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So i have a friend at work who was recently diagnosed with a small but very manageable heart problem.  He is in good shape but doc says he shouldn't be shoveling snow or anything crazy for a while until they figure this out. So he asked me to see what i can find him to plow since he has a good size piece of property.  So i spent the last two weeks scouring the local states to find him a good atv with a plow! 
 

Found  him a big bear 400 4x4 with a plow for a steal!   Going to go through it good and put my touch on it and deliver it next week. 
 

As much fun as we have with this quad thing its just as much fun helping others out!

 

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Another great find! Craigslist? I have a friend in CT who is looking for a quad with plow also, not sure if he found one. That's pretty cool how you are able to help him out. How much did you steal it for? What state did it come from?

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Came from NJ, the seller was looking for way too much. Grabbed it up for $1200 It runs great and everything works. It sat for a while but the gas was turned off and carburetor ran dry. So new battery and fresh gas and it fired up like it was from the dealer. I went through the usual things and cranked it over with my mini jumper, checked compression etc. 

Im going to take a few things apart  and change the oil, make sure its in tip top shape and move it along. 

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So i got it up in the air and pulled the wheels off.  Pressure washed the entire bike and I'm pleased with what's underneath.  Everything looks in tact and untouched.  Brake pads are worn halfway down, all the bushings are in great condition. Not pulling the plastics off because im happy with everything so far. Going to paint the underside, new brakes, grease, oil lube and filter.   Add a few cool cosmetic details and sending it out.  Stay tuned! 

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I'm guessing he'll get a few more decades of use out of it after you've cleared it for use.  Bravo, Frank.

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Thats a really nice machine , Wish i couldve found something a bit newer like it in my price range. I'm sure it will last a long time and serve him well once you clear it

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Got a hell of a day in. Pulled the front and rear apart, all looked great so i greased it up, new brakes and thats a wrap on the drive train.  Blasted the axles, frame etc down to clean metal and  any and rust and  got several coats of paint on it.  Reassembled most of the drive train and shot the racks and front bumper which are hung to dry.  
Should be getting it all back together soon enough and then a custom seat cover and shes done. 
A few more pics to come! 

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Zoom in on the pics and see how clean that frame and drive train came out!

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So I've been on the faded plastic thing for a long time and i finally found a decent solution.  Ive been on this bike for about a week and the plastics are faded pretty bad. Im going to add my findings to the faded plastics thread but let me know what you think ? 

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Horrible, simply HORRIBLE!   Are you kidding?  They look brand new, man!  Is it paint?  Wax?  Since I have no experience painting atv plastics, my only question would be how durable is it - if painted, how is the paint able to stick to the plastic AND REMAIN THERE?  sanding / roughing and possibly priming the areas prior to painting likely helps with this.

your experiment looks fantastic.  and now i'm headed to the plastics posts.

just read your post - makes sense - and it'll likely work.  good test run for all.

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Lol thank you. Its simply a water sand with a super fine grit so the clear coat has something to stick to. The clear coat has a flexible component in it should the plastics bend which they will. So we will see how they hold up. 

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Is that flex clear coat available ?

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So here she is !!!!! 
I have the plow stripped down and will get paint tomorrow but it runs great and pretty fast.  
I will post the last pic with the plow right before i load her up and deliver.

And yes a Buffalo Bills fan. 
Seat cover by yours truly! 
 

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Click on the photos for a better view, it was dark obviously when i finished.   

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On 12/29/2019 at 10:45 PM, Frank Angerano said:

Zoom in on the pics and see how clean that frame and drive train came out!

Nice work!!!

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A few pics in the daylight and obviously the night time photos did it no justice!  Im super impressed with this one.  The way she shines!  This front rack was bent pretty bad. I heated it up and beat it back to good, cane out pretty straight.  I shot the racks with a spray gun for the first time and love it. 

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