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Hello everyone. After doing some browsing on some sites and stores (plus this forum) I've decided that my next off road vehicle will the Polaris Ace. Don't have it yet as I'm trying to sell my HD V-Rod Muscle (don't need two motorcycles). I'm hoping it will sell soon because I have no doubt that the Ace is going to be everything I will want it to be. I'm also going to sell my 05 350 Raptor to make way for the Ace. Love my Raptor but need something a little more useful for around the house/woods. I do plan on doing mods and accessory's for the Ace like front and rear bumpers, doors, and some engine upgrades as more comes available. There will be other stuff I will add too but haven't decided on that yet. I will be using the ace for some towing, since the riding mower can't get to some of the places, which will allow me to make more trails in the woods. I did test drive an Ace a few weeks ago and was surprised how much get up and go it had, its no 350 raptor fast but it is more that I thought it would have. I like the fact that the engine has 32hp for a 327cc (or 325cc can't remember) motor compared to my Raptor which was like 21hp for a 348cc. There is some other stuff I was going to mention but I'll remember after I make this introduction. I do plan on being an active member on here and would enjoy doing some meet ups with other members on here.
 

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Welcome to the forum, I picked up our ace last Friday. I bought it mainly for my two sons (9&11). It is a lot more fun to drive than I expected. I have a commander 1000 for 3 years now. But I have been very impressed with the ace so far. So good luck and make the purchase. You will love it
 

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Know what's worse? Having one, and having the weather completely suck everywhere that you could go riding within 200 miles for like 2 months.
 

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That is true. I couldn't even ride my Raptor from November to April because of all the snow. At least with the Ace I should have much better luck.
 

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So it has been close to a year since I joined on here and waiting to get my Ace. The waiting is now over, I just bought my 2015 Ace SP today and I should be getting it delivered next week. I had a tough choice on what I wanted. Original I was just going to get a Voodoo Blue 570, but after seeing the awesome SP model, I had to have it. The other vehicle that the dealer had that had a very tempting offer was a 2014 Scrambler 850 LE in the Voodoo Blue which was marked down $2,400, but the Ace still won me over. Here is a few pictures on the dealer floor.


 

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Shawn....great choice and a good lookin ACE you got there
 
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The SP is a great choice and I can say you wouldn't have been disappointed with the scrambler either :D
I see that you have both, which is awesome. The Ace won mainly because it's going to be a little more useful in cleaning out the woods at the house, so I can make more trails to ride on.
 

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yeah the ace is more useful for sure, the scramblers racks or lack of make it hard to carry much. can't beat the ride quality or power of the scrambler though.
The scrambler is the clear winner at the beach but in the mountain trails the ace keeps right up. Its hard to ever open up the scrambler in the mountains except on connector roads.
Like I said they are both great choices. :)
 

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I see you have both machines that I was interested in except I was going to go with the 900 Ace. Do you feel you can ride the Ace as fast on high speed trail riding compared to the Scrambler?
 

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short answer no...long answer depends on the trail type and how you like to ride.
here in Oregon with the rough, rocky, and twisty trails the scrambler can go much faster due to shorter wheelbase and much better suspension. The Ace is the winner when things get steeper due do the longer wheelbase.
The Ace holds it own for sure with less tight corners and smoother trails.
The 850 scrambler is 78HP, lighter, and much better suspension, so given the right rider its hard to keep up with for any machine. The mountain trails out here rarely give me the chance to open up the scrambler on anything other than connector roads. In the sand it's pretty much idle or wide open :)
In stock trim the scrambler is the clear winner if you primarily want to go fast, while the Ace is the clear winner if you need to go steep most of the time or want to 'utility' it.
My primary issue with the Ace is the suspension, you can overdrive its capabilities with the 325. I haven't been following the 900 to see how it has changed or how it is holding up.
Final thought as always...I don't think you can go wrong with either machine...you just have to pick the one most suited to your primary use.
 

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Good write-up Cyclone
 

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The Scrambler or the Ace..... tough call, basically a choice between good suspension or safety. If you like to go fast I would say the Scrambler as the Ace suspension is really short and bottoms out way to easily which can be pretty rough in a seated position.... especially hitting a wash/whoops at speed. Honestly I think the Polaris engineers where smoking crack the day they where designing the Ace suspension as the Scrambler is well proven to be excellent... should of used the new Scrambler suspension on the Ace instead they used the same strut setup as a 2004 scrambler. Honestly I was expecting SXS suspension performance from the Ace but that was unrealistic... mid travel ATV you can't stand up on lol basically

The Ace (in my opinion) is not good at speed but really shines in the more technical twisty trails and rougher terrain and of course the safety level is way beyond what you get on a quad, all the speed and suspension travel in the world wont save you when you roll a quad. We just lost a friend to the Ace forum from a quad crash, the out come might of been different if he was one a Ace. Either way you know what I mean... depends on how much you like to push your luck. So I'm good with the Ace, may not be the fastest or the smoothest but at the end of the day it will get you there and back in one piece .... and ready to do it again the next day.
 

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The Scrambler or the Ace..... tough call, basically a choice between good suspension or safety. If you like to go fast I would say the Scrambler as the Ace suspension is really short and bottoms out way to easily which can be pretty rough in a seated position.... especially hitting a wash/whoops at speed. Honestly I think the Polaris engineers where smoking crack the day they where designing the Ace suspension as the Scrambler is well proven to be excellent... should of used the new Scrambler suspension on the Ace instead they used the same strut setup as a 2004 scrambler. Honestly I was expecting SXS suspension performance from the Ace but that was unrealistic... mid travel ATV you can't stand up on lol basically

The Ace (in my opinion) is not good at speed but really shines in the more technical twisty trails and rougher terrain and of course the safety level is way beyond what you get on a quad, all the speed and suspension travel in the world wont save you when you roll a quad. We just lost a friend to the Ace forum from a quad crash, the out come might of been different if he was one a Ace. Either way you know what I mean... depends on how much you like to push your luck. So I'm good with the Ace, may not be the fastest or the smoothest but at the end of the day it will get you there and back in one piece .... and ready to do it again the next day.
M Spec...the Polaris engineers hit it right on the head with the Ace design It was designed as a one seat machine designed for younger or new to the sport riders or older riders like me who cant ride quads anymore. Many people don't care to run balls to the walls all the time as scrambler riders usually do....so what they gave the public was a fun machine that is reasonably fast, safe and one that has allowed a whole new generation of riders to operate without the intimidation factor found on some atvs. Would a better suspension be an improvement....yes, but for who we see riding the Aces, completely unneccesary in the majority of cases.
So in my opinion they really couldn't have done a much better job than they did
 

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Vandal don't get me wrong, I still love the Ace a lot, if the ride was super bad I prob would of traded it in for a RZR but its size and a cage makes it a lot of fun, motor and drive train is kick butt.... just seems like it would of been perfect if it had the same suspension as the same year Scrambler 1000, then the speed freaks can have their fun and the sane drivers can enjoy the peace of mind of a stronger more reliable set up. I'm willing to bet we will see a dual a-arm not to far down the road from Polaris, it will be interesting to see the Ace evolve over the years like the RZR has.
 
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