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post #1 of 7 Old 10-03-2018, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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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?
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-05-2018, 12:47 AM
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Just a personal anecdote, . . . my Kingquad 700 is the first bike I've ever owned that was truly an automatic transmission.

AND I LOVE IT..........

Not sure I could go back to a gear shifting role, this has spoiled me beyond my wildest dreams.

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post #3 of 7 Old 10-06-2018, 01:39 PM
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I'm pretty spoiled to the automatic on my 05 Eiger. I can't give you a comparison to the manual Eiger because I've never rode one. Although I grew up riding manual Honda ATV'S so I'm sure there is not much difference at all. I trail ride so the automatic works out just fine for me.

I originally bought my 05 Suzuki Eiger 400 4x4 automatic for my wife to learn how to ride, but she showed no interest and frankly speaking was scared to learn because of a bad experience years ago she had on her cousins mini-bike. He failed to tell her it had no brakes at the time and she ended up getting injured. Now I have Arctic Cat 650 H1 TRV 4X4 TRV means (Two Rider Vehicle) for those that don't know and she loves riding as a passenger.

I'm still going to hang onto my Eiger though because it is a good running ATV and in very good condition for being a 2005 year model.


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post #4 of 7 Old 10-12-2018, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies. After tearing into the two, the 2003 Auto is much worse mechanically than I thought. Maintenance on it was rarely done by the looks of things. I have decided to rebuild the 2004 Manual. The 2003 has already paid for itself in missing or burnt components for the other unit.

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Don't buy an eiger period!!!
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-07-2019, 05:33 PM
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I definitely perfer the manual transmission. Much more control going downhill, mudding or towing
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-09-2019, 12:47 AM
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I definitely prefer manual or semi auto like quadrunner 250 and kingquad 300. They basically have a manual with an automatic clutch.

I've not been very satisfied with any of the automatics I've tried. They were fun enough but just not for me.

Just my opinion. Either way I'd probably fix the one that was more mechanically sound.
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