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  1. SkunkedAgain

    115 Suzuki Oil, Filter, and Lube

    I just run to my dealer and buy the Suzuki stuff. It's a little more pricey but I don't sweat the extra $5-$10 per year. It cost me $50 for 4L of oil and the filter. I did the lower unit in the fall so I don't remember the gear oil cost. Mine is a 2009 DF90, so pretty similar. Make sure that when you grease all of the zerks to look in your manual. There is one that you won't see until you tilt your motor all the way up. There is also one below the shift linkage that you can't reach unless you take off the lower skirts on both sides. There's about 10-12 screws holding the skirt on both sides. Also, be VERY careful when putting the skirt back on. I just did mine again last night and accidentally pinched an air hose near the bottom of the skirts. It cut the hose in half when I put the last screw in place!
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    Thanks For The Advice

    Yup, I'm going to drain everything. The belt showed cracking and the filter was dirty, despite being a very clean machine. I downloaded the manual and it talks about 10W30 for the counterbalance. I also bought a quart of recommended Polaris 2-stroke oil for the gas mix. I quizzed the guy at the shop about mixing the 2-stoke Polaris Gold from my '97 Polaris snowmobile with the ATV 2-stroke oil to use it up. He didn't say no or yes, which is better than an outright "no don't do that." He just said to mix bits here and there as a supplement.
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    Thanks For The Advice

    That was the same advice that I got from the previous owner. I'm going to drain and change all of the oil this spring. I still need to learn what the counter balance does....but I know it needs oil!
  4. SkunkedAgain

    Thanks For The Advice

    After inching towards an ATV purchase over the past year or more, I finally pulled the trigger on a lightly used 2002 Polaris Xplorer 400. I couldn't be happier and am still learning. A lot of you provided great information that I used while researching and looking over used ATVs. Now I've got some things to attach such as a winch, and will start saving up to possibly buy a new ATV off the shelf in another year or two. I appreciate everyone's input.
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    Sra or Independent Suspension

    I think that I'm going to go the route of buying a cheaper, used ATV now before the ice leaves the lake, and then spend the summer/fall testing out new/newer ones that will be my "nice" one.
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    Sra or Independent Suspension

    Hijacking my own thread, are there any consensus "stay away" ATVs that anyone would like to point out? I realize that this may turn into a Chevy/Ford debate but sometimes there are crappy model years....and motors that seem to be bullet-proof.
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    Sra or Independent Suspension

    I shouldn't be riding in many off camber situations. The most that I'll tow is logs and maybe a tow-behind sled with gear. The squat shouldn't affect me. Are the IRS rigs that much less reliable or was it just the old Sportsmans? It seems like 80% of the ATVs on clist are sportsmans.
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    What the?

    Try drilling a bigger hole on the side and see if they stop.
  9. SkunkedAgain

    Sra or Independent Suspension

    Here's the next thing that I hadn't thought of, but I've got 8 acres of rocks, tree roots, stumps, mud, and hills....you know, typical land on the range. I've read some opinions online but am happy to read more. I assume that I can get by with a straight rear axle and would appreciate having the lighter vehicle, but am thinking that I have a high certainty of being on uneven terrain 90% of the time. The only trail this will ride is full of rocks....a 1st gear path through the woods.
  10. SkunkedAgain

    Atv - Snow Tires or Chains

    I never thought about the possibility of plowing my own trail with a v-plow.
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    Atv - Snow Tires or Chains

    So it sounds like I need to be realistic about what an ATV can do in the snow, carry a shovel, and invest in a set of chains. Got it! Ahhh, I appreciate the offer but I'm done with snowmobiles for now. Besides, I'd have to clear a bunch of trees and build a shed to start housing all of this stuff. I'm committed to going the ATV route and if I can't use it at times in the winter, so be it.
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    Atv - Snow Tires or Chains

    I'm still inching along in my plan to buy an ATV. I'm going to get something small and light so that it's easier to move around. It will be primarily used for three purposes: 1) to pull dead birch and pine to my woodshed; 2) to slowly ride the rocky trail back in the woods; and 3) for transportation across the lake in the winter. My question has to do with the last part. I know that a snowmobile would be best, and that's what I used to own. I'm switching to an ATV because it's more versatile. There are times in the winter when it will go across the packed snow or snowmobile tracks just fine. My question is about some of the less certain times. When the snow is deeper and an ATV is less favorable, what works best - snow tires or chains? This would be a mix of driving on the trail to get to the lake, and then onto the lake. Do snow tires really have much of an impact or is it just a mild improvement over the stock tires?
  13. SkunkedAgain

    Learning About Electronics

    I've had a Lowrance Elite 7 for two seasons now. Admittedly, I've mostly only used sonar for depth and temperature. I'd like to get better at learning the intricacies of telling bottom structure, marking schools of bait fish, suspended fish, etc. Is there a consistently good source for tutorials?
  14. SkunkedAgain

    Time To Buy Used ATV's?

    Probably something on the smaller size 300-500cc so that it's maneuverable and easy to deal with.
  15. SkunkedAgain

    Time To Buy Used ATV's?

    Thanks for the additional advice. I had been thinking that I didn't need the fancy EPS, ESP, etc.
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