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10-03-2012 06:12 PM
OHV Wildcat Dunno if you're coming back or not, Easystreet, but I sure love my Can-Am. The frame is an issue on pre-2011 models. But it's an easy reinforcement, provided that the frame hasn't been damaged yet. Mine's reinforced (it's not that hard with the right tools), and I'm confident that it's now WAY stouter than other stock frames.

One thing that I would advise, and advise strongly. I noticed that the Kingquad you really liked was lifted. I would recommend AGAINST that for your use. Here's my thinking--I've put a lot of miles on the Can-Am in rocky, technical terrain. So, right off the bat, when I was putting an aftermarket suspension on it, I went with slightly longer shocks for a bit of lift. It did work. Now I very very rarely touch the skidplates to anything. But it was NOT worth the stability tradeoff. Instead, keep the thing low. Put a good set of skids on it, and be happy. It's rare that ground clearance is an issue even with the 700XX--it's one of those things that I think is only an issue in theory, not in reality. But a heavy, tall, IRS 4x4 quad is a serious problem on a side-hill. Keep the thing low, and you can ride much more difficult terrain. So, I would keep stock size tires, and even think about dropping the thing down a little bit. If I had to do over again, I would absolutely buy shorter shocks.

Huge tires/ground clearance only really matter in mud. Since you were talking about keeping it dry, I'd avoid those mods (and quads with them) like the plague. Good luck!
10-02-2012 06:40 PM
tbird88 i would break it down to king quad grizzly or rincon !!!
10-02-2012 06:13 PM
NavyNut Can't go wrong with the kingquad and the grizzly. For the bruteforce go with a new 2012 model as they changed a bit of things and the previous years were pretty bad for taking oil and needed rebuilt.
10-02-2012 12:18 AM
Ba9801 Many of my friends have Polaris Sportsmans and I am not impressed with the reliability of them. They are always needing work of some kind, clutch buttons, drive belt, even 1 blew his engine in 88 hours. Another has only had his for 20 hours and the rear differential is bad. All though when they are running they are very strong.

The Can-ams are really nice. My friend has a 500 Outlander and he has not had any problems at all with it in over 3 years. All though the can ams do appear to have frame issues, even on the new generation frames. I know that can am is offering reinforcement plates to try to help the issue.

As for Honda, I have another friend with an old Honda Rancher and he has put this thing through everything and it still runs great, even with lack of maintenance. The down side is they are very underpowered compared to most everything else. Also most of the Honda's are straight axle. I think only the Rincon is IRS.

The Suzuki is also very nice. I have yet another friend with a 500 Vinson and all though it is a straight rear axle it does run very strong and has a great turning radius.

I know this did not really answer your question and everyone will have a different opinion on what is best. I think it really depends on what manufacturer you are comfortable with. Seeing as you had a Raptor you may be more inclined to go with the Grizzly as it may be more familiar to you.

Good luck
10-01-2012 06:45 PM
easystreet That would be the shortest stroke ever made! lol
10-01-2012 06:06 PM
Originally Posted by Baxter View Post
I have been working on a TRX680/700xx hybrid.

way coooool bax is it going to have 4wheel drive?keep us updated

way coool bax
10-01-2012 05:57 PM
Baxter I have been working on a TRX680/700xx hybrid.

10-01-2012 05:50 PM
tbird88 id go with the rincon they handle great and have beltless tranny. im going to get a rincon but im going to wait until honda updates them , they havent been updated since they put fuelinjection on them. i figure honda will up the cc's to 750 or 800 and add power steering here in the near future to compete with the can am and pukelaris
10-01-2012 05:18 PM
10-01-2012 04:21 PM
Originally Posted by smo0oth1 View Post
Big question would be what is your intentions for it?
95% trail riding in dry rocky conditions. Rarely would it see mud. Occasional water crossings. Probably would start using it for deep mountain camping access. Down the road I may want to install a snow blade for driveways. Not mandatory though.
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