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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-10-2012, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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which one to buy, Arctic cat VS can am

I'm in the market for a new ATV in the 650 to 700 cc range. Because of the service of my local dealers I've narrowed my search to the
Arctic Cat 700 LTD, Can Am 650 XT, or the 700 Suzuki. I would appreciate any open minded advice.

The wheeler will be a single seat 4x4, pwr steering, winch, heated grips, removable windshield. It will mostly be used for some light ranch work in the mountains and trail ride in the mountains from 6K to 9K altitude.

My girl friend who weighs a 130 lbs will be riding this quit a bit, I weight 240 so we ride quality is very important. We are looking for an atv with good power, good ride over rocky ground, and of course reliability.

I have ridden the Arctic Cats a bit and they they seem to have good suspension, but lack power. Plus the winch on the LTD is low quality. A plus is it has a big gas tank.

I hear the Can Am 650 has the most power, but is heavy and the ride isn't as good as the A/C. Has small gas tank. Had a person tell they are the least reliable of the group (belt problems).

Suzuki is a bit cheaper, but I don't know anything about them. I would have to add the bumpers, winch, and nice rims.

Since I ride at at high altitude are people having anything special done on the clutching? I know on my old 500 HO I did a high altitude clutching and it helped greatly.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-12-2012, 06:55 PM
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I have sold all 3 brands of ATV's within the past year.
We had more trouble from the Arctic Cat than any other brand I have dealt with.
Can Am ATV's are a great machine and a higher quality machine than either of the machines that you are looking at.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-13-2012, 09:39 AM
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I agree I would go with the Can Am more money more quality. Any efi quad will be good for high alititude. stay away from carbuerators for high alititude riding
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-13-2012, 09:20 PM
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hey bowhunter....I ride a 2010 AC 700 LTDs and have absolutely no regrets. ran aprox 1000km on the trails last summer with absolutely no problems. You will not power out with this quad. I also plow a great deal of snow with it ( 5 acre lot) and have had no problems with the winch. Love the power steering. It has EFI which will eliminate any elevation issues. saying that, I ride with a club with 168 members in Northern Ontario and the CanAms are a nice bike as well.(see lots of them) They seem to run a bit hot though. I don't think you can go wrong with either. Good dealer makes difference..... happy riding !!
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-03-2012, 10:43 AM
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Hello buddy,
go for Can Am Atvs as compare to arctic cat atvs, the Can am atvs are best in quality and durablity.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-03-2012, 11:48 AM
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I am a bow hunter from NJ and I own a Polaris and ride with guys with lots of different ATV's I like Can am if I get the cash together I will be a Can Am owner~
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