I have a 2005 500 LE, I live on a beef farm and it is great for chores. It is a little sluggish up big hills but it gets there fine. As noted in another review, I too ran into carb problems in colder weather, (constantly adjusting to keep it running). Other than that, I custom built a 72inch plow that it pushes fine with about 6-8 inch snow falls then I have to switch down to a 60inch if there is more snow than that. It has great gound clearance and runs though mud holes great even on stock tires. Add a set of mudders and you're good to go. My buddy has an 07 660 Grizzly and I can walk circles around him in the mud but he can beat me in a dead run though. The only complaint I have about the machine is that it could use a little more power. It tends to bog down if you work it.. but then again it is only a 500 and does darn good for that.
Upgrades/Accessories: LE version(2500 winch) brush guards front and back. 72in plow, 60in plow, stock and 27inch kenda exc. tires.
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