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ty

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How much to spend on a Pilot
« on: April 16, 2011, 07:15:04 AM »
Hello Pilot experts,

I am looking at getting a Pilot 400 and wanted to get some input on what would be considered a good deal.  I have seen asking prices on Pilots from 4 to 15 K on Craig's List and Ebay, yet Nada puts the average used value at $1200. My family all rides quads and we go to Glamis at least once a month, so if they don't do well in the sand then I wouldn't want one. I don't have the space in my trailer for a side by side but I do for a buggy the size of the pilot, hence my interest in these cool little buggies.

I am looking at one now with some aftermarket lights, new plastic, and a rebuilt top end (so the owner says), and he is asking $4,200 firm. I just don't want to get ripped off. I have a hard time dropping that kind of dough on an atv that is over 20 years old, I could get a newer fuel injected Raptor 700 for that price.

Thanks for you help.

Ty  ;D
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Re: How much to spend on a Pilot
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2011, 07:28:14 AM »
NADA is what a dealer will give on trade in. This would already be low for any vehicle. The discrepancy gets bigger as a machine ages. A dealer does not want a Pilot because it would take too long to sell.

That price is reasonable for a Pilot. When a Pilot was new, it cost more than small cars. Today, one would be 12-15K.

If you are going to modify it, FL350s are much cheaper, but can be modded to be similar to a modded Pilot. Stock to stock, the Pilot is much better.

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Re: How much to spend on a Pilot
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2012, 06:49:06 PM »
Well, I picked up the Pilot about a month after the original post for $3600.  My 10 year old son loves it, and I have fun on it as well.  We go to Glamis once or twice a month during the riding season and it is getting a lot of use.  I am surprised how well it handles and climbs in the dunes and I like the safety benefit.  We will be looking to do some performance mods once the riding season is over and we bring it back home.  I'd like to find a quieter pipe without sacrificing performance...any suggestions?

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Re: How much to spend on a Pilot
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2012, 05:16:11 AM »
What kind of pipe do you have now?

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Re: How much to spend on a Pilot
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2012, 06:11:07 AM »
The stock one.

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Re: How much to spend on a Pilot
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2012, 08:58:31 AM »
I think you will be hard pressed to get the sound levels quieter than a stock exhaust. What I would try though is finding another stock muffler. Cut it apart and see if you can wrap the outside with silencer packing without reducing the flow. With it being both a muffler and a silencer, that may do it.