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Good day all! I am new here to the forum, but not new to wheeling. Currently have a 2000 Sportsman 500 RSE (LOVE it!) and am looking to pick up 2 new ones for the wife and I. We don't do any speed runs nor live in the mud. We do like riding trails and the occasional trip through some muddy stuff. I am leaning towards the 550 and the 570 for us both. My 500 (not H.O.) has more power than I have ever needed and will go plenty fast for me. That being said, I am curious of the difference between the 550 and the 570 EFI. I would imagine the 570 will be somewhat more efficient with fuel being EFI, but why the price difference? What are the big items to sway a purchase one way or the other? Thanks in advance!
 

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The XP 550 has a more advanced suspension and nicer ride. I own a 550 X2, but I have only test driven a 570, but if I had to pick I would go with the 550 like I have now. Even with both machines being EPS equipped, the 570 had more kickback on rocks and logs than my current XP. The 570 has simpler Macpherson Strut suspension while the 550XP has dual a-arm suspension with Coil over shocks.

There are other minor differences, but the specs are pretty close. both machines seem pretty equal on power from a seat of the pants feel. I actually felt that my 550 had a little more grunt than the 570, not a big difference though.

I feel the 550 is worth the extra $$$, some will argue the other way, as always, ride both and buy the one you prefer.
 

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Oh and both the 550 and the 570 are EFI equipped.
 

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Thanks for the feedback and the welcome! We are planning a trip to a dealer tomorrow to see how they feel. Have to see if they have one of each to test drive. I will post what we think if we get a chance to ride them! Thanks again!
 

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I recently posted this for another forum member...

We were in the same boat about a month ago comparing the 550 and 570. We liked both and hard a time deciding between the two. The 570 feels more torquey out of the two. It puts the power down and the front end will come up on you when you really hit the gas. I took it to a dirt track the other week and had an absolute blast. The 550 is on a different platform. The suspension on this rig really shines and absorbs a lot more that the 570 does. I will tell you that I like the suspension on the 550 quite a bit more than the 570. The 550 is no slouch though when it comes to power but it is delivered smoother than the 570. In the end we bought both lol. Good luck on your purchase...
 

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here we go again.

take a look at the other threads that pose this same question. There are a lot of opinions on the matter. but in the end, it comes down to which machine fits you better. ride them both then decide.

but to explain the price difference it's all in the suspension and the wheels/tires. The Double A-arm suspension and the 14" wheels with 26" rubber on them on the 550 and the McPherson struts and 12" wheels with 25" tires on the 570. there are some capacity gains with the 550 over the 570, but IMHO they aren't much. same with the suspension travel and ground clearance.
 

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^^ This. Try them both out and see what you like better.

Both are equally great machines, it might come down to something as simple as liking the body styling of one or the other.
 

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Go with the 550! You will love it!
 

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Go with the 550! You will love it!
Buckmaster- You went with the Browning Edition... we are also considering them. Are you happy with that decision or would you do it different now?

I know they come with the nice camo, rack extender, bumpers, 2500# winch, gun scabbard... We don't hunt, will want brush guards not just bumpers, maybe a heavier winch, and the body side guard kits. We will be adding the fuel carriers to the front rack, large boxes to the rear racks, so rack extenders would probably have to be removed anyway...

I'm going to be honest and say I haven't priced everything separately and added it to the base 550 EPS XP vs the 550 EPS Browning and then add the extras we want.

Just curious... We LOVE the feel of the XP's and don't need the power or speed of the 850, so I think with the help of the forum, the 550 is what we will be getting. Now... Browning or not Browning

#middleageproblems :chairfall:
 
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