- October 4, 2014 at 2:09 pm #977
I’ve spent some time trying to find information on the 4WD version of the mini-beep, and I haven’t come across anyone online who has built one and written a review of it. I am very interested in building one. I would love to use it for everything from cutting firewood, to driving it in local parades, to entering it in car shows, and for even for general use around our property, or just for driving to the neighbor’s house! I think it would be much more interesting, AND cheaper, than anything else comparable. I have a few concerns, however. I assume the 4×4 version also has a “live” front axle without a differential, so I was wondering how it drives on dry ground/pavement? I assume it’s difficult to steer because of the axle, but I’ve not come across anyone who has built one. The next question is, how much more capable is the 4×4 version, anyway? I’m assuming with the flat-bottom design and live rear axle, the 2WD version is probably fairly capable itself… Are there any videos showing the 4×4 version being put through it’s paces in the mud and over obstacles? I’d love to see what it can do before I commit to building one. I know what a basic 4×4 atv can do, and I don’t expect a mini-beep to do the same stuff; however, I still need it to be capable enough to do the jobs I need it to do! I’ve seen plenty of videos of it floating around a lake, and pushing snow and gravel on flat ground, but I’ve seen nothing with it driving through the woods over logs, or through mud, or places where I’d expect it to get stuck. Does anyone have some videos??October 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm #1179
I have some of the same questions you have. I have driven one at the Struck Company. I wasn’t able to really test it’s capability but did notice that it has a lot of torque steer with the 4wd. When not needed it looked like there were bolts in each hub that could be easily removed to disable the front wheel drive. The engine is also very loud, I don’t know if Kohler makes a better muffler for it or not.
I hope some one who has one will reply to these posts as I am very interested in getting one.
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