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I've been looking for a good quad for a while, still am, but my friend mentioned that he had this one sitting in his backyard for a while now. He said it was last started about a year ago, ran fine, just has a crack in the rear axle. I found several axles for sale on eBay yesturday for under $100.00.

My question is, keep in mind this was free, what initial maintenance should I do on this prior to starting it up? I'm not to savy with ATV's maintenance, more of a truck guy, do my own work and such, so I'm not totally mechanically clueless. But I was going to head to the auto store, pick up a new sparkplug, some oil, starter fluid, and wd-40. What other things should I prepare for?

Couple of my buddies are going to Pismo in a couple weeks, would be nice to get this fixed just for fun, not too much though, it's a 200!
 

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I've been looking for a good quad for a while, still am, but my friend mentioned that he had this one sitting in his backyard for a while now. He said it was last started about a year ago, ran fine, just has a crack in the rear axle. I found several axles for sale on eBay yesturday for under $100.00.

My question is, keep in mind this was free, what initial maintenance should I do on this prior to starting it up? I'm not to savy with ATV's maintenance, more of a truck guy, do my own work and such, so I'm not totally mechanically clueless. But I was going to head to the auto store, pick up a new sparkplug, some oil, starter fluid, and wd-40. What other things should I prepare for?

Couple of my buddies are going to Pismo in a couple weeks, would be nice to get this fixed just for fun, not too much though, it's a 200!
Welcome to the forums. In addition to the oil change and sparkplug, I would drain the gas tank and put some fresh gas in the tank. Since it's been sitting for a while, you may have to clean the carb, but I would wait and see how it runs first.

BTW, make sure you get oil that was designed for wet clutches or your clutch will start slipping.
 

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Welcome to the forums... Great find. they are pretty tough but if you follow Helmut's advice you should be on the way to recovery. I suggest a can of seafoam too.
 

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Welcome to the forums!! Free is always good.
 

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Hopefully the piston is not stuck from sitting outside for a year :(

Rob
 

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Hopefully the piston is not stuck from sitting outside for a year :(

Rob
If you think the piston may be seized, you could put some oil or WD-40 or something down into the sparkplug hole and let it sit for a while or overnight even. Then take a socket and ratchet and turn the end of the crank back and forth a little at a time real easy until it frees up. That might keep you from breaking the rings or something. Hopefully you already know that it isn't seized and won't have to worry with this.
 

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Awesome awesome. Well I will tinker with this antique this weekend. Can't wait to start the new project. I'll set the budget for this beast at $1,000. It's a free quad, so if I get it running great for that much, I got myself a pretty sweet deal. This will eventually be for my fiance, and I'll end up getting myself something a little more stout. As long as I am able to get her hooked, I won't hear any complaints when its time to ride some dunes!
 

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Halfway through fixing this thing. Went to Chapparal last week, picked up the tuneup stuff, called in sick, worked on it, and got it running. Runs good, runs strong, I played all day long. I pulled off the plastics as you can see in the album, and discovered this paint by Krylon called "Fusion" specifically for painting plastic. So, I bought one can thinking it would be enough, annnnd, nope, it wasn't. So now I am on a mission to find another damn store that has it, annnd in the same color. So, I'm going to continue looking, until then, the plastics will remain hanging in my shop. I also cleaned up the frame and painted it with engine enamel, "cast iron" color. It's bad*sss. Then, I took at the seat, tore off the old cover, and wrapped it in some marine vinyl. Came out pretty nice. Since the vinyl is marine quality (left overs I had from redoing my boat), the vinyl is kind of thick, so didn't conform to the seat as planned but I think after a couple rides it will stretch out and look awesome.
Here's the album, if it works.
Quad pictures by Jeremy4775 - Photobucket
 

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Also, just waiting for the new\used axle to come, along with the hub, and a carb rebuild kit and some gaskets, just incase. I'd like to work on the stator as well, it's on the to do list, but not urgent, the pull start works for me.
 

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Glad to hear you got it running.
 
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