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Unread postAuthor: Gun Freak » Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:13 pm

They cried when they realized they didn't put a reserve lol :D
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:38 pm

aaand I think I'm going to buy this:

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Unread postAuthor: jrrdw » Fri Oct 05, 2012 3:26 pm

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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Sat Oct 06, 2012 2:18 am

It's a Polaris Phoenix 200cc from 2005, in a good state of repair, which complete with helmet and some bits is going for $1800.

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It's my birthday in a week or so, so I thought feck it, I'm buying myself a present :)

It was either that or one of these:

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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:20 am

I has it!!! wooooooooooo :D
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Unread postAuthor: Labtecpower » Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:19 pm

Pics or it didn't happen :D

Now I imagine you taking every dirt road you can find at the highest speed possible with a jaw-splitting grin on your face hehe


btw, how long does it take for you to paint it camo or flat black, and then deciding to make a full metal body? :P
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:52 pm

Labtecpower wrote:Pics or it didn't happen :D


Soon, left it at work.

Now I imagine you taking every dirt road you can find at the highest speed possible with a jaw-splitting grin on your face hehe


I've spent most of the afternoon/evening riding around and haven't had this much fun with my pants on for quite a while! Still grinning like an idiot :D

Considering I had never ridden one before in my life I got the hang of it pretty quickly, brilliant :D

btw, how long does it take for you to paint it camo or flat black, and then deciding to make a full metal body? :P


Hehe first things first, going to get it serviced to make sure the worky bits are up to scratch then we'll look into aesthetics.

This is the colour and look I would like to go for:

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Those sort of "cycle fenders" and round lamps would be nice. I don't really want to touch the original bodywork though in case I need to resell to someone who isn't a fan of the Afrika Korps...
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Unread postAuthor: Labtecpower » Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:08 pm

Soon, left it at work.


Last thing I would do hehe

I've spent most of the afternoon/evening riding around and haven't had this much fun with my pants on for quite a while! Still grinning like an idiot
Considering I had never ridden one before in my life I got the hang of it pretty quickly, brilliant


Does epoxyland have some nice roads for some recreative driving? :)
These machines are very easy to drive, you've got a much better "connection" with it than you have in a car..

Hehe first things first, going to get it serviced to make sure the worky bits are up to scratch then we'll look into aesthetics.


Lot of work to do?

I like the Afrika Korps look, on quads it's very easy to take off the original body parts, and use the connection points for a metal body :)
how do you want to construct it? aluminium with blind rivets?
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Thu Oct 11, 2012 11:35 pm

Labtecpower wrote:Does epoxyland have some nice roads for some recreative driving? :)


Epoxyland has notoriously terrible roads, most drives include at least one part which would be considered "offroad" in many western countries :D

Lot of work to do?


Doesn't look like it, no rust, engine sounds like a dream, no leaky drippy bits... but I like to have it looked at by a professional.

I like the Afrika Korps look, on quads it's very easy to take off the original body parts, and use the connection points for a metal body :)
how do you want to construct it? aluminium with blind rivets?


Aluminium seems to be the natural choice, it will match the landrover :D need to find a reasonably priced sheet worker and take a *lot* of measurements...
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Unread postAuthor: Labtecpower » Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:10 am

Epoxyland has notoriously terrible roads, most drives include at least one part which would be considered "offroad" in many western countries

Sounds good, I would like that over here :D

Aluminium seems to be the natural choice, it will match the landrover need to find a reasonably priced sheet worker and take a *lot* of measurements...


If you're lucky you may even be allowed to work on it yourself, aluminium is a very easy material for sheetwork.
It would be easy if you lived near me, I could supply you with a complete CNC-cut body kit made at work :D
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:54 am

I might give it a go myself, who knows... I'm looking for a "wartime" look so it doesn't have to be perfect.

Obviously I would then need one of these and a pair of goggles...
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Unread postAuthor: Zeus » Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:56 am

Not bad, I find 200s to be a little lacking in power, put same goes for small cars. I need high torque and fast acceleration at low speeds, for chasing sheep/cattle.

Just be careful, it's a sport quad, and they're top heavy, so take corners slowly until you get a feel for it. Also, if it's a manual/semi, then it might be quite torquey(?) on first, and might buck up with a sharp bump of the throttle. I can't wheelie a 250cc auto farm quad, but a 500cc semi is piss easy.

Farm quads are far heavier than a sports quad too.

Most importantly, enjoy the fork out of it.
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:31 am

Zeus wrote:Not bad, I find 200s to be a little lacking in power, put same goes for small cars. I need high torque and fast acceleration at low speeds, for chasing sheep/cattle.


I cannot be trusted with a bigger engine, it's better if I limit myself this way ;)

Just be careful, it's a sport quad, and they're top heavy, so take corners slowly until you get a feel for it. Also, if it's a manual/semi, then it might be quite torquey(?) on first, and might buck up with a sharp bump of the throttle.


It's automatic, and when it comes to corners after driving the landy with its "ballerina" wide wheels for several years now I approach them with caution instinctively.

Most importantly, enjoy the fork out of it.


That's what I've been doing :D
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Unread postAuthor: Zeus » Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:26 am

Well, I guess you didn't learn to ride a quad at 5, and it was a 750cc. But I'm certain you'll be wanting a 500 within a year.

Autos are the best for beginners, shifting a semi is a learning curve, not having a clutch is confusing. Even if you're used to a manual car. Landys are quite fun, especially going around hills, quickly...

I've been doing it since I was a kid, it's the best fun you can have with four wheels. (And I don't count paralysed gals either).
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Fri Oct 12, 2012 7:51 am

Zeus wrote:Well, I guess you didn't learn to ride a quad at 5, and it was a 750cc. But I'm certain you'll be wanting a 500 within a year.


I doubt I'll want to upgrade, this is more of a "spare car that isn't a car" as opposed to an interest I want to take up seriously.

I've been doing it since I was a kid, it's the best fun you can have with four wheels. (And I don't count paralysed gals either).


Even I found that a bit harsh :shock: hehe

Anyways, here's the actual beast through lens of my shitty eBay knockoff android phone camera:
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