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Ya know, since I was young I have been mechanicly inclined and I love all kinds of machines. From the big old console radio's to weedeters and such. I was always taking things apart and screwing them up but on occasion I would get it back together in working condition. This is how you learn things.

I have had my raptor for about 2 months maybe 3. In the rest of my hobbies(cars, RC, Bass guitar just to name a few) I have always modified everything to the hilt. If its worth doing its worth overdoing so to speak. When it comes to power being a gearhead my motto has always been, "if some is good,then more is better and too much is just right".

I told my self on this one I was gonna keep it stock and leave it alone. Which like most if you is easier said than done. While the name of this forum is "Modded Raptor" I have yet to mod my raptor. I have been planning on doing a big 3 for a bit and leaving it at that.

For my type of riding which is i guess pasture riding as thats about all I do with it with my 2 sons or by myself. The more I ride it the more I love it.
While im very competitive im not doing competitive riding or racing, just for pure enjoyment.

One reason I didnt want to mod was anytime you mod you you loose an amount of reliability generally and nowdays I dont have the time to work on things and such and because some riding is better than none even if it may be a bit slower

One thing I have realized is just how great a machine this really is. It really does everything well in stock form. When compaired to the machines that I grew up with (250x,350x, and other 2 wheeler) this machine is just lightyears beyond what they ever dreamed of being.

Thus far I have changed the oil, checked the oil, added gas and I believe thats it. It starts everytime, runs perfectly, has more than enough power to put a grin on your face and scare the shit out of you. On top of that I absolutely love the big single engines. Their almost old school simplicity and the big ol'e thunk thunk thunk of that one big slug just pluggin away reminds me of machines of old.

But heres where it gets interesting, you take that old school single and add the new tech to it and you have this wonderful engine that has gobs of torque, is light, really simple compared to multi cylinder engines, has EFI and an electric start to boot. Just cant beat it.

The suspension great, while some will say it needs upgrading truth be known its probably more than enough for the better percentage of riders if they they would take the time to learn how to adjust it to their needs. I dont know its just really hard to find faults with this machine.

To you youngsters out there appreciate where things have come.

As you could tell im just bored and felt like sharing my thoughts on this machine that brings us all together.
 

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Very well said, but let me tell you one thing. Once you uncork that thing with a pipe, intake and FI controller, you will wonder why you did not do it sooner.. From a reliability standpoint, I dont think you really lose any with bolt-ons. Once you break the seal of the motor, I agree. Either way, glad to hear you love your Raptor. It really is a high tech machine that will spoil the riders of today who never had the chance to ride anything as ancient as something like a 84 quadrunner 250 with a rigid rear end and balloon tires. :lol:
 

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Man I forgot (on purpose :gr_grin:) about the old quadrunners. Damn what a turd. To see how far it has come is really just unreal. Oh im sure in time I will do a big 3 and I believe you 100%. Really I was just taking time to appreciate the machine for what it was in its stock form.
 

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leave it stock and it will last forever............ but how can u live with anything stock????


hell i'd modify my toaster if i had the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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That engine where I ride will go faster than I ever need to. For me its all about suspension, protection and comfort. Steering stabilizers, flex bars, big tires,elkas etc to much to list. But my engine is box stock. But i am not a duner or sand drag guy. Give me the rocks and ruts of Baja.
 

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It is said 'that a rookie modifies his motor but a pro modifies his suspension'

I guess I am a pro! Motor is bone stock but nuffin else is except the plastics!
 

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I couldn't agree with you more BigBird. I haven't done anything to mine yet also but it is soon coming.
 

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It is said 'that a rookie modifies his motor but a pro modifies his suspension'

I guess I am a pro! Motor is bone stock but nuffin else is except the plastics!
Does that makes me a pro rookie? :lol:
 

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I haven't had any trouble with the big three installed on mine for reliabiliy.I do want to fine tune my PC3 myself.But once you install the three you will wonder what took you so long.Totally IMPRESSIVE from stock.:rockon:
 
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