Well, I got my new to me 700xx out this weekend for two seperate rides with similar terrain. Put some serious miles on the tow vehicle as well....Love the Dodge diesels...
1st was at Tall Pines NY just by myself on Friday.....Made it around the place fairly well, but it seems kinda stiff and tight for a place with so many elevation changes and rocks and bumps, just beat the tar out of my arms...Also the reason for me ordering a RHS anti vibe bar clamps.
Not sure how many miles I put on it, but I had the stock tires that are worn pretty good. After having an Outlander pass me at one point and blipping the throttle as in a dare, I was wondering if I bought the right ATV for what I wanted to do... It just seemed too stiff everwhere, yet the preloads are at their lightest settings.
Next day, I switched tires, and noted the ground clearance before and after the quad was on the jack, and it seems it might not be the preload as it has plenty of droop, but more likely the compression is way too stiff.
So the next day I set the new tires at 6psi and went to Demon Run NY with some guys that had gone there before. Both had 4wd quads. Let them lead...They were amazed at the hill climb ability and how well it went thru the rutted out mud sections. Made me feel a little better. I got more used to it, and had some fun. Really glad I put the new tires and wheels on before hitting the trails. Never would have made it with the worn out ones from the day before.
Again, lots of elevation changes, some open fields, and some technical trails as well as some lighter fun trails. I actually made it thru a few expert sections with it...All in all I was covered in mud and farm freshness, but we clicked off 26 miles with a good lunch in between...
Seemed to have nailed the tune on the programmer as well. I could lug it right down without stalling it and it didn't go overliy rich either. Previous owner had it set-up way off to the point it would hesitate at certain points in the curve. Now it is pretty smooth and very drivable at low throttle cluch fully out at very low speeds.
So I have been viewing the shock threads on here, seems everyone has the same complaint about the stockers. If the rears can be re-valved, sombody PM me the info or post it here.