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Don’t let the Mice shut you down!

Keep your 4wd electrical system protected from critters this winter.

With the cold season approaching, take extra care to avoid mice making a meal out of your wiring.

We have several customers each year call us with 4wd issues only to find out that mice have chewed a wire up.

While most of would love to ride all year long and ride often, we sometimes have to store our toys for more than a few weeks at a time. This is particularly a problem during the winter months.

Here are some steps you can take to prevent mice from sharpening their teeth on your electrical system.

– If at all possible, try and store inside and away from grass and vegetation. Seal holes in your garage that mice could get through.

– Start it up often, at least once a week.

– We’ve had good luck using Bounce dryer sheets. Just stick several here and there in places you think mice would nest. I have no science behind this but I believe it has worked for us.

– Mice love peanut butter. If you can’t seal the mice out, you can use a trap with peanut butter on it. The sticky traps work well.

Pro-Tip- Mice love to hide out under the front plastic on Yamaha 4 wheelers. There is spot under the front rack and plastic insert that is perfect for a nest. This happens often.

Please share any tips that you might have that would help folks out.

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How to Flush Your Differentials

Flushing your differentials..

If you ride in mud and water, you know that it can eventually seep inside your diff and turn the gear oil into what looks like a thick milkshake.

It’s a good idea to check the gear oil in your diffs often. If you find any signs of water or mud, you’ll want to flush it out and get clean gear oil in it as soon as possible.

To flush your diff..

You’ll need gear oil (a quality 80w 90), gallon or so of diesel fuel, a funnel with a hose or a transfer pump to add diesel and gear oil, and a drain pan.

Step 1. Pull the drain and fill plug and let the oil and water drain out. Screw the drain plug back in.

Step 2. Using a funnel with hose or a fluid pump, fill the differential with diesel fuel until it runs out of the fill hole. Then screw the fill plug back in.

Step 3. Make a lap or two around the yard not going very far or very fast, just enough to get the diesel to work around in the diff.

Step 4. Drain the diesel out into your drain pain. For really dirty diffs, you may have to repeat steps 2 and 3.

Step 5. With the drain plug and fill plug still out, using that same funnel or transfer pump, add gear oil until it starts to run out the drain hole, then replace the drain plug.

Finally, fill the differential with the appropriate amount of fluid, (usually just below the fill plug).

Pro tip.. if you are getting water in your diff every ride, take a look at the seals on your diff where the axles and driveshaft go in. They could need replaced.

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Yamaha Viking and Wolverine 4wd System Overviews

So we recently got our hands on a Viking and Wolverine and an X2. The X2 is pretty impressive I might say. Has a good feel to it and it’s got some umppgghh! I went ahead and made a drawing of the 4×4 relay locations on all three buggys while we had them. See the pictures on our Troubleshooting page here.

Also while we had the Viking, we made a new video that shows all the 4×4 components and some Troubleshooting tips on the 4×4 system on the Yamaha Viking. Video
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Yamaha Rhino Won’t Start.. Changing Starter Relay/Battery Tips

Not Cool!

This is the worst Battery corrosion I’ve ever seen! This Yamaha Rhino won’t start, now we see why.
Video: Changing the Starter Relay and Terrible Corrosion

Your battery should never be this bad. One good tip is to keep the battery fully charged and dab some dielectric grease on the terminals to prevent corrosion. On average a battery should last you 3 years if you take care of it. Some go longer and some go shorter if they are abused. We’ve found the Kinetic dry cell batteries to be one of the best. Pro tip: Keep a set of jumper cables/jump pack on your machine if possible, you never know when you might need them.

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Get Ready for the Springtime!

Springtime is coming and it’s getting perfect weather to ride. If you’ve had your ATV or UTV sitting up because it’s too cold out to ride, then you’ll need to do a few things before you put it back in service.

First..  Make sure the battery is charged. If you let it sit without a trickle charger then chances are it could be dead or low on charge. (Pro Tip) When charging a battery, it is best to charge it at a low amperage 1-2 amps overnight or until fully charged.

Secondly.. Check your tire pressure and for any flat spots on your tires, you’ll know quickly if there are when you start riding. It’ll shake your teeth loose.

Third.. If you didn’t change the oil before you stored it (You should have..) then now is a good time to change the oil and filter. Also, if you didn’t put Stabil in the fuel (hopefully you did) you may want to drain the fuel and refill with fresh depending on how long it’s been sitting up.

Lastly..  When starting the engine for the first time after it’s been sitting for a while, start it and let it warm up slowly. Try not to rev it immediately once it starts up, let the oil get pumped up to the top of the engine. This is a good habit in general as it will prolong the life of your engine.