Originally posted by venturaII+Dec 3 2005, 05:24 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (venturaII @ Dec 3 2005, 05:24 PM)</div>
@Dec 3 2005, 12:12 PM
Every time I read a thread like this, it really makes me wish I still had my '96 Zert8* RIP.* That sled was wicked, and handled better than most lighter sleds too.
That's what I like to hear! If my new '98 ZRT8 handles as good as my '96 Pantera, but has better rear suspension, I'll be stoked. The rough stuff was too much for the 8.5" rear suspension, but on a moderate-to-smooth trail where sheer suspension travel didn't come into play, it could corner with some impressive newer sleds. The front end was just planted on that thing.
I'm hoping that with just 1,400 miles on the ZRT, I can get away with not having the Fox shocks rebuilt for one more season.
Ya gotta experience one of these sleds with the front end mod. It has the motor, it has the power to make it feel light... And it has the handling, the bump absorption, and the 100mph + stability that you just don't get in a new top-of-the-line
One thing the new lightweights do better is land easier than a heavier sled. But the rest isn't good enough for me to trade down for, and drop down the price of a cheap car in the process. Just too much for too few advantages over the modded old hardware... If any.
OK, the new one would be way more shiny than the old one!
But I'm not one to make purchases on fit & finish or looks. Those are superficial only and should not be the deciding factor of a purchase IMO.
I thought I was blindly biased by having a sled I really like a lot... Until I had a few rides on some newer hardware. Found out my bias isn't blind after all!