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new to these forums. I have a very limited budjet, 2000.00 to spend on an atv at this time. is there an model and year I should be looking for that would be a good choice to start with? I need all wheel drive. I know asking a lot for a little money. I can fix most things my self. just looking for some models and years that have proven them selves as good atvs. thankyou, rich
 

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at your budget, your asking a lot, on a AS is, problem free machine

as for models, yes and NO
and I say it like this, as the game your playing will come down to what you find in your budget and then based on condition when you go to look at it

what and where you from?
as location can mean a LOT

My advice is this, stay away from atv's with BIG mud tires, and snorkle's
red flags as possible sunk machine or more repairs maybe needed

next will be stay away from E shift bikes, go simple foot shift models
MY model list would be
foremans
400-450, older 300's too.

find one low miles and hours in pretty original condition and HOPE It was never sunk!, and cared for

do as much inspection as you can
check wheel bearing,s , take a compression tester if you have one, look closely at color of oil and level, SMELL the dip stick, too, smell for burnt oil, or fuel smells
look at air filter, if its crusty, that says owner didn';t do much for Pm's
but buying used is always a gamble
 

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For this budget you may only find pre2000 machines. Recommend 94-00 TRX300FW as a good starter ride: small frame, carbureted, foot shift (manual), full time 4wd. It's geared for tight trails---not speedy--very reliable when maintained and parts easy to find
 

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Any good condition 300 honda fw, or 350, Also older yamaha 350s and 400s were good bikes.. Condition is key.. And ya some people selling these bikes smoke a lot of drugs and want to much for them.. Keep in mind you can buy a brand new 420 rancher for 5500 out the door and polaris 450s and 570s for the same or less.. So if people want 2500-3500 for a 16+year old bike unless it looks like brand new. TELL THEM TO GO EAT $H!T!!
 

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An '86-'93 Honda 350 4Trax will sell $2500.+ in Canada, if it's in good shape.
The '98-'04 Honda 450S/ES Foreman models regularly sell for $3500.+
 

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Well in socialist Canada where you can only have 5 bullets in the magazine and where the government taxes you double and triple for everything, 2500-3500 for a 15+ year old bike is not really a shock.. Just saying..
 

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Well in socialist Canada where you can only have 5 bullets in the magazine and where the government taxes you double and triple for everything, 2500-3500 for a 15+ year old bike is not really a shock.. Just saying..
My $2800.- Honda 450S Foreman.
Three .300 Weatherby rounds in the magazine .... one in the tube.
How's your 'health care' premiums?
You do have some kind of medical plan ..... don't you?
 

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Well in socialist Canada where you can only have 5 bullets in the magazine and where the government taxes you double and triple for everything, 2500-3500 for a 15+ year old bike is not really a shock.. Just saying..
My $2800.- Honda 450S Foreman.
Three .300 Weatherby rounds in the magazine .... one in the tube.
How's your 'health care' premiums?
You do have some kind of medical plan ..... don't you?
all I can say is...damnnnnnnnnn that looks too cold for my butt !..lmaoooo.
 

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Here in the peoples republic of Canada your options would be limited to a 88-00 300 4x4, 86-93 350 4x4 or maybe a clapped out 400 or 450 Foreman in the $1500-2500 range. Don't know where you live, prices in the US are different. There is always deals out there too. I paid $900 for one 300 and $500 for the other.
 

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Trust me some people here in the states think their 15-25 year old bikes are made out of gold too. I just blame it on them smoking a lot of the weed. I usually am really nice about it and tell them the Betty Ford Clinic has openings...
 

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Trust me some people here in the states think their 15-25 year old bikes are made out of gold too. I just blame it on them smoking a lot of the weed. I usually am really nice about it and tell them the Betty Ford Clinic has openings...
I got 1500 cash for a 1986 trx350 fourtrax, I do good ?. I seem to think so !..lol.
 

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Trust me some people here in the states think their 15-25 year old bikes are made out of gold too. I just blame it on them smoking a lot of the weed. I usually am really nice about it and tell them the Betty Ford Clinic has openings...
I got 1500 cash for a 1986 trx350 fourtrax, I do good ?. I seem to think so !..lol.
Ya its when people pay 2, 2500 for them. Like i said if they are like brand new it would be somewhat understandable a person would pony up a bit. But esh I see 300s for 2500, 3000 grand its insane. So if anyone wants to pay me 2-2500 for mine come get it lol..
 

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Trust me some people here in the states think their 15-25 year old bikes are made out of gold too. I just blame it on them smoking a lot of the weed. I usually am really nice about it and tell them the Betty Ford Clinic has openings...
I got 1500 cash for a 1986 trx350 fourtrax, I do good ?. I seem to think so !..lol.
Ya its when people pay 2, 2500 for them. Like i said if they are like brand new it would be somewhat understandable a person would pony up a bit. But esh I see 300s for 2500, 3000 grand its insane. So if anyone wants to pay me 2-2500 for mine come get it lol..
it's all about how bad that buyer wants it..right ?. I got 2800 cash for that 1999 trx450fm, warn pro vantage 2500-s winch, itp mudlite tires, complete motor over haul, soo..yeah..it looked like it was new.
 

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Pipe producer you didn't mention how you would use your rig. TRX300 not ideal for pushing a plow compared to that beauty $2000 450S.
 

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$2,000 would get you something like this

Honda 4x4
Anyone have problems with the link, or is on my end ?
your end..lol. had no trouble viewing it. I did not read what year it was ?, but it's a trx450s foreman, large tires, snorkel , fancy rims. have no idea if it was ever sunk ??. snorkel tells me if not ?..it's been out in the water a time or two ?..lol.
 

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I got 1500 cash for a 1986 trx350 fourtrax, I do good ?. I seem to think so !..lol.
Ya its when people pay 2, 2500 for them. Like i said if they are like brand new it would be somewhat understandable a person would pony up a bit. But esh I see 300s for 2500, 3000 grand its insane. So if anyone wants to pay me 2-2500 for mine come get it lol..
it's all about how bad that buyer wants it..right ?. I got 2800 cash for that 1999 trx450fm, warn pro vantage 2500-s winch, itp mudlite tires, complete motor over haul, soo..yeah..it looked like it was new.


I sold a 1998 Foreman for $2200, it had 12,000kms on it (7500miles), a Superwinch Terra 25, and 27" Mud Bugs. Everything was fairly tight on it, no brakes though, needed some seals replaced on the motor and I think the shifter was welded on to the shaft by the PO. I would say it was slightly below average overall.





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Ya its when people pay 2, 2500 for them. Like i said if they are like brand new it would be somewhat understandable a person would pony up a bit. But esh I see 300s for 2500, 3000 grand its insane. So if anyone wants to pay me 2-2500 for mine come get it lol..
it's all about how bad that buyer wants it..right ?. I got 2800 cash for that 1999 trx450fm, warn pro vantage 2500-s winch, itp mudlite tires, complete motor over haul, soo..yeah..it looked like it was new.


I sold a 1998 Foreman for $2200, it had 12,000kms on it (7500miles), a Superwinch Terra 25, and 27" Mud Bugs. Everything was fairly tight on it, no brakes though, needed some seals replaced on the motor and I think the shifter was welded on to the shaft by the PO. I would say it was slightly below average overall.





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Honda musta had trouble with the foremans shifting shafts ?, I had to replace the shaft on that '99 as well ?, it tol was welded !..lol. that foreman here looks great !..nothing major wrong from what you say ?. looks good to me.
 

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Trust me some people here in the states think their 15-25 year old bikes are made out of gold too. I just blame it on them smoking a lot of the weed. I usually am really nice about it and tell them the Betty Ford Clinic has openings...

Dang Larry , you are hard on them weed heads , let me guess , a pot head dated or was married to your daughter !
 
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