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Hey all! I'm new to the Side-by-side/UTV world. We own a smallish farm and decided to go with the 2021 Tracker 800LE Crew. We like the seating and the ride is smooth. However as a newbie I have some questions that maybe some of you longtime side-by-side/UTV owners can help with. We're still in the "break-in" period and it seems that after 30 min or less of driving the dash area gets super hot. You can feel the heat waves coming off the floorboard by your feet and my phone sitting in the little hole (where a radio might go) felt like I left it in the hot sun for too long. The glovebox was also way too hot. 

 

So the question is, is this normal, or should I start checking engine coolant and filters? We literal have had it a day. I have read forums and looked up info and can't find anyone mentioning this issue. I just don't want to burn the thing up before we've even put it through it's paces ya know!

 

Thanks for any help!

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There is nothing in that area of a Tracker that should get hot.  Lack of fluids etc should t cause it.  It’s check your wiring and switches and take it in for a look.  

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20 hours ago, TapBoss said:

Would definitely check all fluid levels and make sure the fan (if your model has one) is kicking on. 

 

13 hours ago, Traqem said:

There is nothing in that area of a Tracker that should get hot.  Lack of fluids etc should t cause it.  It’s check your wiring and switches and take it in for a look.  

Thanks! I think I will call Tracker and have them take a look at it. We shot it with the thermo gun and it's running about 117-130 degrees on the dash in different areas. 

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On 6/19/2021 at 5:11 PM, Sommer Wildes said:

TLDR (too long didn't read) in blue for quick scanning :)

Hey all! I'm new to the Side-by-side/UTV world. We own a smallish farm and decided to go with the 2021 Tracker 800LE Crew. We like the seating and the ride is smooth. However as a newbie I have some questions that maybe some of you longtime side-by-side/UTV owners can help with. We're still in the "break-in" period and it seems that after 30 min or less of driving the dash area gets super hot. You can feel the heat waves coming off the floorboard by your feet and my phone sitting in the little hole (where a radio might go) felt like I left it in the hot sun for too long. The glovebox was also way too hot. 

 

So the question is, is this normal, or should I start checking engine coolant and filters? We literal have had it a day. I have read forums and looked up info and can't find anyone mentioning this issue. I just don't want to burn the thing up before we've even put it through it's paces ya know!

 

Thanks for any help!

I am new to these and Love Mine, just got it Saturday, And yes my dash was hot also! The Heat comes from the Radiator!, and Fan blowing toward the compartment! THE only shield is the plastic wall! No insulation or deflectors so the heat is blowing on it all! I am going to look for some type of insulation foil based that sticks to Line mine! On Vehicles cars and all have metal and insulation on what would be considered the fire wall. 

 

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On 6/28/2021 at 11:38 PM, Gary-Jr said:

I am new to these and Love Mine, just got it Saturday, And yes my dash was hot also! The Heat comes from the Radiator!, and Fan blowing toward the compartment! THE only shield is the plastic wall! No insulation or deflectors so the heat is blowing on it all! I am going to look for some type of insulation foil based that sticks to Line mine! On Vehicles cars and all have metal and insulation on what would be considered the fire wall. 

 

Thank you Gary Jr.!

I was just talking to my father-in-law last night about putting something under the hood to reflect heat. I can't put my phone in any of the compartments when we ride or it heats it too much. Kinda makes all those little cubbies useless if they're gonna heat your stuff up. Although, in winter it will come in handy!

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Your probably picking up the heat that the Radiator Fan is throwing at the dash. There is a guy in Mississippi that makes a Radiator deflector shield that mounts to the back of the Radiator and deflects the heat down to the ground. I installed one on my machine and it does help a lot with the heat. The shield is also hinged so that in the winter time you can lift up on the door and now you have the heat coming back to the firewall to help with warmth in the cab. The only thing I can’t tell you yet is how much dust is the shield going to kick up while on the trail. I’m scheduled for another trip to the Hatfield And McCoy trails in October and will find out then. 

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6 hours ago, Bryan said:

Your probably picking up the heat that the Radiator Fan is throwing at the dash. There is a guy in Mississippi that makes a Radiator deflector shield that mounts to the back of the Radiator and deflects the heat down to the ground. I installed one on my machine and it does help a lot with the heat. The shield is also hinged so that in the winter time you can lift up on the door and now you have the heat coming back to the firewall to help with warmth in the cab. The only thing I can’t tell you yet is how much dust is the shield going to kick up while on the trail. I’m scheduled for another trip to the Hatfield And McCoy trails in October and will find out then. 

yes I found him! And Have one on order! I also have the heat shield insulation on order for the rear wall! also

 

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Same issue here I just bought one new and with very little load and riding it heats up to 208 degrees and the fan will kick on. We feel all the heat coming up from the floorboard and the dash gets warm too. Do these things run that hot with just light duty of riding 20-25mph?? It like the thermoset is not working to allow coolant to cool the engine. What's the website to order the heat shields? 

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To get the heat shield call Grenada Bad Boys and ask for Mike JR in service. Number is 662-307-2729. A couple positive things about it is they are a Tracker Dealer and they actually use their machines. See item is that the heat shield is hinged to allow you to open it up in the winter when you want that heat hitting your firewall. 

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I called Tracker and they told me thats normal operating temp as well. I have ordered some heat shield material as well to insulate several areas. You're right in cold weather or hunting season that heat will feel welcomed.  I'll give GBB a call later thanks for the intel. 

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