Re: Are real quads built or bought?
i believe that the true answer is that just about all of us do a little bit of both, im asuming that your not a avid quad rider/racer and have a great interest in the sport of 4x4 'ing wich is great in its own way,so here is the poop
1. quads and jeeps/4x4 trucks are in different catagories by far as far as mechanicle operations are,for example a small vacum leak in a jeep intake will not affect all that much but the same size leak in a 1 cylinder quad is devastating so getting inside your motor is something we must take very seroisly , little things make a difference
2. jeeps and trucks are made of mostly STEEL, my bike is about 40% alum 30% steel"mostly the motor" 20% plastic and carbon fiber and the rest rubber and etc. There is a limit to the things i can fab myself, for example i race a yamaha raptor and i hated the airbox setup, when i bought it ,it was to new to have many aftermarket goodies so i made a new airbox from alum and a K&N filter i had sitting in the shop, since then i have bought a custom filter box and pro desighn air filter only because it works better than my setup. i ported my own head and installed new piston,ring to increase my HP wich i bought also because i dont have the capability to forge my own pistons etc
3. Most of us buy a fairly stock quad, ride it,love it than wish it was faster for whatever reason. Then we buy a atv magazine, and start buying goodies to make them faster, sometimes some of us dont have the know-how or facilitys to install these go-fast parts so the shop will do it from time to time but that does not make us POSERS! because when the tires hit the trail, the pretend riders are left in the dust!It takes a little bit of skill and guts to race a quad and sometime a lack of brains, we do not have a roll cage or cab OR SEATBELTS! and some of the quads people at this sight have can probably outrun a jeep off the line and top speed not to mention we can haul ass down a trail about 4-5 feet wide, ive never been ran over by my own jeep when racing 40+ other jeeps trying to fit into a trail about 5 feet wide, and did i mention my 10 year old daughter can drive my jeep "sitting on a pillow" but id never even dare to let her ride my bike
4. i see your point to a degree but its apples and oranges
most of us do our own maintinece but i do not look down on the ones who dont or cant, why distance yourself, if they want to ride ride with them, if they want to race ,race them and smoke them. to distance yourself seems a bit snotty and full of yourself, its not like you desighned and marketed the jeep, you just did what we do,bought modified and had fun doing it
Real Quads are bought and built!
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