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Defender Opinions

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by CIAMissionary1, Mar 30, 2018.

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  1. CIAMissionary1

    CIAMissionary1 Richard SXS Nation Rookie

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    I'm most likely going to have to buy a school bus (6 seater) How does the defender do on long rides? And what are lovable and down right "deal breakers" with the defender? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Curt

    Curt Administrator

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    They seem like really good machines. I don’t have any experience with them but I’m told they do a good job on the trails.
     
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    Lastmohecken Nevada SXS Nation Rookie

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    I just purchased a 2019 Defender XT, single row of seats not the double row (school bus) But I have ridden and hunted out of the double row units and it did well, but IMHO, on the longer machine, you will probably want a lift and bigger wheels. We went everywhere we needed to, but did drag occasionally, and I have already dragged on my single row HD8 but slid over over into some rocks going down a steep hill, due to sliding in the mud. No problem or deal breaker for me, but I may add a lift and bigger tires later, but probably not until I have worn out the tires I have now. And that may take a long time for me, based on my probable use patterns.
     
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  4. Ken

    Ken SXS Nation Team Leader

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    I looked at the Can Am Defender Crew before I bought my General 4. My neighbor traded off his Honda Pioneer for a new Defender and I got to work on it putting some lights on it. A very nice and well built machine. Pretty easy to service, but not as good as my old Ranger 900 XP . Nice ride, but not the get up and go over my old high hour ranger but I really liked the machine and considered buying one. But a ride in out 0ver 100 degree Arizona weather the heat coming from the engine radiator up front nearly baked me out of the cab after short 2 mile ride. That was the dealer breaker for me. The front dash area is very open to let all that heat in to operator area. That being said it has many strong points to consider.
     

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