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Defender Opinions

Discussion in 'Defender Nation' 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

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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.
     
  3. Lastmohecken

    Lastmohecken Nevada SXS Nation Regular

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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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    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.
     
  5. Lastmohecken

    Lastmohecken Nevada SXS Nation Regular

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    I have only had my HD800 for a few weeks, and I did notice the heat coming out from under the dash, but it's been cold here for most of my rides, and actually it felt pretty good, so I don't know it might be a little hot in the summer, we will have to wait and see.

    One thing I like and I don't like is the Defender break away mirrors. I bought them at time of purchase, and they are tough, and rugged, but I find them to not be very clear, as they are a little convex for a more panoramic view I guess. I am getting more used them but I am considering removing the mirror portion (might have to break them out to do it) and getting a glass company to cut me some flat glass ones and silicone them in place.
     
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    Lastmohecken Nevada SXS Nation Regular

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    I am getting more time on my Defender HD8 XT. And I have been working on it, trying to get it set up better from uses. One thing I did was cut a 2 x 12 board and fit it into one of the grooves in the bed side walls, (The bed is designed for this sort of thing), to create a smaller area next to the cab to keep my chainsaw and gas, etc. so it doesn't roll and slide around all over the place.

    Then I made my own upper winch mount for the front, and relocated my winch up high, and also fabricated my own front hitch for a trailer ball. You can buy all of this but I didn't like the prices or the design as well as my own, and I saved probably $500 or better.

    I also added a heavy duty bumper to the back, before I ended up backing into a sapling or tree and messing up my bed or tailgate. I knew it would just be a matter if time, till that happened.

    And today, I added a 2 inch bracket lift kit from Battle Armor to get more ground clearance. Can Am should have given us more ground clearance from the factory.
     

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    Lastmohecken Nevada SXS Nation Regular

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    Another picture or two CAN AM TWO INCH BRACKET LIFT, REAR.jpg
     
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    Lastmohecken Nevada SXS Nation Regular

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    Before the 2" lift CAM AM WINCH RELOCATION.jpg
     
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    1fstsp jason SXS Nation Rookie

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    Any change in ride?

    Sent from my SM-N960U using Tapatalk
     
  10. CIAMissionary1

    CIAMissionary1 Richard SXS Nation Rookie

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    Thank all of you! I appreciate it!
     

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