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David Keeso (Argomag)

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

(Bigwolf) No unfortunatly they don't have much in the way of water at the plant. The last time I was there, they did have a small area deep enough to float but since ODG expanded and built the new building (the gear division) the test area was greatly reduced and now its only a big hill, and a fairly round area to drive around in and up the hill, it gives you enough of in idea how the machine works there though. When I go up to the cottage next myself, I will stop in at the dealers up there and test it in water. Bob Hunter did tell me that the Avenger is now much better in water. It still sits low in the front but thats simply because of the engine being in the front. The tires are a lot bigger than the normal tires used and as a result and also the fact that their is 8 means that the ARGO had to have more than 20 hp which is why they now use the 25 hp kohler engine. They have also made the engine compartment much easier to navigate through while working on the machine. You can easily reach down the front of the engine to do what needs to be done, and with the firewall off, you can get to the chains and tranny much easier. The only thing that I didn't really like was the new shift lever on the AVENGER. It is a different one now that is more like a H shift pattern. I found it slightly hard to get into gear but that was also because the one I drove was a prototype and it gets used to try different things (accessories etc.)

One other thing to note with the AVENGER is the battery. It is now under the seat and still has a storage area as well. Its not as big as the older ones but its slightly deeper to compensate. When you look at it, it looks like the gas tank is much bigger but I don't know if it is or not.

Their was one other important thing to note but I can't remember it right now so when I do i'll post it. Overall, I found the avenger to be a very solid vehicle, with the same feel as any other ARGO but with very distinct characteristics and modifications that make things easier. The shipping weight of the new AVENGER is 1205 lbs. The conquest shipping weight is 1025 lbs. That is without accessories.