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Old 09-13-2004, 10:38 PM
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lookin for a quad

Im looking to buy a used quad this month. Ive ridden a friends before...a long time ago. Im looking in the 250-400 range. My mulch supplier has a 350 and says thats all he needs. So im looking for some feedback on what you may have and what I should be wary of. Are quads geared like motorcycles where you have to shift all the time? They have automatics too I assume. Another friend loves Kawasakis. Im liking the Polaris myself. Any opinions? Thanks
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Old 09-13-2004, 11:05 PM
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what ever you go with I would get a 4x4. I have always like Honda and Yamaha.

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Old 09-13-2004, 11:07 PM
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My advice? Go with Kawasaki. I've run Kawi's for years and love'em. The engines are especially durable. I'm speaking of a KDX200 (dirtbike) and a Bayou 220 (quad). Sold both. About 6 weeks ago I bought a brand new Kawi Prarie 360 4x4 (fully automatic and bush-button 4x4, with locking front diff - which most quads don't offer, disk brakes all the way around and the rear is sealed so mud and stuff won't interfere).

Things I look for in a quad:
4x4 (push-button is a must for me), disk brakes(easier to keep clean than drum brakes. . .DRUM BRAKES DO NOT BELONG ON 4WHEELERS!!!), locking front diff. . .other than that, the rest is just preference.

I'd go for an auto unless you just like the sporty feeling of shifting. Also, unless you get a sport quad (which I assume you wouldn't because it is for work), I'd buy a 4x4 because 2x4 utility quads just don't have any resale value anymore (ask me how I know ).

Anyhow good luck. Also, I love to talk about quads and have ridden for years and years, so if you have any more questions feel free to ask.

PS If you're looking to buy a new utility quad, plan on spending around $4999 for a decent 4x4.
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Old 09-14-2004, 09:44 PM
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i have 2 yamahas both 350's warrior fun race type setup no pulling power
the other is a woliverieen 4+4 pulls a good load climbs anything and is still fast and fun
if i was to get a nother 4+4 i would get the biggest 1 i could afford with the biggest power plant i like the pulling power and the 350 is a little small for work but great for hunting and light work great in the snow 2
some of the new quads cost as much as a used truck so that is why i dont have a new 1 LOL
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Old 09-14-2004, 11:07 PM
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I have a Yamaha Big Bear 4x4 400

I only use it for hunting and to plow my driveway. The Big Bear is geared really low for work, will go about 40 mph.

I do every now/then go trail riding and it is big enough to go just about anywhere and small enough in size to get through the woods.

I would not go any lower than a 350.

other than that I don't know to much about them other than three of my friends almost died riding them. One is in the hospital now with a broken neck. They can be dangerous even if your being careful.
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Old 09-15-2004, 09:58 AM
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Honda Rancher 4X4. Best mid-size utility quad in my opinion. I use mine for pulling equipment and hunting. Something in the 300 to 350cc area is all that is needed. Mine will go almost anywhere. The Rancher is full time 4X4, has a good low gear and comes in both an auto and cluchless manual transmission. A close second choice would be the Yamaha Big Bear 350.
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Old 09-15-2004, 04:02 PM
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i have 2001 yamaha warrior 350 with very low hours on it. i dont have the time to ride it. email me if interested im in central nj
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Old 09-16-2004, 12:18 AM
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i have a honda.. ok, it's not nice.. it's not new.. but i put it thru hell constantly and it never gives me any worries... here's the lowdown on my little redneck ride... it is a 1987 (yes, '87) honda fourtrax 250.. it has over (stock) sized swawper tsl's on it.. and it gets it day in and day out.. i generally take it mudriding about 3 days a week.. these are 2-5 hour rides thru mud up to the seat.. i have sank it in a pond (the same pond) about 5 times.. i had to do the routine (oil, filters, and drain tank) but it fired right back up... i have had it for 3 years.. i have stuck it once.. and for the record, i stuck a 65hp long tractor in the same hole trying to get the atv brother has a rancher 350 and i can go anywhere he can...all good rednecks have atv's, so all my friends have them as well.. these are the rides i would buy if i were seriously looking.. any honda 350 or bigger, yamaha warriors are fun (if you dont mind clutching)... i have 2 friends that have kawasaki's.. one is a bayou 220 the other is a 600cc something or another... the 220.. everytime we go ride, somebody has to pull it back.. the other, evertime we go ride, someone gets pissed because they cant follow it...
i do know this little tid bit.. every single person i know with a polaris regrets buying it..

so, in closing, if it were me, i would buy a honda rancher 350, manual shifter, 2 wheel drive.. they are about 4 grand around here and they are easy enough to ride.. they are not overly heavy. as 4x4's seem to be.. (but i have a bad back too) they have enough power to drive my 215lbs around with no effort, and with the proper tires, you just about cant get 'em stuck...
all said, this is just the humble opinion of 1 redneck..
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Old 09-16-2004, 09:59 AM
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Go w/the Kawasaki "Quack" brute force 750. Totally awesome!!
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Old 09-16-2004, 04:21 PM
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I have heard bad things about the Polaris also, mainly that the belt drive will slip when it gets wet. Like I said I only know what I have and just hearing things said by a friend who has one he regrets ever buying it.

Also to big will be a bother in the woods on trails. To big to get around easy.

I am glad I have a 4x4. I have been stuck a few times, I have no idea how a 2x2 gets in stuff redneck is talking about? Tires must have a lot to do with it.

But make sure you get a wench. ( for the ATV ) you can leave her home for the day, she probably hates getting dirty anyway The wench makes it a whole lot easier to get yourself out.
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