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Old 07-03-2012, 05:09 PM   #1
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Difference between different 4 wheelers?

Like I said in my other post, I just bought a 2011 Arctic Cat 450 4X4, and I was wondering what the difference will be when I get out with my friends on their 500's and 700's? I had mine up to 101 kms per hour last weekend, and I was quite surprised that it would go that much. I also couldn't seem to get it stuck in the mud, regardless of how hard I tried. I'm wondering what benefits my friends larger bikes will have. Bit more power only?

(I have 2011 with a 450, and my bud has a 2007 with a 700)
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I am no expert on this, but I would think a smaller, lighter ATV would go through just as much as a bigger, heavier one. Especially if the rider is also light.

As far as speed, I don't know how fast the 450 will go, but I do know the speedometers on these are usually optimistic to say the least.
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Mine will hit 60 mph. I ride with mostly bigger machines I can go more places than my friends but that has nothing to do with the motor, its what the cat was made for clearance ect, my bro has a built up brute 750 and his is no doubt faster but it runs alot hotter uses more gas ect get some radial tires set the rear suspension to the middle and front to soft, papa slap clutching and you will be very happy.
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25in black diamond xtr wouldnt want anything else can clean em out like crazy.
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with a gps my 2012 mp was only off 1 KPH at 90 KPH on stock tires. I think that is accurate enough. Keep in mind that auto makers only need to be with in 10%
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My buddy has a 2008 Thundercat. His reads high by 3-4 MPH at 50. GPS is not all that accurate for speed, but is more accurate for distance. A better way to check your speedo accuracy is to drive a known distance or use GPS to measure distance and see what the odometer reads. I put a Trail Tech speedo on my 03 and calibrated it that way on a 40 mile run on an trail that is an old railroad bed. It is almost strait for that long. I got it to read within a couple of tenths of a mile over that distance so I know it is very accurate. The odometer and speedometer are tied together so if one is accurate, the other will be as well.
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Newer GPS are just fine on mph as long as you go a bit of distance.
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To answer the original poster's question- the 450 is a sleeper and performs extremely well for a 450. If you are mostly trail riding, then you will keep up with your buddy's 700 on the trail. The limitations will show up on wide open speed runs and you will run out of horsepower quicker in deep mud. But, for trails the 450 is a gem and will met the needs of most riders.
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