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Paddle or manual shift for first time buyer?

Discussion in 'YXZ Nation' started by Shiftman, Aug 18, 2019.

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  1. Shiftman

    Shiftman Robert SXS Nation Rookie

    Aug 18, 2019
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    Western, Kentucky
    I am shopping for my first SxS. I used to race MX on Yamaha's and that is the brand that I am most comfortable with. What I need is advice from experienced folks as to whether to go with the paddle shifters as opposed to the manual tranny. I can go new or used, but used may be a better option for a first time buyer. I have found a sweet 2016 in anniversary yellow at a decent price, but it has the manual tranny. Thoughts?
  2. rocksalot

    rocksalot James Team SXS Nation

    Feb 25, 2016
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    Looking at my skid plate
    Side X Side(s):

    Ranger 900
    Ace 570

    I assume when you say manual transmission you must be talking about a YXZ?
    There is a reason they are rare and don't sell well in W KY.
    They don't do well on our tight twisty up and down trails because of not having a low range.
    A Wolverine X2-X4 might be more fun in the long run.
    For a paddle shifter you might consider a Honda.
  3. airshot

    airshot Ken SXS Nation Expert

    Dec 20, 2016
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    Perrysburg, Ohio
    Side X Side(s):

    Kymco 450i UXV

    Any of the manuals can get quite pricey when repairs are in order. Especially the Hondas! CVT tranny belts are so much less expensive and easier to replace.

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