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11-01-2009, 21:49   #1
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Quad/atv recommendations

Thinking about buying a 2nd hand quad for the farm, somewhere around the 400cc size i was thinking,anyone recommend any particular type and good place to buy.
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11-01-2009, 22:04   #2
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Thinking about buying a 2nd hand quad for the farm, somewhere around the 400cc size i was thinking,anyone recommend any particular type and good place to buy.
honda are by far the best , yamaha are ok too but personally i think their horrible to ride in comparrison to honda
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2nd hand quad are not a good idea. they are traded in when they are wrecked or near dead. i priced up and engine overhaul kit for a suzuki 400cc and it was more expensive than the quad was worth.
Suziki is the way to go imo. my dads got a 500cc one and a 650 honda. he uses the suzuki every day. and the honda only once in a blue moon.
try joe murray in mullingar. he has good 2nd hands some times and he a straight shooter.
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like all 2nd hand items you run the risk of running into a bit of trouble,but i'm not willing to pay vast amounts of money for a new one,so will have to go down the 2nd hand route.

Came across quads.ie,anyone dealt with them?
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like all 2nd hand items you run the risk of running into a bit of trouble,but i'm not willing to pay vast amounts of money for a new one,so will have to go down the 2nd hand route.

Came across quads.ie,anyone dealt with them?
a new 400cc quad is only around eight grand
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12-01-2009, 11:16   #6
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a new 400cc quad is only around eight grand
Well i'd consider €8000 alot of money to spend on a run about
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13-01-2009, 17:42   #7
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A lot of people are going to tell you to buy a Honda, and a Honda is a pretty safe bet, but Suzuki and Yamaha are just as good, ( personally I reckon Suzuki is best of all ) and because people don't realise this they are cheaper on the secondhand market than nearly all Honda's of similar age, size and condition.

I bought a 98 Suzuki Kingquad, its a 300cc 4wd, off a Honda dealer quite cheap. The suzuki wouldn't sell amongst the Honda's and as a result I got it 1500 cheaper than the Honda equivilent, that said it needed a starter clutch, but that wasn't too bad of a job.

Go 4wd for farm work especially if pulling a trailer or the like, It'll be a heavier bike but far superior, as just the resistance of the front wheels can be enough to get you stuck. My Kingquad is a 300 but it has on many occasions put newer, bigger and more powerful bikes to shame in tough going as it has a low and super low range gearbox and a locking front diff. Power is nothing if you dont have a transmission to utlise it. A semi automatic I feel is best, ie: no clutch lever, as it makes the bike easy to use in tough or heavy going, while still giving the rider complete control of the gears.

By a second hand jap bike that has been well minded, even if it has done a lot of work, they go for ever, (well none of my suzuki's ever let me down, not once ). A dealer is really the safest bet, and price shouldn't be too bad cos there is loads on the market, that said if you know you stuff there are bargins to be had in private sales

But at all costs stay away from anything made in china or the like, even the nuts and bolts used to hold them together are poor quality , I have seen that first hand, even on the best of them. A second hand, quality make would be far more reliable.
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The best quad ever made is the Honda 450 ES
I had one from new a great machine
Unfortunately I replaced it after 8 years with a new 500 Honda that I am not at all happy with
Flimsy plastic,heavy on petrol and as far as I am concerned poor traction
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Agree with Massey woman all the way

Agree with Massey woman all the way
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I'm just after buying a 01' Honda Foreman 450ES 4x4. I find it a great machine. Bought it off Keys Quads in Enniskillen. Its in good order and new oversized tyres all round. Got a good deal on it. The Electronic Shift transmission is very handy as it does away with clutching. Havent really tested it in heavy ground yet, but my Dad uses the same model of quad in his everday work and it stands up to the test! Just make sure the gears shift up and down freely enough, some of them can get very sticky.
I was also looking in Clarkes of Cavan. They have a good selection of secondhand Foreman quads, but i got a better deal in the north, especially with sterling exchange rate at the min.
In a nutshell go with Honda
Let us know how you get on!

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The best quad ever made is the Honda 450 ES
I had one from new a great machine
Unfortunately I replaced it after 8 years with a new 500 Honda that I am not at all happy with
Flimsy plastic,heavy on petrol and as far as I am concerned poor traction
i hope thats not a 09 reg.
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Looking to buy a quad myself. Don't know much about the pricing of them.
Would €1500 buy a decent s/hand4wd quad?
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Looking to buy a quad myself. Don't know much about the pricing of them.
Would €1500 buy a decent s/hand4wd quad?
Could be buying a lot of trouble at that money. Unless your sure where a quad came out of, your aswell paying the few pound extra and getting a reliable quad that wont give you any hassle.
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Could be buying a lot of trouble at that money. Unless your sure where a quad came out of, your aswell paying the few pound extra and getting a reliable quad that wont give you any hassle.
What do you think would be an entry price for a decent 4wd quad. I'm not really interested in the cheap Chinese stuff out there, would prefer a proper named brand.
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21-01-2009, 23:28   #15
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In my opinion Honda is the best quad out there. They can seem expensive enough but they are built to last. I know a guy who has a 98' honda from new and he rides the ring out and it still going strong!
Expect to pay a bit along with 2k for a decent bike, that with a bit of tlc will last a lifetime.
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