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Old 08-07-2012, 03:41 PM
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Re: What 4wheeler do you use and why?

I have two Suzuki's, depending on how fast I want to go & how bad I want to hurt myself But only one is usable for hunting I guess..


I have a 2007 Kingquad 700, this dumb thing is all but bullet proof. It's been flopped over backwards a couple times (yeah it will pull wheelies) ran into trees, rode hard & put away wet. It doesn't care. I'm set up with handwarmers, grillguard, 2" lift kit & 27" Swamp Fox Tires, I've got 2k miles on the tires alone, only thing I've replaced is the battery (which seems to be the weak link) thank got it's got a pull rope which isn't offered by all manufacturers.

Last year it we were busting well over a foot of snow to get to our camp sight, pulling trailers. Interesting times, here's a couple of pics.
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Old 08-07-2012, 03:50 PM
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Re: What 4wheeler do you use and why?

BTW- That's MUD on the throne you see in the first pic up there ^^


Here's a full frontal shot of the ole girl & our camp packed ready to leave.
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Re: What 4wheeler do you use and why?

The hondas will run forever. You need to look at a mule , rancher type atv. My friends and I swore we would never have something like that . Then my friend got one used just to resell it asit was a steal of a deal. Long story short is we all have mules and leave the old four wheeler bikes at home. Just so mich more useful for carrying gear ,deer , bait. The roll up cab sides and windshield is soooo nice when its really cold. I am what I eat and that makes me a pussy . The big mule often carries 800lbs of corn and two big guys (275lbs) with no problem. No tying deer or feed on , just toss them in the bed and go. I think its been about three years since I cranked up the old foreman.
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Re: What 4wheeler do you use and why?

Had a Yamaha grizzly always felt like I was missing out. Now have a Polaris ranger and it is more usefull than words can describe.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:58 PM
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Re: What 4wheeler do you use and why?

This will be like the Chevy verses ford debate but I will chime in anyway.

I have been around many 3/4 wheelers and they all have there strong points but having
said that I have came to one conclusion that is best for my type of use. Honda !!

The features,dependability,controllable power,usable traction,and quietness all add up to a very
fine machine.

I also like the Foreman series for there all round power and controllability while working them.

I believe in the manual transmissions because of different powder/speed uses.

Honda made the first ATV and it is still one of the best all round ATVs available IMO.

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Re: What 4wheeler do you use and why?

We also have a Yamaha Rhino that we use, as stated before, the UTV's are really nice. The one downside is, for guys that hit the mountains all the time, they are too wide. Trail restrictions are 50", the Rhino, Teryx, Commander, Ranger, Prowler etc are wider than that. The only thing narrow enough to "legally" travel some trails is the Razr, which is useless for hunting.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:27 PM
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Re: What 4wheeler do you use and why?

I have had two 3-wheelers and three 4-wheelers. The 3 wheelers were both Hondas, one 4-wheeler was a Suzuki, and the other 2 were/are Hondas. I've never ridden in snow, but lots of mud, rocks, stumps, etc, and worked them in temperatures from the low teens to over 100 deg. All the Hondas in camp would start on the cold mornings. Some of the Polarises, Kawasakis, Suzukis, and Yamahas would not.

Since 2001, I have had a 1996 Foreman 400 that is heavy, slow, has limited suspension travel, a weak rear brake, and no 2-wheel drive select. However, nothing has ever fallen off, broken, or quit. It is wide, stable, predictable, has a live rear axle and a recoil-starter I've never needed. It would climb a wall if you could hold it against it. I'm the 3rd owner, I bought it from my youngest brother, who bought it from our middle brother, who bought it new and immediately put a bigfoot kit on it. 26 x 10's in front and 26 x 12's in back. Not sure how many sets of tires and how many batteries it's used up. West Texas and the Hill Country are hard on everything. The best hunting is always the hardest to get to.

I don't ever expect to buy another 4-wheeler. Too many of them have independent rear suspension, that feels squirrely to me, particularly on side-hills.

You can discount what I say because I'm obviously not objective, and I can't vouch for the new Hondas because I don't know anything about them, but I'd take my chances with them because of what I know about the old ones. Good track record. If for some reason I did decide to buy a new one, it'd be a Honda.

No surprise I've got an opinion about sit-ins and sit-ons. The Utes are really handy, but I don't believe I could ever get one to some of the places I've been on the ATV. Maybe a skillful rider could, but I doubt it. I don't like being strapped in either. On the plus side though, if you go on your head, the Utes do have a rollbar.

Good hunting, Tom
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