I've got 5 UTV's as work vehicles. 8 hours a day, 365 days a year. Swampy, woodsy, lots of broken trees. The stuff that's on there has lots of punctures, slow leaks, etc. I spend way too much time keeping the tires up. So I need recommendations for good tough tires that are very puncture resistant, sidewalls too, and have good traction in lots of muddy conditions all year long. But i can't pay $300/tire.
By Val in southern NM
Brand new UTV owner. I've been driving a Polaris Sportsman 500 for a few years. We bought a Coleman Outfitter 400 a week ago today, and still trying to figure it out. Would really like to find a repair manual for it, if anybody can point me in the right direction. Our ATV/UTV are primarily to make life easier for us on our small horse place, but now that we have a SXS, we look forward to exploring some of the smaller back roads together. My husband is the mechanic of the family, and found that a repair manual REALLY helped after we bought the VERY well used Polaris a few years ago.
We have the owner's manual, but the nearest place that might provide warranty work/repairs is a two hour drive from here, best we can figure out, so an actual repair/service manual will be really helpful, especially once the warranty is up.
Spent today at a Honda dealership looking at their 520 side by side, then on the way home past our Lowes noticed they had several new UTVs on site, so we U-turned and ducked in there. We were impressed that all that came for $9,999 metal whole length skid plate, nice sized bed, roof, windshield, side mirrors, winch, upgrade looking tires… all of which would have added thousands of dollars to an already expensive Honda 520. Now Honda does have a great reputation from my trusted UTV experienced buddy, so it has that going for it.
I am a first time owner of a ATV/SxS. I have owned many many motorcycles (on and off road), boats, PWCs, etc. but never a SxS. Just purchased a 2015 MSU-500 this weekend form the original owner. It has 850 miles (150 hrs), been used each year on the deer lease. Seems to be in very good shape and well taken care of but we will see. I had a few questions I was hoping someone could help with. I want to change all the fluids so recommendations would be helpful for:
1. Engine Oil, any brand or type preference? (reg or syn)
2. Trans/final drive
Besides the air filter any other general maintenance I should do before I haul to the cabin?
Also, the original winch is not working. Any reason to attempt to repair or just replace? The 500 will be light duty, mostly just hauling brush running around the property so no need to invest in a Warn so I was just thinking something from Harbor Freight. Is it possible to replace the winch and still use the original controller or does that become obsolete and you just use what comes with the replacement?
Thanks for input and if there is anything else I should do or know please feel free to chime in. Also, I am well aware of what I have. It is not a Honda or Polaris, it is a Chinese clone and cost a fraction of what a quality brand would have cost. But for what I need and as little as it will be used this fits the bill, I hope.