I thin I it’s due for an update, a better looking roll cage and few other upgrade could help boost the sales.
Good to hear a comparison like that. Just thought the 900 Ace was the powerful machine they wanted? Sounds like many people prefer power/racing than practical cross country hunting stuff that i do without the need to get there in a hurry.I think the market for the little ACE is too limited. Everyone wants the Rzr. Many for all the extra power. I consider the 900 Rzr trail the ultimate cross over. Narrow for trails but noticeably more power and turns sharper than the little ACE. I have the ACE 570 deluxe and the Rzr 900 trail. The Rzr goes anywhere the ACE does but is more comfortable and has more power. I beefed up the trailer hitch mount and use it for towing trailers around my property for hauling tree limbs and other stuff. The 900 comes with only 12" wheels and tires but has the same bolt pattern as the larger Rzr's, which means you can often find great deals on take-offs which give you a small lift and better flotation in mud, sand or snow.
The Polaris Ace when it first came onto the market had quite a few issues from the on going VR location, lack of protective plastic for the internal vitals (so washing down inside the guards was a nightmare with bits and pieces poking around), the lacking of a simple extra 1 " in ground clearance (it was lower to the ground than the average quad bike so hit more obstacles), poor location of the battery for easy access to the lack of descent mud flaps (mud was easily thrown up hitting the inside seat edges) which was only improved on later models. The newer models of the Ace after 2015 did not incorporate much improvement at all. Too many accessories where some should have been stock on purchase (brush bars front and rear, nerf bar - the plastic sills cracked when hitting objects due to lack of ground clearance), and roof.
I was lucky to get my 2015 Ace as a prize from a Salmon Fishing competition so it had some of the accessories already fitted. I noted on the US sites that Aces featured in some spectacular crashes where the front suspension broke - this was only up graded in later models - i doubt not covering the original models did Polaris no favours?
I see the roll cages were reshaped on later models - looks like to carry the spare wheel etc.
So back to sales - Polaris branded accessories and more importantly spare parts including the Polaris branded oil appeared to be pricey compared to the likes of Honda, Suzuki etc. Why such a big company would hike up their prices.....well they didn't appeared concerned? The first indicators of sales not taking off started i think in not addressing the front suspension (but offering upgrades at a huge cost), and the issues raised above that were left too long in being addressed or not addressed at all.
It would be great if another improved version of the Ace came out with faults ironed out such as they do in vehicles ...but i doubt it. Polaris are just shrugging it off. Good luck.
Not quite, they changed to a double a arm setup on the 570's starting in 2017.....Nobody cared at all about the single arm front suspension except people that Failed to look at the machine before they bought it, and forum nerds like us. The whole double a arm debate started after it wasn’t even being made anymore, online.