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post #1 of 10 Old 04-30-2016, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone. I am a proud owner of a '15 1000xt. Unfortunately I dont get out these days nearly as much as I would like. However when I do get out there seems to be a couple small things that are tough to ignore. Squeaky steering, inaccurate gas gauge and the constant worry of high or low gear and when is it important to use each gear. I previously owned an '07 grizz 700. Aside from a couple basic fixes over 7 years and nearly 7000km, there was never an issue when out riding. The clutching was great, high gear almost all the time, no squeaky steering and.gas gauge was true. I love my can am but would love some.words of encouragement. Tough.to spend that money have such little silly things always on your mind instead of enjoying the ride. Lets hear your thoughts and experiences with said issues.
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I'm 50 have had all major brands of bikes, and about 6 Can Am's, I do not ride mine much either, so I would say if the gas gauge is a little off, well that really doesn't seem like a huge problem, just keep it full. I wonder if there is an adjustment on the level reader? as far as squeaking steering, I am thinking maybe you need some grease in the front fittings, from my experience It seems best to grease these rides very regularly. I hardly ever use low, because I usually always am going over 20 MPH on mine since most of my riding in on streets or flat packed wide open trails. so if you are going 20 MPH or under go low, and over 20 mph most of the time then stay in high. No need to worry about your ride with the things you mentioned, enjoy it, to me it's a much better machine then all the others.

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Could be the steer stem bushings, lower one is not too bad to get at but the top is a real PITA.

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Do not worry about gear unless you are going really slow for a long time or pulling. High is fine unless you feel like you are slipping the belt. I drive in high almost everywhere except going under 7 or so for long time or pulling.

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Grease or lube your steering stem or simply spray some penitrating lube down it. I drive low 98% of the time but I also have an Xmr

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styk is right.....likely steering stem bushings. Grease them good once, and forget it!

Clutching....well its hard to compare a 35hp engine with a wet clutch to a 82hp dry clutch. The wet clutch is more forgiving in all cases, but is not meant for high HP applications. This is why so many people with the Arctic Cat 1000 ATV were doing dry clutch conversions.....to eliminate the slipping wet clutch system, and put the power to the ground! Its a give and take.....you want the power....and the smiles, or you want the quad you can drive in HI all day long without issues?

I get that its frustrating.....but you just have to get used to it. And if you dont want to deal with that side of it, I hate to say it, but you're better off on a Grizz.
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46.6 HP on your old Grizz. I too had a 2007 and also newer ones. My stock bore high compression/ported/cammed and more 2007 could clean a stock Outlander 800's clock in 300 feet. I've beat piped/fuel controller/filtered 800's too. That's nothing to sneeze at. I hardly ever had to use low. It would come up on demand in high because of it's mods and the way I had it set up.

Stock to stock, the only thing Can-Am has over a Yamaha is the power. Some might say looks too. I like the looks of both a lot. My 16 XMR 1000R was beast no doubt. But I also had another Grizzly with 31" laws and a lift. HL Extreme Clutch kit, 2" HL lift, and a CDI. That's it. The thing would wheelie much easier than my XMR because the XMR is longer and heavier. It winched out easier than the XMR. Had a much better locker and front brakes too. It was a fun as my XMR unless I was WOT...which you can't do most of the time unless you are racing, in the soft stuff, or had room to do it. That's where the big power comes into play. Big power does not come into play in the slow technical/tight stuff. Even with an XTP.

If Yamaha ever put a powerful v-twin in their ATV's, Can-Am would lose a lot more customers. Can-Am don't stand behind their customers much after the sale either. Yamaha is great with their dealers on warranty stuff...which makes getting things fixed easier for us.

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Well thanks for all the feedback. Dont get me wrong I bought the outlander for the.raw hp. I still stand as a yamaha supporter but of course they are lacking in the power war. The issues are so small of course which leads to frustration when I look at the bill. Very different bikes indeed. And yes smiles are a plenty when im juice the throttle!!!
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I'll second what Jamey said, if Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki ever entered the power wars and came up with a machine that was every bit as good as the King and Grizzly is but with 80HP or so I'm sure Polaris and Can Am would lose a lot of sales.

BigC, I too bought my XMR purely for the raw HP, I'd rather but the money into the machine up front for the HP than tear into the engine and mod the machine to raise the bar a little, I personally want as a reliable machine as possible. My XMR is to new to determine if it will be as reliable as the King Quad it replaces.

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Well said. That engine is intoxicating. I hope it brings you lots of joy and stays reliable. Know when and how to treat and ride it and you will fair better than some. Take care of that heat issue asap. Never use high towing and use low where needed. They truly are awesome machines.

For me, tearing into a new Grizzly 700 motor was not even a factor. It's a proven single that's easy to work on. Even the big bores have proven reliable. Mine was a stock bore with a high compression Weisco, Raptor Hotcam, porting, and all the usual external mods. The new ones have a larger piston with a little more compression. It makes noticeably more power than the older ones walks right away from a piped older one. Lol.

Then the clutch. Yamaha clutches are so easy to work on and get where you want them without having to order these expensive as heck sheaves.

When I get a new Grizzly in the future, it will be torn into within a few months no doubt. If they ever do a twin, all the better for some of us. I don't think they really have to though.

The Kings feel a lot bulkier. Not after hopping off my XMR though. Lol. The King feels like a toy. My brother still has a King and a 650 Max in the stables. I ride them when I want.

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