Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: N. Las Vegas, NV
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So, took the 700XX out yesterday and burned a tank of fuel up. WOW!!! The thing handled great. My only problem is I am plain out of shape, plus it is flippen hot here in Vegas now! The quad worked really well, went out ot my normal rdiing area that is full of whoops and slower speed rough stuff. Even though I don't think this is the type of terrain the 700XX will do its best in, it still worked awesome and I was impressed. There was a few times I braced for an impact thinking this is going to hurt and didn't feel a thing, the suspension just soaked up the hit. Can't wait to get it out into the more wide open stuff, that is the plan for next wekend.
I was a little concerned about the extra 2" in wheelbase affecting the turning, but it still steers just as good as my other 700XX with Ed's upper replacement arms and 9/16" sway bar. In fact, I would say even a little better. I was also afraid the new suspension would lead to increased body roll, but again, it had less roll then my other 700XX. After I get some more time on the suspension as is, I plan on trying the 9/16" bar, but I am not really sure it is needed.
Biggest problem for me was getting used to the IRS, it does take a little different riding style then a solid axle quad like I am used to. That and I need to experiment some with the rear shocks, need to get used to how the different adjustments effect the suspension. Plan on testing ALOT to get that suspension dialed in. It is really close now, but I want it perfect! I am actually very impressed with the work Jim did, since he never saw the quad, just measurments from Ed. Time to test, test, test.
About the only thing I am not sure about has nothing to do with Ed or Jim's work, not sure I am crazy about the Kenda tires. They seem like a real hard rubber compound and they just didn't seem to have good grip. I think the biggest problem was to much air pressure, I was running quite a bit to make sure I didn't get any flats. Need to experiment some and see what works best and still prevents flats. Last issue was I now need more power, the only engine mods to this 700XX is the "big 3" only, it needs some extra power for this new suspension so I can hit stuff even faster!
As I said, next weekend out to the more wide open stuff and see how it works at higher speeds.
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