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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-05-2019, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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700 gear ratio

Greetings large reptile owners,
I am looking at a 2016 700se and would like to know if the transmission ratios have been changed from the first year 660 ( my last quad). On the 660 first was extremely low with a large gap to second, has it been improved or the same.

looking to go play in some xc races and a hot rod trail machine . It's either this or a yfz450 but the raptor feels more comfortable (haven't ridden one yet)

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To me there is a gap from 3rd to 4th, but with the big 3 it has plenty of power to overcome it. I use 3rd gear the most when I am racing XC. That reverse saves time and energy when you need it.
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Thanks for the info, I went from a Motofast Banshee to a 01 660 - the huge gap between 1st and 2nd drove me nuts. I realize the current 700r's are much improved, just wondered if the 1 -2 was more evenly spaced.

And yes reverse can be very useful!

What's your xc setup? Is it competitive in woods racing? I will be racing super senior so comfy, smooth and easy to ride are priorities.
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I race local XC series, I am 52, not a lot of racers in my class. My set up is 12-1 stock stroke, stock bore 2017 700. I have a HC stage II cam, plus 3 TB, PCV, Intake, stock shocks with triple rate springs. The stock cam signed off too quick for me. It is very rare that I use 1st gear, I only weigh 133 lbs.
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I'm 58 and 165 so a 700 should haul me just fine. Found a 17 with some mods, will need a few more I'm sure.

Got the race bug again after 18 years so gonna take a stab at the NYOA series and see how I fair.

have you widened yours or is it stock width, I'm undecided , lots of tinkering ahead.
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Mine is about 1” wider with the rims I use. 47” is about the max width I would run on the courses in my series. See if there is a Facebook club for ATV racers in your series and ask them how tight the trails are. Bead locks and a good skid plate will be needed for racing. Rocks get exposed and ruts get deep after a few laps.
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I went to the series opener to check it out - 212 quads and 50% were yfz450r. Borich still won the overall but it was close, fair amount of TRX450's in the mix. 1 or 2 Raptors. YouTube vids show most areas pretty wide with a handful of squeezes. I think a 700 with plus 2s would be ok with a couple exceptions but I would ride stock width for awhile to see.

I haven't settled on a quad yet, still looking and may go new just to avoid the unknowns. That 700R SE in red is sweet!

Front beadlocks, skid plate, Flex bars, stabilizer and good tires, dial in the shocks and delete some stuff and go racing.

Thanks for the welcome , I'm pretty diehard Yammy and a JP fan so the Raptor is the logical choice
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I have the flex bars on my Raptor and like them, you can adjust how much you want them to flex. I really notice how much they help when I ride my MX bike that has solid mounts with fat bars.
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Which bars and clamps did you use, I would like to keep them lower if possible.

What brand beadlocks are you running? I used to have some Champions on stock wheels but I don't think they do them anymore.

Getting close, bank visit tomorrow.
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