I am in Arizona and looking to buy my first UTV. I have been reading an think I would like to purchase a Rhino. I have about $10k budgeted need a 4 seater. Can anyone point me in a good direction other than Craigslist to find a good deal in my area?
Can anyone give me some input as to what accessories or performance mods I should be looking for? I have been told that FI is the way to go, any input on that?
For $10k I take it your looking for used machines. You'll never find a new machine for $10k with the rear seat system. However, if your looking for a true 4 seat machine Yamaha doesn't build a 4 seat rhino. You have to modify the bed of the rhino to accept the rear seat, and add on roll cage. You will have huge bill doing so. Last time I saw a rhino with the add on roll cage and the rear seat it was around $15,000 and that was a year old model with 1000 miles on it. Plus it had other add ons such as upgraded wheels and tires.
Add on accessories are hard to point out due to not knowing what your use of the machine will be. Personally the first accessory I do is the installation of a winch. After owning a Yamaha Grizzly 450 with the winch mounted permanently up front, I opted for the multi-mount option for my Rhino. The ability to hook the winch up to the front or rear of the vehicle makes recovery and utility purposes so much easier.
Other accessories to look at is an auxiliary battery installation, with a battery isolator. This is a great idea if you plan on using a bunch of auxiliary lights too. Running a bunch of lights and a winch will quickly drain your battery and in some cases can cause the rhino engine to shut down and it won't start again until you recharge the battery. There's been a few posts about this happening in a hard winch use operation.
Some overhead offraod lights are an absolute must if you plan on running around the wilderness at nigh as the stock headlights well...they truly suck.
I'm looking at ordering some materials to build a windshield and top and also a light bar for my rhino. The windshield I think is a must unless you wear goggles as the wind hitting your face along with the bugs flying into your eyes can become a hazard on the trail.
Again depending on what you plan on using the vehicle for I would also look at some sort of roof rack system to allow you to haul your gear while your on the trail.
Add a tire repair kit, small 12V air compressor, a jack, and a spare wheel and tire. If you plan on venturing far away from camp or wherever your heading you'll need to prepare for hazards so bring extra parts like CVT belts too.