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The Troubleshooter

EASY WAY TO GET 10-MPH SPEED INCREASE

THE TROUBLESHOOTER -- BY SARGE McCOY Dear Sarge, I own two Polaris’—one is an XP 1000 with tracks that we use in the wintertime, and the other is a Ranger 570 Crew. We accidentally discovered a way to increase the speed of the little 570 by 10 mph! On the XP 1000 with tracks, we installed a HealTech Electronics SpeedoHealer V4 to force the Polaris speedometer to read correctly. With the track set up, it was almost 50 percent faster! During the summer when we mothball the 1000 and use the 570 Crew for transportation, we…

WHEN TO REPLACE YOUR CV JOINTS

-- And, how to fix sloppy steering & recall info -- By Sarge McCoy SINGING IN THE RAIN Dear Sarge, We have an old 2006 Yamaha 660 Rhino SE that has started making a whining noise at speed and the occasional clunk when you turn to the right. My dealer says I must immediately stop running it and bring it in for service or the axles will break! The price he quoted for all four CV joints was over $800 in parts for the joints and $400 in labor! So, Sarge, would you replace the four joints or go with replacement-axle…

SARGE’S HONDA DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION TIPS

-- What you need to know -- By Sarge McCoy Dear Sarge, I recently purchased a Honda Pioneer 1000 and I just can’t seem to understand how this transmission works. I have followed the dealer’s advice exactly but I can’t get the DCT to shift from 2x4 to 4x4 differential lock unless I am almost stopped. Also, sometimes I can’t get the rear differential to release in 2x4 mode. Sarge, is there something the matter with my Pioneer? The more I ask questions at my dealer, the more I have come to realize they don’t really know…

A MASSIMO, PIONEER & HALF-DEAD RHINO

-- The troubleshooter, by Sarge McCoy -- IS THE T-BOSS 410X WORTH IT? Dear Sarge, Recently, I was in a Walmart, and I saw they were selling the Massimo T-Boss 410X. The price is in my range, and I was wondering if this machine could actually carry my family of four on a budget. We just can’t swing a $20K four-seater right now. Is it reliable enough for what we want to do? Clive Johnson Thornton, Indiana While I understand the want to take the family Zootering, and you can’t afford a larger, big-name four-seat Zooter,…

4 PROBLEMS & 4 SOLUTIONS

-- Sarge McCoy is The Troubleshooter -- BENT OUT OF SHAPE OVER RADIUS RODS Dear Sarge, I need your advice on lower radius rods on my 2017 Polaris RZR 900 Trail Edition. Riding these tight East Coast trails, I keep denting the factory straight lower radius rods. If I don’t catch it soon enough, the Heim joints break. I could go aftermarket straight or aftermarket angled high-clearance arms. What is your advice, Sarge? Cleve Johnson Marienville, Pennsylvania Private John-Boy, when you bend a straight lower radius arm,…

BALL JOINTS, AXLES & AIR FILTERS

--Sarge McCoy Troubleshoots The Problem -- SNAP, CRACKLE, POP! Dear Sarge, I have a 2015 RZR XP 1000, and I have snapped both lower ball joints. I didn’t hit anything that I know of. I was just riding along and they just popped apart! I have 30-inch tires, and people have told me it is those tires that are causing my ball joint breakage. I really do not want to go back to the stock tires. I can’t believe it is all caused by a 1-inch-taller tire. Jenna Davidson Mantua, Utah Boot, your tire choice is only part of the…

TOWING, STEERING WHEELS & CAMPING

-- Troubleshooter advice from Sarge McCoy -- GETTING (TOW) HITCHED Dear Sarge, We have a 2017 Hisun Sector 250 that is primarily used for recreation by my son. When we go on longer camping trips, my son wants to carry more than what the rear box can handle. I thought of a small two-wheel trailer, but there is no hitch that I can find, and there doesn’t seem to be a place to mount one. Has this ever been done before? Can it even be done? Brian Davis Clearmont, Wyoming Can it be done, Boot? Sure! How thick is your…