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Hello all,

New guy here, first post. I need some advice as I'm looking at my first four wheeler purchase now. I've found a good condition 04 foreman 450 with 1,500 miles and approx 200hrs for around $3,000. It seems like a good deal to me, as it's in line with KBB and NADA. The only thing that concerns me is that it's full-time 4 wheel drive. Is this that big of a deal, or will I have a significantly rougher ride and steering issues? I plan on using the bike to hunt primarily and trail ride a little bit.

Thanks for any input/advice.
Matt
 

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welcome to the forum !!
if its a 04 it can be switch from 4x4 to 4x2 with a yellow switch on the right bar ....
 

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Welcome to the forum and yep, the 04 has the traxlock system.
 

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Interesting. The guy that has it said 04 and all time 4x4. I'll check back with him. If it's a 03, is the full-time 4x4 a big deal? Sorry for the newbie questions...
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Here are some pics. The only yellow switch is on the left bar. Again, I'm new to this, so I really don't know. The bike is 5 hours away, so I can't just go take a look at it if that makes sense. Is this an 03 or older?
 

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you better check the sticker on the left front frame tube ...thats where it tells the year .........
 

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Yea maybe its just my eyes but I dont see a 4wd selector.
 

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I also don't see the selector button which means its an 01 or older.
 

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I will point out that regardless of the year the front bumper and rack are bent so I would pass on it if it were me, I would hate for you to drive 5hrs to find out the frames bent in the front.
 

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it has a 98 to 01 grill so.........im thinking something is fishy
as for a bent bumper ....i dont see it ...but yes the rack is bent down a little but that can be fixed easly

 

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Looking at the pic the left side of the rack is bent down and on the lower part of the bumper the left side looks pushed back
 

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Looking at the pic the left side of the rack is bent down and on the lower part of the bumper the left side looks pushed back
I see what you mean but that might just be the picture angle.
 

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Full time 4x4 isn't a big deal, most of the time mine is in 4x4 even on the trails. Get the price adjusted for the correct year of the machine. If the sticker is gone on the front of the frame you can have him check the 10th digit of the vin number and that is the year code.

 

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thanks toodeep. That's what i was looking for. Assuming it's a '00 or '01, what's a fair offer to make on it? 1500 miles, 200+ hours...
 

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Front of the frame on the plate going across that the mid front bumper brackets mount to. It's stamped in the top of that plate.
 

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Ouch. 10th digit is Y, so must be a 2000. Guy that is selling is furious since he was told it was 2004 when he bought it. Any idea of a fair offer to make, or should this just be a pass altogether?
 
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