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Old December 16th, 2012, 06:49 PM   #1
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My truck was slow to sell, so I traded it for a 2003 Honda TRX400EX.



It's pretty clean, but I'm going to get it tip top this winter for my wife to ride in the spring. I think it will be more fun for her locally than her TTR, since the Gladwin ORV trails are basically sand traps.

The suspension is kind of squeaky, so I think I need to grease the suspension. I'll change the oil, air filter, lube the chain, etc.


I'm adding some hand guards and replacing the bushings holding the seat down that were missing.

It was missing one of the bolts that held the spark arrestor in place, so I started removing the other two and broke one off, turns out that was the problem with the one that was missing. So, I'll have to drill those out and probably re-tap the hole.

Anything else I should do while I'm playing in the garage?
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Old December 16th, 2012, 07:03 PM   #2
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paddles and nitrous??
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Nice! I love quads.

In my Hondas I changed fluids (oil & diff), plugs, and cleaned carbs out. I prefer the iridium plugs. Really no different than bikes.

Im a fan of Uni air filters.

Make sure to use oil suited for wet clutches.

Gladwin is a fun trail system on a quad.
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Nice! I love quads.

In my Hondas I changed fluids (oil & diff), plugs, and cleaned carbs out. I prefer the iridium plugs. Really no different than bikes.

Im a fan of Uni air filters.

Make sure to use oil suited for wet clutches.

Gladwin is a fun trail system on a quad.
I ordered a few factory fasteners on cheapcycleparts yesterday, so I just tacked on a Moose Racing air filter... I don't have a differential, so yup, it's pretty much like a bike.

Pat, if you'd like to go for a ride this coming year, I'd be all over it. Let me know.
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Old December 16th, 2012, 08:22 PM   #6
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Couldn't leave it alone, the other two muffler bolts have been drilled out and re-tapped. Ready for new bolts.
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Is that an FZ6 I spy in the back?


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yes, suh. It's a very fun yet practical machine.
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yes, suh. It's a very fun yet practical machine.
I thought there was no point in having a bike over 250CC?
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I thought there was no point in having a bike over 250CC?
Did I say that?

I ended up wanting more, not necessarily more power, but just more possibilities. I wanted to be able to carry more things with me and there wasn't really a good setup for any of the smaller bikes. For the FZ6 I was able to get a whole givi setup. I wanted fuel injection. I wanted a slightly (physically) larger bike for more comfort. I'm a bigger guy and with the bigger engine bike, I'm not getting that much worse MPG vs. the 250.

The FZ6 has way more power than I will ever need, if Yamaha made a smaller engine FZ, say an FZ4.5, I probably would have considered it, but in America they don't really make anything in between.
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Yep well said. No real middle weight bikes here anymore. We have an 07 for my wife and it hauls me around just fine just not much leg room for a big/tall guy. But we both like the upright seating.



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Old December 18th, 2012, 11:21 AM   #12
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Yep well said. No real middle weight bikes here anymore. We have an 07 for my wife and it hauls me around just fine just not much leg room for a big/tall guy. But we both like the upright seating.



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I love the thing. The things that really sold me were the 26,000 mile valve checks, fuel injection, and the center stand.
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Old December 18th, 2012, 06:57 PM   #13
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So, the quad's start button was missing when I got it. It just had the square plastic pin sticking out. So I pulled the "escape" key off of a junk keyboard and with a little modifying, I glued it on there. It's drying now. Hopefully it will stay put.

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Snow Day!

So far today I lubed up the a-arms to get rid of the squeak,



Repainted the exhaust, there were some spots that the paint had come off,



and re-purposed a waterproof box for a tool/stuff holder since the factory toolbox was removed before I got it,



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I kind of want to take it out in the snow, but I'm pretty sure I'd just end up tearing up my yard.
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I kind of want to take it out in the snow, but I'm pretty sure I'd just end up tearing up my yard.
Nah, its all frozen down there, go for it.
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Lol. It went from snowing to raining.
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How did you mount the plastic box? My experience with mounting large objects to quads or bikes is it needs bracing, or the vibrations will eventually just crack the box (especially if you are taking it out when it's cold out)

But nice looking quad.
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How did you mount the plastic box? My experience with mounting large objects to quads or bikes is it needs bracing, or the vibrations will eventually just crack the box (especially if you are taking it out when it's cold out)

But nice looking quad.
I just used the factory tool box mount holes with rubber washers.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 06:06 PM   #19
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I put these http://www.odigrips.com/roguepwclock-ongrips120mm.aspx grips on mine, now i ride with no gloves they are so comfortable and these http://shops.hookit.com/acerbis/View...oATV/3737.aspx hand guards, good construction and no issues in the past year of HEAVY riding.
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I put these http://www.odigrips.com/roguepwclock-ongrips120mm.aspx grips on mine, now i ride with no gloves they are so comfortable and these http://shops.hookit.com/acerbis/View...oATV/3737.aspx hand guards, good construction and no issues in the past year of HEAVY riding.
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