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    Good reliable quad for hunting and lifestyle block

    Hi, just wondering if anyone out there has a spare quad they’re looking to sell. Kitted for hunting and with a winch would be a bonus. 4wd, minimum 350 cc. Must be in South Island. Honda preferred but also look at canam or Yamaha. Thanks
    PM me if preferred. I’m based near Christchurch.

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    dont get one that has been used on a dairy farm. Frame rot will be happening.
    Be more involved and less impressed.

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    Or a beach. Or on a muddy beef or sheep block for that matter. Bloody things have disprins cast into the metal I reckon... On the other hand, I'm interested to see opinions of what actually is a 'good, reliable quad'. Bloody things are forever needing something fixed on them!

    I would second the Honda brand choice, not so sure about Canam - the BIL had one that was not worth the sticker price. Ended up swapping it back with the dealer at a slight loss, even the dealer wasn't impressed with how it went and was a little embarrassed I think. No experience directly of Yamaha which is to say the only time I've been around them they did what they say on the label.

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    Yamaha fan boy here, Had experience with 550 Grizzly and Kodiak 450 and 700's. 550 and 700's are a bit thirsty on fuel but very reliable if looked after. However best avoid the 2016-2018 700's with the 708cc engine. Most will have been rebuilt under warranty but on mine it still burnt oil afterwards. No problems with the 686cc engine.

    550s can feel a bit tippy if used to a honda as they have a short wheelbase and you tend to sit high on them.

    I'd give the Canams a miss if buying used.

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    I've got a 500cc Suzuki king quad that have had a good run from, find them a but soft in the back though when wanting to carry weight, think a solid rear end is better for hunting, lose too much ground clearance with wishbone suspension carrying loads, not offering for sale just more info and free bump for the thread
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    I think this meets almost all of your specified requirements... apart from brands... and maybe budget...

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/3651535115
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    Quote Originally Posted by yeah_na_missed View Post
    I think this meets almost all of your specified requirements... apart from brands... and maybe budget...

    https://www.trademe.co.nz/3651535115
    Sorry forgot to add… needs to fit on a 8x5 trailer. Cheers
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    Whats your max budget????

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    Quote Originally Posted by distant stalker View Post
    I've got a 500cc Suzuki king quad that have had a good run from, find them a but soft in the back though when wanting to carry weight, think a solid rear end is better for hunting, lose too much ground clearance with wishbone suspension carrying loads, not offering for sale just more info and free bump for the thread
    I lean the other way. I have a honda 420 thats just gone and gone and gone for 12 years with bugger all done to it. Used almost every day on a beef farm. It has independent suspension all 4 corners. Very comfy.

    This roar past I got to ride a new honda 500 with solid rear end in some pretty hairy country that I knew mine would have been fine on. Lost traction several times just when I needed that traction.
    If you need to tow heavy loads, yes a solid rear end would be better (or a 4x4!!!), but if you need traction above all else, you need those 4 corners doing their own thing grabbing what traction they can.

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    The 420 is also a small bike depending on your size I looked at one just thinking the motor was smaller the bike was far to small for me ended up with a 500 king quad which has being faultless it is on the larger side though but an absolute power house

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    Yep had a TRX500 with solid back end. Went to a king quad and won’t buy anything else. Reliable, good grunt, comfortable and the autos on them are fantastic. I’d stick with Honda or suzuki for reliability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matagouri View Post
    Whats your max budget????
    Ideally don’t want to spend over $5k. Not something I’ll be using every day… the odd hunt and a few bits and pieces around home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XR500 View Post
    I lean the other way. I have a honda 420 thats just gone and gone and gone for 12 years with bugger all done to it. Used almost every day on a beef farm. It has independent suspension all 4 corners. Very comfy.

    This roar past I got to ride a new honda 500 with solid rear end in some pretty hairy country that I knew mine would have been fine on. Lost traction several times just when I needed that traction.
    If you need to tow heavy loads, yes a solid rear end would be better (or a 4x4!!!), but if you need traction above all else, you need those 4 corners doing their own thing grabbing what traction they can.
    I agree with what you say about grip and comfort, where I hunt has a lot of rock and ground clearance becomes the priority, low roll over/grip loss risk, just get hung up on rocks a lot more than the solid axle version my mate has, it's OK when you can put wheels on rocks rather than try to clear them but not always an option

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    Had TRX300's for 30 years, mainly hunting plus lifestyle block. Found them all I need. Other than been self-serviced, never been touched.
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    Had my TRX420 for a couple years now and really like it for what I do. Enough grunt for the job but small and nimble enough to lift and get around tight places etc. I put larger tyres on then normal to get more ground clearance too. Power steering is magic. Sorry not for sale, just my needless 2c.
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