The NEW 2011 John Deere Gator 825ci
Well we have just added one more UTV to the UTVUnderground stable thanks in part to John Deere. UTVUnderground along with John Deere will be performing a year long term review on this new machine so we will hard to keep this thread updated with feedback and information surrounding the new Gator 825ci.
While I havent yet taken the new Gator out to play I have noticed a few really cool things about the machine just in messing with it here at the Magnum Offroad shop. First was the extremly smooth peddle, meaning the throttle response is very smooth when applying the gas where most UTV's seem to really feel "jumpy".
When sitting in the Gator you still do have that work vehicle feel, it doesn't feel really like a sport UTV but when looking around the machine you see some DNA emerging that this Gator isn't your grandaddy's John Deere of Old.
The Gator sports an independent suspension all the way around and supporting the IRS is a full set of FOX 2.0 Remote Resovoir adjustable shocks! I was super excited when I spotted those baby's underneath.
The Gator also has a total of 6 lights on the front all pre wired into a nice switch bank on the dash. This thing should have no probelm seeing the trails! Also located on the front end of the Gator in between all of the lights is a WARN winch. The Gator comes with a remote winch cable that plugs into a factory wired harness located in the glove box.
One of the coolest features of the Gator and a first atleast that I have seen on the market is the power dump bed. With a flip of a button you can dump your bed and retract it with ease! The bed extends a long way to an almost verticle position. In addition to the LARGE utlity bed I noticed that it has Tie Hooks in each corener, the bed sides look to be removable, the rear bumper also has steps built in for easy access, and the bed itself is rhino lined with a heavy duty rubber mat over the top of it.
One of the other features I noticed is in addition to the push button 4wd switch is the un lockable rear differential. This would provide those driving on city streets a much better feeling UTV when making turns.
The other notable features is the 12v receptacles both on the dash and in the center console glove box, cup holders, removable guard behind the head rests from the roll cage, and the MAXXIS Big Horn Tires! The 825ci Gator is a 3 cylinder motor that runs on pump gas and is conviniently located just behind the front seats and under the bed with tons of access for easy service. It also sports a CVT Transmission.
I cant wait to go out and log some time on this bad boy.