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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-11-2001, 03:52 PM
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Questions and Thoughts about 4WD Quads

So in your opinion who makes the best 4x4 quad and why? Which quads are true 4WD and which ones have the limited slip in it? And why doesnt Yamaha make the Wolverine in selectable 2WD/4WD? I mean it would be the perfect quad if it was selectable...it would be a true SPORT UTILITY quad. Thanks for listening, and let me know what you think...I want to hear from everyone.

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Re: Questions and Thoughts about 4WD Quads

check out the post about the prarie 650..it is the baddest 4x4 out and it has a locking front end...polaris machines have the "on demand" stuff when activated it fully locks both front wheeles when the rear tires spin....yamaha, suzuki, and kawasaki have the front diferentials that put the power to the tire with the least traction and the hondas have some tricky differential that puts puwer to the tire witht the most traction

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Re: Questions and Thoughts about 4WD Quads

The only quads on the market with locking front differentials are the Polaris 4x4s and the Suzuki King Quad, and the Quadrunner 250. The Suzuki King quad is a nice bike with a total of 35 different gear selections. It puts out lots of torque, although not extremely fast. With some mods this bike could be made more capable than some 400cc bikes.

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For clarification--Polaris does not have a front "differential" in their desgin. Hihglifter is releasing a Detroit Un-Locker for manual disconnection of the front drive shaft for Hondas and a Detroit Gearless Locker that locks the front end, but releases in corners to reduce steering effort. Honda has also tested a factory-made 2WD/4WD swtiching system on some 450 platforms and will release it on some smaller quads first, probably meaning the Rancher series.

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i will check out the other post...i just read an article in April's edition of Dirt Wheels about the Prairie 650...it looks like a bad machine to say the least...just wish i had an extra 7k to lay down! :-)

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Re: Questions and Thoughts about 4WD Quads

King_Quad & TxDoc2,
so everyone else just has a limited slip front end? and why does shifting more power to the wheel with less traction make any sense...i would want the wheel with the most traction getting more power in that situation...am i thinking wront? i am just doing some research, trying to learn something :-)

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Re: Questions and Thoughts about 4WD Quads

well it is easier and simpiler to make them that way and steering is lighter that way...i think the diffs. that put power to the wheel with the most traction are a fairly new technolory for ATVs too...

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There was a good article on the various manufacturer's 4WD systems a while back. I will scan it and send it to you. Check out ATVTIME.com and Highlifter.com.

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Yeah, i would guess it would help steering out a ton. the only 4x4 i have rode is my grandfathers Big Bear, and he has got a blade on the front of it for snow and leveling his gravel driveway so it steers terribly anyway...i just thought it was the blade making it steer that way.

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of the very limited knowledge I have on the 4x4 quads...I like the sprtsman models...I got to play around on a few and had a blast.


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