When we test 4x4 quads, we ride them
hard. We evaluate the four-wheel drive,
differential lock, skid plates, handling
and horsepower all equally. When we
are done with them, we know what
holds up and what doesn’t.
We like Can-Am’s storage opportunities
the best. The Outlander has this large
box in the rear and a small box within
the front rack. Polaris has a large rear
box like this, too, but the exhaust sits
beneath it so it heats up whatever is
stored in it.
We applaud Polaris for bringing
their front storage boxes back to the
Sportsman line. They are super handy
for trail riding. If work chores are more
of a priority, it can handle heavy loads
on top as well.
Kawasaki offers multiple tie-down points
on both the front and rear racks. The
front also has a small storage box for
items like spare gloves or a sandwich.
The small storage box on the back end
of the KingQuad works as a toolbox or
to store tow ropes, or even lunch.
The Grizzly could use a rack upgrade
in its next revamp. They work but aren’t
very convienent for carrying small items
or strapping things on in a hurry.
other necessities. Out of the Japanese
brands, Kawasaki does the best job
with cargo. The Brute Force’s racks
have the best tie-down points, and the
front rack has a small, useful storage
box integrated into the center of it.
OUR TIRE CHOICE
The most noticeable feedback we
received out of any one tire/wheel
package was on the Polaris. The
12-ply RP Advanced tires were just
too heavy for this machine, or any
ATV for that matter. If you do have
a need for run-flat technology, we
suggest going for the skinniest tire
possible to keep weight down and
wear and tear to a minimum on
items such as wheel bearings, ball
joints and shocks. The wide Vision
wheels we installed the tires on didn’t
help, either. The stock Polaris wheels
are pretty flush with the hub, and if
you are looking into an aftermarket
wheel, we would stick with that con-
cept. Companies like STI are launch-
ing brand-new wheels that help keep
machines like the Sportsman, RZR 570
and RZR 800 as narrow as possible.
Of all the machines in this test, the
Polaris was the least likely to need an
aftermarket upgrade in the first place.
The STI Outbacks we put on the
Can-Am Outlander worked great.
The wheel was about 1 1/2 inches
(per side) wider than stock and the tire
much more aggressive. You could not
feel any extra weight, and the package actually made the machine’s EPS
work better. The steering was way too
On the Suzuki, we mounted a simi-