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ATV Project: Building A Quad For All Seasons

ATV Project: Building A Quad For All Seasons

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from murdock32 wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

I don't see anywhere were it stated all of the costs involved?

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from Tracy Lamanec wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

Your ice warior looks faster than mine but I think I could take you on open water and would rather be in it in the event of breaking through thin ice. Mine is an ARGO Conquest with tracks, a windshield, convertable enclosure, heater, winch, gun or chainsaw rack, etc. Your heated hand grips are a nice touch thit I may add. I have a hitch-haul rack that goes into the hitch receiver. It doesn't give much clearance for the tracks and is a little too close to the ground, digging in on sharp inclines. I think I will add one of those receiver hitch accessories that are made as a loading boom for a pick-up. I would probablt be able to attach the hitch-haul or a drop basket to that and also use it to mount a trolling motor. Your blog has succeeded in stimulating my thinking.

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from BigAndy wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

I'm jealous of the machine...but not your credit card bill. As the above poster mentioned, can you give us a ballpark of what you have into this thing?

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from SandhillsHunter93 wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

That ATV looks freaking BA! It would be sweet to have one. It would interesting to see how much all that cost.

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from Montanagyrene wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

What a SWEET ride!! If you want to give it away, let me know, and I'll be RIGHT THERE!! As far as the cost, I'm reminded of a quote that goes something like "If you HAVE to ASK, ya CAN'T afford it!!"

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from GrantHarland wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

But can it be submerged under water? Get a snorkel on that baby.

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from condoski wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

Is this what the enjoyment of the outdoors has come too? "I was able to turn around and drive back through the creek and across the swamp barely hitting the throttle" (Frame 21). Driving through swamps and creeks? Pathetic. This is not an outdoorsmen. This is an ego driven disillusioned boy with a destructive toy.

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from tybow99 wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

Amazing.

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from Abraxxas wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

@condoski ~ Destructive toy? You do realize that with the weight distribution of those big, wide tracks, this thing is lighter on it's feet than you walking the same path, right? If he can get through it by barely touching the throttle, Id say he is taking as much car as possible to not disturb the land underneath it while it gently passes over. A 4WD with tires, held wide open, digging trenches and ruining trees with the winch when it gets stuck is much less destructive, right? Thanks for your informative post. I think this is an amazing, nature friendly vehicle... purpose built for a good reason. Thanks for the great article and all the details on the build!!

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from Scott Rapier wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

Nice. Very nice.

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from 784512 wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

I think there is a reason they did not post the price

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from tkb58 wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

Looking at "list" prices in the SE U.S. (March 2012) and before any haggling or looking for a better prce/deal, I see the grand total in the US$20,400.00 range. I'd rather put that kinda coin into my 4x4 that can be a daily driver & weekend warrior.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

Just this last Saturday, I wuz just a signature away of taking a 2012 Commander XT home until I went back and took a hard look at it just one more time because something wuz really bugging me, something not just right and man wuz I right and glad I did!

Ground clearance, engine location, big ass console in the center, single point gun case attachment (worst design I ever witnessed) and the location be hind the cab all wrong and the overall price tag? Hell, I can buy a Jeep and fix it up far cheaper than the Cam Am and go far more places and have more comfort with a heater and air conditioning to include street legal in the most extreme conditions.

yep, zero down and $325.00 a month for 7 years I wuz told for a $1500.00 vehicle totaling $27,300 practically double in price once paid.

What a joke the Commander XT is and I'll stick to my Suzuki LT-F500FK1

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9jdwMH5bcQ&feature=related

Took a look at the Cam Am ATV 2 seater, no right hand brake. WHO's THE PINHEAD WHO DECIDED THIS! Obviously, Cam Am doesn't have the experience we have when you bail off the right side. Yep, you'll be picking up the pieces and calling for an Air Vac to take the remains of your passenger!

To all you ATV Companies, you are abusing the term I use, "Stupid ignorant engineers"!

Here's your sign!

Bottom line?

WHAT ARE YOU GUYS THINKING!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

I don't recommend this setup for the Northern Tundra, you will be walking out after the tracks are ripped apart!

All season?

Don't only think so, know so!

Snow and sand? Tracks are fine, but that is far as it goes

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

One more thing, haven't found another ATV worth trading in Ol'Faithful! Notice the double gun carry modification.

www.fieldandstream.com/photos/trophyroom/recent/single?pnid=1001359967#1...

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from kcarp1024 wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

There is no telling how much that cost him!!

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from Baileymade wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

As an avid "do-it-yourself" type person and someone who fits in with the majority of Americans who don't have more money than sense, my only problem with this article is the title. Shouldn't say "building a quad ...", should say "buying a quad ...". I don't think paying people to design, build, and modify existing parts and bolt-ons really qualifies as building yourself.

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from Smithhammer wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Great. Just what I want to see in the backcountry - another loud machine enabling some idiot.

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from JackMyrna08 wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

BAD-ASS! but how much did that cost?

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from Abraxxas wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

@condoski ~ Destructive toy? You do realize that with the weight distribution of those big, wide tracks, this thing is lighter on it's feet than you walking the same path, right? If he can get through it by barely touching the throttle, Id say he is taking as much car as possible to not disturb the land underneath it while it gently passes over. A 4WD with tires, held wide open, digging trenches and ruining trees with the winch when it gets stuck is much less destructive, right? Thanks for your informative post. I think this is an amazing, nature friendly vehicle... purpose built for a good reason. Thanks for the great article and all the details on the build!!

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from murdock32 wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

I don't see anywhere were it stated all of the costs involved?

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from SandhillsHunter93 wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

That ATV looks freaking BA! It would be sweet to have one. It would interesting to see how much all that cost.

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from tybow99 wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

Amazing.

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from Scott Rapier wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

Nice. Very nice.

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from Baileymade wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

As an avid "do-it-yourself" type person and someone who fits in with the majority of Americans who don't have more money than sense, my only problem with this article is the title. Shouldn't say "building a quad ...", should say "buying a quad ...". I don't think paying people to design, build, and modify existing parts and bolt-ons really qualifies as building yourself.

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from Tracy Lamanec wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

Your ice warior looks faster than mine but I think I could take you on open water and would rather be in it in the event of breaking through thin ice. Mine is an ARGO Conquest with tracks, a windshield, convertable enclosure, heater, winch, gun or chainsaw rack, etc. Your heated hand grips are a nice touch thit I may add. I have a hitch-haul rack that goes into the hitch receiver. It doesn't give much clearance for the tracks and is a little too close to the ground, digging in on sharp inclines. I think I will add one of those receiver hitch accessories that are made as a loading boom for a pick-up. I would probablt be able to attach the hitch-haul or a drop basket to that and also use it to mount a trolling motor. Your blog has succeeded in stimulating my thinking.

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from BigAndy wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

I'm jealous of the machine...but not your credit card bill. As the above poster mentioned, can you give us a ballpark of what you have into this thing?

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from Montanagyrene wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

What a SWEET ride!! If you want to give it away, let me know, and I'll be RIGHT THERE!! As far as the cost, I'm reminded of a quote that goes something like "If you HAVE to ASK, ya CAN'T afford it!!"

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from GrantHarland wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

But can it be submerged under water? Get a snorkel on that baby.

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from 784512 wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

I think there is a reason they did not post the price

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from tkb58 wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

Looking at "list" prices in the SE U.S. (March 2012) and before any haggling or looking for a better prce/deal, I see the grand total in the US$20,400.00 range. I'd rather put that kinda coin into my 4x4 that can be a daily driver & weekend warrior.

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from kcarp1024 wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

There is no telling how much that cost him!!

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from Smithhammer wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Great. Just what I want to see in the backcountry - another loud machine enabling some idiot.

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from JackMyrna08 wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

BAD-ASS! but how much did that cost?

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

Just this last Saturday, I wuz just a signature away of taking a 2012 Commander XT home until I went back and took a hard look at it just one more time because something wuz really bugging me, something not just right and man wuz I right and glad I did!

Ground clearance, engine location, big ass console in the center, single point gun case attachment (worst design I ever witnessed) and the location be hind the cab all wrong and the overall price tag? Hell, I can buy a Jeep and fix it up far cheaper than the Cam Am and go far more places and have more comfort with a heater and air conditioning to include street legal in the most extreme conditions.

yep, zero down and $325.00 a month for 7 years I wuz told for a $1500.00 vehicle totaling $27,300 practically double in price once paid.

What a joke the Commander XT is and I'll stick to my Suzuki LT-F500FK1

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9jdwMH5bcQ&feature=related

Took a look at the Cam Am ATV 2 seater, no right hand brake. WHO's THE PINHEAD WHO DECIDED THIS! Obviously, Cam Am doesn't have the experience we have when you bail off the right side. Yep, you'll be picking up the pieces and calling for an Air Vac to take the remains of your passenger!

To all you ATV Companies, you are abusing the term I use, "Stupid ignorant engineers"!

Here's your sign!

Bottom line?

WHAT ARE YOU GUYS THINKING!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

I don't recommend this setup for the Northern Tundra, you will be walking out after the tracks are ripped apart!

All season?

Don't only think so, know so!

Snow and sand? Tracks are fine, but that is far as it goes

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 4 weeks ago

One more thing, haven't found another ATV worth trading in Ol'Faithful! Notice the double gun carry modification.

www.fieldandstream.com/photos/trophyroom/recent/single?pnid=1001359967#1...

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from condoski wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

Is this what the enjoyment of the outdoors has come too? "I was able to turn around and drive back through the creek and across the swamp barely hitting the throttle" (Frame 21). Driving through swamps and creeks? Pathetic. This is not an outdoorsmen. This is an ego driven disillusioned boy with a destructive toy.

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Eugene Mancl is an avid outdoorsman and a regular contributor to the F&S site. When he came to us with his idea for building what he called, "the ultimate winter ATV," and asked if he could put the Field & Stream logo on it, we said, "Sure, as long as you build a serious machine." We think the Ice Warrior qualifies. Click through the gallery to see the step-by-step creation of this truly all-terrain vehicle. --The Eds