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hey everyone, new to the forums here... this is my first atv. picked up a 2008 trx700xx on saturday - and yes, took it out yesterday. anywho, during my purchasing process at the honda store, the service guy told me not to run the headlights unless i absolutely have to because it will kill the battery, even while its running. isnt the machine designed to provide plenty of power for the lights and still keep the battery charged?
 

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It should i would run them and see what happens, if it kills the battery i would take it back and tell them to fix it or give me my money back! Welcome to the forums!!
 

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it sounded strange to me too... the motor should be putting out plenty of power to run the lights and keep the battery charged, right? there is nothing i can find in the owners manual about not running the lights for extended periods of time either.

as for handling, it was incredible. i dont have much to compare it to since i havent really ridden any other quads for more then two minutes... but to put it in perspective, my inexperienced self was going up and down some pretty gnarly jeep trails, and my buddys yzf450 (i think thats what it is) didnt stand a chance of following me. he was high centering all over the place. the rear end on the 700 isnt as easy to break loose for donuts as the solid axle, by far - though i think ive got the suspension set to the softest pre-load, which is probably contributing to that as well.

and from what i can tell, PLENTY of power. looking forward to getting a pipe, HMF probably. they seem pretty decent from what ive read.
 

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Aparently they had an issue with that particular quad you bought,, that's like going to a car dealer and buing a car and them telling you it has power windows but don't use them the windows might not come back-up. I agree with 69quadracer.
 

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yup, thats it... went out riding despite it only being about 25 degreees at noon.

TRX2fiveO, do you know if the problem is going to be addressed by honda? or would it be best just to tell the dealer about the problem and make them fix it?
 

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so is this going to be a fix covered by honda?
If they tell you no then by the time i left or the police came everyone it that dealership would know how sorry those people were but you should have some kind of warranty with it.
 

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It is a known fact that when sitting and idling the headlight will drain the battery on ALL atv's. When you are moving and the machine is under power the battery is receiving full charge and it recharges.

So don't let it idle for a long period with the light on. If it drains the battery while riding your stator is not putting out enough juice. DEFECTIVE

I always run with my lights on, I never turn them off.
 

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Agreed^^^ simple test start the quad up put a multimeter on the battery terminals check voltage at idle no lights then idle with lights. then mid throttle no lights mid throttle lights and compare the readings you shouldn't have that mch of a voltage drop between mid throttle lights on and off. If you do I would definitely carry it back to the dealer and have them warranty it. If they won't contact honda directly.
 

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sweet, thanks for the advice... was thinking of maybe doing an HID conversion down the road, which should be less of a load than regular bulbs. i think its running dual 30w bulbs right now.
 

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True but the balast to run the lights would take a beating, they might last less time than you expect.
 

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They sell balast kits for race Rhino's. I'm sure you could find one that will hold up to the the test.
 

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i leave my headlight on all the time on my 700xx and it has never ran my bat down
 

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I've had my 700xx for more than a year and had the headlight on many many times (mostly by accident) I have never EVER had any issues with starting it or the battery going dead.
 
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