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Hey, I was ganna go buy a predator next week but I see what some people say about them on here, should I just stay away from them or are they good machines ? I don't want some thing I have to work on every time I wanna ride it! What would you recomend, yes or no, are they good, what are the probs you have besides lose plastic ? I just have 13 acres I go out on and ride, have fun and jump some. I have a small track. I weight about 220. So What Do you Think ?
 

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I think if they were junk I wouldn't have started this forum, and you'd see a lot more "man, this thing is a piece of crap!" posts. So far, I see none of those.

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The problems that you read about are comming from a very small percentage of the predator owners out there, just think how many have sold since it's introduction, for the few problems we hear about, I'd say they are doing quite well. Also, consider the types of problems that they are having, like rattles from the plastic, noisy chain and a few with dragging brakes. The first two are more or less just annoying, not really a major issue, and I seem to believe that only the early ones had the brake issue. We have three of them and the brakes are excellent, no dragging at all. A buddy of mine got one of the first ones in our area and he was complaining about the brakes a while back, but he took it in and I have not heard anything since, so they must have figured it out and fixed it.
 

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The problems that all the people have been talking about are just common expected problems for a first year bike in my opinion. The front plastics could be worked on. Jetting will be your only issue when doing mods.
 

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Even though I have had a couple of the problems with the Predator, they have been relatively minor. They have also all been fixed by the dealer. I'll list em.

1. Bad ball joints. The earlier produced models had defective ball joints. The steering was very loose, so it was easy to diagnose.

2. Both headlights had a small piece of metal come loose inside, broke the bulbs. Again, both fixed by the dealer.

Not bad for a first year quad in my opinion. I just took it back to my dealer for the end of the six month warranty check up. He actually went over the whole machine and made sure everything was ok. He replaced a few things that he probably didn't have to, but did to make sure I was going to be running good for a while. They offer excellent service, I'd recommend them highly. They are in Jacksboro, Tn.

I've never owned a sport quad before. I had a Scrambler and I really did love riding it. I wouldn't have figured it could be more fun to ride this, but it sure is. I don't think anyone would regret buying it.

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i have owned my pred since april and ride religously every weekend, usually over eight hours each time i ride! i have had no trouble! i am ver impressed considering i traded in a 400EX (most reliable on the market in my opinion). i would not trade back for it. the pred is great! just remember, it is an offroad vehicle that takes a lot of abuse, even if you dont ride hard. **** WILL eventually breakdown, no matter what you own!
 

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Predators are probably my favorite out of any other bike except maybe the gas gas 450. but they are practically the same thing. anyways i have had my predator out for the last 3 months almost eeryday going through everythin and everyting ecause with the sprider tracs nothing can stp you. anyways if you buy something else you will just smoked by the predator whenyou ride with one. i have smoked just about every quad out there except the DS650 no one owns one around here. but the V-Force 700 was nothing, the 04 Banschee was even worse and the raptor well you cold just say about the same as the LTZ400.ayways nothinghas came close......
 
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