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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-29-2016, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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So my father and i picked up a 2009 kawasaki teryx Monster edition. The thing is a blast. Not sure if anyone here is familiar with them, or similar rides, but looking on insight as to what to look out for, what mods are necessary, and more specifically should it be so damn loud while riding. Im not talking exhaust, but just drivetrain / engine noise. I will post a video later this month when i go out for another ride. I won't be able to go to our land for a while as we are taking a family trip next weekend. Thanks for any tips, thoughts or advice.

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So my father and i picked up a 2009 kawasaki teryx Monster edition. The thing is a blast. Not sure if anyone here is familiar with them, or similar rides, but looking on insight as to what to look out for, what mods are necessary, and more specifically should it be so damn loud while riding. Im not talking exhaust, but just drivetrain / engine noise. I will post a video later this month when i go out for another ride. I won't be able to go to our land for a while as we are taking a family trip next weekend. Thanks for any tips, thoughts or advice.
Im not a TERX man, Im a Polaris Ranger/RZR man, so take what I say as general thoughts. Typically most CVT style machines are noisy. Those big rotating clutches doing their thing aren't very quiet. But it can be up to you if you think any noise is abnormal. Has it been ridden in the wet much, perhaps bearings need replaced, or maybe brakes are squeaking.. CV's etc all can be potential issues if it was regularly dunked in the mud as many of them are.

With Most CVT style machines, Worn belts / dirty clutches can drop performance AND make it run hot (clutch not engine). Doing a general checkout should be in order to make sure everything is clean. Make sure the clutch vent is unobstructed.
Clutch kits REALLY wake up CVT machines, and they are cheap. Dollar for dollar you will get significant more bang for the buck with clutch mods compared to exhaust, etc..

Check the Valves unless you got maintenance records with it and its not needed. Make sure Air filter seals good..

Again, those things often get ridden in wet muddy conditions.. Grease everything you can..

I know they are pretty reliable in general.
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Im not a TERX man, Im a Polaris Ranger/RZR man, so take what I say as general thoughts. Typically most CVT style machines are noisy. Those big rotating clutches doing their thing aren't very quiet. But it can be up to you if you think any noise is abnormal. Has it been ridden in the wet much, perhaps bearings need replaced, or maybe brakes are squeaking.. CV's etc all can be potential issues if it was regularly dunked in the mud as many of them are.

With Most CVT style machines, Worn belts / dirty clutches can drop performance AND make it run hot (clutch not engine). Doing a general checkout should be in order to make sure everything is clean. Make sure the clutch vent is unobstructed.
Clutch kits REALLY wake up CVT machines, and they are cheap. Dollar for dollar you will get significant more bang for the buck with clutch mods compared to exhaust, etc..

Check the Valves unless you got maintenance records with it and its not needed. Make sure Air filter seals good..

Again, those things often get ridden in wet muddy conditions.. Grease everything you can..

I know they are pretty reliable in general.

Awesome Thanks. I will check the clutch out, but in the meantime i will just order an OEM belt as a spare. I will look into clutch mods. I am not trying to go fast or traverse rivers with it, but sometimes you don't have a choice.
We are currently looking for another machine. Suggestions? What is a fair price for a used polaris if you happen to know? I am just getting into sxs's and i know they are pricey, but so cool that two or four can ride comfy down the trails.

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The Teryx has the engine right between the seats which make them noisy IMO. (all the ones with the engine between the seats seem noisy to me).
I'm hoping to get a side by side in the future. Very likely more of a sport SxS with the engine behind the seats.

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