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JustRandy last won the day on October 9 2019

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  1. Prices being up just means the dollar is going down. Venezuelan stock market is up 3000% this year. Your returns will be a function of how well Trump can compel the fed to trash the dollar with QE to support his fake economy. Homelessness is exploding, opioid epidemic is still raging, suicides are up, farmer suicides are 50% higher than in the farm crisis of the 80s. That's not indicative of a good economy. Unemployment is still the same 20% it's been all decade http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/unemployment-charts One of the things I originally liked about Trump is that he pointed out that the unemployment numbers were a lie and really 20, 30, 40%. Now he's taking credit for what he previously called a lie. He also said the stock market was a "Big Fat Ugly Bubble" in the second debate with Hillary. Now it's the greatest ever. Just another lie to add to the list of 15,000. Boomers don't have the numbers to win it for Trump. It would seem even a potato could beat Trump. GA will probably flip blue since Stacey Abrams only lost by a mere 50,000 votes out of 4 million in a state with 10 million people. If Trump can't hold GA, he can't hold the swing states (PA, WI, MI) that he barely won by a collective 77k votes. I think it's less of a question of whether he will win and more of a question of how badly he will lose. And that is a function of who is running against him. Bernie would clobber him, but Biden won't fare as well.
  2. I have 2 mufflers on my atv and now that the engine is quiet, you'd be surprised how loud the geartrain and tires are. The ticking valves, intake pulses through the carb and various pieces of plastic slapping together are really prominent now that the exhaust is silent. I too can't wait for an electric atv, but I think it's going to be louder than we had hoped. That reminds me when my battery died on my gasser which left me stranded on top of a mountain. I had to walk 2 hours back to camp to get a new battery which I had brought to power radios n stuff. Some irony there lol. The 250ex cannot be started unless it's in neutral, so no way to pushstart it down a hill. There is also no recoil or kicker. When the battery dies, you're done. But you're right.... I wouldn't take an electric quad out in the bush without at least 2 extra batteries and probably an extra controller. Heck, I wouldn't take a gasser in the bush without extra batteries, gas, and tools. One redeeming attribute of electric is the potential to charge it via portable solar panel. It would be slow, but at least there would be hope of eventually making it out. Running out of gas in a gasser leaves one with no recourse.
  3. I'd like to give it a good home, but NYC is too much work lol. I draw the line at Corning.
  4. Is it the 250 or 200? How far away are you? I'm in GA.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. I got to it before you edited it. Hopefully my changes to his post are acceptable.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.

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