Decided to make a build thread so I could have a record of everything. More for me than anything
It all started with a buddy of mine picking up a 400EX off of one of his buddies.
I've always wanted a quad ever since I was a kid, and getting a chance to ride one REALLY got me excited about the thought of getting my very own!
I went and checked out a couple of quads, the main one I ALMOST ended up buying was a Polaris Outlaw 525 IRS.
It was a nice quad, needed some TLC, and I could have gotten it for a good price.
But I had to go to the guys mother in-law's house, uncover the quad, pump up the tires, and jump start it just to be able to test drive it, so that had me questioning the whole deal right off the bat.
My buddy was very leery about it, and he kept telling me to look for a 400EX.
"Air cooled Honda motor, their bulletproof" is all he kept saying.
After about a month of looking around online, I stumbled across this add:
It was nowhere close to my house, about 2 hours away, but it was the quad I was looking for, in a good price range, so up early and off we went to check it out.
When I got there, the guy had the quad out ready for me to take a look at.
Really nice guy with a ton of toys, and I could tell he took good care of his stuff.
He had a couple of really nice bikes, and showed me his wife's bike that he just "lowered" so she could actually get on the thing haha.
He inspired confidence in me as a buyer is what I'm saying.
The quad looked to be in GREAT shape, no cracked plastics, no janky or loose parts, plus already had a few upgrades like the oil tank, skid plates, nerf bars, bumper, grab bar, shock covers, and a set of race cuts!
My buddy was drooling over the thing haha.
After a test drive (and seeing the bike fire right up), I decided to make an offer.
I always bring cash in hand when I make a deal with someone, so they know I'm a serious buyer.
He had people call him up to come see the bike and either not show up, show up with no cash and try to haggle, or just call to haggle the price without even seeing the bike.
I told him, "I have an envelope with 2k cash that's yours if you want it".
He looked at me, looked at the envelope, and said "deal".
That was the beginning of my quad life right then and there haha.
This was the first day she was brought home:
This was last October.
I didn't do much to her the first 6 months of ownership, just an oil and filer change.