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  1. How to Winterize an ATV (I can't take credit for this, as I pulled this info off of ehow, but it is very good tutorial..) "Outdoor enthusiasts who live in Northern regions often store ATVs during the wintertime. Ice can damage the engine. Road salt is corrosive and can erode the undercarriage. Winter storage is a good way to extend the life of your ATV. You can learn how to winterize an ATV quickly and simply yourself, and never pay expensive shop charges to winterize again." Instructions & Things You'll Need: Gas stabilizer Oil Oil filter 1. Wash your ATV. Scrub every inch. Use an old toothbrush to reach tight areas. Mud and oil can eat away at surfaces over time. Good ATV maintenance involves thoroughly cleaning your ATV before storing it for the winter. As an added protection, hand wax your ATV once it's dry. 2. Change the oil and filters. This keeps excess dirt from settling in your engine. 3. Put gas stabilizer into the fuel tank and top the tank off with fresh gas. For best results, use premium gasoline. Run the ATV for a few minutes to allow the stabilizer to work through the carburetor. Shut off the motor and turn off the gas valve. Oil the chain. 4. Disconnect and pull out the battery. Charge it if necessary, and clean the terminals. Store the battery in a location where it cannot freeze. A heated breezeway is preferable to a cold garage. It's important to keep the battery stored out of the reach of children. Battery acid is dangerously corrosive. Store your ATV's battery on a high shelf or locked in a cabinet. Do not store it directly on concrete. Concrete causes power drain in batteries. 5. Push the ATV into a shed or garage. Do not store ATV's outside in winter climates. Place the ATV up on blocks and fill the tires to the correct psi to keep them from weather cracking. Expensive jack stands aren't necessary; cinder blocks or heavy plastic milk crates work just fine. 6. Cap the exhaust. To a mouse, it looks like a fine winter hidey hole. 7. Tarp the ATV to keep excess dust and vermin away. If desired, leave an open can of auto wax on the floor under the tarp. The smell repels mice, chipmunks and other small pests. Read more: How to Winterize an ATV | eHow.com
  2. I'm new here. We have had many offroad things quads and dirtbikes (i race dirtbikes) but I just don't know about a 4 wheel drive quad. Well we just got an 03 yamaha kodiak 450. It has 730 miles and i can't remember the hours right now. Looks brand new other than part of the tank decal torn off. It even has brand new ITP mudlite tires. My question is what is the normal maintenance for this thing. Including differentials, oil, and how often to check valves. And are there any grease fittings i need to hit with some grease? and how often? thanks
  3. ATV Maintenance and Repair The next best thing to riding ATVs is wrenching on them. Pro Remedies is where you learn tips from the professionals. Shock Linkage Lubrication The rear shock linkage is out of sight and often out of mind when lubricating your ATV. Without being periodically disassembled and lubricated the needle bearings will eventually dry out and come apart. Neglecting these bearings will result in needlessly spending extra dollars and performing the tedious task of replacing the bearings. Grease is cheap and bearings aren't, get the picture? Photo Gallery: ATV Maintenance and Repair - ATV Rider Magazine Read More | Digg It | Add to del.icio.us More...
  4. ATV Maintenance and Repair - Pro Remedies The next best thing to riding ATVs is wrenching on them. We reveal tips that'll get you roosting again. Valve Stem Caps I'm sure that you've had a slow leaking tire at some point. The annoying type that holds air for a majority of the day but is always flat when you are ready to ride. This can be caused by small debris particles preventing the valve stem from seating properly. Reinstalling the caps after service will keep the valve clean and your tires properly Photo Gallery: ATV Maintenance and Repair - ATV Rider Magazine Read More | Digg It | Add to del.icio.us More...
  5. ATV Maintenance and Repair The next best thing to riding ATVs is wrenching on them. Pro Remedies is where you learn tips from the professionals.Shock Linkage Lubrication The rear shock linkage is out of sight and often out of mind when lubricating your ATV. Without being periodically disassembled and lubricated the needle bearings will eventually dry out and come apart. Neglecting these bearings will result in needlessly spending extra dollars and performing the tedious task of replacing the bearings. Grease is cheap and bearings aren't, get the picture?inline_mediumwraptextright27136654/tech/0911_atvp_atv_maintenance_and_repair0911_atvp_01_z+ATV_tips_and_remedies+linkage.jpgTrue Photo Gallery: ATV Maintenance and Repair - ATV Rider Magazine Read More | Digg It | Add to del.icio.us More...
  6. ATV Maintenance and Repair - Pro Remedies Be prepared or in need of repair. The choice is yours.Greased Drill Bit Drilling in an area where metal shavings can cause catastrophic damage can be extremely tricky. I was recently faced with this task while modifying a vent for our upcoming Teryx project, and if I couldn't find a way to contain the metal particles while drilling, I would have been forced to remove the cylinder head. By keeping a drill bit coated with thick grease and cleaning it at regular intervals, I was able to drill the hole without the risk of loose particles going astray and entering the engine. A rag coated with the same grease was placed on the backside of the hole to catch any particles that would have unknowingly slipped through. Photo Gallery: ATV Maintenance and Repair - ATV Rider Magazine Read More | Digg It | Add to del.icio.us More...
  7. Polaris ATV Tie Rod Maintenance Check | Expert Village Videos
  8. ATV Maintenance And Garage Tips - Pro Remedies More often than not, it's the simple things that turn a good day sour. With a few tricks of the trade under your hat, you could be the one who saves the day.Shielded From The Elements On a wet day it's a good idea to place foam into voids around the airbox. The foam will prevent excessive amounts of splashing water and debris from reaching the filter and stalling the machine. The last thing anyone wants is to end their day with a swamped quad. Photo Gallery: ATV Maintenance And Garage Tips - ATV Rider Magazine Read More | Digg It | Add to del.icio.us More...
  9. Air Filter Maintenance Your air filter is the first line of defense against the elements. Keep it clean or spend some green. We show you how.The condition of your air filter directly affects the performance of your ATV. The dirtier the filter, the more it robs horsepower from your motor. Running a dirty filter also greatly increases the risk of sucking dirt and debris into your motor's internals which can cause a number of problems in your fuel-delivery system and greatly increase the wear and tear on your piston rings, cylinder and valves. Once again, this eats away at even more horsepower in the long run. The best practice is to clean your filter often and well. How often? We suggest cleaning your filter after every weekend of riding, and even swapping out a clean filter for every day of riding if the conditions are extremely dusty. If you wait for your filter to look like a dirt clod, it'll be too late. So how do you clean it well? Follow these steps and we'll get your air cleaner well, cleaner. Photo Gallery: Air Filter Maintenance - ATV Rider Magazine Read More | Digg It | Add to del.icio.us More...
  10. ATV Maintenance - Pro Remedies More often than not, it's the simple things that turn a good day sour. With a few tricks of the trade under your hat, you could be the one who saves the day.Shielded From The Elements On a wet day it's a good idea to place foam into voids around the airbox. The foam will prevent excessive amounts of splashing water and debris from reaching the filter and stalling the machine. The last thing anyone wants is to end their day with a swamped quad. Photo Gallery: ATV Maintenance - ATV Rider Magazine Read More | Digg It | Add to del.icio.us More...
  11. This list offers a general overview of ATV vehicle maintenance. Remember to keep your owner's manual handy and consult a master repair manual or your local dealer for further details. Engine Change oil and filter (4-Strokes) Change oil filter and check oil pump cable adjustment (2-Strokes) Check oil lines and oil tank vent lines for kinks or leaks Change Counter Balancer oil (400 cc 2-stroke engines) Inspect Air Filter, Pre-Cleaner and Engine Breather Filter. Replace as necessary. Inspect Carburetor Air Intake Ducts/Flange for proper sealing/air leaks. Replace Fuel Filter and inspect fuel cap, lines, fuel valve, fuel pump, and carburetor for cracks, leaks or kinks in lines. Repair or replace as necessary. Cooling system: Check coolant strength, fill level, and inspect hoses. Repair or replace as needed. Radiator: Inspect and clean external surface. Check fasteners and motor mounts. * Refer to service manual or local dealer for torque specs. Electrical Replace spark plug. Check ignition timing or have your local dealer check ignition timing. Battery: Clean terminals, check fluid level, charge battery (see battery maintenance article for more information on battery maintenance). Lights: Check headlamp, tail lamp, running lamps and brake lamp. Replace or repair as needed. Check switches (headlamp, brake, AWD, key, etc.) for proper operation. Repair or replace as needed. Verify brake and throttle controls move freely. Chassis General Lubrication: Check front hub fluid or bearings. Change fluid or pack wheel bearings as needed. Grease chassis. Transmission/Gear Case: Change fluid, check shift adjustments, check for leaks. Repair as needed. Drive Chain: Inspect, adjust and lubricate. Brakes: Check fluid level in master cylinder, brake pad wear, and lever travel. Fill, repair, and replace as needed. Check suspension fasteners for proper torque (refer to service manual or local dealer for torque specs). If you have something to add, please post it up.
  12. Following are some rough guidelines to help establish a maintenance schedule for your 2-stroke ATV. Recommendations are for a High Performance 2-Stroke ATV engines TOP END: It is recommended to remove your ATV’s top end (cylinder, head and piston)every 30 to 50 hours, most engines will run to 50 hours under normal conditions, but have started to loose their edge on performance in the 25 to 30 hour range. (NOTE: It takes a good running ATV approximately 24 hours to complete the Baja 1000) While disassembled piston to cylinder wall clearance should be checked and serviced accordingly (clearances needed to be measured by a trained professional with the proper equipment). Reeds should be checked and replaced if worn. New gaskets and top end bearing should be used upon reassembly. CARBURETOR: Carburetor should be cleaned at least once per riding season. Ideally it is recommended to thoroughly disassemble and clean your carburetor when servicing the top end. AIR CLEANER: For machines running with air box lid off, air cleaner should be replaced with a clean unit or washed and oiled after each full day of riding. (See DRI Air Cleaner TECH Sheet) TRANSMSIION OIL: Transmission oil should be changed every 10 hours. When changing the oil warm engine up to operating temperature before removing drain plug. (The oil is drained when hot to help collect any foreign debris floating through your engine) Be Careful Not to Burn Yourself! It is always a good idea to drain your oil into a clean dry container, so you may inspect it for foreign debris after it settles. Make sure that aluminum crush washer on drain plug is replaced at least every third oil change. COOLANT: Coolant/water solution should be replaced each time the top end is serviced. CLUTCH: When inspecting clutch, fiber and steel plates, clutch basket, inner hub and pressure plate should be checked. Racing engines should have clutch checked every 25 hours for MX and XC. Every 5-10 hours for TT and Flat Track. Every 50 hours for Desert. Recreational engines should have clutch components checked every 75 hours of normal riding. For extreme usage check every 50 hours. Regularly changing the transmission oil will prolong clutch life. LOWER END: Lower end inspection consists of crankshaft, bearings and transmission inspection. Racing engines should have engines lower end disassembled and inspected every 50 hours. Recreational engines should have lower ends disassembled and inspected every 150 to 200 hours. SPECIAL NOTE: Make sure swing arm pivot bolt and associated bearings, bushing and collars must be kept clean and properly greased. Failure to keep this very important bolt serviced can cause bolt to seize in the swing arm. Causing expensive damage to repair.

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