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By Sarge McCoy
RZR 1000 DESERT TIRES
I purchased some 4x4 offset rims
and new 30x10-14 Mongrels. While
I like the traction, I do not like what
they did to the steering feel. They feel
twitchy, and the vague feel is not at
all confidence-inspiring. What do you
recommend for better tires?
Prescott Valley, Arizona
Boot, you have excellent desert tires
right now! The mistake you made was
changing the front-wheel offset. When
you change wheel offset, you also
change “road” feel. The twitchy feeling
and the feeling of being less connected
with the Zooter is due to the wheels. If
you went back to the stock 5x2 front-wheel offset, I think you will find there
will be a reduction of twitchiness and
the steering will be more responsive
and lighter. Note that the taller tires help
with steering feel, but not enough to
overcome 2 extra inches of front-wheel
offset. Count off 50, Boot, for not doing
enough recon before “wasting” your
pay on the wrong rims! Dismissed!
GETTING A LITTLE HOT
(UNDER THE COLLAR)
We own a 2008 Ranger 700. It
seems to overheat constantly. We ride
for a bit and it overheats. We installed a
digital temperature gauge to see what
it was doing, and within two miles the
temp reached 210 degrees Fahrenheit.
Running through water seems to keep
it cooler. We have checked everything
related to overheating that we can think
of. We have bled the radiator for air
several times. Radiator
looks clear. Checked
impeller. Not losing
coolant in the radiator.
Oil is not milky. We
ride in Bone Valley ATV
Park in central Florida
where it gets really
muddy and a lot of
sugar sand if that helps.
Sarge, we are open to
any suggestions at this
Private Dumsick, yes, it does help.
Given what I know about Ranger
700s and given your riding conditions,
assuming your Zooter’s fan is operating
correctly, your radiator is plugged. If
you just casually glance at the radiator,
it will look clean, but if you use a
flashlight and look through the fins,
you will most likely see caked mud in
the radiator’s core. A pressure washer
will clear out the fins in short order. As
to your temperature readings, normal
operating temperature is from the 190s
to as high as 209 degrees Fahrenheit.
By then, though, the fan should be on.
You can install a front radiator guard
made of aluminum window screen,
which will prevent a lot of the crud
from reaching the radiator. Since you
made the effort to solve your Zooter’s
problem and your partner did not, they
should be doing some extra PT, and I
will leave that up to you. Remember,
Sarge requires pictures! Dismissed!
HAS ANYONE SEEN MY
LOST POWER STEERING?
Recently our 2012 Honda Rancher
AT lost its power steering. We went for
a ride and the PS light came on and the
power steering went away. I checked
the fuse and it was good, but I don’t
know where to proceed from here. Any
help would be appreciated.
Jamesville, New York
Private Igloo, if you lost your power
steering, did you look between the
cushions of your couch? Laugh, Boot!
Seriously, it could be something as
simple as the thermal switch tripped
and you need to let it cool down. Or,
there could be a momentary sensor
fault and it simply needs to be cleared.
Low voltage can cause a trip too. Is
the battery in good condition? Is the
charging system working properly?
Because the Honda power steering is
so integrated into the Zooter, I suggest
you obtain a factory service manual and
a VOM (Volt Ohm Meter) and follow
the testing sequence that a dealer’s
service tech would do, or you can wimp
out and drag the Zooter to a dealer and
hand them your wallet. Or, instead, you
could stop being a “girly man” and ride
your Zooter like a real marine—with
no power steering. See, Boot, there
were Zooters long before there was
power steering. Twenty-five push-ups,
25 chin-ups and 25 curls with your
sea bag, Boot. You just volunteered
for “Field Day” to toughen you up!
DID YOU EVER HAVE A
GRIZZLY WINK AT YOU?
I have a Yamaha Grizzly 700. I have
had a recurring problem with the left
headlight. It is not as bright as the right
headlight. I swapped bulbs, and the
left-side bulb was full brightness when
installed on the right side. The right-side
bulb went dim on the left side. People
have told me it is the socket, but the
three slots look shiny. I need help,
Ocean Beach, Long Island, New York
Okay, Boot, you have determined the
problem is with the left-side headlight.
Is it with both high and low beams or
just one? If it is both, your problem is
your ground (-), or lack thereof. If the
problem exists on only one beam, then
the problem is on the positive side (+)
and with just that related wire. Access
the wiring diagram in your factory shop
manual (you do have one, don’t you,
Boot?) and trace your wiring. Then
follow the actual wiring, checking each
connection for a loose or corroded
connection. All connections must be
clean and dry, and then fill them with
dielectric grease to prevent water
entry. When you are done cleaning
your Zooter’s electrical connectors with
your toothbrush, report to the barracks
and clean every window sill with that
toothbrush! Dismissed! ❏