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  1. I'd like to give it a good home, but NYC is too much work lol. I draw the line at Corning.
  2. Is it the 250 or 200? How far away are you? I'm in GA.
  3. Ah thanks man! Yeah if we lived close we could help each other out. Sounds like you'd make a good friend! I just want something to knock the berm down in the middle of my trails. Is the 87 the 250 or 200? Does it have the high/low ranges? Can't wait to see what this is going to be. Like an episode of American Pickers lol
  4. Yep and that's what I have a problem with. I can talk people down a little, but then I start feeling like I'm ripping them off. I know how it feels to be on the other end trying to sell something for a fair price. I'm more likely to feel sorry for someone and give them their price than I am to get a screaming deal. Yes it's the thrill of the hunt. I can relate to that. Yes but I enjoy mechanics. I don't like it as much as I used to because it's like the same work over and over. But when I was younger it was all about learning. I'd like to find a Big Red trike in excellent condition.
  5. Sure you can put less than $1500 and sell it, but to have a quad that's reliable on the trail always seems to require $1500. Idk, it's just a rule that a buddy and I decided we could never violate. He bought a 250ex for $100 from a pawn shop that was closing down, gave it to his daughter and still had close to $1500 in it by the end. I mean, it could be $1200, but close enough. (btw a high-comp piston in a 250ex makes a beast) I bought my 250ex for $1000 and put new tires on it, then battery, so I'm close to $1500 into it. I got my 300 King Quad for $100 and a bottle of scotch and have way more than $1500 in it (but much of that is winches n stuff). My quadsport was $100 and have $3000 in it at least, but it has a big bore kit, +4 swingarm, +6 a-arms and is more of a crotch rocket than anything else. My Lakota was about $100-$200 and after a bore job, tires, rims, battery, chain, sprockets, etc, viola... $1500. Usually a quad selling for less than $500 is going to need a bore job. If it doesn't, then the seller didn't know what he had or else the plastics are trashed or something else is wrong with it. Then of course if we're doing a bore job, we may as well do the valves. Then carb rebuild and air filter. If the quad is kinda old, then electronics start breaking down, so maybe a regulator is needed. And the brake pistons are plugged with rust. Wheel bearings are trashed from years of water infiltration. Shocks are blown, bushings are toast, ball joints and tierod ends are loose. And the tires are usually either worn down or rotted. Then all the cosmetic items like plastic and seat. Then we get the beast built back up only to find the clutch is slipping lol It seems flipping quads is less about mechanics and more about being able to get people to sell for less than what they want.
  6. When my friend and I were doing this roughly 10 yrs ago, we found there was no way to avoid the $1500 rule: meaning that regardless how cheap the quad is, we're going to have $1500 in it in the end. $500 for a quad + engine rebuild + tires, battery, brakes, etc = $1500. One trick I learned the hard way is to always check the rod bearings before I buy. On the bayou it would be a cinch to remove the 3 bolts on the pull-starter and rock the crank back n forth. If there is play, it means the rod bearings are shot and the engine is worthless. A lot of quads were run without oil. Anything else I can fix, but rod bearings I can't fix. For instance a bayou 220 was run without oil and the cam was ground down, so I welded the lobes back on and filed them down square with the rockers. Roughly a decade later it's still going. Btw, 25 inch tires on the back of a 220 bayou makes the gearing about right.
  7. If I were foreign to the US, I'd feel US affairs were of my concern simply because the US is the terrorist of the world butting into everyone else's business.
  8. I was comparing the top rates of taxation, so 33% was correct. I got the corp tax rate from here https://tradingeconomics.com/canada/corporate-tax-rate Basically, they're taxing individuals more than corporations. Not all individuals, but the richer ones. And by the time you consider paying the 12% sales tax and whatever other taxes Canadians pay, I'm sure the corporations have it relatively easy. The US doesn't have a national sales tax, but the states are pretty close to your provincial rates, though some states have no sales tax.
  9. I got to it before you edited it. Hopefully my changes to his post are acceptable.
  10. You don't support freedom of speech? What does Trump or Obama have to do with your pay? Except that people found to have higher IQs as a child grow up to be liberals. http://personal.lse.ac.uk/kanazawa/pdfs/SPQ2010.pdf Liberals are also more educated https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282421724_The_Association_of_Cognitive_Ability_with_Right-wing_Ideological_Attitudes_and_Prejudice_A_Meta-analytic_Review While conservatism is associated with failed states http://davesource.com/Fringe/Fringe/Politics/Conservatism-and-cognitive-ability.pdf The evidence is based on 1254 community college students and 1600 foreign students seeking entry to United States' universities. At the individual level of analysis, conservatism scores correlate negatively with SAT, Vocabulary, and Analogy test scores. At the national level of analysis, conservatism scores correlate negatively with measures of education (e.g., gross enrollment at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels) and performance on mathematics and reading assessments from the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) project. They also correlate with components of the Failed States Index and several other measures of economic and political development of nations. Essentially, conservatism arises from calamity. Conservatism isn't necessarily a disease, but it comes from a diseased society. It's a consequence of poverty. The neurological differences are so pronounced that they can determine who is republican or democrat with a brain scan and be correct 82.9% of the time, which is the best prediction model available to science https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0052970 The amygdala is the part of the brain associated with fear which explains why conservatives need guns, military, strong borders, etc because they're terrified. The TPJ region of the brain is associated with empathy. And the liberals are taking over. Love it or leave it lol
  11. lol yup. Mine is a 2005 and it was yellow, so I painted it blue. But I like your pepsi blue better. I think the engines are different sizes though. If I remember right, the 250x is 246cc and the 250ex is 229cc. The 300ex is a bored out 250x. I'm pretty sure the engines are the same, only the jug is bigger on the 300 (282cc). They bumped it up 36cc and added a starter. I guess that's where the E comes from in EX. I'm not sure which weighs more. My 250ex is 350lbs. I weighed it myself. My quadsport is a little over 300lbs. I can bunny hop it with the engine off. The 250x is probably in the middle of the two. The shaft drive really sucks. I put bigger tires on hoping to go faster, but it didn't make much difference... I'm still searching for 6th gear lol
  12. That sucks man. The cotter pins won't stop the nut from backing off. I've tried nails before, but can't remember if they worked. If you get new hubs, hopefully they fit tight on the axle. If not I'd try to pack something in there to take up the slack. I've snipped off thin strips of aluminum flashing to fit in the grooves trying to tighten the fit before. It worked ok, but aluminum wears out after a while.
  13. Yeah that's what I'm complaining about: blind loyalty and inability to admit error. I admitted I was wrong, you were right, so why can't others? No biggie... I learn and move on. I win some and lose some. After watching enough historical documentaries I've come to the conclusion that humans have a predisposition for blind loyalty because if the serf wasn't loyal to the lord, he was killed, and probably if he had a family, they starved or worse, so therefore any genes that got passed down were those who just obeyed orders without question. The Clintons threatened us with mediocrity. Biden's job will be to protect the opulent minority from the majority by giving the people the bare minimum to shut them up. That's why he said "nothing will fundamentally change" to his rich donors. So instead of socialized healthcare like you have, we'll have the cluster-fluck obamacare that safeguards the big profits for insurance companies and increases inefficiency overall. Costs will go up, taxes will go up on the middle class, quality of care will go down, but the important thing is that the profits for big corporations are secured. Sure, Hillary would have been a better president, but then the people wouldn't be fighting for a canada-style healthcare because they would have been pacified already with obamacare. We have to keep the people riled up with Trump to keep them fighting for a real solution. If the people are pacified with a half-assed solution, then they won't fight. That is the primary job of establishment dems, who aren't at all democratic (Biden is a republican who believes in states' rights). Hillary has "a heart of a liberal and the mind of a conservative" in her own words. In other words, tampons in the mensroom with tax breaks for the rich and nothing for the poor. That's why I say I can see voting for Trump as a protest vote being noble, but that doesn't mean one has to actually support Trump. I read somewhere that he didn't have to pay anything because Donnie was passed simply as a favor to Fred. What about Boris in the UK? How are they going to get rid of him? The electoral college wasn't what the founders wanted, but giving the states rights was the only way to get the states to ratify the constitution. The territories already existed and they couldn't threaten to abolish the territories and expect the territories to agree to it, so they had to reluctantly include provisions to protect the territories from the federation. The electoral college wasn't the best way, but the only way; a necessary evil. Madison acknowledged that while a popular vote would be ideal, it would be difficult to get consensus on the proposal given the prevalence of slavery in the South: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Electoral_College#Background There isn't much I can do. I'm just a spectator. We have to wait for the kids to outnumber the seniors. As the great Max Planck, himself the originator of the quantum theory in physics, has said, science makes progress funeral by funeral: the old are never converted by the new doctrines, they simply are replaced by a new generation. https://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/09/25/progress/ I think you'd be surprised at just how much neoliberalism has infested the entire world since Reagan. Tax rates around the world started to fall after 1980. Click "max" and see: https://tradingeconomics.com/denmark/corporate-tax-rate https://tradingeconomics.com/canada/corporate-tax-rate https://tradingeconomics.com/australia/corporate-tax-rate I could fill a whole post describing just how conservative Denmark is. Denmark has a 55.8% income tax and 22% corporate tax. Does that look like socialism to you? It looks like neoliberalism to me. They value corps over individuals. On top of that they have a 25% sales tax, 8% social security tax and the employer pays 0. All the taxes are on the backs of the workers while the corps pay hardly anything. But Denmark doesn't have a military to speak of, so the tax revenue goes back to the people in social services which pacifies the people while protecting profits for corps. Canada has a much fairer system with a 33% income tax and 26.5% corporate tax, 5% sales tax, and the employer and employee pay the same amount to social security. (correct me if my stats are wrong). At least the corps are bearing more of the burden in Canada. The US is almost identical to Canada, except much of our revenue goes to the military and then to the corps instead of healthcare and education.
  14. What would y'all think of me if I came on here saying nobody knows more about ATVs than me? Would you worship me? I really need people to worship me. The super genius of all time!

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