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#1 toomanytoys84 ONLINE  

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Posted May 14, 2015 - 06:18 PM

Anyone else ride for fun and not just for working?

I started riding powered stuff when I was about 5. Never really stopped. Been doing a bit more riding recently since there is all the acres down here at the camp.

Been riding my 2013 Honda rancher 420 4x4 a good bit. I put about 75 miles on it in the last couple weeks.

Buddy decided to buy a 2015 Yamaha 450 race quad and before it left he had them put a new exhaust air filter rev box and a different cam.

Realized real quick its way faster than I want to go! Rode it around last night quite a bit tonight since he left on a fishing trip. Scared myself a couple times and parked it. I'll stick with my utility bike.
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Posted May 14, 2015 - 06:48 PM

Utility quads are the only way to go around here. The terrain is rocky, bumpy, and hilly for the most part. I mainly use the quads for work, but I go riding with friends from time to time, and not often enough. We hit the mud, swamps, we sometimes turn off the beaten path and go to areas we haven't gone before. I used my 01 Grizzly for trail riding, but I needed it more for work, so I stopped using it for the trails and swamps. I bought a beat up 95 Kodiak for 250.00 that ran great after installing a jet in the carb. The previous owner forgot to put it in after rebuilding the carb, and let it sit out in the weather for a couple of years. I stripped the broken fenders, torn seat, and the bent up racks and bumpers from it. I also tossed the shot rims and tires. I found a like new set of 28" tires and rims for cheap on craigslist and bolted them on. I replaced the front drive shaft and yokes, and made brackets to mount some old 01 Raptor fenders on it. It's still running strong and I'm overdue for a little trail riding.

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Posted May 14, 2015 - 06:57 PM

Me Me Me! I have an 02' Arctic Cat 400i (Full Independent Suspension) 4x4. Bought it for 2k, and put well over $1500 in it. Replaced all wear parts, bearings, bushings, hubs. New 10,000 lb synthetic winch cable, and rebuilt the winch. Also added a wireless controller. 2" reciever, tons of tow hooks. Also "murdered" it with an all black (I mean EVERYTHING) is black! Paint job. Newest mod is 4 BRAND NEW Maxxis boggers (not sure of the exact model). Not to brag but this thing is a real head turner....I get a lot if comments on it!

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Posted May 14, 2015 - 07:00 PM

Pics! Soon as funds allow, i'm gonna jack it up, and put some Gorilla axles on it. Also gonna build the motor! I rarely get it stuck (haven't been abke to with these new tires) but have sunk it BAD....all the way to the floorboards a couple times. Also have a 60" inch kimpex plow for it. uploadfromtaptalk1431647927873.jpg

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Posted May 14, 2015 - 07:11 PM

I have been riding powered and un powered machines since I was 4. I remember my dad trading for an old simplicity 2 wheel walk behind and we made a sulky for it. I drove the tires off that thing . We lived in the country and could drive it on the road by our house. Dad came home one day with an old pedal car. Our driveway was down hill from the road and the pedal car had no pedals. Dad said it was to dangerous to ride down the drive with out some safety things. He bought me an old leather football helmet, brought home some electrical conduit and one Saturday afternoon we built roll bars on it and he greased and oiled the wheels, you where this is going don't ya, well I wasn't content with just running down the drive and turning around and pulling it back up the hill I just had to try to roll it over to see if the roll bars worked. Well ......... let's just say they work, and probably would of worked better if we had put a seat belt in it. After putting in a belt it worked great. We used that thing to run down the drive and roll it over until it literally broke apart. Sorry, just had to tell about that. My dad was a great barterer and we always had something to ride on, go karts, mini bikes, motor cycles, snowmobiles, and finally a car. Guess that is where my love of anything with an engine came from. Wow that was 61 years ago and some of the memories are as vivid as if they were yesterday.   Thanks for the tread and sorry if I hijacked it for a bit.

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Posted May 14, 2015 - 07:13 PM

Oh, here's me 3 years ago high centered on a submerged log. I had the stock tires on it at the time and they were junk. They just don't bite on anything, but my cousin and I both have winches, so we take chances in the swamps. I can move the winch from the front to the back by pulling a pin and unplugging it. My cousin just threw me his cable and got me out of this puddle. Tires, size and tall open tread patterns are everything when it comes to swamps and mud. I haven't been able to get the Kodiak with the 28" ITP tires on it stuck yet.

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Posted May 14, 2015 - 07:15 PM

Classic, how do you like the ITP's? My local NAPA had a set of 4, but they were for 14" rims so I didn't get them. Thinking about running those or paddy tires next.
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Posted May 14, 2015 - 07:37 PM

The ITP 589's are awesome tires. They won't give you a nice comfy ride, but they are great for traction in anything. I only bought them because they were a good deal, like new, on rims, and cheap, considering what they cost new. They were over 200 each new at the time I bought them, and I got them all for 400 on near new rims. They guy sold them because they were too stiff and made the machine uncomfortable to drive. I just put my shock springs on the lowest setting and the quad rides a bit smoother. It seems like there are more tire options for 14" rims now. It's getting harder to find big tires for 12" rims. One of my favorite tires are Gorilla Silverbacks. It's a great tread design for where we ride, but they are expensive. Go with the tallest tire your machine will handle, since taller tires make a huge difference in the deep stuff.

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Posted May 14, 2015 - 07:38 PM

I was thinkin bout' Silverbacks....seen. some and darn do they dig!

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Posted May 14, 2015 - 07:41 PM

These are rice paddy tires...27".uploadfromtaptalk1431650529925.jpeg
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Posted May 14, 2015 - 07:42 PM

95% for fun and enjoyment. We've put on over 15,000 miles in the last 4 yrs. The Honda is my new ride and my Grandsons is the Ranger. I had a Ranger before the Honda but just got tierd of all the maintance that the Ranger demanded.

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Posted May 14, 2015 - 07:44 PM

As me and a ton of others say when a Polaris breaks down, "That's Polarious"!
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Posted May 14, 2015 - 07:46 PM

There's some good videos on YouTube with big Silverbacks on Can Am 1000 quads. Big bucks to set one of those machines up and way out of my realm. Right now I spend most of my spare time working on and using the old garden tractors.

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Posted May 14, 2015 - 08:03 PM

We have 3 Bombardier 650 Quest that are used for work and fun. They all have around 7000 mile on them and are starting to have some problems. I wish we could get a Can am 1000.

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Posted May 14, 2015 - 08:24 PM

I haven't got to ride one in a few years the last time I rode one I was visiting my uncle in ohio. I'm fixing a customers atv and I fix it this weekend I'm going to wait until monday to tell so I can ride a little bit.


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