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Hey group. Well my good ride was followed by a not so good ride this past weekend. Rode about 10 miles and the bike was running hot. Stopped, had lunch and continued on. When I got back the bike was through a code and overheating along with puking radiator fluid.

Tonight I got a second to look at it and first put a little rad fluid in. Started it up and got up to about 150 or so and the radiator had fluid coming out of the overflow. 175 and it was spitting it out pretty good. BTW, I did hose down the radiator pretty good to get it as clean as possible.

Do you think the rad cap could be bad? Also, have any of you added a coolant overflow? Finally, what temp is the fan supposed to come on? Mine seems to be about 187.

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I'll start by saying I don't have answers to your questions........just some observations from working on other machines/vehicles over the years. Spewing coolant at 150 F is super strange. My 1st thought is that the cap is weak, or there is corrosion/debris on the rad/cap seal surface. As far as I have read the fan should be kicking in in the mid 180's. I'm not familiar with the HDX's instrumentation........so, it has a temperature gauge built into the console? Or is this aftermarket? I know many here have installed aftermarket on their non-hdx's and have found them quite fool proof. I don't have a coolant overflow.

I know........not much help, but hopefully we will see others chime in here soon. There's a lot of knowledge here ready to be shared.
 

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no leaks along the system right ? as above start with cap [that can be tested BTW ] most good auto mechanics have a tester or one of the auto parts stores might have a loaner one.

hoses in good shape and not collapsing ?

water pump working ?

just some thoughts that come to mind.
 

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Hey group. Well my good ride was followed by a not so good ride this past weekend. Rode about 10 miles and the bike was running hot. Stopped, had lunch and continued on. When I got back the bike was through a code and overheating along with puking radiator fluid.

Tonight I got a second to look at it and first put a little rad fluid in. Started it up and got up to about 150 or so and the radiator had fluid coming out of the overflow. 175 and it was spitting it out pretty good. BTW, I did hose down the radiator pretty good to get it as clean as possible.

Do you think the rad cap could be bad? Also, have any of you added a coolant overflow? Finally, what temp is the fan supposed to come on? Mine seems to be about 187.

Thanks
I have the 2009 700 XTX, I added a coolant recovery tank off of a XTZ model. I think later model Prowlers started to include them. Not sure of the year. I bought mine off ebay for less than 10 dollars. 187 for the fan sounds about right. I see a 20+ degree drop during a fan cycle.
 

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Well...I ended up replacing the radiator cap with a higher pressure one and no more coolant leaking out up to 189 degrees. I also wired my fan so that I can turn it on at any time I want as well as keeping it wired through the thermostat. So far so good. I believe I am also going to try and hunt down a coolant recovery tank just in case.
 

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I have the 2009 700 XTX, I added a coolant recovery tank off of a XTZ model. I think later model Prowlers started to include them. Not sure of the year. I bought mine off ebay for less than 10 dollars. 187 for the fan sounds about right. I see a 20+ degree drop during a fan cycle.
After I posted that I don't have an overflow for my coolant, while I was doing my remote battery post mountings I did notice that I indeed DO have a recovery tank. As RD mentioned, the XTZ does have this as standard. here is one right now on eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/2010-ARCTIC-CAT-PROWLER-XTZ-1000-COOLANT-OVERFLOW-JUG-RESIVORE/142645622067?hash=item2136577533:g:3zAAAOSwQN5aToUm And here is the part number: 0413-086 new from Babbits $25. It mounts on the right side (passenger side) of the radiator. I'll try to remember when I get home to take a pic and post it.
 

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After I posted that I don't have an overflow for my coolant, while I was doing my remote battery post mountings I did notice that I indeed DO have a recovery tank. As RD mentioned, the XTZ does have this as standard. here is one right now on eBay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/2010-ARCTIC-CAT-PROWLER-XTZ-1000-COOLANT-OVERFLOW-JUG-RESIVORE/142645622067?hash=item2136577533:g:3zAAAOSwQN5aToUm And here is the part number: 0413-086 new from Babbits $25. It mounts on the right side (passenger side) of the radiator. I'll try to remember when I get home to take a pic and post it.
Thanks Paxx. Hit the order button for that one. That should at least provide some insurance to help reduce the loss of coolant when and if it does overheat again.
 

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So here's the photo of the recovery tank on my XTZ. Looks like a simple mount setup.


edit .............btw, awesome that you picked up that one on eBay!! That's great!!
 

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So here's the photo of the recovery tank on my XTZ. Looks like a simple mount setup.



edit .............btw, awesome that you picked up that one on eBay!! That's great!!
Should be here by the 14th. Thanks for the photo also. That will help when I go to install it. That one on e-bay wasn't a bad deal because it came with everything. The new ones only come with the bottle and nothing else.


I have a weekend camping trip coming up on the 22nd so hopefully the Prowler does good.
 

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Should be here by the 14th. Thanks for the photo also. That will help when I go to install it. That one on e-bay wasn't a bad deal because it came with everything. The new ones only come with the bottle and nothing else.


I have a weekend camping trip coming up on the 22nd so hopefully the Prowler does good.
Ya, I noticed that it had the bracket there as well!! That's a pretty dang good score!! Hope it all goes well and she's ready to roar for your camping trip!!
 

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Ya, I noticed that it had the bracket there as well!! That's a pretty dang good score!! Hope it all goes well and she's ready to roar for your camping trip!!

Well the overflow reservoir seemed to help along with cleaning the radiator. Thanks again Paxx for the ebay item. I took my air compressor and blew out the fins as much as possible which surprisingly did more than water. Went on about a 50 mile run through thick sugar sand along with some thick mud and never got above 200 while running.


The only problem that occurred was the gear selector was erroring making it impossible to be in low range and reverse. We cleaned out the connector best we could in the woods and added a couple of zip ties. Worked all weekend.


I plan on pulling the connector out this week and cleaning it with some electronics cleaner which hopefully fixes it rather than having to by a new part.
 

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Well the overflow reservoir seemed to help along with cleaning the radiator. Thanks again Paxx for the ebay item. I took my air compressor and blew out the fins as much as possible which surprisingly did more than water. Went on about a 50 mile run through thick sugar sand along with some thick mud and never got above 200 while running.


The only problem that occurred was the gear selector was erroring making it impossible to be in low range and reverse. We cleaned out the connector best we could in the woods and added a couple of zip ties. Worked all weekend.


I plan on pulling the connector out this week and cleaning it with some electronics cleaner which hopefully fixes it rather than having to by a new part.
Wondering if you found the issue with the gear selector on your machine? That could be a serious bummer not to have reverse!!!!!!
 

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That's great. Wouldn't want you to have to hike out from somewhere cause you couldn't back it out of something!!!! :)
 

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That's great. Wouldn't want you to have to hike out from somewhere cause you couldn't back it out of something!!!! :)

That was a fear, especially on some of the trails we were riding on. However, the cat made it home and my buddy with the RZR snapped a drive shaft. Certainly not enough power on the 700 to do that.
 

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That was a fear, especially on some of the trails we were riding on. However, the cat made it home and my buddy with the RZR snapped a drive shaft. Certainly not enough power on the 700 to do that.
That's great that you had no issues but a bummer for your buddy!! May not have the power in a 700 to snap an AC drive shaft but it makes me wonder how (non)beefy the drive shaft is on the RZR...... I think of when Dodge 1st started putting the Cummins in their trucks that they had that very same problem with drive shafts being twisted and u-joints being snapped because they were not beefy enough to handle the torque and power....... sooooo.......... Did ya tow him out?
 

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That's great that you had no issues but a bummer for your buddy!! May not have the power in a 700 to snap an AC drive shaft but it makes me wonder how (non)beefy the drive shaft is on the RZR...... I think of when Dodge 1st started putting the Cummins in their trucks that they had that very same problem with drive shafts being twisted and u-joints being snapped because they were not beefy enough to handle the torque and power....... sooooo.......... Did ya tow him out?

He managed to get stuck in the worst mud hole and then tried winching himself from a tree which snapped his winch rope 3 times. I hooked up to him and we double pulled with the winches with no movement. The thing with an RZR Highlifter is the winch location. They are mounted directly to the bumper and you should see a bumper flex when you put a 4500 lbs winch to it. We ended up flagging a Jeep on about 44's to come and snatch him out.
 

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He managed to get stuck in the worst mud hole and then tried winching himself from a tree which snapped his winch rope 3 times. I hooked up to him and we double pulled with the winches with no movement. The thing with an RZR Highlifter is the winch location. They are mounted directly to the bumper and you should see a bumper flex when you put a 4500 lbs winch to it. We ended up flagging a Jeep on about 44's to come and snatch him out.
Now that IS S T U C K!!!!!!! Good thing the jeep came along!!!
 

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Now that IS S T U C K!!!!!!! Good thing the jeep came along!!!

You're not kidding. I was thinking, man how are we gonna get this thing out of here. The great thing about many of the places we ride is the abundance of people that are typically out and about and ready to lend a hand.
 

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Off Roaders are great people! Always willing to help others! What comes around, goes around!
 
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