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Eight years of turn key performance came to an end last week after 2,400 miles, I smoked a rear drive shaft sleeve. This is the first failure I have encountered with this magnificent beast of a machine. It is a 03 and I have beat the shit out of it relentlessly.
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I have been keeping an eye on them for sale, basically due to your praise of them.....
 

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Luckily it was a $40 part and It took about an hour to get off, the new one should be here around the end of next week.
 

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Hay Bob,

Just bought an 04 650 quest max.

Seems to pull hard while idling in gear sometimes. Also somewhat hard to shift gears.

Where's the best place to look for repair information?

Looks about identical to yours.
 

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I just "Google it"

I have found that a few of them left the factory with the wrong length throttle cable mine was about 1/4 inch to short when it was adjusted all the way out causing it to idle high when wormed up. I just took a drill to the stopblock inside the thumb control allowing the cable more of a range of motion, never had a problem with it after that.


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I guess it was time to spend some money on the old girl I am glad I caught this before it caught me.


not a bad shop even has a hoist



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Glad to see you are having good luck with your Bombardier/Can-Am. Friend of mine bought a brand new pair of 2-up Outlander's for he and the wife (800cc - his, 500cc - hers) back in 2014 and the last 4 years something expensive has broke, or the machines have left them stranded on the trail that turned out to be a $5 part, that the dealer charged $300 to replace.
 

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Glad to see you are having good luck with your Bombardier/Can-Am. Friend of mine bought a brand new pair of 2-up Outlander's for he and the wife (800cc - his, 500cc - hers) back in 2014 and the last 4 years something expensive has broke, or the machines have left them stranded on the trail that turned out to be a $5 part, that the dealer charged $300 to replace.


These are old carbureted units It is my understanding that all most all the manufactures turned out steaming piles of shit for a few years after the Gov made them switch to EFI and it is just now getting better as they work the bugs out.



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Agreed! Up until 2 years ago, the newest model ATV I owned was a 1990. My most ridden is a 1986. 2019 I bought the wife a SxS - but Honda. Loved Honda from the get-go (1980 for me) for the reliability and performance. Now, Honda is so conservative they are usually the last manufacturer to go to market with "new" technology. Still reliable as heck though. Because of that I am fearing less issues with the EFI on the 2018 Pioneer I bought.

Oh and for where I really stand - 5 of the 9 ATV's I own are 2-stroke!
 

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Did you go with radials? I cannot quite make out the side-wall markings. If you went radials, your ride quality will be improved as well as your traction!
 
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