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1986 Fourtrax 250 - just getting acquainted

Hi all, this is my first post and my first ATV - picked it up for a song; it runs and drives pretty well, but no brakes and no starter (possibly if I install a battery the starter might work....). I've owned many two-wheelers but not being familiar with the quads, my first question is: Would this book be worth it? https://www.autobarn.net/atv-basics-book.html.
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Welcome , Johnny19 , not following you on what the book would be worth , seems more alink for autobarn ------- as far as the atv goes , that one is a good one , it can last a long time , as far as what it is worth , if it runs and doesn't smoke , maybe $500 , the rear end is worth $200 if good
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Thanks Fish!, I just meant, was the book worth spending $24 on.... it's the Haynes "ATV Basics"

and thanks for the valuation, i only paid 300 and it runs, drives and doesn't smoke, so I figure I'm ahead!

I'll probably be posting more pretty soon as I get busy trying to repair the brakes...

and should I really be a "junior member" at 74 years of age?!?!
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Thanks Fish!, I just meant, was the book worth spending $24 on.... it's the Haynes "ATV Basics"

and thanks for the valuation, i only paid 300 and it runs, drives and doesn't smoke, so I figure I'm ahead!

I'll probably be posting more pretty soon as I get busy trying to repair the brakes...

and should I really be a "junior member" at 74 years of age?!?!
Welcome aboard. Nice find. Don't bother with that book. Just download a copy of the specific service manual here:
https://www.hondaatvforums.net/forum...s/50817?page=1
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Thanks Fish!, I just meant, was the book worth spending $24 on.... it's the Haynes "ATV Basics"

and thanks for the valuation, i only paid 300 and it runs, drives and doesn't smoke, so I figure I'm ahead!

I'll probably be posting more pretty soon as I get busy trying to repair the brakes...

and should I really be a "junior member" at 74 years of age?!?!
You got me by 13 1/2 or so , so Yes Sir , you are my senior member ! ---- as far as service manuals go I like the hard copy , cause it is easier to book mark and go from page to page and I can set it up right next to the job and read it while on the toilet LOL ---- I have been thru at least a dozen or more of the 85-87 TRXFourtrax 250s , some I ran for a awhile to needing a rear end , Honda 300 guys want that rear end , the 250s are tanks , fast and last ----- are you close to Southeast , Louisiana , I have a lot of parts for that machine and cheap too
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I agree with wheelsquad, and fish, stay clear of Haynes and clymer manuals. Go with a genuine honda manual.
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I agree with wheelsquad, and fish, stay clear of Haynes and clymer manuals. Go with a genuine honda manual.
I got maybe 2 Honda Service Manuals , that was by accident , one was a download that I paid to get printed , the other I didn't have to pay --- I got a bunch of the Clymer and Haynes , anything beyond that I can find out here , LOL
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Yep! No better place, hell, You sold me on that 424 switchout, best mod i ever did,now, i need a good used one for the lot lizzard. Ha ...I'd like to score one like jeep did.

I'm not commenting on those manual's .... Maybe Ted will.
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Hi all, this is my first post and my first ATV - picked it up for a song; it runs and drives pretty well, but no brakes and no starter (possibly if I install a battery the starter might work....). I've owned many two-wheelers but not being familiar with the quads, my first question is: Would this book be worth it? https://www.autobarn.net/atv-basics-book.html.
Very nice rig. Get a battery for it–not good to run it without one because you can damage the stator by running it with no load.

Click the links in my signature block to find service manuals and parts links

Do you use flee-bay? Lots of service manuals and parts for your machine there.
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Thanks again all! I will certainly try "fleebay" for manuals! And, good point about the battery, will also do that ASAP. Now, I have a new question; don't know if i should start a new thread for this? Like I said, machine has no brakes at all. I'm just gonna work on one at a time (rear first). When I try to move the actuators - both cable and pedal - for the rear brake, they move a little bit like they want to work. The cable is probably shot so I'll replace that. But the main question is: why won't the pedal budge at all? I can't see anything that's keeping it from moving. Is there some locking mechanism that I can't see?
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