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  • A.K. Boomer
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    Originally posted by akajun View Post
    The old Honda big red three wheelers did for sure
    especially if you put bigger tires on them
    that was a popular thing for people hunting in south LA
    float across a small bayou
    on modern bikes no though my kids bayou 250 cones close
    they do water wheelies and such
    A 4wd single cab truck would have to be about the worst vehicle to bust through with - I think they may just go "ker-plunk"

    a mini-van or even full size might be the best followed by allot of SUV's of course the pea shooter would fair pretty good due to it being aluminum and only weighing 1850 lbs --- maybe allow enough time to get to the back and kick out the rear window or whatever so you can at least get to the roof and launch off onto unbroken ice if your lucky....

    Many years ago me and a buddy went on a whitewater kayak trip in feb. --- some parts of the river were still frozen, we played on an ice ledge paddling our boats up onto it and letting the tail stick in the water rushing underneath to get vertical, several times just messing around thinking nothing of it, then had to portage that stretch to get back into the river,,,

    I got home later that day and thought about it for a second,,, for someone who took WWkayaking very seriously I sure did a foolish thing that day,,, one mishap and me and my boat would have got sucked under the ice sheet. could have flipped and then wet-exited and survived off of the air inside the boat for quite sometime and maybe made it to the other side if the river did not shallow out and i did not instantly freeze to death, had a dry top and just splash pants,,, that's right up there with a few of my other brilliant moves over the years, what a couple of dumbasses... lucky to be alive...

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  • barracudajoe
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    A friend of mine who owned a Honda motorcycle was told by the dealer that he bought it from that they typically didn't work on most Honda models older than 7 yrs! The exceptions were the Goldwing and Valkyrie. Those they would work on for 10 yrs.
    I tried to order an ignition switch for a 25 yr old KZ 900 at the Kawasaki dealer and they just laughed at me. I went to a small Mom & Pop motorcycle shop and they got me the switch and all the rest of the parts I needed to it running.

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  • akajun
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    Originally posted by A.K. Boomer View Post
    Can't argue with that --- sorry to hear it....

    I think some ATV\s could actually float even if they did break through...
    The old Honda big red three wheelers did for sure
    especially if you put bigger tires on them
    that was a popular thing for people hunting in south LA
    float across a small bayou
    on modern bikes no though my kids bayou 250 cones close
    they do water wheelies and such

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  • A.K. Boomer
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    Can't argue with that --- sorry to hear it....

    I think some ATV\s could actually float even if they did break through...

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  • RMinMN
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    Originally posted by Tobias-B View Post
    I could never figure out why someone would pay $5-8K for a goofy go- kart when I could buy an old 4wd truck for half that...

    t
    likes working on cars better.
    I can drive my ATV across the lake on 8" (maybe less) of ice just fine for going ice fishing. One of my high school classmates tried that with his 4wd truck. The funeral was last week.

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  • Tobias-B
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    I could never figure out why someone would pay $5-8K for a goofy go- kart when I could buy an old 4wd truck for half that...

    t
    likes working on cars better.

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  • A.K. Boomer
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    Thanks for the info, back in the day when I ran a motorcycle service department id say about 95% of my work was Japanese bikes and quads,,, but we would get the occasional straggler,

    I do remember that Can-Am bikes actually were pretty good and quite a bit of power for the day,,, I believe I also worked on a few 4 wheel Polaris's and just remember them as being kinda bland - they ran a torque converters instead of gears, and not the same quality builds....

    Sounds like the song has remained the same with them and if ever I have a friend that has one and asks me to work on it you have now made it very easy for me to just say "pass".... I don't need the aggravation....

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  • akajun
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    Not surprising, idk why Polaris utv or anything are popular, they are nothing but problems and Polaris customer service sucks. For a while if you had a warranty claim on a bike they would search your social media and find a pic of you doing something they said violated the warranty, can am was doing that too.
    it’s hard to go wrong with a Japanese machine
    ive got a Honda pioneer 700 that is fi and I love it
    cold morning going to the deer stand ? Doesn’t care starts right up
    now my carbureted Yamaha rhino and 4wheelers run fine after warming up but can be fussy on that first cold start
    oh and both Honda and Yamaha cs is excellent

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  • JoeLee
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    Originally posted by Edwin Dirnbeck View Post

    I thought about switching to a carb. Not so simple. Need a carb ,intake, fuel pump., throttle , choke ignition,wiring and on and on.The only way it is doable is if you could find the EXACT YEAR AND MODEL that was wrecked at a low price.Because STUPID POLARIS will never make more than two identical machines ,parts are gold. Edwin Dirnbeck
    I never said it would be a simple job. That's why I said "if". I never liked Polaris, they were snow anchors. I got stranded for two days because I was riding with a bunch of Polaris guys. Spent two nights in a volunteer fire house in some small town, Poe Dunk ! during a snow storm because the Polaris sleds couldn't handle the deep snow. Memories !!!

    JL............

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  • Edwin Dirnbeck
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    Originally posted by JoeLee View Post
    If you can switch over to carb's then I would do that. Even if you got it repaired would you trust it ?? I'd hate to get stranded on the trail out in the middle of no where and I'd never feel comfortable going anywhere with it.

    JL...............
    I thought about switching to a carb. Not so simple. Need a carb ,intake, fuel pump., throttle , choke ignition,wiring and on and on.The only way it is doable is if you could find the EXACT YEAR AND MODEL that was wrecked at a low price.Because STUPID POLARIS will never make more than two identical machines ,parts are gold. Edwin Dirnbeck

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  • Tundra Twin Track
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    Originally posted by J Tiers View Post
    High tech is indistinguishable from magic..... Works well, but the problem is that you need to get the magician back to fix it. And the magician can (and will) charge anything they want to.

    Case in point.... the '19 Ranger has to use a "programmed chip" key. The dealer charges $250 or more for a key. I got a perfectly good one from a locksmith, programmed chip and all, for $50. Took him 5 minutes, works perfectly.

    That $50 is high for a "key", really high. It only looks good compared to $250. Both are basically "because we can" prices. And they can, because what else are you gonna do?

    At least it is still a truck that you put the key into. With some you just set the key in a holder and push the big red button.
    It’s been the Rule for ever with the Guys I sled with in mountains that a spare key for the Truck or Truck’s is hidden some where and not up on the Mountain with that Guy that’s separated or detained when we return at end of the day.Most of the Newer trucks doors unlock when Fob gets within certain distance from veicle so that’s a real pain.My 18 Chev WT 3500 doesn’t have that feature thankfully,so can still leave a key and lock doors.The key still goes in ignition like old school.

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  • I make chips
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    I work on ATV's etc. for various people as a retirement boredom thing.
    I WILL NOT work on anything Polaris or Arctic Cat. Hell even the dealers cringe when they need service.
    Sorry to say they both are the most poorly designed absolute junk in the marketplace. Poor parts and factory support and the list goes on.

    Yeah yeah I'll get the my polaris has 30,000 miles on it yada yada, Just try working on it you'll see.

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  • J Tiers
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    High tech is indistinguishable from magic..... Works well, but the problem is that you need to get the magician back to fix it. And the magician can (and will) charge anything they want to.

    Case in point.... the '19 Ranger has to use a "programmed chip" key. The dealer charges $250 or more for a key. I got a perfectly good one from a locksmith, programmed chip and all, for $50. Took him 5 minutes, works perfectly.

    That $50 is high for a "key", really high. It only looks good compared to $250. Both are basically "because we can" prices. And they can, because what else are you gonna do?

    At least it is still a truck that you put the key into. With some you just set the key in a holder and push the big red button.

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  • A.K. Boomer
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    Originally posted by JoeLee View Post
    I wouldn't give up my 1964 Simplicity for anything. Always starts and if is doesn't it's an easy fix.

    These newer riding lawn mowers are crap. Loaded with safety features and plastered with safety and warning stickers.

    JL................
    I bet that's very close to the year model we had --- I think it had an 8 hp briggs on it,

    older brother would get dropped off at the bus stop and run home to fire up the simplicity in time for the other kids to walk by seeing him riding wheelies out of the ditch,,,

    He bye-passed the governor with a shoe string he would yank on for extra uhhhmph,,, it was all fun and games till he pumped a connecting rod through the block,,, then Pop's had to get a new block and bro had to transfer all the guts with a few new parts added lol My Dad was not happy to say the least....

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  • JoeLee
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    Originally posted by OaklandGB View Post
    Wow, being in the market for a UTV, I do get concerned that simple repairs are simply no longer possible. Just like my basic garden tractor (a John Deere) I opted for the carbureted version and glad I did. Operates flawlessly in hot or cold seasons. Only issue is I have to give a tiny bit of choke when it is below 25 degrees. Once it fires up, it is go time.

    With few shops around, and those that are, are selective in what they will work on, I have been trying to find as basic a model as I can, and considering a used one if it is less dependent upon "computer" controls. Probably can't avoid altogether, but the fewer the better.
    I wouldn't give up my 1964 Simplicity for anything. Always starts and if is doesn't it's an easy fix.

    These newer riding lawn mowers are crap. Loaded with safety features and plastered with safety and warning stickers.

    JL................

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