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New, used, or small project

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Just a new question of opinion to assist a new rider. I want to get a 4 wheeler and my fist choice of the three is small project but my main concern is availability of parts. Option two would be used but then there is the problem with ATVs not knowing how to swim. Don't really want to but one that drowned and got mouth to mouth. Last would be new. Opinions and experiences welcome.

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If you can go new and plan on keeping the ATV for a while then that would be the way to do it. You know the background behind the ATV and it should last you a long time.

If you are going to go used you mind as well get a project ATV, plan on replacing all the wear parts and make an offer that will account for the extra work you have to put into it. Check the frame and airbox to see if there is anything off. With the economy the way that it is the buyer has the advantage.

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Whatever I get I plan on having for the long run. I think I'm going to get a project. I was looking at the Honda rancher. I lots of parts online so it shouldn't be hard to get one up and running. Plus I like the look of those better than say a bear tracker or foreman. Thanks for the advice!!

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honda is a good choice for sure. lots of parts available and are basically bullet proof if taken care of. let us know how you are making out along the way ....

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As long as the ATV is clean and not beat on, used is fine. Check comparable sales for the same year, make, model...to make sure you are getting a good price. You can use KBB.com to get ATV values as well.

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So I found a 2005 Yamaha kodiak for $300 obo. The guy says it won't run. New piston but needs rings, gas tank and , plastics. I don't mind being a mechanic. That is another reason for getting into this. So the question is, if you were me..

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Check for the parts availability first. Scan ebay and craigs list for the best deals. I think having a project quad is a good deal especially if you are particular on how things are laid out.

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