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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-16-2010, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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CVT Sucks

I have an 09' teryx LE and for the most part I love this UTV. The suspension, engine, looks etc are great! But, I HATE the CVT transmission. It's noisy, Produces alot of heat, engine revs too high when you just want to creep through the woods, shudders when you take off with a load, slips when you get it wet, and most of all is just an absolute weak point in the drivetrain. I could go on and on but I will stop for now.

So, here is my question. What can I do to improve the function and performace of the CVT? How's the CVT on the other brands compared to the Teryx? I know the Honda has the auto similar to the Rubicon, but its so damn big and ugly I couldnt bring myself to buy it.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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I don't have the problems that you are discribing or I just don't notice them, I have a 2006 Rhino and when I bought it I guess I just got use to the CVT and actually love them, I have the vforce john mod in mine and doing 840 kit and when I get through with the engine kit I will also install a clutch wieght kit

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Clutch kit or a clutch mod like VFJ does will solve some of your problems.
It will not solve the noise or heat issue.
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snorkle the intake and exhaust for belt housing to keep belt from getting wet, they are pretty low and water gets in pretty easily, if it shudders on take off u need to adjust belt deflection, new belts stretch and need adjusted after about 10hrs but will be good after that. and a clutch kit will help belt life and performance as well. i wouldnt consider it a weakj point, just needs a lil maint. once in awhile. i heard the polaris utvs are really hard on belts but cant testify to that, i got 2 buddys with hi mile rhinos and they never have trouble, of course, they never have the lead either
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Of the things you describe I only have the noise issue. Of course I am not running oversize tires, hammering the throttle to the floor all the time, jumping sand dunes, using my Teryx as a boat, or rooting it around in the mud like a warthog. Have 105 hours on mine, the belt has never been touched, and it takes me into the big rocks without any problem. If I was to complain it would be about the piss poor factory cooling system.
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I will definately snorkle the CVT soon, as I use the Teryx for hunting in Louisiana and there is deep water everywhere. I checked the belt deflection and it seemed good, but I did it with a dial caliper and my own judgement as far as how much force to use. But your right it didn't do this when brand new so maybe the belt stretched a little. I still don't understand the "rattling" when first accelerating??? I don't think it did this when new either so maybe the deflection will help with this also. Any suggestions on which clutch kit is best? I plan on running 28" mud lites in the near future.


thanks for the input!
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i would suggest the dalton clutch kit, i run 28" mudzillas.
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I assume you are always in low gear when you are crawling around slowly.
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I assume you are always in low gear when you are crawling around slowly.
No, I find that I can control the Teryx much better in high. Low range is very jerky. I disconected the engine brake b/c of this, but I can still get into a sequence in low where I guess the belt is catching/letting go..... and it is very jerky. This doesnt happen in high. Is this normal???
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Build you a 4 in x 6 in ramp and attach to the floor board,to suport your heal. Then just sebd your clutch to V Force John Machines the sheaves cuts over drive plate 400 with springs and 2 day shipping. Go over to kawieatvforum and do a search for more info. Or just call john at interstate motors. His mod rocks. I am running 27.5 pit bull growlers, man they hook up. No belt prob.
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