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Old 03-05-2011, 01:56 PM
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Sportsman 2 stroke

I'm thinking about buying a 1996 Sportsman 400 4X4 and it is a 2 stroke. Any opinions on buying a 2 stroke or should I look for a 4 stroke.

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Old 03-05-2011, 02:35 PM
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Definatly have it checked out by a good mechanic before you buy. 2 strokes make great power and are lightweight, but can be costly when they need rebuilding. Not that 4 strokes dont have problems, but 2 strokes need engine work far more often. Also make sure there are lots of parts available.
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Old 03-05-2011, 05:06 PM
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I have a 94 sportsman 2 stroke and an 01 sportsman 4 stroke and I always ride the 2 stroke. It has so much more power then the 4 stroke and the streight axle makesit more fun to power slide around corners.
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Old 03-05-2011, 07:39 PM
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:10 AM
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I owned several two strokers for many years. The 350-400 versions use a counterbalancer that needs to be kept lubricated or the counter shaft bearings will fail. Since it's not very accessible, it's often neglected. Repairing this is expensive. If the engine is quiet and doesn't rattle at idle (and/or has relatively low miles), it should be okay. If you buy it, make sure you top up the oil right away and check it at least seasonally. Other than that, I've gotten very good service from the two strokers I've owned and wouldn't count one out if the price was right. - MarkC
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:33 PM
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I agree w/ 1of7627.
I rebuilt my 400 ,top and bottom-end and it starts and runs anywhere, anytime.
You could run a compression check on the one you're looking at and if it's 115 or more ,you should be good to go for awhile.
With the older style front-end ,you will have some chain maintainence to deal with.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:13 AM
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Get a 4-stroke. The 2-strokes do make more power for the same displacement but they SMELL! Every time you ride the thing you need to change you clothes and take a shower.

HONDARACER: a four stroke is going to be more costly than a two stoke to rebuild. Plus its got many fewer parts to go wrong.
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Old 03-09-2011, 03:02 AM
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Get a 4-stroke. The 2-strokes do make more power for the same displacement but they SMELL! Every time you ride the thing you need to change you clothes and take a shower.

HONDARACER: a four stroke is going to be more costly than a two stoke to rebuild. Plus its got many fewer parts to go wrong.
I don't know about you but when I go riding I come back covered in mud and dirt and need to shower and change my clothes anyways.
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:31 AM
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Well, we use our machine mostly for plowing snow and getting firewood. So getting covered in mud isn't an issue.
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I don't know about the rest of you but I don't ride in reverse very often so the exhaust is usually behind me?

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