 14th, 2011, 01:20 PM   #8
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Re: 170cc vs 150cc utv threads

Boy you sure do get a different "take" on these chinese mini-Rzr's in the different threads currently running about them.

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Old December 14th, 2011, 02:50 PM   #9
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Re: 170cc vs 150cc utv

The more and more I research this the more confused I get.
I had a chance to look at one of the BMS avengers the other day. Sadly from the time I spoke with the guy and hours later it was gone by the time I got there. However he could have made me a good deal on a buggy LOL. I kind of had a bad taste in my mouth when I left and looks like I can get the Rzr 170 for $4,551 OTD with tax registration everything which seems like a very good california deal. Still hard to choke up $4,500 when a copy if $2,500 but hel;l can you really put a price on our kids fun and smiles??

I will let you guys know how it goes.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 06:12 PM   #10
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Re: 170cc vs 150cc utv

Check out this thread. mikd bought one around feb and has posted every upgrade and every problem he has had. its a 37 page forum but very informative. he told me he would take the same path if he was going to buy another one, he has the Blade. if you buy the rzr 170 you will have to do all the same upgrades (snorkel, skid plate, shock upgrade) to make it trail worthy.
http://www.rzrforums.net/other-side-...utv-clone.html

ps I have a brand new Pitster pro that was just delivered monday waiting for me to have time to assemble. I cant give an opinion yet but that is the path I took after talking to mikd on this forum and {Gary, Mardy, Chris, and FRD(matt) at pitsterpro}
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Old December 15th, 2011, 06:14 PM   #11
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Re: 170cc vs 150cc utv

For what its worth, the pitster has double a-ARM front , I don't think Polaris does unless the new models have changed. If the Polaris wasn't built in the same kinda Chinese factories, I'd agree with chosing Polaris, but in this case I think your paying $1500 extra for the Polaris name and single front suspension.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 06:28 PM   #12
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Re: 170cc vs 150cc utv

We've had our "chinabuggy" since March 1st of 20111. Zero problems so far. Here is my take, the Pitster is the top of the line with the upgrades they have taken the time and effort to change. The Polaris is the middle level option, costs more for less machine but you get a real warranty from a real company with a large dealer network and good resale value. Mine is the lowest option, smallest motor, no dealers, limited warranty but an entry price of $2500 or less. Pick your poison they are all "chinabuggy's" regardless of who's sticker is on the front. Good luck, your kids will have a blast and you will get some awesome memories to go with it!
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Re: 170cc vs 150cc utv

Amen!! I think you hit the nail on the head. I picked up my kids pitster today. So I guess I'll find out soon. I think I'm leaving it boxed, so my boy who's almost 6 , can help assemble it. I guess I'll tell him Santa was lazy or too busy to finish the build. Can't wait till Christmas!! Hope he's big enough to reach the pedals. He rides dirt bike and quad so I know he can handle it, just hope he's not too small. Appreciate all the info on this forum.
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Re: 170cc vs 150cc utv

At 6 he will be fine, our nieghbor is 4 and average size and he is just shy of the pedals. He has driven it with his dad next to him but he does have to stretch. You will be amazed at how fast they pick up driving skills. My daughter turned 9 in July and she is quite comfortable with oversteer/understeer, trailbraking, and threshold braking. When she is 16 and driving for real there may be a moment when all that matters in my wife and I's world is that this kid has a natural and proper response in a split second with a full size automobile. How many of today's female teenagers would you consider to be "skilled" drivers. Worth every freakin penny regardless of which model/manufacturer you choose!

Bye the way, her driving skills have been developed through using the same practice techniques I ran through at the Skip Barber school 20yrs ago. Great fun and maybe the only time she enjoy's "studying".
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That's awesome. Sounds like your"China buggy"has been worth every penny.
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