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What did you do to your OHV today?
07/21/15 at 23:32:08
 
I thought this might be a fun thread to have here. It's been interesting on other forums I visit. You just basically tell what improvements, mishaps, or maintenance you did to your SXS or ATV.

I'll start.

I went out this evening to lubricate my steering knuckle (it started squeaking a bit on my last ride), and while I had the fender well and mid-section plastic off, I decided to change my spark plugs too.

Also washed off a couple pounds of black Uinta mud. Grin
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Reply #1 - 07/22/15 at 12:15:25
 
I will join the fun. A couple of weeks ago, I replaced the original clutch in my ol smoke pony. Started out with a broken clutch cable. I knew my fibers and steels had some wear on them, so I decided to freshen the whole thing up while I was at it.

New basket, inner hub, fibers, steels, push rod, pressure plate, and springs. She is good as new now & ready to rip for years to come.
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Reply #2 - 07/22/15 at 12:39:17
 
Nice!  Looks really good.  What machine was this on?
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Reply #3 - 07/22/15 at 12:54:23
 
My '88 250R
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Reply #4 - 07/23/15 at 16:18:51
 
I just finished rebuilding the engine in a Raptor 700 that my son tore up the transmission.  No more money so I guess that will cover everything for a while unless I find a good deal for used tires for my old Honda 4x4.
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Reply #5 - 07/23/15 at 17:49:58
 
That's funny. I'm about to start on a Raptor 700 engine that the owner broke the case from a chain derailment. He rebuilt it himself and then brought it to me when he ended up with leftover parts including a couple of bearings. I need to pretty much rebuild it again.
Turns out that it's a 350 not 700 but I've found a place for the leftover parts and now I'm missing a few and the correct gasket kit.  RMATVMC has probably already shipped them if they're open today.
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Reply #6 - 07/24/15 at 20:53:45
 
My Sportsman 850 has been at Tri-City almost 3 weeks now, and I doubt they've done anything to it yet! I dropped it off for my annual PM.  :'(

But, my soon-to-be RZR-S 800 has had me probing all over it to figure out all the issues before I decide to keep it (or not).
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Reply #7 - 07/24/15 at 22:19:56
 
BruteForce wrote on 07/24/15 at 20:53:45:
My Sportsman 850 has been at Tri-City almost 3 weeks now, and I doubt they've done anything to it yet! I dropped it off for my annual PM. :'(

But, my soon-to-be RZR-S 800 has had me probing all over it to figure out all the issues before I decide to keep it (or not).



Not buying.. and not ready for a SxS yet (at least not until I'm 65+)
Dang dude 19 Birthdays in just a few weeks, that's got to be tuff Roll Eyes
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Reply #8 - 07/25/15 at 05:14:35
 
LVKodiak wrote on 07/24/15 at 22:19:56:
BruteForce wrote on 07/24/15 at 20:53:45:
My Sportsman 850 has been at Tri-City almost 3 weeks now, and I doubt they've done anything to it yet! I dropped it off for my annual PM. :'(

But, my soon-to-be RZR-S 800 has had me probing all over it to figure out all the issues before I decide to keep it (or not).



Not buying.. and not ready for a SxS yet (at least not until I'm 65+)
Dang dude 19 Birthdays in just a few weeks, that's got to be tuff Roll Eyes


Trust me when I say, I quite enjoy my ATV so much better - but this thing is looking to be abandoned at my place, so..
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Reply #9 - 07/25/15 at 07:20:56
 
I put new springs on my RZR570 yesterday. Now I dont high center running over a dime! And yea I hear Ya Brute. I still have a blast riding my atvs too
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Reply #10 - 07/25/15 at 07:42:11
 
LVKodiak wrote on 07/25/15 at 07:20:56:
I put new springs on my RZR570 yesterday. Now I dont high center running over a dime! And yea I hear Ya Brute. I still have a blast riding my atvs too


Just for the record. The SxS belongs to my boss. He doesn't want it, doesn't ride it, doesn't have a place to store it and has no way of transporting it.

I've taken it out twice now and both times have been terrible experiences.

But, if its going to be long-term or perm. parked at my place, I may see about fixing some of the obvious issues it has (like LOUDNESS and suspension) to see if that makes it more palatable to take my mom for rides. No way would I take this thing out myself.

Now, totally unrelated: What springs did you go with? I figure that 570 has to weigh about the same as my XP850..
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Reply #11 - 07/25/15 at 09:46:41
 
Ugly YELLOW SATV springs 225# rear 150# fronts
I'm loaded pretty heavy, much like yourself I take pretty much everything but the bathtub with me.
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Reply #12 - 07/26/15 at 12:51:13
 
I will throw in another one that I finished a couple of months ago.  I had a set of Flex Bars that I wanted to put on my 700.  I had a Trail Tech computer that I had been using and wanted to keep.  I also wanted to keep my stock indicator lights.  After shopping around, I was unable to find anyone that made a mount for something like this.  So I fabbed up my own from a couple pieces of stainless.  Here is the finished product.  I have put a couple hundred miles on it so far and absolutely love the set up.
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Reply #13 - 07/26/15 at 13:44:35
 
Changed the engine oil, filter, and the front diff oil this morning.  Also smacked a few dings in the skid plate out. Shocked Cheesy


Now I'm off to mow the lawn with it.... Sad
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Reply #14 - 07/27/15 at 18:11:36
 
I used this little tool the other day to change my plugs.  It's very handy.  It can be hard finding a thin walled socket for these atv plugs, and this one swivels to get into hard-to-reach places like the back cylinder of a twin!

Just thought I'd pass it along..... Wink

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Reply #15 - 08/05/15 at 11:13:51
 
Put a new saddle on the old pony. Smiley
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Reply #16 - 08/13/15 at 21:02:28
 
Crickets......
I guess y'all don't do much to your rides but let them sit or ride 'em..... Undecided


I adjusted my valves today.  Went 6500 miles without needing it, but after my last ride, I could tell something wasn't quite right.  Let me tell ya that Vtwins are not fun to adjust!  That front cylinder head is a bugger to get to, and it's always the one that needs it worst of course.  A big, one-lunger machine would be a piece of cake. Roll Eyes  Come to think of it, my Wolverines have never been done and they are up there around 15,000+ miles..... Shocked  But I'm not into fixing what ain't broke! Grin
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Reply #17 - 08/16/15 at 18:36:09
 
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Reply #18 - 08/17/15 at 16:32:44
 
I put new rear axle bearings in one of my 400ex.  Not real exciting.  Some time this week I'll replace a front brake cable on my lt160 to get it ready to sell.
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Reply #19 - 08/17/15 at 17:37:55
 
$1200 in UJoints, bushings, bearings, and maintenance. I then promptly took it out and racked up 150 miles over the weekend!
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Reply #21 - 09/05/15 at 19:12:44
 
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Reply #22 - 09/14/15 at 23:03:58
 
After seeing how low the Total Base Number was on the oil I was experimenting with on the last interval, I pulled the plug on it today and re-filled with Amsoil METRIC Motorcycle oil. The experimentation oil only had 218 miles on it, but it has almost half the TBN of my old standby AMsoil. Also, it might just be a coincidence, but my valves needed adjustment for the first time ever on that oil, and my fan kicked on twice as much. So, 218 miles was all I was willing to give it....Anyhow, going into the fall months where the temps can swing 45 degrees, I like to have oil in the crankcase with a high TBN to minimize corrosion and condensation.
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Reply #23 - 09/30/15 at 22:43:40
 
Over the weekend we drove 4+ hours for an Idaho ride. Someone left their quad key at home. So, with a plastic baggy, zip-tie, rubber band and a twisty-tie, we by-passed the key. Over 150 miles like this with no problems. The connector could still be turned on and off (aux worked, too, we just didn't need it). No shorting out, no cutting out. Worked very well and saved the weekend.
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Reply #24 - 10/09/15 at 19:04:16
 
Well I just found out how much of a p.i.a. it is to adjust valves on my RZR.  Wow.  Only 1.5 hrs for all my Yamaha's.  RZR, pull the cams, order tappets.
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Reply #25 - 10/13/15 at 22:22:31
 
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Well I just found out how much of a p.i.a. it is to adjust valves on my RZR. Wow. Only 1.5 hrs for all my Yamaha's. RZR, pull the cams, order tappets.



Doin' valves and spark plugs are the only times when I wish I had a single cylinder engine!  Double the work in those areas on a twin....
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Just got back from a 250 mile desert ride in southern Utah. Had two of the best rides I've ever had while I was down there. But I got a little overdue on some maintenance. Not by choice, but by circumstance. The whole place is torn up worse than I've ever seen it right now. Flash floods have severely damaged the trails. Got dead-ended twice and had to turn around or find an alternate route which added quite a few miles to the trip and put me overdue on a few things. So today I cleaned the air filter, cleaned and lubed the engine brake motor, cleaned and deglazed the clutches, polished the roller pins and weights, installed a new belt (old one had 4100 miles on it!), added some Sea Foam to the tank, topped off the oil level, washed 20 pounds of bentonite mud off, and then re-taped my extra holes in the airbox lid. It was a busy day but worth it!  Now she's ready for the Lockhart Basin and Kane Creek in Moab this weekend. Smiley
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Reply #27 - 11/04/15 at 12:56:11
 
Got a set of heated grips and 2" handlebar risers from Rocky Mountain yesterday. Got the fluids and filter ordered today for the 10 hour break in fluid change on the Can Am. Now all I need is some good weather this weekend to get everything done. If its to nice I might have to till the garden spot before I'm released to play with my toys.
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Reply #28 - 11/04/15 at 14:12:56
 
What machine do you have?  The 10 hr service prior to 2016 takes about 10 hours on a 1,000 because so much has to come off to get the valve covers off to check the valve clearance.  The 2016's have a more relaxed service interval probably because so few machines have a valve clearance issue after 10 hours.  PM me if you need the details of the 10 hr service.
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Reply #29 - 11/04/15 at 17:24:34
 
utahcruiser wrote on 11/04/15 at 14:12:56:
What machine do you have? The 10 hr service prior to 2016 takes about 10 hours on a 1,000 because so much has to come off to get the valve covers off to check the valve clearance. The 2016's have a more relaxed service interval probably because so few machines have a valve clearance issue after 10 hours. PM me if you need the details of the 10 hr service.


O it can't be that hard I say as I try to install the 2" risers, 2 hours later I'm still not finished as the brake cable is about 2 inches to short.

I have a 2015 XT 1000. I watched a couple videos and from what I can tell I have to take the right side foot well plastic off to change the oil and get to the valve covers. How much more plastic has to come off? Do I want to know?
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Reply #30 - 11/05/15 at 11:58:36
 
One thing about the valve adjustment.  The 10 hr service includes re-torquing the head bolts.  Do that before adjusting the valves.  The service manual has a bulletin about re-torquing because the procedure for installing includes a torque spec and then an additional angular spec.  You don't want to loosen the bolts to re-torque.  Torque the four M10 bolts criss cross to 44 ft-lb then do the two M6 bolts to 89 in-lb (note: in not ft).
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Reply #31 - 11/05/15 at 12:36:38
 
Looking ahead to the yearly service, you'll want to get some Kluber Isoflex Topas NB 52 from Ebay or Amazon for greasing the clutches, especially the bearings in the one way clutch.  It's got to be the world's most expensive grease but luckily, a little goes a long way.
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Reply #32 - 11/11/15 at 15:37:46
 
Well I got the 10 hour service mostly done. There was a bit of cussing and fussing while removing the plastic and breaking loose the overly tight drain and fill plugs.

I still have the front diff to do because for the life of me I couldn't find the drain plug. My diff isn't the same as pictured in the service manual. My next step is to pull the front right tire so I can see back into the flat spot along the bottom of the diff as the drain plug has to be back in there somewhere.
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Reply #33 - 11/11/15 at 16:00:21
 
I spent most of yesterday and today working on the following:

-Removing CVT cover, inspecting CVT belt and replacing
-Changed spark plugs
-Changed air filter
-Changed oil & filter

Subsequently, I stripped the Torx 6 oil drain plug, had to go bruteforce on it, then off to the parts store to get a replacement.

I then got everything back together and was ready to put the ATV away, when the shift handle made a "crack" sound. Seems the plastic coupler decided to give up the ghost. Hopefully my eldest is en route to the parts store to pick up those replacement parts.  Huh

Seems that replacing the belt with the EPI has stopped the ATV from wanting to walk away. Once I got tires mounted back up and let it idle (in H and R), no more walking behavior. How odd.

Next up: diagnosing and repairing whey my thumb heater no longer works. I tried testing power up to the connectors, but stopped there. Grip heaters work fine. Hard to trace the wiring to see if there's an in-line fuse. I am assuming these are OEM Polaris as I had the dealer install upon purchase.
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Reply #34 - 11/24/15 at 15:16:09
 
I got some overdue things done today on the 2000 Rancher. I needed to replace the front left wheel bearings and a choke cable that had seized. Unfortunately neither went smoothly.... Ha Ha.

I got the old bearing out, put the new ones in..... looked down at the work bench and saw the spacer that goes between the bearings *insert bad word*. Fortunately the I got the back bearing out without hurting it and got everything back together.

New choke cable. Got all the plastics off that needed to be to get the job done and got the old chock cable off and out without too much trouble. New cable got run down to the carb and for the life of me I COULD NOT get that darn plastic nut to screw back into the carb. I easily spent over an hour turning and turning holding it this way and that, still would not get a bite on the threads. Finally after thinking I had buggered up the plastic threads I checked out a new assembly and saw it was $47 at RockyMountainATV. HOLY COW. This gave me the new determination to get the old one back in. Thankfully after using a 12mm box wrench to put over the collar of the nut to provide good downward pressure it finally took the threads and screwed down tight.

Long winded I know but I figured anyone that might be fixing the choke cable might get use of me finally figuring out how to get enough downward pressure to get that darn thing screwed into place.
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Reply #35 - 11/28/15 at 22:35:43
 
Got a "new" to me 2000 Yamaha Kodiak 400 4x4 on Thanksgiving day. Now I'm in the process of going through the machine and changing every fluid it has. I can't wait to take it for a ride but my OCD requires me to do this "in-service" first.
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Reply #36 - 11/28/15 at 22:51:12
 
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Reply #37 - 11/29/15 at 08:25:34
 
My last maintenance including changing out the CVT belt, new plugs, air filter and an oil change w/oil filter.

I got about ~40 miles into a super-cold (15-22F) temps when the machine just stalled and wouldn't start up again.

So, I guess I'm doing maintenance again. I suspect the following:

Bad plug wire or coil (plugs looked fine and not fouled)
Valve adjustment time, despite the fact that I'm only ~5500 miles on the machine
Some sensor went bad (I have yet to try to pull codes)

Hopefully in the next week or so, temps will get above freezing so my machine will thaw out (covered in frozen snow at present).  Sad
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Reply #38 - 11/29/15 at 16:28:42
 
Lets see....got it dirty... Grin Grin Grin

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Reply #39 - 11/29/15 at 17:11:42
 
SARrider wrote on 11/29/15 at 16:28:42:
Lets see....got it dirty... Grin Grin Grin

Ran Fins and Things/Porcupine, Strike Ravine and Seven Mile Rim last week.

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Darn, wish I would've known you were in town.  We could've hooked up for a ride. Smiley
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Reply #40 - 11/29/15 at 18:02:05
 
I have a quick question. I'm finishing up the service on my Kodiak and am wondering if any of you know if Prestone 50/50 pre-mix is ok to use to replace the old coolant?
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Reply #41 - 11/29/15 at 19:02:43
 
I've been using Prestone 50/50 in my Kodiak's 05-06 since new
Any good quality anti freeze made these days has inhibitors for alum Engines
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Reply #42 - 11/29/15 at 19:14:54
 
LVKodiak wrote on 11/29/15 at 19:02:43:
I've been using Prestone 50/50 in my Kodiak's 05-06 since new
Any good quality anti freeze made these days has inhibitors for alum Engines


Thank you for the reply! I could not find anywhere on the Prestone bottle that said ok for aluminum. I assumed it was ok because it said good for ANY make or model, but just wanted to be sure.

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Reply #43 - 01/23/16 at 11:15:22
 
I scored me a super rare and no longer produced set of Progressive adjustable front springs. My old EPI's were good, but were single rate and not adjustable.  Now I will have the adjustability of a-arms with the durability and no maintenance of struts.  Best of both worlds! I can't wait to install them......now if it would just warm up a bit outside so I can put them on!
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Reply #44 - 02/27/16 at 08:15:33
 
Was down in AZ this last week visiting the parents and while hanging out in the 80 degree temps I got most of my street legal stuff installed on the Outlander. I purchased the blinkers, license plate light, flasher and horn off Amazon for about $50. Had a chunk of 4 strand trailer light wire hanging around which made for easy wire runs. Still have to figure out a switch as the one I purchased won't fit on the handle bar without some reorganization and some cutting of the stock handguard deals.

Ill post a couple pics when I get the switch figured out and have some blinky lights to show.

One question. My current registration is up in October. If I go in before that  to get the street legal plates do they figure in the registration fees I already paid or is that fee just a donation to the state?
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Reply #45 - 02/29/16 at 23:03:52
 
Muddydogs wrote on 02/27/16 at 08:15:33:
Was down in AZ this last week visiting the parents and while hanging out in the 80 degree temps I got most of my street legal stuff installed on the Outlander. I purchased the blinkers, license plate light, flasher and horn off Amazon for about $50. Had a chunk of 4 strand trailer light wire hanging around which made for easy wire runs. Still have to figure out a switch as the one I purchased won't fit on the handle bar without some reorganization and some cutting of the stock handguard deals.

Ill post a couple pics when I get the switch figured out and have some blinky lights to show.

One question. My current registration is up in October. If I go in before that  to get the street legal plates do they figure in the registration fees I already paid or is that fee just a donation to the state?


I think it just becomes a donation.  You are legally changing your vehicle description when you register it as street legal. So it wouldn't surprise me one bit if the state looks at it like your ATV was an ATV for x amount of months this year, and now its a different machine so pay again.
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Reply #46 - 02/29/16 at 23:07:37
 
Forgot to add to this thread that I adjusted my valves last week.  I'm getting pretty fast at it now.  Did the whole job top to bottom and cleanup in about 3.5 hours. Smiley That was checking eight valves and adjusting four.
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Reply #47 - 03/01/16 at 05:25:26
 
kick start wrote on 02/29/16 at 23:03:52:
Muddydogs wrote on 02/27/16 at 08:15:33:
Was down in AZ this last week visiting the parents and while hanging out in the 80 degree temps I got most of my street legal stuff installed on the Outlander. I purchased the blinkers, license plate light, flasher and horn off Amazon for about $50. Had a chunk of 4 strand trailer light wire hanging around which made for easy wire runs. Still have to figure out a switch as the one I purchased won't fit on the handle bar without some reorganization and some cutting of the stock handguard deals.

Ill post a couple pics when I get the switch figured out and have some blinky lights to show.

One question. My current registration is up in October. If I go in before that  to get the street legal plates do they figure in the registration fees I already paid or is that fee just a donation to the state?


I think it just becomes a donation.  You are legally changing your vehicle description when you register it as street legal. So it wouldn't surprise me one bit if the state looks at it like your ATV was an ATV for x amount of months this year, and now its a different machine so pay again.


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Reply #48 - 03/01/16 at 15:14:18
 
Today, on the Kawasaki, I did the following:

-Changed Oil (20w50)
-Oil Filter (Kawasaki brand)
-Replaced belt (my check belt light came on, likely from the roll over)
-Installed LED light bar
-Checked PSI on all 4 as it felt like LF was low (pulling really hard)
-Checked air filter (didn't need to replace yet)
-Washed the machine really well

Up next, I'll be buying an after market, manually operated 4x4 actuator as the OEM electronic unit is toast and Kawi wants $320 for that tiny little motor.

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Reply #49 - 03/01/16 at 17:58:30
 
BruteForce wrote on 03/01/16 at 15:14:18:
Today, on the Kawasaki, I did the following:

-Changed Oil (20w50)
-Oil Filter (Kawasaki brand)
-Replaced belt (my check belt light came on, likely from the roll over)
-Installed LED light bar
-Checked PSI on all 4 as it felt like LF was low (pulling really hard)
-Checked air filter (didn't need to replace yet)
-Washed the machine really well

Up next, I'll be buying an after market, manually operated 4x4 actuator as the OEM electronic unit is toast and Kawi wants $320 for that tiny little motor.

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Why the 20w50?  10w40 is spec.
How big of a light bar did you install?
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