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post #1 of 7 Old 04-30-2014, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Hey there everybody,

I understand most of you are well experienced or professional riders for the TRX700. Although I never rode ATVs before, I happen to have just bought a used trx700. It's all stock but the tires are a little worn out. I am totally new to quad bikes and ATVs so a little scared too. Could you please advice me on:

1) what would be the best tires for the desert and the beach(other than paddle tires coz I may sometimes use it on gravel or grass) What would be the best size on the stock rims?
2) I see a lot of riders putting aftermarket racing parts(exhaust, shocks, etc,etc). Does that really make a difference? Should I do changes too?
3) what are the safety parts that I should install on the bike as I am always scared of crashing or flipping over on the dunes. This is probably the most important question of all.
4) is there a decent driving manual or video that teaches on how to drive and control this monster safely?

Please note the I stay in the Arabian desert and its the harshest desert on the planet with giant dunes.

I have already bought the safety boots, crash helmet, body armour, etc.
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You definitely want to get some nerf bars, that would be the first thing I buy outside of a helmet.
You definitely want to get a good set of tires, some of the guys on here can help you on a good tire for sand and something that will give you some multi use out of it...I don't ride on sand so I have no clue. I have bearclaws on the back of mine and they seem to be a pretty good all around tires, I certainly don't slip anywhere.
As far as upgrades, I would say to wait and learn the bike if you are not experienced. There's plenty of power on a 700xx and you can do upgrades later when you figure the machine out.
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Most likely you will want to get for Tires these three most common ones.

Kenda Bearclaw
ITC Holeshots
GBC X-REX (These are the tires I purchased)

Goodluck with your quad!

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if your going to stay with the 11 inch rim the kenda kutters work pretty well
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I would get a tether switch, especially if you are a beginner and riding in an open area like the dunes. If you happen to fall off, this will automatically shut the bike off, so you don't have to chase after it once you make sure you are okay. Other than that, tires as mentioned above, the GBC has the same mold as MAXIS, which is what I use racing. Not sure what you can get for the stock rims as I changed mine out right away. You may need a flag for the dunes, not sure the requirements where you are. I'd also recommend a different rear bumper, like the PRM Desert Bumper 2, where it has a lower hand hold and an upper one, that way when you bury it in the sand and have to pick up on it, it will make it easier for you. The exhaust, shocks and other accessories (BIG 3, sway bar, lights) are all pretty much preference. For the BIG 3 (exhaust, filter and programmer) it will give it a little more pep. Something you shouldn't have to worry about being very new to the sport. I have a few friends that are still all stock and are nervous to open it up, which is no big deal. You have to respect it.
As far as riding videos and techniques, not sure how to help you there. I think I have a few old VHS videos from Honda that goes over the safety of machines, which is all basic stuff. Everytime before you ride you should check your tire pressure, chain, brakes, stuff like that, along with engine oil and obviously fill it up with gas. Also, make sure you clean the air filter all the time, check it everytime you ride. That may be a good suggestion, get a prefilter for your air filter, run a foam filter because you are in the dunes. The prefilter will help keep the regular filter cleaner, longer.

I'd search for ATV safety videos on youtube. Also, if you don't have any friends that are into this, see if there is a local group out where you live that ride. If so, try to become a member. One, they can show you somethings for riding, two, it is always better to ride with somebody, even if there riding potential is way different than yours.
Good luck with it, and hope you get many great memories.

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Welcome to the forum. Doha? cool I'm over here on the air base. for a little while more anyway. I would recomend the bear claws they are a paddle tire that runs smooth on other terrain. If your riding area is like the base you will want a tire with more plies, (6 is good) to prevent punctures from the junk laying around. bear claws are a little big for the rear but hook up very well. I have run the stock tires in soft shifting sands of western texas they work fine but have only 4 ply and puncture may want to get a 13 tooth front sprocket. It will give you more tourqe and helps you learn shifting and starting.
I agree a buddy and a flag. As you know you don't want to be caught in the desert alone and flag will make you visible to people on the other side of the dune quicker, it also helps your buddy keep track of you in the valleys.
Always remember the machine is smarter than you and will try to prove it every chance it gets.
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I just purchased a DWT .190 Aluminum rim for 130$ for both and two maxxis Razrs for 240$ from Rocky Mountain ATV. Also got free shipping.

Tire size you want to get is 22x10x11 if you want to keep mud scrapers on.
I just purchased 22x10x11 and rims are 11x7 5 + 2 offset. 369.69 was exact price for my tires and rims.

Hope this helps. Gl

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