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Hi all. First post here so bare with me. I utilized the search function a few times but can't find the answers I am after. New to the UTV market but like the looks of the AC 550. Don't know anyone that has one that I can ride or drive. Questions:

1. How far if you drive conservatively will a tank of gas get you?
2. How well does it fit in the back of a full size truck?
3. Any problems or years to stay away from?

Sure there will be a lot more questions but those are the ones off the top of my head. What I want it for mostly is hunting, just being able to take 2 track and over grown roads without worrying about scratching up my truck. There will be a little play involved but mostly I want reliability and enough power to make it up the hills and over rocks without to much fuss.

Thanks in advance!
 

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Don't know what you have for a truck but it will be a tight squeeze as the machine in roughly 60" wide, and over 9' long. Also you are pushing 1200 lbs empty so suspension will be an issue.

Much better off putting it on a trailer, IMO.
 

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It will fit in my truck with the tail gate down. 03 chevy duramax longbed 3/4t HD
The tires will not be on the gate but the gate can't go up.
You will want to build blocks for the front tires so the bumper does not hit the back glass.

A full tank will get you very far don't know exact milage my mom has the 550 and it does very well on fuel.

They are all efi and have great reliability.

It is a great choice for someone not wanting to hotrod.
They easily go 2x's farther than most 4wheelers.
 

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They easily go 2x's farther than most 4wheelers.
Well considering the tank is twice the size of most wheelers.:D

Are you ramping up and over the wheel wells or just climbing over them?
 

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Thanks for the advice! My truck is a 06 dodge 3500 long bed. The 1200lbs wont be a problem. Just fit. I am thinking I would get a trailer but would like the option to just truck it.

Next question is what options or aftermarket add ons would you go with? I like to leave things as stock as possible other then maybe new tires and rims maybe.
 

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Welcome to the forum. I have heard some good things about the 550. Good power and torque for the money. Not sure how the power compares to the 650 or 700. My 2006 650 which is carbed runs about 130 miles to the tank, that is a machine that has a four seat cage and kids in the back most of the time.The EFI system seems to be really reliable and performs well. We have a few members that have this model, give it a few days and hopefully they will come on and give some feedback.

What part of the country are you from

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Well considering the tank is twice the size of most wheelers.:D

Are you ramping up and over the wheel wells or just climbing over them?

I just put it in 4wheel and diff lock and have no problem crawling over wheel wells.

Climbing out is another thing as the doors won't open.
 

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I have a 700 currently but started off with the 550.. I traded mine in cuz I wanted to do a little more "hotrodding" and the 550 just didn't have what I was looking for on the bottom end.. especially with two 250 pounds boys in it..lol.. as far as a rig to ride along to get to the hunting camp and through the rough stuff, I'm sure you will love the 550.. for that size of an engine it is definitely impressive!. as far as getting up some of the really steap rough terrain, you've always got low range to get you to where you wanna go... sounds like for your needs and what you're looking to do with it the 550 will not dissapoint you.. I just went with the 700 cuz I wanted to spin the tires a little more around the corners :) my best advice to you would be to find a good local dealer and take one for a good ride.. remember to take your truck there though.. you'll probably end up taking it home !
 

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Welcome to the forum,The new 550s are pretty impressive 50+ mph good looking.
 

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Thankyou for all the responses... The dealer made me a dandy deal on a 2010 700 (only $500) more then the 550. I upgraded the seats and headed in to pick it up friday.
 

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The Arctic cat seats. They had them in a 1000 on the floor and after sitting in them and then the normal factory ones.. Had to cough up the $$ :)
 

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Good choice! you'll love the 700! it keeps impressing me! my only piece of advice.. if you plan on going through any amount of water.. snorkel it!! I did and it worked out well... i'm not a swamp bogger but do like to occasionally play in the mud and like to get way out back when i'm deer hunting and means water for me.. the stock setup does not like any amount of water (especially if you have to back up in a brook)lol or you splash through a washout by accident..
 
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