My name is Q and I live in Riverside County, CA. Married with twin boys, and I'm a sand-a-holic. There...I've said it, and from what I've heard, admitting the problem is the first step in fixing the problem! I've been going to Glamis for a number of years, progressing from an 86 tri-z 250, to a Banshee, to a 2 seat, vw powered 2 seater rail. Had the twins and realized that I need a four seat vehicle to haul the whole family in the dunes, or at least something that will get the wife and boys out of the rv. I bought an 07 650 xt a few months back for the wife. I need her happy so that we can continue to go to the dunes. My (her) prowler is a four seater, has walker evans shocks, beard seats, itp wheels, ipod stereo, upgraded tie rods, steering stabilizer, windshield, and doors from prestige motorsports. Tires on it are 26 terra cross in the front and I forget the similar type tires in the rear. It has a k&n drop in and a dynatek cdi. All stock other than that. It also has about 4000 miles on it. I am the 3rd owner. Right after I bought it, I replaced all fluids with factory oils, adjusted the valves, and changed out the spark plug. It seems to run very well (hate the turf saver rear!).
I decided to go the the dunes in mid october for a test run without the family. Long story short, a half a mile into the dunes and I smell rubber, a poof of smoke, and I'm dead in the water. Had to get towed back by a rzr s (insert humiliated smilie here). Turned out that the previous owner did not use locktite on the primary nut, it backed off, and fried the primary cover thing's splines (that covers the rollers in the clutch). While apart, I put in the speedwerks dune clutch. All back together and running good. Took it out to Glamis for Thanksgiving. We headed out to the "little" dunes for a little quality family time. By little, I mean 15 to 20 foot dunes at about a 45 degree angle with the tires at about 6 lbs of pressure. I could not get up it! 4 wheel drive-couldn't get up it! Flattened all tires-couldn't get up it! Low gear-wouldn't get up it. Tires flat, 4 wheel high, diff lock, and a running start-finally made it up this puny dune. Highly disappointed.
Went to the dealer and explained the situation. He had another (very similar) 07 650 xt there with about 1/4 of the miles mine has, and had him drive both to compare to see if something was wrong with mine. We even drag raced with him beating me by about 5 feet or so. They wanted to do a bunch of tests (compression, etc) to try and figure it out. I don't really have $500 bucks to have this done, and he even said that it probably wouldn't be worth it anyway. Asked him what he would suggest, and he related that the cheapest route might be a set of paddles. He also said that they could do a top end and punch it up to a 700 cc for about $1500, and that would help me in the dunes. I have no ill will towards the dealer, and consider him a pretty straight shooter. (even though parts ALWAYS have to be ordered and I get to pay shipping as well)
Are there any duners out there that have had the same problem, and if so, what solution did you come up with? I'm considering selling the Prowler and getting something else like a rhino or a ranger just because I have seen them out in the big dunes and parts are more readily accessible.
Any suggestions? (and by the way, thanks for reading my novella!)