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Old April 20th, 2008, 07:46 PM   #1
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what are the major advantages/ diasadvanages to either or? i have heard the chains dont like the mud too much. i am looking into some future options here and just lookin for some opinions
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Old April 21st, 2008, 12:19 PM   #2
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Personal opinion?... I like shaft drive, much lass maintance on the shaft drive. Ths chain drive is great if you mod your quad ( it rhymes ;-) ) as you can easly change the final drive ratio. Maint. on the chain is critical, I had a chain break on a polaris quad and the chain "piled up" at the drive sprocket and broke a big chunk of the case half out :-(
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 10:24 AM   #3
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Personal opinion?... I like shaft drive, much lass maintance on the shaft drive. Ths chain drive is great if you mod your quad ( it rhymes ;-) ) as you can easly change the final drive ratio. Maint. on the chain is critical, I had a chain break on a polaris quad and the chain "piled up" at the drive sprocket and broke a big chunk of the case half out :-(
ya, my cousin has been telling me that the o-rings in the chains dont like the mud too much. loads up on the sprockets and breaks things
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But that being said, my son just picked up a Raptor and we have been down in Tenn at Windrock ( mud up the AZZ) and he has not been having any problems ( we have spent quite a bit of time cleaning and greasing the chain).....
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But that being said, my son just picked up a Raptor and we have been down in Tenn at Windrock ( mud up the AZZ) and he has not been having any problems ( we have spent quite a bit of time cleaning and greasing the chain).....
kewl thats what i was thinkin, just be extra time on mantenice would take care of things
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 09:53 PM   #6
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ya, my cousin has been telling me that the o-rings in the chains dont like the mud too much. loads up on the sprockets and breaks things
o-ring chains do better in the mud than non o-ring chains, the o-rings seal out all the bullshit from the pins and bearings..in fact o-ring chains last longer and are stronger than non o-ring chains...however thery do have more drag, thats why the dirt bike guys like the non o-ring chains better...
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I rode my Honda in the mud all the time.. give it a nice dousing <sp> in chain lube before riding and after u hit water spray it again on your next rest.. then when done riding.. spend some time with a power washer getting all the mud out the nooks and crannys of the quad and take the time to make sure all of the mud is out of the chain then hit with some gear lube ride it down the road and then hit it with chain lube.. i did this everytime and never had a problem ( with the chain)
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o-ring chains do better in the mud than non o-ring chains, the o-rings seal out all the bullshit from the pins and bearings..in fact o-ring chains last longer and are stronger than non o-ring chains...however thery do have more drag, thats why the dirt bike guys like the non o-ring chains better...
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I rode my Honda in the mud all the time.. give it a nice dousing <sp> in chain lube before riding and after u hit water spray it again on your next rest.. then when done riding.. spend some time with a power washer getting all the mud out the nooks and crannys of the quad and take the time to make sure all of the mud is out of the chain then hit with some gear lube ride it down the road and then hit it with chain lube.. i did this everytime and never had a problem ( with the chain)
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In rough/rocky areas I've seen solid axle chain drive quads whack the sprocket/chain on rocks.

For rough terrain I'd prefer shaft drive. For a duner or general sport quad rocketship, chain.
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Definately shaft, however the biggest thing is that you want to make sure it is a 4x4, unless you are into that high speed crazy stuff. 2wd quads suck in the deep snow and mud.
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Definately shaft, however the biggest thing is that you want to make sure it is a 4x4, unless you are into that high speed crazy stuff. 2wd quads suck in the deep snow and mud.
im talkin like sport quads, dont really need a 4wd quad. and wouldnt mind gettin up to the dunes one of these days. not shootin for deep mud or snow, got the jeep for that
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im talkin like sport quads, dont really need a 4wd quad. and wouldnt mind gettin up to the dunes one of these days. not shootin for deep mud or snow, got the jeep for that
then chain is your cup of tea.. just be good to it and it'll be good to you
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Sport quad is a no brainer for a chain and a good metal sprocket guard. There really isn't a good shaft driven sport quad.

If you have a 4x4 then you don't want a chain drive. Way too much hassle to keep it adjusted and lubed, and very pricey to fix.
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yeah, i would recommend a chain drive for a sport quad (almost all are). just make sure you oil the chain and keep up with the maintenance, and you wont have any major troubles.
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Old April 28th, 2008, 06:42 PM   #15
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There really isn't a good shaft driven sport quad.
ya, my cousin has the ltz 250 suzuki, but hes 5' somethin, and im like 6'. and ive rode it, just seems a little small. and id like something w/ a few more cc's
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