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Offline poorboy194

Is low end power enough
« on: June 17, 2017, 09:21:18 AM »
Hi all
I have been looking at the Uforce 500 for months spent some time looking over one yesterday at the dealership and doing what research I can, not much out there. Wife and I are old not much for speed anymore, trail riding at high elevation over rocky slow crawling terrain. For this type of riding is there enough low end grunt in the 500 and will I have overheating problems riding like this with little air flow (slow speeds)? I have decided Cfmoto for sure but Zforce / Uforce / 500 / 800 are all still up in the air.
Thanks for any info

I really like how easy the Uforce is to get in and out of but the suspension and 50" with of the Zforce have me thinking also.


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Offline NMKawierider

Re: Is low end power enough
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2017, 09:34:35 AM »
During most of our rides in northern NM we are between 9200 and 12,000 feet and quit a bit at times are slow crawling in low range. No issues with heat or reduced airflow in our experience but with wet clutches it is important they be well engaged so it's important to be in low range when needed. This also keeps-up airflow in the CVTs and belts cooler as well as reduces stress on it. But..no, mine's been good doing what you are talking about. I have the  narrow Z800. I would recommend the 800 though for that application only because you won't work it as hard.   
2015 Z Force 800 (53") EPS -
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Offline poorboy194

Re: Is low end power enough
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2017, 09:46:49 AM »
Thanks I've watch almost all of your youtube vids very informative

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Offline NMKawierider

Re: Is low end power enough
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2017, 09:59:39 AM »
Thanks I've watch almost all of your youtube vids very informative
Thanks. Just got back from a week at Sipapu NM which is kinda between Taos and Angel fire and have another 8 hours of videos to sort through and put something together.
2015 Z Force 800 (53") EPS -
Custom Air Intakes | Custom Exhaust Mod | SuperATV Harness | Custom Fenders | Custom Skid/Rock Sliders | 27" GBC Grim Reapers | Seizmik Mirrors |Конструктор (Rodin's) Doors | Dr Pulley Sliders | 1.5" Wheel Spacers | BENZ Silencer (as needed) | SATV Flip Windshield W\ Rear Shield | Dual Light Bars | Diamond Plate Storage | 9.7" GPS | Bandit Springs Rear & Gen-3 Shocks Front

My Videos On YouTube

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Offline REDRIDER

Re: Is low end power enough
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2017, 09:34:02 AM »
seems that most don't complain about power on the 500's but I do see a lot of people wishing they went with a 60inch wide rather than the 50. Unless you have a really good reason to go with a 50 inch go with the wider. If you don't care for top speed and will be rolling around in low range a lot I am sure the 500 will be plenty of power for you. I would go with a Zforce over a Uforce if trail riding is what you are looking for. Zforce for pleasure riding, Uforce for working the farm.

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Offline poorboy194

Re: Is low end power enough
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2017, 11:15:01 AM »
seems that most don't complain about power on the 500's but I do see a lot of people wishing they went with a 60inch wide rather than the 50. Unless you have a really good reason to go with a 50 inch go with the wider. If you don't care for top speed and will be rolling around in low range a lot I am sure the 500 will be plenty of power for you. I would go with a Zforce over a Uforce if trail riding is what you are looking for. Zforce for pleasure riding, Uforce for working the farm.


Thanks for the input I'm terrible at deciding, still weighing options I'm bargain shopping. The EX make things harder to decide I can get a Yamaha or Honda for that price, Cfmoto is already taking things off no windshield no Roof on the Uforce no street legal kit standard.
As for the utility I would use that bed but ride comfort of he Zforce is going to be more important.

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Offline REDRIDER

Re: Is low end power enough
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2017, 12:12:46 PM »
seems that most don't complain about power on the 500's but I do see a lot of people wishing they went with a 60inch wide rather than the 50. Unless you have a really good reason to go with a 50 inch go with the wider. If you don't care for top speed and will be rolling around in low range a lot I am sure the 500 will be plenty of power for you. I would go with a Zforce over a Uforce if trail riding is what you are looking for. Zforce for pleasure riding, Uforce for working the farm.
The EX has much more travel and you can play a lot more with tire size and lift, I would 100% go with wider if possible, I was on the fence when I bought too but I am SOOOO happy I went with the EX. My zforce is an 800 came with winch and roof, has one some of the best suspension travel and a lot cheaper than a RZR. I don't know a Honda or Yamaha were anywhere near the price range, they weren't for the 800. My friend has a wolverine, I have more suspension travel and power by far. He runs good though. If you like rocks you want as much width and suspension travel as possible! I like crawling that is why I went with the EX. I have 2 inch lift and 29's the beast goes anywhere.

Thanks for the input I'm terrible at deciding, still weighing options I'm bargain shopping. The EX make things harder to decide I can get a Yamaha or Honda for that price, Cfmoto is already taking things off no windshield no Roof on the Uforce no street legal kit standard.
As for the utility I would use that bed but ride comfort of he Zforce is going to be more important.

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Offline Rangerdb

Re: Is low end power enough
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2017, 08:09:36 PM »
I have had the uforce 500 since September of last year. Like you, my wife and I aren't much into the speed thing anymore, although it is nice to open it up when you get on a smooth section of wide trail. For me it has plenty of low end power. When in low and turn on the 4x4, it'll crawl over pretty much anything you want to go over. I don't do any extreme riding with it but have been down some pretty rugged trails, through wash outs, over logs etc and it more than handles it.

I've never had it overheat, not even close and we put on 140 -150 km  (85 - 90 miles) on some days. We don't have the high elevations but have run on some fairly hot days.

It is also alot better on fuel than I though it would be. About 3 gallons for a full day of running.

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Offline poorboy194

Re: Is low end power enough
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2017, 08:55:12 AM »
I have had the uforce 500 since September of last year. Like you, my wife and I aren't much into the speed thing anymore, although it is nice to open it up when you get on a smooth section of wide trail. For me it has plenty of low end power. When in low and turn on the 4x4, it'll crawl over pretty much anything you want to go over. I don't do any extreme riding with it but have been down some pretty rugged trails, through wash outs, over logs etc and it more than handles it.

I've never had it overheat, not even close and we put on 140 -150 km  (85 - 90 miles) on some days. We don't have the high elevations but have run on some fairly hot days.

It is also alot better on fuel than I though it would be. About 3 gallons for a full day of running.


Thanks for you input I still haven't decided what I'm going to do I went back to look at Yamaha Vikings I like the three seats up front but It's 2k more than the Uforce 500  so close to the same price for the 800 that It had me looking around again. I thought I'd be in a side by side a month ago and here I am still trying to pick one LOL

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Offline REDRIDER

Re: Is low end power enough
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2017, 10:10:45 AM »
zforce 500ex, you wants it, best bang for your buck. or is it a 550 that makes the ex? shit I Don't know if theres a zforce that's 60 inches wide under the 800xx go with that!
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