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Hey fellas! And fellettes!
I need your honest, unbiased and experienced opinion. I know it's a 700XX forum, but I know I can get a straight answer. This thread will be the decision maker for me, as I have done a ton of research.
I was looking at a 2008 400ex or a 2008 trx450r for my first quad. The 700XX has now taken the place of the 450r.
We will be doing 90% trail/play riding on trails that will not see either machine's top speed. (except for maybe a couple of short stints) Hill climbing and mountain trails will be ridden, too. The other 10% will be mixed in jumps, nothing more than a small double/table and 2 to 3 foot speed brake style jumps. No MX racing, but possibly the local hare scrambles in the future. I don't care about "PWNING RAPTORS" on the drag strip, but we will drag for fun.
Specifics: Will the 400ex with an equally experienced rider keep up with the 700XX on all but the most wide open trails??
Is the 700XX just as reliable as the "bullet proof" EX?
In videos I have watched, the 700XX seemed to "whip" the rear out when jumping. Is this something to worry about? Or is it just the rider? Can the 700XX be jumped straight?
Most times it is the rider. I love to jump my 700xx and it can jump straight, done it many times.
Is the 400EX way under powered compared to the 700XX?
How about creeping ability?
Change the front sprocket to a 13t and enjoy.
How much will I miss not being able to slide the rear out as easy as the 400EX?
It can be done with a little practice .
I come from a dirtbike background and this will be my first quad.
I'm a larger guy and I have sat on them, They both feel good to me. the 700XX being more like a caddy.
Here's the kicker......... The 700XX is selling for $4099.00 and the 400EX for $4229.00 !!!! Am I crazy NOT to buy the 700XX???