By Bill Kresge
Been using our beloved 2005 Polaris Sportsman 500 HO for many years to get us around with tools, feed, and other farm work. Each winter it has plowed us out of just about anything north central WA winters have thrown at us. Problem is I'm going to be 70 this year and riding around in the open with temps in the teens and plowing 4,000 of gravel driveway is getting tougher.
So we are looking for a strictly utilitarian UTV. No trail riding, no need for beverage cups, no bluetooth speaker systems, not a diesel and not electric Just a good solid vehicle with a full cab, something that I can hook a snow plow system to that will handle up to 8 to 12" of snow once every few years but mostly 4 to 6" at a time. Probably my last buy and I'd like something reliable with some longevity, not too hard to find parts for and that I can do a fair amount of the work on.
Does such a piece of equipment that meets those requirements even exist anymore and if so I'd appreciate some recommendations. Thanks
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)?
Got what I hope was a good deal on a Coleman 400 aka Hisun HS400. Previous owner returned it to TSC and it wouldn’t start. I pulled the plug and it’s fouled. Cleaned it and it sputtered, but fouled again. I did test for spark after cleaning and had a nice white spark. Plug is an NGK R DR8EA. I will be getting a new plug and a fuel filter to install inline. I was going to open up the fuel tank and check for debris and drain the tank as I have no clue how old the current gas is. Currently it won’t start so just trying to get it going so I can trouble shoot the rest.
Pull airbox and check for obstructions and clogged filters, replace.
Crank and check plug.
Disconnect 02 sensor and see if it starts
Check timing chain tension
Any other things I should look at. The plugs seem to have some oil, but that could be carbon?
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By Kody Dycus
Ok so it’s brand new, first time taking it out it struggled going past 35ish on a slight incline and seems the “top speed” is only 45mph? Has anyone gotten theirs to go any faster? If so how? Is there a speed limiter/governor on these? I know, if I want speed buy something else, BUT I just want to be able to go 50mph because where we hunt we have to ride in and can’t unload anywhere that’s safe besides in town. Any help is appreciated!!
By Ridge Runner
Need advice on a fuel filter. This is a 2019 Coleman 550 Outfitter. Manual said to change fuel filter. Mine was assembled without a inline filter between the in tank fuel pump and the injector. I called Coleman, they told it was supposed to have a fuel filter. They sent me a metal inline filter and two clamps. The fuel line has what looks like an aluminum outer cover. I’m assuming the fuel line is a rubber one. Before cutting the line I looked at the metal fuel filter to see the direction of flow. Nothing marked on the filter. I called Coleman.…. They couldn’t help me, even after speaking to a Tech rep. It’s fuel injected, so I don’t want to screw this up. Does anyone have any ideas? Should I throw this filter away, and buy something else? I have replaced plenty of fuel filters on lawn mowers etc, but all were clear plastic, with directional arrows. Since this fuel injected, I’m thinking I must ypuse the special clamps, that require special pliers to tighten, and I might need a pressure capable filter?
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