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4 years 35 weeks ago, 8:20 PM

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ATVs

It seems like a bunch of us own one or more or have access to them.
What do you have? What do you want? (dream ATV)
I have owned a Kawasaki 185, 1985 first year 4 wheel. Oddball, 5 down, reverse up, Honda 125 for the wife and kids. Those are gone, now it's a Kawasaki 250 Bayou, 2wd.
Suspensions have sure come a long way.
My wish list, Polaris Ranger 4x4 750 EFI.
I use a Ranger 500 EFI 4x4 at work sometimes, these will go anywhere and haul a load of equipment. Literally climb stuff you just can't imagine.

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4 years 35 weeks ago, 8:33 PM

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I have a Kodiak

450. And my Hub. has a 700 Grizzley, w 29 1/2" tires, w a clutch kit, CDI ignition box, Fuel programmer and a top mounted radiator. I wanna get him a snorkle kit, but I really think Im the one that needs it more!!! I REALLY want a Can-Am 500. That will keep me in the smaller cc division so I dont have to compete against my him in Mud Bogs.

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4 years 35 weeks ago, 8:39 PM

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OK, we all compete a bit. What the hell? Snorkel?
I thought the idea of an ATV was to "go around" the crap you could but don't want to walk or wade through.
But, I'm in an "arid" region. If water comes over the running boards, we just ain't going outside for a while.

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4 years 35 weeks ago, 8:47 PM

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Snorkel!!!!

Yes Sir!!! Iv rode the hell outta my Kodiak, and she goes thru mud better in low and in 2-wheel drive. She used to be awesome in 4-wheel. Her top out speed used to be 55 also, Now Im lucky to get her to 44mph. And I guess Im an all out country redneck. Cause the more mud/water, The more I hear the heavenly trumpets and the pearly gates!! LOL

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4 years 35 weeks ago, 8:35 PM

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I had a Honda 300..until I wrecked it. I want another one one of these days.

4 years 35 weeks ago, 8:38 PM

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VAQ......ATV's

I am on my second Honda 450 Foreman ESP........love it big enough for my farm and small enough for my farm.My dream ATV would the Honda Big Red.....the new side-by-side.....My buddy owns the Honda dealer and won't come down on this one nice he setup;new tires and rims,complete cab,all camo,heater,gun racks,power dump bed.....it is sweet.Only draw back is some of my trails would have to majorly widened.

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4 years 35 weeks ago, 8:42 PM

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A friend of mine has one of those, (Big Red)!!!!!! Its sweet. We just helped them put a snorkle kit on it..... They're @ a creek close to where they live EVERY weekend!!!

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4 years 35 weeks ago, 8:42 PM

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Trail widening. That's what I mean about the Ranger! Literally, It will go anywhere but between two trees, If one of them is small enough, it will go over it!

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4 years 35 weeks ago, 8:49 PM

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Some of my trees are too big to go over.......barely squezze through on my 450.........have to hit them just right or tire will catch.........gotta slow down so I don't spill my beer....lol

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4 years 35 weeks ago, 8:53 PM

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We got trees too big to go over too. But normally they are 10' apart here close to home.
I do work in Colorado , New Mexico and Arizona as well.
I just don't argue trees with folks in "lumber" country.

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4 years 35 weeks ago, 9:27 PM

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VAQ......ATV's

We have ugly Honey Locust trees here,they grow clumped together.....we have some other good hardwoods too but we cut some trails than would make a billygoat cringe.......but we some wide beer drinking trails too.we run over cedars up to 5 feet but we try and weave through most of the stuff.......

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4 years 35 weeks ago, 9:33 PM

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Thanks for the chuckle! "Beer drinking trails".
That's a new one here. We just "turn left" and get in the open.
By the way, if you hit 'em fast enough, you can blow right through prickly pear cactus and never have a flat tire. If you hit 'em too slow, you might as well be going uphill on ice.
That is some of the slickest stuff I ever tried to walk on!

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 9:52 PM

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my quad

I have a Honda Recon/TRX 250.plastics are olive drab.it is an air cooled shaft drive 250 2 wheel drive.it has racks front and rear.it aint huge but it gets around real good.beauty of it is if i get it stuck i can pick up either end(ok,usedtacould)and move it to dryer ground.here in the NW we have lotsa nasty clay mud and lotsa rain.I have never had an issue with bike.got it in a divorce sale for 1000 bucks when it was 2 months old.I have had this bike all over and thru every kind of terrain possible and it just keeps going.I am on my 8th set of rear tires and 4th set of fronts to give you an idea of how much riding I have done.since my back went to hell it has sat unridden for a year.I start it regularly so that things dont go to shit but I really miss riding it!

If I could buy a new ATV I would buy a six wheeler.they are made by various companies.had one when I was a kid.it was amphibious.was the best thing since sliced bread for crick fishin'!

or i would buy a Rokon 2 wheel drive motorcycle.wishful thinking with my back I know but you asked...

4 years 34 weeks ago, 9:59 PM

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Hey!!! Hope you've had a good night!!! The rest of my Metal Finishing book was just a step-by-step of the different bluing processes. I took the test, and ACE'd it!!!! And sorry 'bout calling last night!! I'll PM U shortly!!

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 9:58 PM

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VAQ......ATV's

the small locust will flatten stock non-slimed tires.......but just put on some new 6 ply tires last Sunday.....no slime.....My buddy has had his for about a year,no flats yet.We have beers holders on our 4-wheelers here and CB antennas for spider webs

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 9:58 PM

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Slime

does that nasty green shit really work in ATV tires?

4 years 34 weeks ago, 10:01 PM

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There is some purple shit with flecks of rubber in it now.
It works extremely well. It seals shit I woulda gave up on with a plug kit.

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 10:02 PM

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YES IT DOES!!!! And lawn mowers too!! @ least it worked on mine!!!

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 9:59 PM

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That's the kinda stuff I had in mind.
My 1st was the Kawasaki Bayou 185, When I picked it up I ordered a shop manual.
They thought I was nuts! I paid 25 bucks for the manual. I rode that S.O.B. through all this country has to offer.
It never went in a shop besides mine.
You need to check out some of the newer models buddy.
They just "cadillac" across the rough shit now. I couldn't believe the difference betwen my 85 model and the 06 we got now.

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 10:16 PM

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Yes the slime works very well here............run over thorns all the time,no flats since then,may get a slow leak......best to get away from 4ply stock tires and go to 6 ply.........Just put "Sedonas" on mine can't wait to run this weekend,

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 10:07 PM

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Vaq

wished I could afford one but I have a hard time keepin' the internet bill paid.might have a line on a job in a parts store tho.guy who owns it is in a wheel chair because of his back.gonna go talk to him tomorrow.

4 years 34 weeks ago, 10:13 PM

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We all do what we can,
Best of luck to ya on the job hunt tomorrow.
Yep, Damn internet is costing me more than electric or lot rent here.
I coulda done without a year ago.

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 10:13 PM

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my quad

it is old and beat up like me but I still enjoy it.I wont replace it until I can no longer fix it.In 9 years of hard abuse and riding I have only had to add a fuel filter(tank sock wasnt enough)and a battery(2 months ago-original battery until then)and a spark plug 2 years ago(original factory plug until I changed it)just kept up on the oil changes and the rear end oil changes(shaft drive).oh and the foot brake pedal seized up (too much mud!)so I had to heat it up and remove it,installed a grease fitting and as good as new.not bad for climbing,mudding,and all kindsa fun shit.

4 years 34 weeks ago, 10:15 PM

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VAQ

then ya met all o us and have to have internet...
funny how that is aint it?

when I am away from the net or dont have it how much I miss being here with all o ya'll

4 years 34 weeks ago, 10:19 PM

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I'd say that's about 110% correct!

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 10:15 PM

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Good luck on the job in the parts store. If a customer wants something pretty heavy, take him back to the shelves and let him tote it to the counter himself. Nobody would mind if you explain about your back.

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 10:17 PM

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If it runs, It beats walking!
That is the whole idea as far as I'm concerned.

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 10:22 PM

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thanks ecaman!

good idea!I have a reference letter written by the regional NAPA rep and a letter from the owner and manager of of 7 NAPA stores.so my work and knowledge speaks for itself.I am praying it pans out.

4 years 34 weeks ago, 10:26 PM

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Good luck GP!!!

I hope it works out for you!!!

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 10:38 PM

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If I had'nt lost my job in May......I probably wouldn't have found this site.......I enjoy it,I have a couple prospects(One in a gun shop and other Army Depot here).But wouldhave to give most of time on here.......But bills have be paid and hunting business doesn't support me year round....guess it could if I expanded my customer area.Mytbe I'll raise my pricing .......lol

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 10:37 PM

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Good luck to you on the job search. You're right; bills have to be paid. I've been laid off twice, and twice I got pissed and quit. While I was hunting for a good job I took whatever was available, just to have some cash coming in. Once I was a security guard in a big apartment complex where some drug dealers had set up. I was already in my 40's, but I had to fight almost every night. I carried a .45 in a shoulder holster, which intimidated most people, but with those that were high enough, they didn't have enough sense to be intimidated. And there were people like that all over the place. If they weren't causing trouble, and I'd had no complaints I just let them smoke, snort, inhale, ingest or inject whatever they liked.

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 10:40 PM

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Thanks I appreciate it.......take care

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 10:47 PM

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been there done that, ive been unemployed most of last year, now i work full time, and im about to get full health and dental insurance. things will get better sir, it always does.

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 6:05 PM

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Thanks Raffy

I know I'll get back to work........enjoying time off for "Boy's Toy's" fun.But I am missing a regular routine.When I had neck surgery,13 yrs ago......was ready to go back to work in 30 days......looking back I regret that.....Same company that laid me off....had been there 25 yrs.

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 6:07 AM

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well lets see I have a kawasaki prairie 650, kawasaki kfx 50 for my son, and a gas powered EZ-GO golf cart.

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 9:53 AM

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a 2003 Connondale Cannibal 440, the meanest quad I have ever ridden. I sold it to my friend and coworker so at least I can still ride it from time to time.
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4 years 34 weeks ago, 10:07 AM

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I have a 2006 Honda TRX 450R, and a 2003 LTZ 400. I used to have pics on here... I'll upload some later.

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 8:16 AM

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I posted something different,thinking you had a foreman(utility,like mine) and reread your posting......that Honda 450R will fly won't it

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 6:32 PM

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 6:57 PM

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That looks good to me. Keep it charged and it's far easier than a manual wheelchair.

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 5:28 PM

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here are mine... the 06 TRX 450 and the 03 LTZ 400.
The LTZ is a great trail quad. The TRX is more of a open desert and dune quad. Its fast when you can let it loose, but you have to keep the RPM's reved on it, so its not the funnest to ride on tight trails.
My dream quad would be one of the newer polaris outlaw 525's with the KTM motor. those are pretty sick.
If I needed it for ranch work or something like that, I'd go with a utility quad... but these are for fun, and I need to go fast

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 5:34 PM

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lucky bastard,i haven't been able to justify buying one yet,thought about it for Bear hunting,that would be nice,you AZ boys get to have all the damn fun,do i sound jealous,fuck yah.

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4 years 34 weeks ago, 5:34 PM

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I like the trail of ammo casings and nice quads how much did they set you back? Just asking thinking about getting me one or a side by side

4 years 28 weeks ago, 12:39 AM

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GODDAMNIT, REAPER!!!

I love that picture. That's it. I don't know how, but I have to convince the wife to let us retire in AZ. I miss it so fucking much. Fuck Missouri and definitely fuck Cuba. Oh. ATVs. Right. I have a Suzuki KingQuad 450 with gun rack up front and passenger seat attached to the rear cargo rack. Okay, it's actually the wife's.

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4 years 22 weeks ago, 7:16 AM

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ATV of Choice!

I have always been partial to the Polaris Sportsman 500HO in Mossy Oak... I bought my first one of these new in 2004 and had some issues with the charging system, but since then never had any issues with the others...

They suck gas terribly though, but the automatic gets you over the rocks and through the mud easy and I like the independent suspension for the back and the seat is large so my boy can ride with too in ease!

I have always wanted to try a Honda utility quad as I had good luck with the dirt racers when I was in my 20's.... I just don't know anyone that has one...

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