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Re: Diff Lock\'s
<font face="Comic Sans MS">I've got the non-efi 700 Sportsman, and I must say I've never had a problem with the differential engaging. The biggest thing you must remember is if you need 4wd in reverse, you must push the reverse/override yellow button on the left side of the handle bars and hold it in. If you do that then the system allows 4wd in reverse and it also allows you full power in reverse, but be careful with it, you can go very fast in reverse if you don't watch it...
When they talk about slipping the tires, the tire actually slips so little I've never noticed not having it actually locked in 4wd, it's virtually instant for all intents and purposes from what I've experienced.
Basically if you wanted to make this so it was locked in all the time you'd have to switch the hubs that are on it to some sort of custom locking hubs. The front and rear are basically a spool though, there's no differential in either axle, so you'd have a fun time turning on hard surfaces if it was locked in all the time.
So realistically the only time it might truly be a problem is when you're trying to use engine braking down a hill, and somewhere maybe atvnation.com I remember reading some guys came up with a trick you could do at the top of a hill to trick it into staying locked for the descent, but I cannot recall exactly what it is, since I rarely play on the hills...</font>