The 2000 Arctic Cat 300's my father in law has (which again, are basically rebadged KQ's) actually have a rear disc brake, which shocked me. The AC 300's do NOT have the diff lock, but it's there in the front diff, just doesn't have the right cable to fully actuate it. You have to do a few cable mods to get the diff lock to work.Don't overlook if it's decent. I have a 2002 KQ 300, alongside my 3 Honda's. It's the workhorse of the crew with super low, diff lock. Tough to lose traction with that. Really solid bike that I've enjoyed for 9 years and likely will forever. Heavy boat dock in/out, drag gravel road, push snow, move a trailer, winch some stuff, whatever.
Front Discs, rear drum, easy to get parts on Partzilla and locally, cost no more than Honda and all other Japanese OEM products. Super easy to repair and maintain if you know where things are at. Carb is straight forward like a Honda 300. No dipstick, site glass with high/low markers.
Not a horsepower or trail ride king, but a king of traction that digs in, works hard and won't let you down.
am I understanding this comment right ^^^^ ?, you do own a trx350 rancher that is electronic shift, as well as all that useless stuff you claim here ^^^, and yet...you own one, and speak highly of it, did I miss something here ???..lol.Hey, if the KQ 300 looks well maintained and the price is fair, its probably no worse than putting up with any new Honda Rancher! The newer bikes are all electronic-ally controlled (& locked down/designed so the average owner can't fix them) which in my opinion as a mechanic, they are all useless toads. I won't ever own one of those and I hate working on them. They're unreliable junk that are designed to empty your wallet periodically. I'd rather deal with a mechanical nightmare than an electric one, out on the trail (or in the shop).
Define "all that useless stuff"... Yes, I own a 2000 Rancher ES. Which cannot be compared electrically to any 2012 & up Honda. I don't get what you don't understand... the old Rancher is carbureted, it has a CDI, electric cooling fan, starter motor, shift motor, ECM and a regulator/rectifier. The only sensor on the bike is the oil temp sensor, and those have been in use since the 80s on most Honda ATVs. It is a pretty minimalist bike in my opinion, similar to all others produced in that era. I can hold the wiring harnesses in one hand!you do own a trx350 rancher that is electronic shift, as well as all that useless stuff you claim here
can't argue that ^^^..lol.The point I was trying to make is the fact that Honda ATVs are not manufactured to be simple, durable and reliable anymore. They are all electronic trick bags nowadays... made chintzy on purpose, designed so folks cannot work on them... certainly cannot fix them before taking out a 2nd mortgage on 'da shack, and when they fail (which is quite often!) the owner must walk home or beg a friend for towing. May as well own a china Kymco and budget for a good pair of walking boots, cause spending more $$$ for a new Honda, while expecting durable and reliable...? That's a fools game in my opinion.