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    Low vs High gear on the trails

    Went out to bruderheim today......a family friend joined us with his quad (Can Am Renegade). My fiancee and i both drive polaris sportsmans.......anyways, he said that on the trails we should be in HIGH gear always unless its in the mud as riding the trails in LOW would be really hard on the transmission.

    I have always been in the belief that LOW is the way to go on the trails (not wide open flat terrain - eg-roads - for that we always switch into HIGH)

    Id love to hear some input on this......TIA



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    Re: Low vs High gear on the trails

    I use high range for anything fast, other than that my 850xp stays in low range.
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    Re: Low vs High gear on the trails

    Really depends on the machine. My outlander is in high range most of the time. Same as my XPT. My wildcat 1000 spends most of its time in low as it will blow belts easily in high range.
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    Re: Low vs High gear on the trails

    Depends on machine and gearing.

    Tire size and terrain.
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    Re: Low vs High gear on the trails

    Whenever my speed is on the slower side I always ride in low range, machine is way more responsive and does not bog, if your really aggressive high range all the way, hard and fast, I'm just getting to old for that. I'm on a 700 griz but do the same on twins

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    Re: Low vs High gear on the trails

    Depends on the trail if its easy slow riding ill leave it in high. If the trail gets technical, loose, hilly then i switch it over to low. Oh a high power machine leaving it in high when your going slow and get into some technical situations you can do some damage quickly. We had to leave a can am 1000 out in the bush due to snapped front diff from using high. If your buddy reads the can am hand book they recommend being in low range for anything under 20-30km

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    Re: Low vs High gear on the trails

    Quote Originally Posted by Zrock View Post
    Depends on the trail if its easy slow riding ill leave it in high. If the trail gets technical, loose, hilly then i switch it over to low. Oh a high power machine leaving it in high when your going slow and get into some technical situations you can do some damage quickly. We had to leave a can am 1000 out in the bush due to snapped front diff from using high. If your buddy reads the can am hand book they recommend being in low range for anything under 20-30km

    ahh the old read the handbook trick!!!! funny most don't read it, until the old tranny or diff grenade trick. besides i'm of the crowd that likes to smell the roses on the trails, the time in a hospital in recovery cuts into riding and enjoyment time.
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    Re: Low vs High gear on the trails

    Lol... funny I ride a a.c. but read the can am hand book



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    Re: Low vs High gear on the trails

    I usually pick range by the terrain/speed I want to ride. As stated earlier I also am getting to old for high speed aggressive riding. Slow down and smell the roses works best for me. You will also be less likely to wreck stuff in low range when travelling at lower speeds. JMO

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    Low vs High gear on the trails

    Good rule of thumb is under 30 run low. You can tell when itís too fast for low then stop and shift to high. Iíve seen a few people blow belts going too slow/hard for high gear

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