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About dook

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  1. I've been riding Suzuki Kingquad 300's for the last 20 years. I have 3 of them. I love the low gearing, low center of gravity, low rider position, low racks shaft drive and smooth ride, but they are getting old and I'm tired of fixing them. Best engineering of any utility quad, IMO, but the execution...build quality is not up to par with Honda, so the price you pay is lots of wrenching. I positively despise CVT type belt drives. My neighbor has a couple of old Hondas, Rancher and Rubicon and I admire the reliability of them. He does very little maintenance and they always run and have pulled my Kingquads home for me when they break. Is Honda the only company that makes ATV's that don't have CVT? I like the build quality but I don't like the high rider position caused by the vertical cylinder, the cold nature of them, having to warm up for several minutes and the plastic skid plates. I guess all modern ATV's have the same issues, though (correct me if I'm wrong). Been checking with the dealers, it seems Honda foot shift models are scarce. I really don't need devices/gadgets to decide which gear I need to be in. So I'm avoiding the DCT models. I must have IRS and EPS because of my age and physical condition though. Is it possible to get a Rancher with IRS, EPS and foot shift? The specs I'm reading show the rancher is 2" lower than the Rubicon. I'm assuming that to be seat height. With vertical cylinder design, the more you grow the engine, the higher you push the seat....at least that's my thinking. Any comments from the Honda experienced?
  2. I had the same problem on my 99 KQ. Two bad new voltage regulators in a row. High voltage output screws up the ignition module. Then I found a good used regulator and it worked and has been working ever since.
  3. It may not be related, but that particular model is plagued with overheating problems. Most were not sold with the optional cooling fan which should have been standard. I put a fan on mine. Without a fan, the carb was flooding due to overheating......as in boiling in the float bowl.
  4. I'll attempt to define a utility ATV. Chime in if you have other qualifications. It should have racks. It should have 4WD. It should have diff lock. It should have a large fuel tank. It should have low end torque. It should be warmed up in less than a half minute. The battery should be easily accessible for giving/receiving jump starts. It should have a cigarette lighter adaptor. It should have a tow hitch. The racks should be low so it won't be top heavy when a sprayer is mounted. It should have very low gearing, especially in reverse. It should have enough fenderwell and tie rod clearance for snow chains. It should have a fan. It should have a storage compartment. It should have bumpers. It should have steel skid plates. It should have a winch. What else? Who makes the most useful utility quad? I have a couple older Suzuki Kingquad LTF300F ATV's, which meet many of the qualifications. Is there anything out there, new or used that would be an upgrade from what I have?

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