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    Investigating Quad Bikes

    I am investigating getting a quad for hunting. Ive done a bit of reading and the Honda TRX350 and 500 seem to get good reviews. I liked the idea of the TRX420 for size but they seem to have some bad history? Suzuki King Quads look good too but what models?

    Some criteria that I am considering:
    Reliability
    Stability with loads and on uneven / technical terrain
    350 - 500cc range
    Gearing / off-road ability

    If I get one I wont have a lot to spend so looking at around the 2000 - 2012 sort of range bikes. Thoughts?

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    stability on hills / uneven ground is best on independent suspension. reliability is mainly servicing maintenance some makes last a bit longer but dollar for dollar usage wise i think they probably come out similar ( ok polaris haters start know ) biggest thing is cvt vs manual and size differences. i have a can am 500 i think its a great bike apart from it revs higher at lower speeds being cvt it has good load carrying ability and can be fast when terrain is right around a 100km/h has high low and downhill braking which is really good. i am selling it 17000km on it has a winch just needs the new cable fitted will have a new battery and seat will need recovered has bull bars $3500 plus transport if that is something that interests you otherwise someone had a honda manual on here for sale which is another good option depending on model .
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    The 2005 onwards TRX500 are good machines. The 2005-8 manual models do chew out first gear if towing a trailer a lot, this was generally fixed up though when the motors got a freshen up. Mines done nearly 38000kms and going strong, its been serviced every 100hrs from new though. It's a bit of a tractor compared to current stuff, never had an issue in the rough as long as being sensible.
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    I have a 2011Honda TRX 500 PS manual for sale, havent had a chance to take some pics and list it. Hands down the best quads made were the trx 500 in 2011 and 2012.
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    Cant speak for the newer trx's but i used an old TRX 300 at work for 10 years, and it was showing signs of age back then.

    Very hard to kill off.

    Just kept on ticking.

    Would've been distressing if I'd been wanting management to buy me a new quad.
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    TRX 350 2005 model. Done lotsa back country work and hauled many big stags. Never misses a beat. Servicing is the big thing and not letting anyone else ride it.
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    Have a TRX300 that has been with me since new, done approx. 4000km on 300 hours. They have their limits towing but are an ideal hunting bike.
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    2015- trx420 are dogs compared to the older ones, we bought one brand new when we first went self employed, it was quite an investment for us but we thought we were making the right decision that would look after us in the long run.... the bloody thing lasted a grand total of about 3 hours before it was off to the shop for the first time, fried fuel pump solenoid because they put it in a stupid place right beside part of the exhaust route, they replaced it and then we had it back for about 2 weeks before it happened again, off to be repaired again and about a month later it started having electrical problems again, again related to a solenoid or similar giving up the ghost due to its placement close to exhaust. By this stage we had had enough of it because we needed to rely on it and couldnt afford to be getting stranded without a quad every other week, Honda would just keep fixing the issues but would not give us our money back and we didnt want to have to sell the bike at a loss (nor should we have had to) and we ended up making threats via a lawyer involving the consumer guarantees act as the product was not fit for purpose and was causing considerable loss of productivity , they took the piece of shit back in the end and we moved on with life but it left a bad taste in my mouth. We still run Honda 2 wheelers and bought 3 new ones this season but despite their salesman's best efforts we wont be going near any of their Quads or Side By sides again, they may have fixed the issues but were an absolute bunch of assholes leaving us in the lurch like they did with the lemon they originally sold us.
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    I notice a lot of bikes including the honda’s don’t come with a diff lock. I know how good they are in a 4x4 vehicle, are they that valuable on a quad too or is it no big deal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stagstalker View Post
    I notice a lot of bikes including the honda’s don’t come with a diff lock. I know how good they are in a 4x4 vehicle, are they that valuable on a quad too or is it no big deal?
    A winch will make up any lack of a diff lock.
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    I am only familiar with the older 300cc Honda/Suzuki/Kawasaki.

    Those older hondas are as reliable as an axe but rust out the bottom chassis rails.....ones ex dairy farms probably dont even exist anymore.
    The same generation Suzuki has a far better 3 speed transfer case and front diff lock and independent rear end but has carb and fuel valve issues, technically much better than the Honda but its not a Honda.
    The Kawa of the same capacity and era is kinda the awkward sister to the other two, didnt do anything great or badly but didnt get market share.

    On the 420 I borrowed one off of a dealer to take Toby for a hunt and on new tires it was mercilessly thrashed breaking trail in deep snow 2up on high country tracks and it performed well there but the two people I know who own them have had electrical problems and one of them is at the end of his tether with it and will get it going(again) and sell it.

    If I was to buy one of those older quads it would be the Honda or Suzi simply for parts support.
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    In terms of stability with loads on uneven terrain am I correct in thinking a rear diff with twin shocks is best? The three main variances appear to be diff with twin and single shock options and then IRS.

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    King quad all the way. IRS, diff locker, awsome transmission, great ground clearance, great engine. Especially the big bore models. The front diff locker makes a huge difference yes you can have a Winch but they are a pain in the arse, most of the time the diff lock will pull you out of what ever you are stuck in. I've had mine in some horrendously deep bogs and it does the business. Honda, kawasaki,can am I wouldn't bother with, other then a king quad I'd be looking at a grizzly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnus View Post
    King quad all the way. IRS, diff locker, awsome transmission, great ground clearance, great engine. Especially the big bore models. The front diff locker makes a huge difference yes you can have a Winch but they are a pain in the arse, most of the time the diff lock will pull you out of what ever you are stuck in. I've had mine in some horrendously deep bogs and it does the business. Honda, kawasaki,can am I wouldn't bother with, other then a king quad I'd be looking at a grizzly.

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