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  1. Solid rear axle would be worse for rocky terrain, it will throw you around more. Between the two, I would go with the Honda, in most riding you do not need AWD or 4WD. With the honda, you can use it only when needed. Mike
  2. A good place to do that is countrycat.com. You can bring up a parts diagram for your machine to get the OEM number of the CDI Box and then compare different years for a match. Its always best to go by the OEM number of the part to cross reference. Mike
  3. Probably the accessory plug only has power with the ignition key on. Arctic Cats have a 2 pin connector under the rear fender that has power on all the time for attaching accessories. Its perfect for attaching the battery tender. Perhaps your machine has the same connector?
  4. That is cool, looks like it should work well
  5. I have always had good luck with Arctic Cats. My first one I put over 16,000 miles on it and then sold it. A friend wanted it for parts, the engine was rebuilt because it was sunk in a serious mud hole the prior year. It still had original axles, diffs, 4wd worked. Plastics were cracked, but this quad had several roll overs and collisions. The frame was broken in two spots and welded so it was not possible to trade it in. He transplanted the engine to another machine and stripped it for parts. My girls original quad has almost 10,000 miles on it and still runs well. It is now our backup machine and snow plowing machine. Never had an issue with parts and the service manuals are available for free. Mike
  6. Here in PA, insurance is required to ride a lot of places. I use Progressive, own 3 machines and costs me $165 a year. I have also been with them for years so my rate is cheaper. I think when I first got it, one machine cost me like $230 per year? Then I added the second machine when my girl got into riding. I keep one machine now as a spare, but keep it registered and insured in case we need to use it for riding. Mike
  7. No it shouldn't, I would check your pickup coil, it tells the CDI when to fire a spark. If that is good, then the CDI is defective. Mike
  8. Bought the 12 ton press 2 years ago on sale which is always handy for pulling bearings and shock bushings. Has worked flawless.
  9. These are from a 2007 400 service manual, but I would think it would apply to your machine. You need a meter that can measure peak voltage and hold it. If you are using a regular multimeter, your voltage reading is not valid. Mike
  10. Yes, still made in the same plant as Arctic Cat. In fact Textron moved some other engine production from Germany to the USA. Theif River Falls, MN is where the plant is located. Some lower end models of Arctic Cat were partially produced by Kymco, but they are a Taiwanese company , not Chinese. The two machines I have that are Kymco Built have been good. One is over 8 years old with almost 10,000 miles on it and still runs well. Mike
  11. Service manuals and schematics are available for free for Arctic Cats. That is a big help
  12. Bought a cheap grinder to overhaul this trailer. The grate deck was busted in the rear and it was showing a lot of rust. Ran the crap out of this grinder to cut off the old deck and grind off the old welds. Then used it to sand the rust off. Grinder never missed a beat. The new deck is HDPE plastic obtained from my former job. I had thought about adding to the sides and front a section of this plastic, but this added weight to the trailer as it was. Mike
  13. I have owned the Garmin Oregon 450t for several years now, it is an older version of the 650 you posted above. I originally purchased it for other activities but it has come in very useful for riding. The GPS sensors in it are better then any phone or tablet. I can typically get 12 to 16 hours of use from a set of batteries (mine takes 2-AA batteries) so carrying a spare set is easy. It has had water and mud splashed on it many times with no issues. I have owned this unit now for 8 years or more. It allows recording tracks and marking waypoints which can be downloaded to a computer to save for future use. You can also upload tracks and points to it. The best feature is that you can upload custom maps to it. I have taken several maps of ATV trails and use them in the unit. There is free software for it that can utilize the data it collects, I use a paid version which does allow more features but I also use this for other activities. You can also insert a micro-SD card to store maps and data. I use a 4 gig card which is more then enough storage space. Note, the "T" part of the model number indicates it includes a 100K topo map of the entire USA. Mike

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