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medspw 11-07-2005 09:29 PM

4x4 that can handle water
I was going to buy a yamaha 400 4x4, but have a sizeable creek that rises with any rain. Have to cross almost every time I ride. Any concerns or recommendations?

beekilla 11-08-2005 03:43 PM

Re: 4x4 that can handle water
Change the fluids, particularly the diff fluids, very often. Also, keep a close check on all the bearings related to axles/wheels. Dirt is the death of bearings, and where there's water, there's dirt. The seals will only keep water and dirt at bay for so long, and probably not very long at that. It's fun to ride in the creek, can't blame you for it, but the best thing you can do if you ride in the water/mud is to keep things clean and follow the above. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

medspw 11-08-2005 09:18 PM

Re: 4x4 that can handle water
Thanks for the advice. Will do. I have heard that the yamaha belt drive doesn't work when wet, and had this happen to a friend with a 4-5 year old grizzly (wouldn't move after crossing the creek). True for the newer yamaha's? Is there a better system?

Cosmo 11-09-2005 12:32 PM

Re: 4x4 that can handle water
VERY true....I went thru the Big Piney River once about handlebar deep and it stopped me in my tracks....engine kept running but belt slipped something terrible, would hardly move. I have since extended my trans breather tube higher.

I did manage to rev the snot out of it and get out before my engine also got that sucked.

Mine is an older Grizzly, but as long as you have the Ultramatic trans I can't imagine the issue is any different.

SpecialK3 03-06-2006 09:52 AM

Re: 4x4 that can handle water
if your gunna play in a creek then you need to snorkle your four wheeler. we talked about this all the time on just go there if you need any help on how to snorkle and wih what materials

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