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I probably should have mentioned they work really good in deep snow
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Hi all, The last trip to the cabin, on the way down I started to get a little hot where I had to stop and add water a couple of times.
What I found at home is the bottom of the upper radiator hose had a hole in it. Not sure how it happened, the hose was not rotted and it was cut through the string reinforcement. I don't know how it could have got cut by abrasion where the cut was located. I put a new hose on it and when I tested it I could see the weep hole on the water pump weeping a little. I ordered a water pump and timing belt kit figuring that while I am in there I should change the belt too. It showed up yesterday so I put it on today. Tomorrow I will fill it with water and test my work, then button it up and take it back to the Mountain as I have decided to just leave the tracks on it fr summer use. The terrain there is very steep with loose dirt. If I put tires on it I'm not sure it will climb the hills. The whole reason to have it up there is to be able to drive around on the property. If I have to stay on the roads it defeats the purpose. So that being said I will soon order a set of tracks for the Van and get it ready for winter.
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Hi all, The last trip to the cabin, on the way down I started to get a little hot where I had to stop and add water a couple of times.
What I found at home is the bottom of the upper radiator hose had a hole in it. Not sure how it happened, the hose was not rotted and it was cut through the string reinforcement. I don't know how it could have got cut by abrasion where the cut was located. I put a new hose on it and when I tested it I could see the weep hole on the water pump weeping a little. I ordered a water pump and timing belt kit figuring that while I am in there I should change the belt too. It showed up yesterday so I put it on today. Tomorrow I will fill it with water and test my work, then button it up and take it back to the Mountain as I have decided to just leave the tracks on it fr summer use. The terrain there is very steep with loose dirt. If I put tires on it I'm not sure it will climb the hills. The whole reason to have it up there is to be able to drive around on the property. If I have to stay on the roads it defeats the purpose. So that being said I will soon order a set of tracks for the Van and get it ready for winter.
Today I buttoned up the timing belt/ water pump installation added water, ran it, burped the system. the temperature is stable and no leaks. Tomorrow I am going to pull it off of the trailer and give it a good long test, then add coolant and go to the mountain.
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Today I pulled it off of the trailer. Then took it for a ride around the property a good long while, loading it hard. It is about 80 degrees today which is a lot warmer than the winter at the mountain and about as hot as it gets there in the summer. Tomorrow I will drain the water and add coolant, then put the bumper and radiator cover back on, clean it up and put it back on the trailer. Next week I am going back to the work cabin and can report how it does on the mountain. I am getting ready to order a new set of tracks for the van.
I settled on Mattracks EZ UTV for up to 3500#, the van loaded with people and luggage will be around 2000#. The Mattracks have a little larger foot print than the Compulast tracks so they should do well. $4,100.00 plus shipping with no adapters or anti rotation. They wanted $1500.00 for the brackets and spacers, its a weekend in the shop making them and mine on the Suzuki are much stronger than the store bought. 16 weeks lead time.
I plan to go ahead and change the water pump, hoses and timing belt on the van when I put the tracks on to get ahead of any maintenance that could cause me problems in the snow later.
So far I am very happy with the performance of the Suzuki. If I had done the water pump and hoses when I got it I wound not have had any issues at all.
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Seem you'll do better with Matts than the Camos pods. I always wanted to run some but never had the opportunity..
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Seem you'll do better with Matts than the Camos pods. I always wanted to run some but never had the opportunity..
The Camso pods were a trade deal where I didn't have to buy them, so far I have nothing bad to say about them. The Suzuki went everywhere I needed to go with them without any problems at all. I don't see any obvious ware happening to anything. I am an amateur compared to you guys that work them for a living.
I am going with the Mattracks because they are a little cheaper and the SQ. inches are a little more, thats it. I use them for cabin access in the winter and the Suzuki will be used in the summer. They both may see 75 to 100 miles each year, so they should last for a while. I don't know the speed at which you groom at but most of the time I am running about 10 mph on narrow, steep with switchbacks, snow covered mountain road that if your lucky a skid steer hasn't roughed everything up real good for you. Its about 5 miles off grid. When I get the Mattracks and put them on I will post it.
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Finally, got it all buttoned up, put the bumper and radiator cover on. While I was there I did some other maintenance as I noticed the front tracks were a little toe out so made that adjustment, also when braking up a steep hill from flat the passenger side rubbed the body a little so I made that adjustment. All the work was tested then I cleaned it up. Next week I am going back to the mountain with it. The week after I will do the lift kit then a water pump, timing belt and hoses the van. Might as well head the problems off up front.
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Check your articulation angles on the tracks, my first set of camoplast tracks would hit when I would come into a steep incline (aka blowing into a plow bank to scare the bejesus outta my passengers)
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