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Hi all well turn 50 this year. I would like everyone's opinion on what is the most comfortable riding quad for tight Trails I'm not looking for Speed or power I'm looking for comfort. Doesn't necessarily have to be a Honda. I have a 400EX I have a 300EX both of which I feel ride like a tank. I have also rode dirt bikes and I ride snowmobiles and it seems to me that the suspensions on these quads are far behind the snowmobiles and dirt bikes of the same era (90s-2000s). Or what can I do to the 400 or the 300 to make them ride smoother. Thanks all
 

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The most comfortable Honda is the Rincon, although I bet a Rubicon or Rancher IRS on Elkas would probably beat it and not be as out dated. Smoothest riding quad of any brand is probably a Polaris but on tight trails I think they are a bit clumsy.


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there is NOTHING really you can do to an older 300-400 to make a BIG difference in ride quality
I HAVE seen few folks ADD IRS to them and that would help, but its a bunch of fab work and time, NOT sure if that is what you want here? but if so, it can be done and will make for a smaller mroe nimble atv for tight trails/

I agree with Mac, Polaris, makes the softest riding atv's, but there all on bigger sized frames, so nimble??
guess that comes down to what you THINK is nimble
ALL atv's today are pretty much on BIG frames
even the Honda Rancher is now on a BIG frame
plain and simple, a IRS ATV will have the best ride period
WHY they don't offer more atv';s with shock options, I have NO clue
sleds offer a TON of options any more
Elkas shocks are very good, but there pricey
all comes down to how much you want to spend to MAKE an atv ride better/
 

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So like a Polaris outlaw with the irs would fit the bill?
Not unless you want a POS. Polaris makes cheap, crappy ATV's

I would look for an 09-14 Rancher AT with IRS. Wife has one and really likes it. They're on the smaller frame so are nimble, and hers rides like a Caddy compared to my SRA bikes.
 

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So like a Polaris outlaw with the irs would fit the bill?
Not unless you want a POS. Polaris makes cheap, crappy ATV's

I would look for an 09-14 Rancher AT with IRS. Wife has one and really likes it. They're on the smaller frame so are nimble, and hers rides like a Caddy compared to my SRA bikes.
Jeep, I think you meant 2013? 14 is the 1st big frame. And perhaps 08 is the 1st year?
 

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Can Am max XT rides like a flying carpet. Is BIG though 96 inches long and lots of clearance. I am used to small ATVs so riding a large atv like this on tight trails along steep cliffs was unnerving for me. Shocks pretty soft likes to dive in tight cornering. Fits in my pickup full sized bed. Lotsa cowling can't see the engine very well. 2013 500 miles no problems yet
 

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So like a Polaris outlaw with the irs would fit the bill?
Not unless you want a POS. Polaris makes cheap, crappy ATV's

I would look for an 09-14 Rancher AT with IRS. Wife has one and really likes it. They're on the smaller frame so are nimble, and hers rides like a Caddy compared to my SRA bikes.
Jeep, I think you meant 2013? 14 is the 1st big frame. And perhaps 08 is the 1st year?
If you want the smaller frame
07-13 on the Footshift and ES.
09-14 on the AT.
 

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Not unless you want a POS. Polaris makes cheap, crappy ATV's

I would look for an 09-14 Rancher AT with IRS. Wife has one and really likes it. They're on the smaller frame so are nimble, and hers rides like a Caddy compared to my SRA bikes.
Jeep, I think you meant 2013? 14 is the 1st big frame. And perhaps 08 is the 1st year?
If you want the smaller frame
07-13 on the Footshift and ES.
09-14 on the AT.
OH!!!!!! Did not know that. Thanks
 
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