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Old December 14th, 2012, 10:18 AM
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Can-Am Commader 800 to Polaris RZR 800

Making a long story short here.....

Something happened to our 2013 Commander and insurance company might just total it ( think water and electrical ), so have been looking at the RZR 800.

Would have less power with the RZR, but in return its almost 317lbs lighter....so thinking that I wouldnt miss the extra power ?

With the RZR's, is it programmed in the computer to display messages when service is needed like it is on the Can-Am's ?

Is there a list where it shows what service needs to be done at 50 hrs, 100 hrs, etc... Seems Can-Am was big on this, but it also wasnt cheap .

Air filter / Intake was in the front on the Commander, same on the RZR ?
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Old December 14th, 2012, 01:03 PM
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Re: Can-Am Commader 800 to Polaris RZR 800

60 views ( at the time ) and nobody on this site can give me ANY input on the questions I asked ?

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Old December 14th, 2012, 01:12 PM
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Re: Can-Am Commader 800 to Polaris RZR 800

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I have never been in a commander so I can't comment on power. I can say though that the rzr has plenty. Air intake is in the back. Yes it has service intervals programmed to show up in the display according to hours driven. In the service manual which u can find on this site it tells what u what service is required.
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Re: Can-Am Commader 800 to Polaris RZR 800

Hey Riley804. Yes the rzr does have a built in reminder as to when service is needed. A wrench will appear on your speedo letting you know it's time. And the owners manual will tell you exactly what needs done and when.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 01:26 PM
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Re: Can-Am Commader 800 to Polaris RZR 800

" Air intake is in the back " .

Good to know as on the Commander, it was on the front, so if you happen to hit a deep water hole, you had to try and get that front end up quick.

According to what I see from the sites...

Can Am is 976 cc Vtwin sohc Weight is 1295 lbs

Rzr 800 is 760cc twin cylinder weight is 978.


Will have to search for that scheduled maint.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 03:11 PM
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Re: Can-Am Commader 800 to Polaris RZR 800

The commander is much nicer fit and finish. i am so jealous of the dash and steering wheel!!! My friend has one but we have never ridden together. We have both driven each others sxs. I feel the 800 is more nimble and butt dyno the commander has more grunt.

Not sure how they would feel when compared side by side.
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Re: Can-Am Commader 800 to Polaris RZR 800

toomanytoys-

A friend of ours, his wife has a 2010 ? RZR and it seems to corner a lot faster than the commander, but often we have to put some distance between us because we have more power.

For the short time that we had the Commander, it was fun to drive....but it looks like its going to be totalled, so after all the paper work is finished, think we are going to get a Rzr 800.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 05:23 PM
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Re: Can-Am Commader 800 to Polaris RZR 800

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" Air intake is in the back " .

Good to know as on the Commander, it was on the front, so if you happen to hit a deep water hole, you had to try and get that front end up quick.

According to what I see from the sites...

Can Am is 976 cc Vtwin sohc Weight is 1295 lbs

Rzr 800 is 760cc twin cylinder weight is 978.


Will have to search for that scheduled maint.
so then you are not going from a 800 commander, you are going from a 1000 commander, of course it has more power then the 800 rzr.
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I just bought a 2013 rzr s 800 and my buddy has a 1000 commander xt. We drag raced and he beat be pretty bad. But as far as trail riding he has no advantage.the rzr may be a bit tighter cabin but the commander has a very rough ride compared to mine! I love them both an debated hard on which to get but after riding in both I went with the rzr. Much more nimble and smoother ride.
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Re: Can-Am Commader 800 to Polaris RZR 800

Not trying to bash the can am, but the visco lock sucks. Its 3 wheel drive until you get stuck! The AWD of the polaris works really well. The power is great in a RZR. I would get the 900 if power is an issue. Also you dont get all the heat from the engine in the center console since the RZR's engine is behind you, which also helps the handling. The steering is much lighter and less tiring. It feels a lot lighter to manuever on the trails. We hit water and the steam coming off the engine was scalding on the legs and the arms. Nothing like that happens with the RZR. I like the cabin fit and finish though of the can am.
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Re: Can-Am Commader 800 to Polaris RZR 800

Wolfen- you are right, I didnt see that. The 800 Commander is 799, so I doubt that I will notice that little bit of difference in power with the RZR .....and actually might seem faster due to it being lighter.

I would like to get the 900, but think that might be out of our price range.
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Re: Can-Am Commader 800 to Polaris RZR 800

just a little elaboration on a previous post.....the air intake is actually between the seats on a rzr. the air box is behind the drivers seat. It sounded like you were referring to the actual inlet and not the air box on the commander. Just trying to straighten that out.
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Re: Can-Am Commader 800 to Polaris RZR 800

In technical the RZR seemed more nimble had less difficulty getting there than the CanAm, most likely do to weight difference. Or, could be the driver was playing more. The Can Am went every where the RZRs did. I had debated between the two, but after the ride felt like the RZR was the best choice for me.
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Re: Can-Am Commader 800 to Polaris RZR 800

On the Internet or YouTube look up "ATV Television" they have a video of Comander vs RZR in real world situations. The RZR wins virtually every category.

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The difference in power of these two
Is about 2 rzr lengths 0-60. As soon as I hit the first corner I am gone. The ride of the rzr is way better, the 4wd system is better in the rzr. There are more accessories for the rzr. I like the commander but it is not for me. My buddy owns a can am dealership and I can get a can am for nothing but I chose to buy a rzr and the guy that owns the dealership owns a brand new xp rzr.
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