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Hello. I’m in the market for a new quad. Update from a 400ex. I’m looking at 2 in particular. A 2004 predator Troy lee edition all stock and in really clean shape for 1700. Or a 2008 mxr 450 with the ktm engine. Not as clean but newer. For 2000. 
I’m torn. Any with experience with either of these mind giving me some input?
Thanks in advance. 

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What is your style of riding and do you have money to fix it when it breaks. Not saying you don’t. But some machines are hella expensive just for parts.


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Thank you for the reply :)  I’m 45. I like to ride like I’m 25. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t lol. I live in Massachusetts so not much riding around here. I have a few trails out my back yard but a couple times a year we go to Jericho mountain New Hampshire where there are some pits and a lot of fire road type trails. Of course money is an issue. We have 4 kids. I had a 2008 400ex all stock but wasn’t enough. Then I was thinking getting another that was bored out or buying one and having it bored out and swapping the cam and missing that. But then looked at the price to do that and it’s cheaper to just buy a bigger atv. I was torn between these and a few Raptor’s. 
still winter here so plenty or time, but now is a great time to buy. 
i know you can’t beat the reliability and low maintenance of an air cooled 4 stroke. That makes the 400ex a thought. Man I just made this decision even harder. lol

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I'm a fan of the Japanese made quads, especially Honda and Yamaha. The others, not so much.

Stay away from any mods, even with the good ones! stock is best....

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Im a Honda guy 2005 450R so my 2 cents are worthless LOL My buddy has a 2008 MXR 450 and loves it but its a pain to work on according to him !! 

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I  can't be a lot of help  either . .I ride  an  old  1991 Honda Fourtrax 300FW   4x4  quad  with winch added .. I  usually run  tail end  to  the  ones I ride with  because some of them  are   only  2 wheel drive and no winches .. It's no racing machine ,  but  let's face it ,  you  can  kill yourself  just  as easily   at  40-45 Mph tops  as you  can  at  70. I'm  76  and still  ride  like  I'm  25  on it. sometimes it takes me  longer to recover than  it  did  when  I was 25 though.There's not  many  places around  here  you  can  run machines  flat out  so   I've never felt hindered  by the lower top end. That's the main  question to  ask when  choosing  a ride . What  am  I  really going to  be doing with it the  most, and how  much  power and speed do  I really need ? I'm  also  partial to the  Japanese  machines  and A  Kymco (  Korean made)  machine  one of my friends ride  has also been  a great  machine for him.. I'm more a fan  of the  clutch  and gears  machines rather than the CV ones with the  belt  drive ..  Those machines  often  have a problem  with belt  slippage  after  a run  in deeper  water that  can get  in .  They  don't  slip  long once  out of the water  and the slippage quickly  heats the  belt  and clutches to  dry them  out  , but it's there  and can be a real  pain  in a wet and muddy  ride .

 

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