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Old 03-15-2013, 06:00 AM
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Getting ready to go to Wisconsin on Memorial Day for 3 days of trail ride with friends. Would like to get a back seat for my wife, been looking at the WES Touring Polaris EPS, any thoughts or suggestions on this? I have a 2012 Polaris 400.
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:20 AM
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The WES seats do look nice and get good reviews..... but isn't the model your looking at (WES Touring Polaris EPS) designed for the "Touring 2-Up" machines.... not the Sportsman 400???



I think you'd want to be looking at the WES ATV Cargo Seat..... (But I may be wrong!!)



I've been looking and thinking hard about the Quadboss Weekender.... nice looking seat, decent storage and an area to carry a small gas can.




Earlier this week I picked up the Kolpin Lounge Seat at Fleet Farm on sale for $159.99, to temp. mount (on/off) on my machine.... doesn't look like near as nice of seat, but should work well enough for the kids. The other machine will get a nicer more permenant mounted seat like the Quadboss Weekender.

Kolpin Rear Lounger Seat....
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:37 AM
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New at this so, what does it mean when you say 2up machine?
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:47 AM
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2up machine the atv that was made for 2 people. If you just bought a regular atv, then it is made for 1 person. We ride 2 people on ours (me and the wife) on our 850xp. I have the Kimpex deluxe rear cargo box/seat. I tried a Wes box from Thor but did not like it at all. This is the 2nd kimpex deluxe box I have had.
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:50 AM
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New at this so, what does it mean when you say 2up machine?
The box you mentioned won't work. It is designed to fit the touring models.

Polaris among some other brands, make atvs designed for two riders, called 2ups by us. Polaris has 2 2up models, the X2 and the touring. The touring has a nice seat on the back, the X2 a dump box that converts.

One of the boxes Mustbenice linked should work, but the one you linked assumes you have a touring model already, which you don't.

In my places, it is illegal to ride two up on an atv even if you have an extra seat, unless the atv is design from the factory to do so, like the Polaris x2 or touring models. Check your local laws do you do not get a nice ticket for doing so.
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:52 AM
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I have a 1999 and 1998 Sportsman 500's. Not designed for 2 riders (2 up). I have also ridden extensively on a friends Sprotsman 500 2up.

On the 2010, which is most similar to yours, we used this:
J R Graham Powersports

It worked VERY well although, it was a little too far forward for our liking. I am 250 and wife probably 170's both tall. It was not uncomfortable at all, but a little more space front to back would have been an improvement.

On my older machines I bought these:
Sporting Cases And Gun Cases | Wayfair

I had to modify them a little bit, but they were much better comfort wise and allowed a little more space. Modifications:
Built a box out of 1/2" plywood to fit in rear bag and bolted it through the rear rack, which gave the back rest stability. Worked GREAT. Also bought Sterilite "Shoe Box" size plastic contaiers for the side bags. Made them more rigid and really made the ride great.

On both machines we did some very aggressive rock climbs, mud holes and 200+ miles of trail riding without issue.

Your machine is not designated for 2 riders (2 UP), so keep that in mind, but your 400 is not that different from the 500.
Hopefully my experience helps you. Feel free to ask more about it, almost all my riding is 2up
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:55 AM
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So maybe my machine is to small for a lounger? Some of them have the person sit up n the back rack up high, was looking for something that put the person lower
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:01 AM
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You're machine isn't too small, it's just not as long as the 2up models so it's not going to be a perfect match. You can still do it though.

All the box an seat combos I know put the passenger up on the back rack because of ergonomics. You need to be able to sit far enough from the handlebars to be able to steer properly, which pushes the passenger to the back rack on non 2up models like your 400
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:14 AM
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Thanks all...all good info...Learned something today, good thing. Yes I am told it is legal to ride to on a non-2up ATV in WI.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:17 AM
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Guess my question then are they stable and fairly safe? We are not going on black diamond trails
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