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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-09-2019, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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thinking about a new ranger.... MS VS. FS

I've been looking at rangers because the rebates are so good right now and I keep bouncing back and forth between a 570 MS and a 570 FS. I test drove a 570 fs and a 500 ms but the 500 felt slow. I did not go on any trails. Is the MS significantly more maneuverable on tight trails? Is the smaller bed size a worthwhile trade off? I am leaning towards the mid size because my property is very hilly, rocky, muddy etc. . on paper the FS is only 2'' wider but there is nothing listed for turning radius. Has anyone driven both in the woods? Is there a significant difference between the two handling wise? It'll be used for hunting, hauling firewood and also trail riding with my friends who have quads so id like the smaller footprint i think. FWIW I dont think I'll ever have more than one other person with me so 3 seats is not necessary. I guess I just wish the bed size was slightly bigger on the ms.
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If you're gonna trail ride much I'd lean toward the MS. The full size machines are really BIG by my standards. However, if its also going to be a work machine you may want the larger cargo space. I know I'm not much help and I don't ride a sxs either so I can't really comment from experience on turning radius differences but I'm sure the smaller size machine would be easier to maneuver in tight places.
I do have a friend that owns a FS 570 Ranger and its as big as a small pickup lol. He can go MOST places we travel but its a tight squeeze sometimes and it takes a larger trailer to haul it too.
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Personally I would not do the 500 because it is the entry level machine and the accessories aren't really available for it. There is some aftermarket support, but what I have seen looks kinda cheesy. Bang for the buck wise I think the 900 is a better buy. If you are looking at the full size 570, I would go to a 900 instead. Pretty close to the same physical size, but more tow and cargo capacity. The 500 and 570 models can haul 500 lbs in the bed. And 1000 lb towing. 900 and 1000 models go 1000 in the bed and 2000 Lb towing.

I don't use a Ranger on the trails, but I did take my 1000 to a guided trail ride location to help with set up. I went everywhere the ATVs went as we prepared the trails. Made every corner without having to back up or maneuver. According to the specs, my Ranger will go 63MPH although I have no idea why anyone would want to. Since I assemble them, I have driven all of the models. Turning radius doesn't really change between models until you get into the crew cabs and 4 passenger RZR models. If you can find one you can get a base 900 with power steering for a reasonable price.

My 2C worth. We got the Ranger for work around the property and LOVE it.
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Well, his first sentence says he's trying to choose between a mid size 570 and a full size 570 and that's what I was going on. I would definitely pick the 570 of whatever size over the 500 always. No question about that!
I was just saying that unless he really NEEDS the bigger machine, he's talking about trail riding and the smaller size would be easier handling and somewhat more nimble as a smaller machine always is.
You definitely want EPS no matter what you get... That's just a given.
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Yep, for sure EPS. Not really any difference between the mid and full size. Only difference that I can be sure of is the number of seat belts. I can not imagine that Polaris is making that many different sized frames for Ranger models.

Mine: 2018 Sportsman 850SP - 26" Bear Claw HTRs on OEM steel wheels(I really don't like the Aluminum ones)
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Hers: 2019 Sportsman 450. 26" Bear Claw HTRs on Moose 427X Wheels.

2007 Sportsman 500 EFI, Polaris Winch, 25" Bear Claws QSC Clutch Kit, Hand Warmers
2001 Magnum 325 MOSE 12" rear wheel conversion. 25" Sedona Coyote tires
2017 Polaris Ranger 1000XP - Roof and front glass
2018 Kawasaki KLR650
2001 Magnum 325 Warn winch and Moose 60" plow-Sent to Daughter and Son-In-Law since his blew up
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Looking at the 2020 lineup it appears Polaris has several different versions/sizes of the 570 Ranger.

2 seater 110" L x 58" W x 73" H
3 seater FS 114" x 60" x 74"
crew-4 142" x 60 x 73
crew-6 146" x 60" x 74"
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Other than the difference in length between the regular cab and crew cab which is obvious, I will bet that the frame/chassis is the same but some of the body plastics will be different. Part numbers won't match because the attachment points change between models.

If you want a 900 though you have to go to the 2019 or earlier models. They discontinued that popular model for the 2020 year. Now all 1000 cc engines. One SOHC with about 62hp and the other DOHC and 88hp. Pretty much the same size though.

Last week I put together a SOHC crew that had the heater installed from the factory. No windows, roof or doors though. Did have a winch installed too. Winter Ready or something they called it.

Mine: 2018 Sportsman 850SP - 26" Bear Claw HTRs on OEM steel wheels(I really don't like the Aluminum ones)
Polaris Hand warmers, Mirrors.
Hers: 2019 Sportsman 450. 26" Bear Claw HTRs on Moose 427X Wheels.

2007 Sportsman 500 EFI, Polaris Winch, 25" Bear Claws QSC Clutch Kit, Hand Warmers
2001 Magnum 325 MOSE 12" rear wheel conversion. 25" Sedona Coyote tires
2017 Polaris Ranger 1000XP - Roof and front glass
2018 Kawasaki KLR650
2001 Magnum 325 Warn winch and Moose 60" plow-Sent to Daughter and Son-In-Law since his blew up
SOLD 2004 Sportsman 600 Twin
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Other than the difference in length between the regular cab and crew cab which is obvious, I will bet that the frame/chassis is the same but some of the body plastics will be different. Part numbers won't match because the attachment points change between models.

If you want a 900 though you have to go to the 2019 or earlier models. They discontinued that popular model for the 2020 year. Now all 1000 cc engines. One SOHC with about 62hp and the other DOHC and 88hp. Pretty much the same size though.

Last week I put together a SOHC crew that had the heater installed from the factory. No windows, roof or doors though. Did have a winch installed too. Winter Ready or something they called it.
Yeah stave, when I was looking at the new lineup, they've got special editions with a climate controlled cab lol. I'd probably just drive my Tacoma and forget the Ranger if I was gonna be traveling in those kinda places.
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Right, but we sell a lot of the "Northstar" models with heat and A/C. A bunch of pretenders around that want the off road vehicle but don't actually drive it off road cause it might get dirty. Got one of them at the shop. Only drives the Cheese trail (gravel road on and old RailRoad right of way) or paved roads. A bunch in every village around here that allows them inside the city limits.

The damn things retail starting around $24,000. I can't really understand the desire to have a side by side so I can drive it in town. But then I can't get into a stereo on a golf cart either.

Maybe I am gettin too old for this stuff or just showing my age.....I like to haul my butt around the trails with an ATV.....Not ready for the RZR market yet. Our Ranger is for working around the yard.

Mine: 2018 Sportsman 850SP - 26" Bear Claw HTRs on OEM steel wheels(I really don't like the Aluminum ones)
Polaris Hand warmers, Mirrors.
Hers: 2019 Sportsman 450. 26" Bear Claw HTRs on Moose 427X Wheels.

2007 Sportsman 500 EFI, Polaris Winch, 25" Bear Claws QSC Clutch Kit, Hand Warmers
2001 Magnum 325 MOSE 12" rear wheel conversion. 25" Sedona Coyote tires
2017 Polaris Ranger 1000XP - Roof and front glass
2018 Kawasaki KLR650
2001 Magnum 325 Warn winch and Moose 60" plow-Sent to Daughter and Son-In-Law since his blew up
SOLD 2004 Sportsman 600 Twin
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