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Old 01-27-2020, 01:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How old is your ATV?

So... I bought one of the first Suzuki Vinson's sold in Kentucky - it's a 2002 I bought in the late fall of 2001. It's a single cylinder 500 cc bike... tons of power, quick 2wd/4wd button on the right side of the handlebar. It's got an automatic transmission - belt drive, don't recall the technical name. I added a Moose Executive seat, a set of rifle mounts on the front rack, a Kolpin gun boot on the back/right, and I've had to replace the winch. I keep a battery tender on it to keep the battery up and ready; it's garage-kept 'cause my Silverado won't fit in the garage anyway.

The bike doesn't have that many miles or hours on it, but I use it for small work on my property just about all the time... it's my yard tractor. I have a small John Deere dump cart I use for smaller stuff; when I need a bigger trailer, I have a 15-foot tag-along trailer I can hook up.

The single biggest problem I've had with this baby is that Suzuki developed the thing with collaboration with Warn winches; somehow they managed to bollix up the assignment - they managed to create a circuit problem that would burn out the control panel in the head of the ATV - you could start the engine but you couldn't shut it off. They wound up replacing 3 separate heads before they mostly solved the problem, then 2 years following the last fix, the problem arose again and I had to fight tooth and nail with a regional Suzuki rep to get them to fix it one last time... even the dealer was sick of seeing me. But in the last fix, they replaced the winch switch, winch wiring, and everything else. By that time, my winch had become a brick, so I replaced it with a brand new winch... and I've been good ever since.

I've had this thing all over Kentucky, all over southern Tennessee, and elk hunting in south-eastern Colorado (re-jetted it so I could operate smoothly above 10k ft elevation, then re-jetted once back home). Other than the above issues, I replaced tires after my son ran over a busted jar and sliced a tire open, and I had to repair/gusset the rear rack and right rear fender when my other son flipped the bike when he hit a downed tree (the first freaking weekend I owned it!! ). Had to replace the battery 3-4 times, but only once since I bought a battery tender.

What do y'all have, and how old are they? I've had friends who haven't gotten more than 2-4 years out of theirs... and I'm on what... year 19? FYI, I hope it lasts another 20 years... but I'm betting I'm on borrowed time.

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"winch"


A wench is a whole other thing...

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I’ve got a Honda Rincon I bought new in 2003. That thing has been on trails and dunes all over the country. I’ve launched it off dunes, railed it down countless trails, and I put on hundreds of miles a year plowing our long driveway and pulling a mower in the summer. I’ve put several sets of tires on it, on my third seat, replaced all the plastics twice I think. A couple years ago the oil pump chain fell off, while it was on the trailer no less, so I ended up rebuilding the top end, new oil pump and chain, all the seals, replated the cylinder, new high compression piston, Webcam camshaft, mild porting, etc. That quad has been beat to piss, rolled many times (most not by me lol), gauge cluster replaced a few times, new steering stem from rolling it, tie rod ends, maybe a few other little maintenance things, but otherwise it has been a crazy reliable machine. I keep waiting for it to blow, or the tranny that people say is not meant to be worked to crap out, but it doesn’t. When I plow I literally have it in second gear with the throttle pegged for sometimes hours and it doesn’t miss a beat. I LOVE the automatic tranny, I would never, ever, ever have a belt CVT transmission on anything. I’m not exactly sure of the miles I have on it because it resets to zero when I replace the cluster, but it’s around 12,000. It has been an amazing machine and lived up to the Honda name.

I also have a 1999 Yamaha Warrior 350 that is a blast to run around with and a great machine to teach people how to drive a clutch.

Then I’ve got a few Honda TRX450R sport quads. They all are either an ‘04 or ‘05, but they are identical for those two years only. Some are blown currently, some are in the process of being rebuilt currently, and some are full on race builds lol. The 450s are my passion and I can pretty much build them in my sleep. I take them riding all over the country, trails, dunes, fields, ditches, whatever.
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A wench is a whole other thing...
HAHAHA!!!!!!!

Yep, you're right. I'll fix that.
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I have a couple of ATV's with the oldest being a 1997 Xplorer 400L 2-stroke. I've torn it down to the frame 3 times, rebuilt the engine once. It is used every fall for hunting and used all winter long for plowing. I've plowed with it since the day I bought it in '97 and it just keeps going. My other ATV is a Polaris 700 and this 400 will keep up with it no problem to sane speeds on country dirt roads.
I have done lots of maintenance over the years but that is to be expected to a machine 23 years old. I tell people its been to hell and back at least 10 times.. lol
The machine owes me absolutely nothing if it were to blow up tomorrow... great machine. :-)
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Iíve got(had) a green2000 Honda foreman 450es I bought new in September of 1999, has about thirteen thousand miles on it, sold it about a month ago just because it was full time four wheel drive and you felt it after about two weeks of hunting on it, had to put about $400 in the rear end in all those years. I have Camo 2009 rubicon to take its place with power steering that I bought new, hopefully it will last just as long.
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I have a 1995 Yamaha Big Bear 350 4X4 that is the go to, it is a tank and I know it will start and run.
I also have a 2002 Honda TRX500FA 4x4 that has been a awesome quad.
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