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Not going over $7000 like I did previously to the Polaris you get UTVs without much dealer support after they are 6-7 years old. Made in China parts they stop making and is no cross reference to similar parts. Stick with a company that supports their products.

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On 5/13/2017 at 5:54 PM, Willy M said:

Seems a 7 year old is obsolete in the world of Chinese made utv's. I'm told it's Chinese and only assembled in the US.

 The American Sportworks is made in the U.S.A. except the engines that are sourced out. And I hope my 7 year old buggy is not obsolete. I can't afford anything newer.

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3 hours ago, vaughn said:

 The American Sportworks is made in the U.S.A. except the engines that are sourced out. And I hope my 7 year old buggy is not obsolete. I can't afford anything newer.

Landmaster it's now called told me they no longer have the left front strut assy. They do not sell the gas shock separately Im told because it comes from a foreign country as an assy. The shock was stamped Venezuela.   Yours and mine are obsolete. What I don't like since I'm in Canada is the added expense of UPS shipping, no Canadian dealer with parts, in fact any listed dealer in Canada I think are not selling these at all and don't have any parts. The one listed and I contacted had to order from the US and pay UPS.  Love my Polaris Ranger, does it ever ride smooth after knowing how the Sportworks rode.

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If you would like, post year and model and I'll look down here for the parts you need. Post a picture if possible.

I was told by one of the company's higher ups that all was U.S. built except the engines. Sad to find out different. 

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I don't know the exact year but about 7 or so years old, Trail Wagon, with 653 Subaru engine (which is good). It's not made to go fast and you don't want to, steering is sloppy. For off road on bad washed out rocky/muddy trails it is slow but gets through it all. A shame there is no guard for the rear transmission with alloy housing. If it was not for the lack of parts and/or expensive assemblies  I'd keep it.

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The seat is not original, this one softens some of the bumps. Original seats have soft foam that sinks to the plywood base when sat on providing NO cushion.

I've seen better seats on 12 foot aluminum boats.

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I did find a part that worked, a Polaris gas shock. Had to make the thread diameter smaller to fit the mount.  Landmaster only sells the complete strut assy. and the left side they are out of. Stut assy. is $380, way too much when you just need the shock. Bought the shock for $100. You can see it in the photo, the only "clean": part.

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After reading all this and doing more research I'm looking around for a new to me buggy. Sure seems folks are proud of them at the price their asking for used stuff.

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No one likes to lose their $$. Just ask yourself why are they selling when their Sportworks is in good shape. It's been more than once I hit a bump and my head smashed into the roof! Those 4 rear shocks each with a coil spring don't help ride quality but do help hauling heavy loads.

The seats are a rectangular piece of plywood with some soft foam and black vinyl stapled to it. I could make better but bought a seat with high density foam that absorbs bumps, greatly helped comfort

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We built new seats within a week of getting it. Bottom was worn out and the back was missing. Wondering if one shock on each side was removed if it would help the stiff ride.

   By the way, I traded a Kawasaki Bayou 250 that we never rode for the buggy.

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DON"T remove the shocks, just setting them on their lowest setting makes the buggy tippy. I tried disconnecting a shock on each side, not good.

It needs an independent rear end, which isn't worth redesigning it. Has an odd setup with a side bar and U shape with bottom of the U attached to the cab frame.

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Thanks for the advice. It will keep me from screwing up. I'm afraid if they made all the improvements it needs it would be priced up there with the big boys.

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Landmaster still has the rear shocks with springs available, not that you want more.  Don't stress the front wheel drive, those axles are narrower under the CV boot and will snap. I've broken both sides without trying. Without measuring the spline they only measure 1/2" maybe a bit more, why the axle that you see is thicker is a mystery.

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Mine is two wheel drive so at least I won't have that problem. And you're right, I don't want any stock shocks from them.

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I have a large buck in the woods here but he never breaks cover, gets behind my tree stand and blows showing his discontent that I'm hiding up in a tree.

That's why he's a big one. Seen his tracks.

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Took the Sportworks hunting moose in Quebec and it got through all the washed out trails. Had two moose hanging at the cottage we rented. The main building down the road has rooms and caters to foreign visitors, mostly from France. Well a group came walking up the dirt road by our cottage and saw the moose and 4 wheelers. They took photos like they never saw a 4 wheeler before. Two of the men wanted their photos holding the moose head. After they did this there was bloody guck on their clothing but they were enjoying this too much to care.

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These will also fit in the dump box of the UTV, they walked up from about 85 yards away were resting within  a few yards of my house.

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No, not yet, anyway. But I will keep trying. It gets a little cold here but no snow. Of course it will get hot again within a few days.

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