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post #1 of 17 Old 01-14-2009, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Possibly looking to buy, can't decide

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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yeah, I wouldn't try sliding one of these on the pavement, well not unless you like throwing yourself off into the scenery.

Buy a used 700r.



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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.

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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?
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.



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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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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.

Yeah, my buddy had that problem which meant it ate the starter sprocket. Yamaha parts couldn't get the right one in. He also went through SEVERAL intake boots.



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