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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-14-2016, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch issue?

i love this ride but i am having alot of issues in mud. it runs down the road and trails just file. hills... no problem. but when i have to cross a mud hole im SOL even if i start off in low.
i will start by saying this thing is bone stock except the cab. the only mod i have done is running a snorkel to the front of the unit so i dont have to change air filters every 100 to 200 miles. even the tires are stock. i found a guy selling a set of brand new take offs for 150 bucks. couldnt pass that up. when i bought it, she had 1200 miles on it. the previous owner blew it up and traded it to the dealer for a new one. the dealer put a new motor into it and thats where my story starts. i did have problems when i got it... alot! from electrical to clutch.
to describe the clutch problem is pretty simple. when they put the motor in, they didnt tighten something and it came loose inside the cover and bounced around breaking fins and really marring up the sheaves. they were great about it and put a new clutch in under warranty. i have had the problem ever since i got the machine. i didnt find mud with the old clutch so i dont know if it existed then. the machine now has 5 miles shy of 6,000 and its on the same belt. i was told they replaced the belt after the clutch issue.
what can be done to fix this issue? i can stand on it in high gear on pavement and cannot replicate the issue... only in the mud.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-15-2016, 02:34 AM
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What is it doing in the mud ? I have not been able to figure out your problem from the description given .
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When it's in the mud are you hearing any strange noise or is it just bogging down, how deep of mud are you going through?


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when they put the motor in, they didn't tighten something and it came loose inside the cover and bounced around breaking fins and really marring up the sheaves. they were great about it and put a new clutch in under warranty.
This statement makes me wonder if they really put in a new engine, a new engine is complete with the clutch assembly, they shouldn't have to touch the clutch during installation. If the clutch did come loose it was an issue from the factory and nothing they did, still it's good they fixed it under warranty.

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The stock tires in mud are not the best, and may be your problem. Mine was at best so so in mud until I upgraded to BigHorns. I left one of my inner cover bolts loose once, and it sure made a mess of things!

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when i get into the mud i can go about 5 to 10 feet then the belt starts barking and slipping. the tires dont spin out at all. if i try it in high gear the barking starts about 2 feet into it. i have a chance in low but i got to hit it flying. the mud around here is more of a clay mix. very thick sticky stuff. i know water getting into it isnt the issue. i have checked that out.

this mud i hit is never above the floor.
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I've heard that barking before, sounds like your belt is slipping and that will leave marks on the clutch plates adding to the problem each time it slips. I'm sure someone else will chime in but I think you need a new belt, use a scotch brite pad to clean the clutch plates, and you might consider changing the rollers while you're in there to give you a little more low end to power through the thick crud.

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My HDX belt slips in the mud too.
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Mine seems to be ok in mud, but the mud up here is very sandy and not too much clay.

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I've heard that barking before, sounds like your belt is slipping and that will leave marks on the clutch plates adding to the problem each time it slips. I'm sure someone else will chime in but I think you need a new belt, use a scotch brite pad to clean the clutch plates, and you might consider changing the rollers while you're in there to give you a little more low end to power through the thick crud.
would brake cleaner be safe to use with the scotch pad? or would it be better to just elbow it out?

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my HDX slips a little in mud but will still climb out of some pretty nasty places. I don't like it but really hasn't caused problems yet.It did slip a little right from new and I now have 2000 miles on it.

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