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post #1 of 8 Old 05-27-2019, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Last weekend, I bought a pre-owned 2011 AC 550 TRV EPS with 1,555 KMs on it. That's only 966 miles. Since I don't know the maintenance history and the seller has more BS than plant growth (LOL!), I trust nothing he says... Thus, assume I'm starting from scratch.

With above in mind, what do you recommend before my 1st time usage? re:
- Replace engine and engine filter? Luckily, I can get oil/filter at my local AC dealer.
- Replace front differential oil - seen good U-Tube video on it.
- Replace rear differential oil - seen good U-Tube video on it.
- Check brake fluid, chat ATV
- Check tire pressure - using lower lbs gauge.
- ???
- ???


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post #2 of 8 Old 05-27-2019, 08:20 PM
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Why would you replace the engine? I'm thinkin you meant engine oil?

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My bad. Yes. Engine oil and its oil filter. Good catch....
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-27-2019, 09:53 PM
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2010 Mileage: 800
2007 Mileage: 800
2006 Mileage: 800
First Time Usage....

Check all u-joints
Check cv boots for rips or holes
Check a-arm and knuckle bushings
Check brake pads/rotors
Change diff oil
New or cleaned air filter
Check intake snorkel for tightness and missing clamps
Check cvt intake and exhaust for same
Check bladders on diffs
Change oil/filter
Check tire pressures
Check wheel bearings for play
Check cv joints for play
Check coolant level
Check /clean rad
New spark plug
Check lights for functionality
Check winch for functionality
Check winch cable/fairlead/hook
Check battery levels
Check both brake reservoirs
Check brake lines for chafing
Check rad hose by water pump it rubs on plastics.
Check and set time on pod
Check accessory plugs front and rear for power
Check throttle cable for proper adjustment and wear
Check fuse box for water intrusion
Check wiring harness for chafing
Check steering post bushing for excess play
Check glove box lid toggle for proper adjustment
Check headlight aim
Check exhaust for rust and/or rot
Check carb for fuel leaks
Check for codes ( efi)
Check wheel nuts for proper torque
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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]

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I would check frame for cracks,signs of bending such as cracked paint. Usually cracks/bends will show around suspension mounts or close by.

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05/28 I've completed:
- Changed Engine Oil/Filter - obtained proper parts from local AC dealer.
- Changed rear differential oil - proper oil from AC dealer
- Changed front differential oil - proper oil from AC dealer
- Ordered 2 x spare keys - since it came with only 1 main key.
- Ordered 3 x rubber grommets (that were missing) for its side plastic covers
- Ordered EFI cover and screw. Also ordered "lock tight" glue. Local AC dealer told me to use new screw with lock tight glue - so it won't vibrate out.
- Installed horizontal galvanized steel band on rear (under light area) - for future licence plate mount. Had this on my previous 2001 AC 500 and it worked great.
- Checked front lights (high / low beams) for functionality
- Checked rear light.
- Checked rear brake light (using foot brake & left handle hand brake)
- Checked RPM gauge
- Checked gas gauge
- Checked winch - in and out motion
- Checked winch cable/fairlead/hook
- Check tire pressures and adjusted to 7-8 lbs. Factory min is 5 lbs.

05/29 I've completed:
- Obtained Liability / Fire / Theft insurance (and email proof).
- NO collision insurance - since its very little cost.
- Changed previous ownership to my name.
- Bought and installed mini-license plate (on rear's steel mounting band).

Remaining to-do:
Check all u-joints
Check cv boots for rips or holes
Check a-arm and knuckle bushings
Check brake pads/rotors
New or cleaned air filter
Check intake snorkel for tightness and missing clamps
Check cvt intake and exhaust for same
Check bladders on diffs
Check wheel bearings for play
Check cv joints for play
Check coolant level
Check /clean rad
New spark plug
Check battery levels
Check both brake reservoirs
Check frame for cracks - especially near suspension support joints.

Gotta save some remaining work for another day.... LOL!
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In addition to above checklist (in case an Admin wants to create a simple list and mark as sticky)....

While moving my TRV around inside my garage, doing LED light upgrades, I sometimes heard a sharp snap sound in right rear areas. Sounded like a very dry steel-on-steel hitting sounds. To my surprise, its right rear wheel nuts were all loose. Guess someone checked its rear brakes (via removing its tire) and only hand tightened its nuts. Ya. Very scary. Glad I caught it now - before hitting my local trails. So ya... Check all wheel nuts for proper tightness as well....

On a good note, my recently ordered 3 x rubber grommets (to hold its plastic side panels on), 2 x Low Beam 80W LED bulbs and 2 extra ignition keys arrived this week. My local Trail Pass arrived as well. Thus, we'll be hitting the local trails very soon.... Happy Dance in near future...

Note: You'll probably notice its been a month trying to get my 2011 AC TRV on the trails. If wondering, it only needed a few minor things. The main problem is our Tow Vehicle (to tow our ATV trailer around) got rear ended (with $9K damage) and its been in our local auto shop for 3+ weeks. We finally got it back this week as well. So, we're almost ready in this area as well... Happy Dance in this area as well...
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