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It depends on your budget and what you are looking for in an ATV.
 

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Welcome to the board!:med:
 

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the bigger the better
 

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Personally i would go with the 570, but both are great machines.
 

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suspension on the 550 is the xp suspension, but you lose the integrated storage. and you only get 3/4" of clearance out of it. The 570's ergo's are different as well. performance on the engines isn't enough to call it and there's not enough (in my opinion) difference in the suspension to call it. Towing and fuel capacity are essentially the same. both are efi. The 570 is available with EPS.

Really it comes down to riding both and seeing which one feels better for you.
 

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Sit on and ride both if possible .. you are going to get opinions all over the place.

Unbraked trailer towing capacity for both is 1,786 lb.

• The 570's hitch tow rating is 275lbs less than the 550.

• 570 front/rear rack is rated at 90lb and the 550 is rated at 120lbs

• 570 payload capacity is at 485lbs and 550 is rated at 575lbs

• 570 fuel tank is 4.5 gallons and 550 is 5.25 gallons

Spec comparisons here

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2014 Polaris Sportsman 550 EPS Sunset Red ATV : Specs

[570]
2014 Polaris Sportsman 570 EFI Sage Green ATV : Specs
 

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Sit on and ride both if possible .. you are going to get opinions all over the place.

Unbraked trailer towing capacity for both is 1,786 lb.

• The 570's hitch tow rating is 275lbs less than the 550.

• 570 front/rear rack is rated at 90lb and the 550 is rated at 120lbs

• 570 payload capacity is at 485lbs and 550 is rated at 575lbs

• 570 fuel tank is 4.5 gallons and 550 is 5.25 gallons

Spec comparisons here

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2014 Polaris Sportsman 550 EPS Sunset Red ATV : Specs

[570]
2014 Polaris Sportsman 570 EFI Sage Green ATV : Specs
Way to spread facts and NOT BS.
Opinions will vary so take them with a grain of salt.
Ride both if you can and decide for your self.
 

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Sit on and ride both if possible .. you are going to get opinions all over the place.

Unbraked trailer towing capacity for both is 1,786 lb.

• The 570's hitch tow rating is 275lbs less than the 550.

• 570 front/rear rack is rated at 90lb and the 550 is rated at 120lbs

• 570 payload capacity is at 485lbs and 550 is rated at 575lbs

• 570 fuel tank is 4.5 gallons and 550 is 5.25 gallons

Spec comparisons here

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2014 Polaris Sportsman 550 EPS Sunset Red ATV : Specs

[570]
2014 Polaris Sportsman 570 EFI Sage Green ATV : Specs
there ya go. 550 wins hands down
 

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there ya go. 550 wins hands down
I don't think so. He forgot one very important category. The $1,400 price advantage the 570 has over the 550 is considerable. Another huge advantage for the 570 is the 12" wheels. Being stuck with 14" wheels on an XP, you realize the advantages of 12" wheels. With the new, more powerful engine, looks to me like the 570 is going to be the clear winner. Don't believe it? Go into a dealer and you will walk past a whole line of 550's while you try to find a single 570. I have yet to see one in person. They are selling them before they even arrive at the store.
 

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Bobx2: I don't disagree with your statement but sometimes new makes it more popular just because its new and different. I think a little more time is needed to see which one will be more popular at the end. For me I really don't care which way it goes. I'd like to see Polaris go to a 650 twin instead of a 20cc upgrade for less money, seems that the 500 already fills this area just fine.
 

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^^ people said the same thing about the 400 and 500, then thry axed the 500. So my predction, is in the next couple years the 550 will be replaced.
 

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It will be interesting to c how it plays out but I can't imagine why polaris would keep the 550. I believe its going to morph into a 650 or so twin myself.
 

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and how much power does the 550 put to the ground? how much does the 570 put to the ground?
 

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when it comes down to it, the bikes are so similar on paper it's really going to come down to which one fits the rider better, and where their pocket book fits. The $1400 less for a more powerful bike, granted it's nominally more powerful, is going to be a HUGE draw for people.

For me. the integrated storage is also a huge factor drawing me toward the 570.
 

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Just another opinion here.. but idk, there's a lot of reasons that people choose the XP line over the value line. Many people choose the 850 over the 800. (I realize that the difference in engine size is larger between those two though). I've talked with a few people that say that the XP suspension, steering, comfort, and overall balance and sporty feel are well worth the extra money. That leads me to believe that the 550 still has a leg up on the 570 in virtually every aspect. That being said... for $1500 less, I can totally understand that the vast majority of people will opt for the 570. All this in mind, I'd still probably bet that the 550 will be phased out, as its sales will probably be very low with the 570 available.
 
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