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8-12" slush pooor performance

Well I just got back from Western Md. and the week before they had 1-2' of snow, but right before I got there they got about a inch of rain and it melted alot of the snow and turned the rest to about 8" of slush with mud underneath. Tried the Teryx a 09 sport and didn't do very well. With myself and another guy we could only go half way up a steep hill. Even in 4wd low you could watch the front tires spin and dig holes. It seemed the tires turned like a person with a ratchet, slow then hesatate then slow, and it just burried itself, and we had to go back down. The locker just dug deeper. It seemed we ran out of power on the way up also. I'm used to a 400 Honda Foreman that rarely gets stuck, but the ride is bumpy, so I went to the Teryx. The Honda also spins the tires like my truck, even with no hesatation. Do I need more power, tires, clutch etc. I'm thinking about getting a MSD, and clutch, but wonder if I need to save for a standard bore kit. How much does a standard bore cost, and how hard is it to install, any books or videos on this,or good mechanics in the Delaware area? Also my friend was going everywhere on his 650 prarie and 589 tires, didn't even dig down to the mud, just keep going even with 2 guys?
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To go from totally stock to everything you need to go with a std bore kit you will spend $2500 to $3000



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Don't get where you say it doesn't seem like it had the power to turn them? The bike will turn 31" outlaws stock...(A foreman 400 won't.)

Either way a teryx weighs over twice as much as a four wheeler with just the teryx alone let alone with a passenger riding. Sounds to me like you had a lack of momentum and poor traction.
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Yes I was only going about 5mph starting up the hill. When I was coming down the hill before it I had to slow down, for a turn that is 12' wide with a ditch on one side and a pond on the other. How hard is it to install a std bore kit, and where can I get info to do most of the work myself?
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Hunterworks.com for standard bore (if I remember right)
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Did you air down a bit for the snow? It should help some.
Stock Teryx tires are not the best for snow.
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had 10 psi in tires
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THe other thing is that if you are spinning and needing momentum you may need to use H range to keep the engine in the right torque range. You need to be very careful though when you do this to not smoke a belt. If you know how to drive your Teryx well enough, H can be your friend when you need the extra wheel speed and momentum.

I know this because in 19 inches of snow I could not make it up my steep driveway in L, but I could in H. My belt if fine, but I am running a Dalton Clutch Kit/OD Cover and I have about 3K miles experience in how to hook up the clutch and keep it engaged and when to get back out of it if necessary. It is something you have to drive it to learn with the Teryx or your belts will not last. This is with the stock tires also at 10lbs. With larger tires, it gets more and more hard not to smoke a belt.

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Yes I was only going about 5mph starting up the hill. When I was coming down the hill before it I had to slow down, for a turn that is 12' wide with a ditch on one side and a pond on the other. How hard is it to install a std bore kit, and where can I get info to do most of the work myself?
Like anything else it is not hard if you know what your doing. If you have not done this kind of work before get a service manual.

Several tips you won't find in a service manual though.



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From what I am reading, good tires, little lower air psi and more speed......and you would probably have made it up. I have 27" XTR's and last spring when it started melting around here I tried coming up a steep hill on a pipeline and really didn't think I would make it but sure did! Low range, locked front diff and foot to the floor and she got up it. I was very impressed... It was soft snow with some mud underneath, maybe not quite the same but tires are the #1 way to get through stuff.

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