2003/2004 Eiger 4x4 Preferences - Auto or Manual Shift?
Hi, this is my first post here. I recently bought two project Eigers with the intention of building one good quad. One is a 2003 automatic and one is a 2004 manual shift. I realize that there are some subtle differences between models, but I'm not concerned about that at this point. My biggest question right now is which one to focus on? I wanted to ask the opinion of the members here that may have experience with both transmission styles. My riding will be primarily recreations on trails and fields; no heavy towing or mudding anticipated.
The skinny on both machines:
2003 Auto - Mileage unknown (broken odometer shows 2,350 km (1,450 miles)), but has been ridden hard and put away wet. Needs at least a top-end rebuild as it has no compression. Lots of wear and tear on drivetrain and suspension components. Largely complete unit though.
2004 Manual - Showing about 1,300 km (800 miles). Caught on fire by previous owner when refuelling. All main body plastics missing (I can use what I can off the 2003, and buy new mud guard/ footrest covers and side covers). Has new OEM main wiring harness installed, but still has some small plastic components and wiring that are melted and need replacing. New throttle cable. Most driveline components and frame appear in like new condition due to low mileage.
I'm leaning toward fixing the Auto and transferring all powertrain and suspension components that fit from the low mileage Manual, but overall, the Manual is in better condition mechanically and shouldn't need any engine work. I have manuals for both models. Based on the above descriptions, what are your thoughts?