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post #1 of 7 Old 07-07-2019, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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First trail run and lessons learned...

After many different reasons, I finally got to perform my 1st ATV trail run (with a few other folks) at 7 weeks AFTER buying my pre-owned 2011 AC 550 TRV - with Power Steering. We started the bush trail at 9:00 AM and got back at 6:00 PM. Had lots of fun but also experienced a few "lessons learned". A few items that might help others:

A - My factory front windshield vibrated out of its support rods. Luckily, a side-by-side driver was able to lug my removed shield in the back in his unit. Now, my ATV has no front factory windscreen shield. Like many ATVs, It will remain off until I sell my ATV.

B - To see behind me without getting a sore neck, I should buy some handle bars mirrors with 7/8" mounting brackets. And, use convex (not flat) mirror surfaces. Sounds like a future Amazon buy. LOL!

C - Of its 6 factory bolts holding down its rear cargo box down, 5 of the bolts vibrated off. Luckily, I made it back without loosing its rear cargo box. Other riders told me to remove its factory bolts, replace with same thickness but 1/2" longer bolts, use large flat washers with double nuts. During rough riding conditions, double nuts are better than lock tight glue.

D - Instead of 8 lbs of air in the tires I should be using 5 lbs air on the rougher trails instead. Thus, smoother ride and less vibrations across the washboard bumps and sudden deep pot holes.

E - Newer age ATVs have turn signal lights - for in village driving to get gas and lunch. I didn't know the newer age ATVs have manual signal lights.

F - On long time / long distance drives, Power Steering on 2-Up machines are a must. My arms were fine but at end of the ride, a few ATVers without Power Steering complained about their sore arms. Then again, it could be an "older age" thing... LOL!

G - While riding, we turned our lights on. Especially in the dark bush trails. There were a few on-coming ATVs without their Low Beams on and I didn't see them - until we were close. Too close. I always see other ATVs with their lights on in a quick glance.

F - My feet got soaked during last deep water puddle. Should have kept my feet a few inches higher - to compensate for its back wave. Ouch!

If other tips need to be applied, do share... Thus, helping others as well....

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First trail run and lessons learned...

In five years with my trv Iíve never had the rear cargo box bolts come loose? Iím thinking they werenít tightened down properly.
Good ride I hope, we all learn as we go.

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Ya. Maybe the previous owner removed its rear cargo box and didn't "lock tight" glue its nuts after re-installing? Or, perhaps my tires were too hard - which created too much vibrations? Or, combination of both areas?

It was a good ride. Especially when nobody got hurt and no mechanical break downs....
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Probably a combo of both. IRT the fasteners, I would recommend nylock nuts vs 1 or 2 regular with locktite.

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If I recall correctly the nuts are captured in the rear extension frame and there are 4 or 6 bolts that secure it to the frame.

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28" Bighorns on bed linered 08 Prowler rims , Wireless winch remote, 3000LB. Warn winch, Heated front and rear grips, Cat relay wiring harness for accessories, LED light bar, 08 650 trv LTD rear box, Heated rear seat, Elka stage 3 shocks all 4 corners, Aftermarket A-arm bushings, aftermarket sway bar bushings(prototype), Deluxe brush guard bumpers front and rear, Red anodized Hause fairlead, beverage opener winch hook, Synthetic winch rope, RTR motor mount bushings, Dynojet PC5 programmer, Dynojet Autotune, [/B]

07 500 Gone but not forgotten;
Dynojet/142m/45p/3rd/3turns--Clipped and drilled--Unifilter--Easy adjust PMS--L.C.V. mod--AC Swaybar--Exhaust mod--2"Snorkels--Sanny shock bushings-- Airdam stage 1--PSC phase 2--21/ 23gr rollers--Dalton yellow spring--.7mm shim--Sanny Steerlites--RTR Flex Bracket--2 up seat / pegs--Tach--AC handguards--28" Outlaw mst's--Skull tailight--Skull shifter--Self Resetting Breakers--1" Wheel spacers--Customcncparts Steering Damper--AC deluxe handwarmers--6000k HID'S hi/lo--AC Deluxe Bumpers--Inline Fuel Filter-- O2 sensor \AFR guage--Black Magic Full Stainless Exhaust System--Wireless Winch Remote--29.5 Outlaws--Fox Podium X Rear Shocks--




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Get yourself a good set of waterproof over the heal boots... dry feet are always nice and a higher boot protects your ankles... many times I have gotten off my machine and stepped on something that could have twisted my ankle or been poked with a stick that could have done damage without a boot... I use hunting boots nice and comfy... all my riding gear stays in my truck now, before it all used to stay in a tote so I could grab it and go.. 2 pairs of boots my hunting and a taller set of good muck boots... in the winter the mucks get swapped out for a good set of winters...

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Thanks for your feedback. Much appreciated.

Yes. There's 6-7 bolts holding the rear cargo box on. They are metric clock wise direction threads - which is hard to buy in my north area. So, I simply drilled them out next "minor size" larger, installed galvanized standard threat bolts using large flat washers on each side and double nutted them. Now, its rear cargo box is super solid.

I also ordered some handle bar mirrors (side mirrors and needed 7/8" clamps) tonight as well. Due to my far north region, I should get them in a few weeks. Hopefully, they work great for my needs as well. And, don't come broken - due to rough shipping methods. Ouch!

Thanks for your ideas of good footwear as well. This sounds much better then running shoes. LOL! Next time out, I'll wear my steel toes construction boots. They should look good while I'm wearing my orange reflective hunting vest and my Dollar Store rubber surface contact gloves as well. As you can tell, I'm on the tight budget as well.

Talk about fun time riding, my wife (who was driving) and I (in the 2-up seat) took a little spin around our little village's block a few days ago. Going super slow, the local turtles could pass it on the corners. LOL! But, my local neighbours gave us positive thumbs ups all the way.

Hopefully, your location is ATV friendly as well...

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