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I started my search for a new ATV about 3 months ago! I was very specific in what I wanted... Can Am Outlander 1000 XT... And it must be in decent condition for a good price!!! More importantly, did I say it must be at a good price?

I searched many local dealers and while the first price point seemed high, they charged insane fees for maintenance and tax ($2k+ above asking price). Therefore, I started focusing on private party sales.

Low and behold, I found a camo Outlander that seemed perfect... The price was right and it needed a little TLC... Ok, a lot of TLC. Still very good bones!

I drove 3 hours down to AL go pick it up on a Sunday! I was extremely excited to see that it was actually in better condition than I thought it would be from the pictures... I knew I'd be sinking a few grand into it to get it back to top shape... At the price point, I knew it had been mudded / submerged... One look under the hood confirmed it.

Anyway, below are a few pictures the individual sent to me as it stood day one... More to come!









 

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Once I got it back to the house, I started my laundry list of "things to do"...

First things first, lets get the pink handle bar grips off!! :)

The front right fender was cracked along with the right footboard... Those two things will be replaced... One headlight was out... The Winch cable appears like it sat in a bath of salt water for several years! There was so much rust on that damn thing, it would hardly flex when I pulled it out. And the list goes on...

Oil Change.... Gearbox Oil.... Bleed the brakes.... Antifreeze change... Focused on fluids first and handle those are priority 1!

Here's a shot of the outty with the panels peeled back!

As you can see, a little dried on, caked on mud!







 

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The exhaust definitely had some baked on mud! So, I decided to use my wheel grinder to get the mud off and grind it back down to the metal. Once I got it down to the metal, I used some high temp header paint and coated the entire thing black. Since I'll be riding this a good bit, I decided to do an exhaust wrap to help with the heat.



My "tree ornaments"!





Exhaust wrap applied and back on the outty... PITA to do! There's one bolt on the rear exhaust header that is a beast to remove.... Patience is your friend! While I was at it, I re-applied new heat tape on the gas tank... Just so I don't go up in flames! The old tape as you can see, needed help.



And back on...awaiting one more heat shield / cover for the muffler. I also replaced all the heat shields with new...the old ones had mud baked on all of them... It was so thick it fell off in chunks.

 

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Awesome! She looks like she's been ridden hard and put away wet , but i'm sure you'll make it good as new , you never said how much you picked it up for lol. How much miles and hours? Should be a sweet project!
 

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I also replaced the rear metal bumper, the rear linq rack and rails (original one broken), the clutch cover with new decals on both sides, new right fender with decal, new right foot board, stainless steel can am foot pegs, new can am grips, new inner fenders on the front right side, new air filter and gasket, new synthetic rope for the winch, Extreme front bumper (which I love!!!).



 

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Next up, wheels and tires!!! I'm just now going through the process of deciding on which ones to go with.... I'm currently stuck on Outlaw 2 28" with some MSA M17's...shifting between black and bronze... Honestly, the bronze looks pretty slick!
 

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Awesome! She looks like she's been ridden hard and put away wet , but i'm sure you'll make it good as new , you never said how much you picked it up for lol. How much miles and hours? Should be a sweet project!
Just north of $7K USD with about 970 miles with 150 hours... she was absolutely rode hard and put up wet!
 

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I also replaced the plastic bumper end caps...those things are expensive piece of crap parts! Looks good, but Can Am should have made a permanent metal end piece!

I was also missing the engine cover, I quickly replaced that as well. I've done so much on this over the past few months, I'm sure I forgot to list it all here! I'll take more pictures once the weather dries up outside!
 

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Awesome! Exciting.. Good luck!
 

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looks like it was snorkeled at one point
 

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Well after looking at several wheel / tires combos I finally decided to pull the trigger on some 28" Silverbacks! Man I love the way they made this thing look. It's an absolutely perfect fit with a 1" rear wheel spacer. Still need to install the 1" spring spacers to add a little height but they still look great even with the stock height.





 

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looks good, I'm 30 mins south of you, where do you ride? I go out to Ballground on some leased property or head over to highland park
 
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