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Old June 21st, 2011, 02:35 PM   #21
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I've owned a few,

I had 2000 400ex, wasn't the fastest thing in the world but it was more than capable in the trails. Never had one issue with it.

I had 2001 Raptor 660r.

It was a total PITA and always broken. Starter one way gear, cylinder base gasket, rear sub frame wobbled out, goofy vacuum carb setup would fluctuate over ruff bumps.

After the base gasket blew I put a whole bunch of go fast parts on it, It was fun until the tranny exploded.

I would suggest staying away from the Raptor. If you must get one, the tranny was updated in 02 and the starter one way was updated in I believe 03 or 04.
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I love my 01 660r. Of course I've replaced all the problem areas already. Fun, and fast, even with my chunky ass on it. I got it for next to nothing, as "Kip" couldn't figure it out. It's a bit too fast for group trail rides, but when I go out by myself on trails I know, it'll rip it up.
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I know it's not one of your choices but I just picked up an 11 Renegade 800R. Thing is ridiculous on power and having the 4wd is a nice feature. Extremely happy with the machine. Athough they are pricey, I think it's worth every penny. Rumor is that the 2012's will be coming with 1000cc engines. Too much in my opinion. The 800 scares me now. I was looking at the 400's and 700xx's but wanted the 4wd option. I will be looking for a 400ex for the wife or possibly another 4wd quad in the 4-500cc range later on.
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Old June 21st, 2011, 06:51 PM   #24
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Honda. the 450r was the most fun quad I have ever rode, my cousins built 400 ex was the second. My dad had a 2006 crf 450r, I rode that a lot and it is an awesome bike.
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Old June 21st, 2011, 08:25 PM   #25
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I agree with pretty much all of what Langford said.

I have a YFZ450 (of course) and I am 6'2" and about 180 lbs.
For me the yfz seems large enough, but I've never weighed over 200 lbs so I can't speak to that.

The raptor 700 would be better for trails. The yfz is geared high and can be a pain switching from 1st to 2nd constantly on ORV trails.
But if you ride open areas and are aggressive you might like the yfz better.

As for anyone saying they break down, I've never had an issue with mine. I'm aggressive and experienced rider but I do not run tracks or hit big air so maybe that is what they are talking about. ?
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I've ridden quite a few bikes over the years, and ridden with a lot of different types of riders. I am 5'8 and 200#. For me, the YFZ is a great bike. It is a great all around machine for me. However, all of the bigger guys I've ridden with like the Raptors and DS650's. The bigger machines fit them much better ergonomically. They are also set up much softer from the factory, which suits guys who ride slower or sit down more.

IMO, the 400ex is not so much like a SBC, but the S10 everyone swaps them into. The 400EX was a great stepping stone for four strokes and decent chassis design, but is very much outdated. The YFZ is pretty much the go to machine nowdays. If the 400ex is the SBC of quads, its a throttle body 305. The YFZ is the LS1. The Raptor is the 454. The DS650 is the 8.1L

The Raptor doesn't fit me or my riding style well, but for what you are looking for, it sounds like just the thing. 700 Raptor is what I would look for in your shoe's.
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 04:59 AM   #27
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My cousin has a 400ex for sale 2k very nice with lots o new parts. PM me if interested
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