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I just bought my Grizzly and I love it! I was wondering if you guys have some advice for me. I ride my bike through clear streams and in the sand dunes alot but I never pack my radiator with mud or debris. My fan comes on all the time to cool the bike down and I was wondering if I am ever going to be at risk of over heating? My heat light never comes on. Is it really necessary that I get an aftermarket radiator? Also, I have a warn 2500 winch installed and I was wondering if it is a problem if I get it soaking wet when I cross streams and stuff? I completely soak it and it still works but how long will that last? What are the things I should watchout for after I have a few miles on my bike(what is usually the first to break?) Is there a tire repair solution that works in the field? Thanks for everything guys, I appreciate any advice you might have! Gerald Strebendt
 

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Well Gerald welcome to the site, and congrats on the purchase of your Grizzly.

The overheating problem occours mostly in slow ridding conditions when their is not alot of air flow by the engine. Really caused by to much built up heat under the plastic and no where for it to go and in turn it heats up the gas in your tank and causes it to boil, in the worst case the result is vapor lock. That has been my expericence with my two 04 grizzlys. Usally seems to occur when trying to climb a hill and the machine will start to spit and sputter. Happened to me while rock crawling in MO.

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Mike
 

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Gerald,

Congratulations on your new machine. I noticed my fan came on alot when riding and I was concerned also. Someone told me to use "Engine Ice" instead of the regular coolant in the radiator. I tried it and now my fan seems to come on less and when it does come on it only runs for a minute or two then stops. Before with the regular antifreeze it would run and run and run untill it cooled down enough. Engine Ice is test proven to run 50 degrees cooler then regular antifreeze. I live in New England where the climate isn't that extreme for heat and so far the Engine Ice is working just fine. Check out the website for this product it has alot of good info. the product is made by Cyclelogic.

As for the winch, I have the same one and I have submerged it in water/mud and packed it with snow where it was frozen in an ice pack so to speak. I haven't had any problems with it whatsoever. I did purchase a winch cover from Cabelas for $20.00 just to keep the mud off of it and that alone helped in keeping the winch clean to a certain extent.

As for the tire repair solution goes, go to walmart and buy a tire plug kit and a 12 volt mini air compressor ($10.00). That mini air compressor has saved me and many of my riding buddies more then once. I will say this about the stock dunlop tires on the grizzlys, THEY SUCK. I bought the mudlites and they are a good tire. Any 6 ply tire is much better then a 2 ply dunlop, so when you upgrade choose a good 6 ply tire, you wont be sorry. Good luck and ride safe.
 
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