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Polaris RZR 800 Owner’s Report

RZR 800 OR 2
August 27, 2014
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The UTV world suddenly became much more interesting in 2008 when Polaris came out with the first RZR 800. It jumped way out in front of the herd of Rhinos, Rangers and Prowlers. Polaris was selling RZR 800s as fast as they could make them, and that was reflected by the number of survey forms sent to us. The stack for RZR 800s was rather tall. This owners’ report includes all of the 800s—from the original with a 50-inch width to the XC model with a 55-inch width, as well as the S model and four-seater with a 60-inch width.

When tallying up the surveys, we noted that every area of the country is represented by RZR 800 owners. It’s used in a variety of ways on different
types of terrain, and all of the owners seemed pleased with their machines. For a performance-minded UTV, it rates pretty well for durability. There’s a ton of accessories available for it, and the owners were happy with the many listed items they bought. The RZR 900 and 1000 may get most of the attention now, but the 800 is still a smart choice for a much lower price.

RZR 800 OR 1

Model year
(of surveys received)
2013………………………………..9%
2012………………………………32%
2011………………………………31%
2010………………………………16%
2009………………………………..4%
2008………………………………..8%

Types of riding
Leisure trail riding….HHHH
Fast trail riding……….HHHH
Snow & ice………………….HHH
Sand……………………………HHH
Hunting & fishing……….HHH
Work & hauling………….HHH
Mud……………………………….HH
Riding on a track…………..HH
Organized racing…………….H

The one thing you like most about your RZR 800
50-inch width…………..HHHH
Handling…………………HHHH
Power………………………….HHH
Suspension…………………HHH
Goes anywhere………….HHH
Versatility………………………HH
Low maintenance……………H
American made………………H
Durable……………………………H
Fit & finish………………………..H
Appearance…………………….H

The one thing you like least
Nothing……………………….HHH
Ground clearance………HHH
CVT response………………..HH
No EPS…………………………..HH
Bed capacity………………….HH
Suspension……………………HH
Air filter system………………..H
Minimum storage…………….H
Roll cage………………………….H
Legroom…………………………..H
Seats…………………………………H
Wheels……………………………..H

If you could improve one thing on your RZR 800
CVT…………………………HHHH
More power………………..HHH
Suspension…………………HHH
Add power steering………HH
Parking brake……………….HH
Ground clearance……………H
Add doors………………………..H
Seat belts………………………….H
Air filter system………………..H
Engine heat……………………..H
Brake chatter……………………H
Exhaust…………………………….H

During normal usage, what broke, malfunctioned or prematurely wore out?
Nothing……………………HHHH
Shocks…………………………HHH
CVT belt……………………………H
Wheel bearings……………….H
Throttle cable…………………..H
CV joints…………………………..H
Tie rod bushings………………H
CVT………………………………….H
Sway bar………………………….H
Suspension linkage…………H
Winch……………………………….H
Diff seal…………………………….H
Mirrors……………………………..H
Tires………………………………….H

What accessories have you added?
Roof…………………………HHHH
Windshield……………..HHHH
Winch………………………….HHH
Wheels………………………..HHH
Skid plates………………….HHH
Mirrors………………………..HHH
Intake………………………….HHH
Bumpers………………………..HH
Doors……………………………..HH
Back window…………………HH
Tires……………………………….HH
Exhaust………………………….HH
Lights…………………………….HH
Power steering…………………H
Lift kit………………………………..H
Cage………………………………..H
Suspension………………………H
Seat belts………………………….H
Plow…………………………………H
CVT kit……………………………..H
GPS………………………………….H
Heater………………………………H

Happy with the outcome?
Yes………………………………100%
No…………………………………..0%

How do you rate your RZR 800’s durability?
Excellent……………………….84%
Okay……………………………..12%
Poor………………………………..4%
How do you rate its quality & attention to detail?
Excellent……………………….72%
Okay……………………………..28%
Poor………………………………..0%

How do you rate its performance compared to other UTVs in its class?
Excellent……………………….86%
Okay……………………………..14%
Poor………………………………..0%

How do you rate your local Polaris dealer?
Excellent……………………….37%
Okay……………………………..55%
Poor………………………………..8%

Would you recommend a friend to buy a RZR 800?
Yes………………………………100%
No…………………………………..0%

If you were to buy another ATV, what would it be?
Another RZR 800…………HHH
RZR 900……………………….HHH
Can-Am Maverick………..HH
Wildcat 1000…………………….H
Wildcat 50-inch………………..H
Teryx4………………………………H
John Deere 850…………………H

What dream ATV would you like to see the manufacturers offer?

RZR trail racer……………….HH
Narrow RZR 1000…………..HH
Street legal RZR…………….HH
Suzuki UTV………………………H
Larger Ace……………………….H
UTV w/ man. transmission.H
RZR 1200…………………………..H
Rock-crawler UTV……………H
Lightweight 4×4……………….H

HHHH = most responses, HHH = many responses , HH = some responses , H = few responses

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