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John Martin

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Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 10:52 pm:   

I just saw the prototype Agro Avenger at the local Boat Show. Unfortunately I did not have my digital camera with me, only had a 35mm disposable with me, or I would have posted some on the web. The tension only builds for those who have not seen it yet. I will tell you a little about the machine from looking at it: Its does have a better looking, heavier looking front end with more of a hood rise somewhat related to the front hood of a Max II. The rise is probably needed for the 25hp liquid cooled Kohler engine, I thought it looked very similar to the Kawaski engine used in the MAX IV. The motor has a nice looking small truck-like radiator that should work great for heater system. It is the best-looking Argo I have ever seen. The price is pretty step, $13,500 give or take a few big ones. It had the 25 Raw Hides with enough extra room for running some larger tires possible. Another interesting feature is that the front and rear axles are slightly higher than the middle two that is supposed to make it work well with the track kit that will fit on the 25" tires. I guess they were making it like a tank track, slightly higher on both ends. The steering system was the biggest change I noticed on the new Argo. It has motorcycle-style controls with a twist throttle on the right and a brake control lever on the left. The twisting of the handle bar copies the action that the two levers used to do to turn left/right. I am not totally for sure on the transmission, but it is supposed to shift allot smoother than the old style and still have the two ranges. I was under the impression that it is still step up like a limited slip design(dont't know for sure). Unfortunately, it was an 8X8 instead of a 6X6 but my source said they might possibly make the 6X6 the same way if the new design works out. They also had some off-rounded shaped front headlines that I could not tell if they helped or hurt the overall look of the new frontend. For a front engine AATV design, the Avenger puts the other Argos to shame on looks. Sorry about not getting the pictures. Ride on.