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Just got my 1000 and i was told today i can't tow in reverse? why is that? Can someone please shed some light on this for me?
 

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its not that u cant, its that you shouldn't. that's just proper technique. but I bet almost everyone on here has done it on more than one occasion. lol
 

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There isn't nearly enough torque going in reverse to tow anything. Maybe few jerks but don't hold the throttle thinking it'll do it. Not sure why but it probably has to do with the clutch and directional logistics and gearing. I tried it once and let off the throttle as soon as smoke was coming out of my clutch exhaust.
 

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If you can avoid towing in reverse DO IT! Use the winch
 

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XMRs have spiral cut Gears not straight cut. Makes them stronger going fwd but weaker in reverse, so towing in reverse is a bad idea, if it starts bucking/jerking they are going to break.
 

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Actually you should never really pull or tug anything in reverse with any vehicle including atvs, trucks, cars, etc. Reason being is the ring and pinion gears in the differentials. One side of the ring and pinion teeth are cut straight (forward motion) and the other side is cut at an angle (reverse motion.)

Here's a picture showing what I mean. Take a close look at the ring gears teeth in the bottom right of the picture...




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Don't know about axles and diffs, but towing in reverse is the quickest way to smoke a belt.
 

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Don't know about axles and diffs, but towing in reverse is the quickest way to smoke a belt.

There's no reason reverse will have any effect on the belt that I can see. Only thing I can think of is the gear ratio of reverse vs low and it's probably pretty close, if not the same. I tried looking up the ratios of low and reverse and I can't find anything. But reverse doesn't feel any taller than low. The clutches function exactly the same in reverse and forward. Keep on kind, the gearing is done after the clutches. I hope you don't think these are like sleds that actually run in reverse for reverse gear and turn the clutches in reverse direction. Just curious why you think you'll smoke a belt.

Edit: Thinking people smoke the belt in reverse is maybe because of operator error? And I only say that because i find myself correcting fellow riders all the time for this when stuck or trying to pull someone out.... They'll hold the throttle to raise Rpms but they won't be moving. THATS the quickest way to smoke a belt. These aren't like automatics in a street vehicle with a torque converter, if the clutches are trying to engage but you're not moving, you're gonna smoke the belt real fast. Can't tell you how many times I see people do that. Gotta ether stay at idle, or hit the throttle fast enough to get the tires moving as soon as possible. The longer the Rpms are above idle without the tires moving, the more your wearing the belt. This may be obvious to some, but I'm surprised how many people have no idea.


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Not all ring and pinion gears are cut this way. The XMR has spiral cut like this but the regular outlander has straight cut gears.


Actually you should never really pull or tug anything in reverse with any vehicle including atvs, trucks, cars, etc. Reason being is the ring and pinion gears in the differentials. One side of the ring and pinion teeth are cut straight (forward motion) and the other side is cut at an angle (reverse motion.)

Here's a picture showing what I mean. Take a close look at the ring gears teeth in the bottom right of the picture...




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Not all ring and pinion gears are cut this way. The XMR has spiral cut like this but the regular outlander has straight cut gears.

Well if that's the case then towing in reverse shouldn't make a difference unless there's something in the gearbox that's different in reverse.


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