By Steve Vanvelzen
I Recently purchased a Massimo T-Boss 550F last fall with their 60" snow thrower because I couldn't find a decent UTV here in Southern Ontario; nothing in stock anywhere. I am having really bad buyer's remorse after spending time on it and reading all the bad online reviews. The company boasts the fact that it is built in Texas, USA, so I was hoping to do the right thing by buying, "Made In North America" but it is still Chinese Junk, assembled in the USA. and I am starting to realize that I am going to have a lot of difficulty getting parts for this thing; I can't even get an oil filter, finally bought a "Hisun" filter and hope it fits. i busted the shear pins in the snow thrower and can't find replacements for that either. The thing is so hard to change gears most of the time; I am terrified I am going to wreck something. The place I purchased it from is absolutely useless. Can I adjust something myself? Anyone out there have this problem and have some advice (besides selling it and buying a good brand)?
Its maker has affectionately dubbed it Teslaris, for obvious reasons.
The Polaris RZR RS1 UTV has a one-liter, two-cylinder engine that from the factory has around 100 horsepower, making the 1,383-pound (627-kilogram) UTV very quick. But there’s always room for more power in one of these vehicles, and instead of fettling with its engine, one dune vehicle aficionado decided to swap in the rear drive motor out of a Tesla Model 3 / Model Y.
We don’t know how many of the battery modules the put in the vehicle, but it doesn’t appear to be much heavier than stock and it goes up sand dunes with remarkable ease. Depending on which version of Model 3 was the motor donor, the drive unit could have either 261 or 325 horsepower, as long as the battery pack can supply enough wattage and voltage.
Judging by how easily it flies up the steep sand dune, almost lifting the front wheels off the ground under harder acceleration, it’s safe to say it looks like a real hoot. The steep grade you see it tackling in the video uploaded by the electric UTV’s creator, Ron Cobbley, is located in the St. Anthony, Idaho sand dunes.
We found more videos on vehicle’s official Instagram account and aside from how interesting it is to see an electric powertrain in an application like this (and how it changes the vehicle), we also noticed that you really hear the tires on the sand more. Usually, this sound is drowned out by the engine.
The sound’s tone and pitch probably change with speed, giving the driver audible information to help him or her gauge their speed. You don’t really get this in a road-going EV driven on tarmac, which is why it’s trickier to drive an EV quickly - specifically because you have no way of knowing how fast you’re going just by ear.
2009 Hisun HS700 UTV ---- I thought the problem was electrical but I just found this in the oil filler tube.By Rick McGill
I thought the problem was electrical but I just found this in the oil filler tube. Does anyone recognize the part? I know I'll have to tear down the whole engine, and maybe I'll find the rest of it in there. Something beg enough to seize up the engine. That was the problem I was trying to diagnose.... 'Cause it's locked up.
Thanks in advance.
My experience was mostly good. Pieces of the process left me shaking my head (#2 and #3).
1. Tranny and Hydraulic filters are easy to replace. On the first service (50 hours), you replace the filters, not the fluid. There is a youtube video out there that shows step by step. One word of caution, there are 2 places that you need to add fluid (UDT2) back for what was lost in the filter change. One is directly in front of the filters, under the dump bed. This is the tranny fill. The other is under the front passenger seat.
2. Oil filter ... what a PITA. Cannot believe that the engineers could not have made this a bit easier to get to. Filter is behind the battery. If you are a large fellow, you are going to have issues getting to it. Removing the skid plate underneath helps (loosen with filter wrench), but getting your hand in there is even harder than from the battery.
3. Fuel filter. I tried to get the bowl loose to replace the element. I have not had any luck yet. It is so tight from the factory. I was cranking on it so hard I thought I was going to break something. So, I decided to call the dealer and ask if there was a trick. They said there is no trick. Crank on it until it comes loose. Lefty loosey / counter clockwise. So, I will do that this evening.
4. Air filter. Easy.
5. Grease zerts. I only was able to find zerts at the control arms. 6 on the front, 8 on the back. Anyone else know of any other zerts?
Contemplating getting the service manual. $100 seems retarded to me. But might be worth it.