Read back a ways and check out a post with my impressions
of the Viper. In short, this is what I found.
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I left work and looked at an Viper 90 this afternoon, as there was a dealer somewhat near by me (45 mins). Impression? Real nice looking but no where as beefy as the Skyhawk. The rear disc is cool, but not worth the crappy front and rear suspension. Heck, I fabricate all kinds of stuff for Suzuki Samurais (I have several, with one lifted 9" and runing 35"s). I even fabbed my own t-case mounted disc parking brake and rear axle disc conversion. Installing a rear disc should be easy. Besides, Kasea will probably "keep up with the Jones" and have a rear disc on it in a few years so the possibility of a swap might be there.
Another thing that lost me was the flashing LED front light. At first I thought that was a good thing. But it's stupid. Too much like "Knight Rider". Besides, the Kasea dealer can sell me the head light kit for $29, and he believes there is a tail or brake light available. It's all pre-wired. I guess all quads have the safety flag mount on them. If I can't install a horn, I should be shot for being stupid. There's also a rear rack available and more racing parts than you can shake a stick at.
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You mentioned welds and I had to laugh. Never mentioned it before, as I didn't have reason to. Being a fabicator/welder in my part-time biz, I was appauled at some of the "booger welds" that appeared on the Viper frame. In fact, it was while examining the inferior knuckle design that I noticed a missing weld on one of the few gussets the A-arms had. Checked both sides and, yup, they missed a weld. So much for ISO 9000. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Can you do us a favor, since you own or sell several of these Etons, can you post us a close-up pic of the Eton's front knuckle? Is it as beefy as the double clevis style knuckle holder on the Kasea shown here?
or may the Yamaha-style trussed & boxed rear swing arm with REAL skid protection AND a solid, tapered axle like on the Kasea shown here?
I can't seem to find pics anywhere of the "quality" stuff Eton is making. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]