Dear Sarge,

For the past few years we have been using a Northern Tool log splitter towed by my trusty Yamaha Viking; however, to get where we need to go to split the logs is getting to be quite a challenge because of Jeeps and other off-road vehicles rutting up the trails. We use a Range-Road RR608 UTV trailer to haul the wood out with the Viking, and that has no problem at all. Is there such a thing as a true off-road log splitter that can be towed by our Viking that would be set up like our trailer, or do you have other Yamaha UTV Towing tips that would help?

Larry Longway

Olympia, Washington

Private Short Time, there really isn’t anything like that available, and these Yamaha UTV towing tips apply to all UTVers with the same wants. Usually, you bring the logs to the splitter, not the other way around. You could retrofit some UTV tires on the splitter you have now. Any competent welder should be able to accomplish that; however, here is a novel adaption of what you have now. Install a winch on the front of your dump trailer. Add two portable ramps and tip up the trailer, then winch the splitter on to the trailer. Roll it off when you get back into the woods. Two ramps, one winch and power from your Zooter, Boot, and that should cost less pay than a new so-called “off-road” log splitter. A real marine would use his Humvee to tow that log splitter! Dismissed!


Dear Sarge,

I picked up a 2017 Q-Link 700 that I believe is sort of a Yamaha Rhino clone. It has been sitting in a barn for years because it would not start, and the owner couldn’t fix it. I purchased the owner’s barn for the timbers, and I saw the machine. The owner told me the history of it, that it only ran for about six months and then one day it didn’t and no one he took it to could make it run. So, it was placed in the barn. Since I had to clear out the barn anyway, I asked what he wanted for it and he said $500, so now it’s mine! I cleaned a mouse nest out of the airbox and recovered the mouse-chewed seats. The tires are good. The wiring is surprisingly not chewed. The battery was long dead, and three of the four tires even had air in them! Now, as to the starting problem: The fuel pump primes, the motor turns over, but the plug is dry, indicating the injector is not squirting? But, when I hold the injector, I can feel it change state, so it should squirt, right, Sarge?

Conrad Davis

Middlebury, Vermont

Boot, why are you working on a Zooter that you are obviously not familiar with without a service manual? That will cost you a week of quarter deck, Boot! After your week, go here to obtain your factory service manual: http://store.qlinkmotor.com/p/service-manual-frontrunner-500-700. What I don’t understand, Boot, is why no one was able to correctly diagnose your Zooter’s no-start condition. If the fuel pump pressurizes the fuel rail, and the signal from the ECU is sent to the fuel injector, and, as you say, the injector received the signal and clicked, indicating it is opening or trying to open, it should squirt fuel. Since the injector does not, there are only two reasons for this. The first is the injector is plugged with foreign matter and needs to be either ultrasonically cleaned (https://www.injectorrx.com/fuel-
sonic-fuel-injector-cleaning/) or replaced. The second reason is the injector is actually dead, and that would also require replacement. Just to be safe, Boot, replace the fuel filter and flush the fuel tank, because you never know what the original farmer used as a fuel can to fill that Zooter. Here is where you can look up your Zooter’s part numbers: http://store.qlinkmotor.com/c/accessories-parts_frontrunner-700. If you can still stand up after a week of quarter deck, Boot, I need 25 more push-ups for all this valuable info! Dismissed!


Dear Sarge,

I am thinking about a snow blower for my Ranger 900, which would be used to plow back to our cabin for winter adventures. Can you suggest a recommended width and horsepower? I don’t want it to be underpowered and clog but don’t need excess weight from an oversized motor. I have been looking at the Massimo 60-inch for my Ranger.

Daniel Williams

Dixon, Missouri

Boot, does the snow shovel tickle your delicate hands? Laugh, Boot! A 60-inch blower on your Zooter will work with some caveats. A single pass in deep snow will box you into a snow canyon, and you will not be able to open your Zooter’s doors if you need to get out to address any problems. Also, the 420cc engine powering the Massimo 60-inch is only 13 horsepower. Now, for powder snow, this is quite adequate. For wet, heavy snow, you will be doing a lot of starting and stopping to allow the blower to clear out. With packed snow from a snowplow, you will quickly find the limits of 13 horsepower! Two-foot bites of the snow bank will work best for maximum throw distance. I would consider this model as the bottom limit in horsepower to get the job done. Boot, I personally have one of the old Multi-Trai; Enterprises SnowHogg IIs that is 13 horsepower for my cabin up north, and if you follow the caveats outlined above, you can get by, but more horsepower is better. And, you may find that 20-plus horsepower is the ideal power level. Since you don’t like shoveling snow, how about digging field latrines? Report at zero-dark 30, Boot! Dismissed!

See UTV Action’s full test on the Ranger 1000, Polaris replacement for the extremely popular Ranger 900 here: POLARIS RANGER 1000 EPS – UTV Action Magazine

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