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Hey ya'll, current '03 400ex owner that's trying to figure out what to do for next year.

My 400ex is stock other than a few cosmetic deals (plastic, wheels, paint etc.) And I mostly use it for street use anymore (get from my house to campus for classes) I'm trying to figure if I want to go the way I started planing last year and rebuild the whole quad with a street bike engine setting it up for street only use, but I do like my trail ridding when I get the chance. I was also thinking of selling it or giving it to my younger brother.

I do currently have plans to either buy a 2010 Camaro next spring, or buy an SL-R kit and build that with a Eco-Tec engine so I may just pass on the ridding for a few years but I know if I do that I might not ever get back into ridding quads.

I would like some opinions on the 700xx as I am 6'8" and will be going to the dealer here in the next few days to see if they've got on and will let me sit on it. Last dealer I visited with a 700xx had a no touch sign on the seat like it was a $500k+ car.
Anyone ride on the street at all? How does the stock setup handle the pavement? I love sliding around street corners with the 400ex, but don't know if I'd ever try sliding with the 700xx.
How about the aftermarket? Is it picking up at all suspension wise? I think I'd probably like to lower and widen the quad for use on the street but not so much that I wouldn't be able to take it out in a quads more natural environment.
What about price wise? What's been paid and what should be the expected price?
Street license requirements for Wyoming are easy to meet so that should be easy enough so no worries about that.

For fun, if you were in my position; college student being paid to go to school (scholarships not parents), in the market for a new toy ('06 Monte and '03 400ex getting old), can easily make ~$15k as summer and a little over $3k over Christmas and makes enough a month to cover rent with a little extra left over, what would you do?
I'm not going to be buying anything this year but rather wait until spring '10 to do whatever I decide on.
So far I've got the 2010 2SS/RS Camaro, SL-R exo car kit, new or rebuilt quad, or I could just spend the money on household stuff like some nice furniture/tv/audio.

'Course I may just end up saving the money for use when I get out of college.


Any opinions are welcome.
 

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Buy a Raptor. There is no point in buying an XX and lowering it to ride on the street. You'd be much further ahead with a Raptor to start with.
 

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Your not purchasing until spring of 2010?
 

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I agree with xx-rated, a Raptor would be a more sensible choice for the street.


On second thought, I know most ATV street laws prohibit the ATV from having a solid rear axle...is that why you're considering the XX?
 

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Your not purchasing until spring of 2010?
Unless I find a really nice deal, but no I plan on waiting until spring of 2010 so I can get used to whatever I end up getting in some nice weather as opposed to blizzards.

I agree with xx-rated, a Raptor would be a more sensible choice for the street.


On second thought, I know most ATV street laws prohibit the ATV from having a solid rear axle...is that why you're considering the XX?
No, my 400ex is perfectly legal here in Wyoming, they didn't say anything about the axle, requirements were mostly about lights and a horn.



Thanks guys, that does help me out quite a bit and I'll look into the Raptor. Anyone have any advise as to what to look for or avoid in a Raptor? Like parts that wear out the fastest? I know my 400ex has had the crap beaten out of it hence the reason I don't feel right selling it to someone.
 

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The Raptor 700's have been pretty bulletproof as far as I know. The 09' has a digital speedometer and odometer, which will be sweet if you are going to use it on the road.
 

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Yeah the 700's are pretty solid machines. The 660's are quirky and I had a buddy who had many, many starter issues.
That was just the spring assembly in the starter. That was a common problem on the 660's. I had to replace mine. Once I replaced it, I never had another problem.
 

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There's always the Renegade 800x also for the street. You can get factory signals, horn etc. for it. Whips donuts and smoke shows like nothing on pavement. Wheelie on deamnd, You can drift at 60mph if you want also. It's basically the Camaro of ATV's.
 

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There's always the Renegade 800x also for the street. You can get factory signals, horn etc. for it. Whips donuts and smoke shows like nothing on pavement. Wheelie on deamnd, You can drift at 60mph if you want also. It's basically the Camaro of ATV's.

yes i loved those 4wd camaros! :lmao: :nuts:

if anything the reneagde is the hemi ram of atvs not a camaro.
 

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yes i loved those 4wd camaros! :lmao: :nuts:

if anything the reneagde is the hemi ram of atvs not a camaro.
Take any of your stock sport bikes and drag one. My 700xx or my buddies Raptor 700 can't take it out. Mid to top on the sporties are a little quicker but not by much. If it wasn't for the cvt and it had a clutch, I don't think the sporties would take it out. Sorry folks but the 4x4 was the quickest production atv in a 300 ft drag before the Thundercat came out, and guess what? It's a 4x4 too.
 

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Yeah that's why those Mitsubishi GSX's did so well.
I'm not much of an import fan, but i've been thinking about picking one of those up to do some autocrossing in. AWD + Turbo = :birds: everyone else.

Few years ago (circa 2000) my buddy had a 1997 GSX Eclipse with a BIG turbo on it... aside from breaking everything known to man in that car, that thing would TEAR UP anything it came up to. Either at a light or from a roll.

Scuzz - I've been from Flowermound, TX to Hooters in the West End of Dallas in 7 minutes in one day taking my gf (at the time) to work.:yay:
 

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Yeah those were alright, they just broke always weather it was the shitty (leaky) capacitors on the car's CPU or, crank walk, or some driveline component taking a dump.

IMO those are true mechanic's cars because if you have one you're always working on it.

I was this (pinching air with thumb and index finger) close to driving all the way to Jersey to pick up on in clean condition. It wasn't meant to be though...thankfully.

BTW, call me Gary.



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