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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-02-2009, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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Is a Rhino 450 right for me? Long...

Noob here -- previous lurker... with a long post, looking for input.

I've been researching UTVs/RUVs for several weeks and am coming close to a buying decision, but wanted to confirm it with those who've been there, done that...

I'm getting ready to retire to a 5 acre tract in a 1500-acre gated mountain development in East Tennessee, with gravel roads. Looking for something to use to get around the development, on those often steep gravel roads with potholes and "washboards", and take an occasional "joy ride" on some of the old logging roads in the surrounding mountains. The development has a 10MPH speed limit, so I'm not looking to do 45 MPH, but I do need 4WD and low-end torque. Not looking for a pure "work vehicle" either because I have a 4WD pickup and small articulating tractor, and don't have that much property to maintain.

Picture more how retirees use golf carts in Florida and Arizona -- except I want to do it in the mountains, on gravel roads...

After looking at golf carts, Kei trucks, and the more common UTVs/RUVs, I've narrowed it down to either a Mule 610 or Rhino 450. Lack of local dealer support essentially eliminates Ranger and Arctic Cat, while both the John Deere and Kubota machines seem to be pure work, with no play. Mule 610 seems reliable and a solid choice, but perhaps boring in comparison. I can't afford a $12-15,000 "4WD golf cart" either, so I don't want to go over the $10,000 budget, equipped...

Assuming that I'm willing to deal with the noise of the Rhino 450 (Benz muffler, soundproof material added, etc.), would it make a decent "neighborhood runabout machine" for a mountainous community?
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Might as well get the larger of the Rhino's, just in case. You can find them used for really great prices, most likely under your budget. If so, then get the 650 or 700. Too much is ok, too little can be a problem.
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Not sure if the 450 comes with efi or not, but that would be the deciding factor for me just because you live in a higher elevation.
If the 450 does have efi, it would be fine for your application, If not, the 700 is the way to go, and I agree with skyjammer, you can get alot more for your$$$ on the used market.

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Not sure if the 450 comes with efi or not, but that would be the deciding factor for me just because you live in a higher elevation.
If the 450 does have efi, it would be fine for your application, If not, the 700 is the way to go, and I agree with skyjammer, you can get alot more for your$$$ on the used market.
X2...I agree with mark on this one. The EFI would definatly serve your needs better, also another thing to consider is resale. If you have no doubt that you will be getting rid of the machine then the 450 will probably be fine...BUT if you are one to upgrade machines often you may consider the 700. Also in todays market you should be able to Steal a SXS fairly easy.

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Thanks, guys...

I just wanted to clarify that when I'm talking mountains that i'm talking Eastern mountains. Most use would be from 2,000 to 4,000 ft elevation, so "thin air" isn't really that much of an issue...
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I just wanted to clarify that when I'm talking mountains that i'm talking Eastern mountains. Most use would be from 2,000 to 4,000 ft elevation, so "thin air" isn't really that much of an issue...

have you checked to see if the 450 has efi? I can tell you this, Just about everyone that buys a rhino, 450 or 660 always says, I'm leavin it stock, or it has enough power, after there first trip, they usually head out on the search for more power.

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have you checked to see if the 450 has efi? I can tell you this, Just about everyone that buys a rhino, 450 or 660 always says, I'm leavin it stock, or it has enough power, after there first trip, they usually head out on the search for more power.
The 450 is still carb, not EFI... and the air box is still in the center console like the old 660's.

I know what you mean about power -- but in my case I'd likely be looking for more low-end torque (i.e. a numerically higher gear ratio), instead to high-RPM horsepower. More rock-crawling kind of stuff, but not Rubicon or Moab rocks...
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sounds like you already made up your mind. think of the resale value is much higher on 660 over a 450 if you do need to get rid of it in the future as well. 450 are great if thats what your lookin for. 660- 700 are the same just a little more popular and more power. 4 seater haulin grand kids? go bigger for the added weight as well.

but were a bunch of power / speed freaks here so you might get a slightly jilted awnser lol

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Don't forget the disappointment factor, if you get the 450 and it isn't enough, your kinda stuck with it, maybe get a couple more hp out of it.
with a 660, you can go for as much power as you want. the Proshop builds a 686 that will climb china wall. the resale as stated is better on a 660/700
You could probably get a good used 660 right now for the cost of a new 450

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sounds like you already made up your mind. think of the resale value is much higher on 660 over a 450 if you do need to get rid of it in the future as well. 450 are great if thats what your lookin for. 660- 700 are the same just a little more popular and more power. 4 seater haulin grand kids? go bigger for the added weight as well.

but were a bunch of power / speed freaks here so you might get a slightly jilted awnser lol
Not entirely, but I'm strongly leaning toward the 450.

The budget simply has me looking at a 450 with some extras for creature comfort (top, radio, windshield, etc.) and function (winch, bumpers, tires, etc.) rather than a 660/700 without any extras...

If money were no object, I'd probably be looking at a loaded Teryx or something...
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