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Re: rough mountain terrain-which ATV is best-8 yr old?
The Polaris Predator 90 brand has the best stock suspension. I've heard their '05 models will be released in Oct/Nov 2004. Their '05 model is 1" wider, has 1" more rear suspension travel, and comes with reverse. Pred-90 brand doesn't like water and deep mud very well. Their stators (and sometimes ignitions coils) get too wet and sometimes fry (via Heat Overload). The Pred-90 has drum brakes. Good for flat ground stopping but could be a little weak on your steep mountain trails.
The E-Ton Viper 90 brand has a very good reputation. Their '05 brand has reverse. Only negatives I heard is its suspension could be better and its front bumper sometimes digs in. Some replace its front bumper with a much better bumper.
One of my close racing buddies told me that if he could remove his engine and disc brakes from his E-Ton Viper 90 and install in a stock Pred-90 frame, he'd purchase it without hesitation. That's how much he loves his E-Ton engine / brakes and the stock suspension of the Pred-90.
I hear the Kasea 90 brand is really good as well. Many people purchase 3rd party Nerf bars for the Kasea unit. Might also want to investigate the eXtreme, Blast & LRX (or something like that) brands. I hear their are pretty good as well.
If you are planning on upgrading suspensions, tires, upgrade motors, etc. then contact Billy Holt at WRH Racing. He can tell you which brand is less expensive to upgrade its performance, brakes and/or suspension.
As you can tell from above, there's no perfect brand of mini for your mountain trails. Each has their pros / cons and optional upgrades.
Hope this helps...