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YXZ CHECKLIST
Planning to purchase a YXZ, or have you already? Read through this post for a list of recommended checks and preventative additions to your new YXZ to keep you on the trail!​





Coolant Hoses
A technical service bulletin (TSB) was released to dealers and service reps regarding coolant lines. Specifically the hose clamps holding the coolant lines in place. While the issue appears to have been resolved, if you happen to pick up a Yellow Special Edition YXZ, it wouldn't hurt to check all the hose clamps on your coolant lines and make sure everything's tight. You can always replace the clamps with standard worm screw hose clamps if your not confident in the factory clamps. UPDATE: This is happening on more than just the early SE's, please check your coolant lines.​

Harnesses
Just like the roll cage, the factory seat belts offer minimal protection. A good harness set up is highly recommended. 5 point harnesses are the ultimate setup, but a 4 point system will still do you far better than the factory seat belt. Also, 3 inch belts will be more comfortable and safer than 2 inch belt harnesses. Your new restraints will be mounted to the factory belt mounts in the floor, and to the horizontal bar just behind the headrests. The factory harness bar is too tall (at least for 99% of the worlds population), to correct this you will need to make some modifications to your YXZ. There are a couple different ways of doing this, but the most common and easiest way is to simply install a lowered harness bar available at many different retailers. (note that the Dragonfire Harness anchor kit can be used instead of lowering the harness bar, both are NOT needed) You will also either need to install some mount extensions for the lower, inner mounts, or modify the factory mounts. There are many places you can obtain the required hardware and harnesses, for one easy link, check out Weller Racing.​

Key Log
Take a couple of minutes to log your vehicle specific information, especially your key number. http://www.yxztalk.com/forum/10-yxz-general-discussion/12001-make-note-your-key-number.html#post162449

Mud Flaps
In addition to the A-Arms being sandblasted, the inside portion of the rear wheels (and related components) have been reported to take a beating by the roost from the front tires. Some simple mud flaps placed in front of the rear wheels can help to minimize this wear and tear. As far as I know, no manufacture has stepped up to make the mudflaps. This leaves us to craft our own, which is not very difficult at all, and very low cost. More info on the subject can be found here: http://www.yxztalk.com/forum/10-yxz-general-discussion/5402-anyone-making-us-any-sort-mud-flaps-yet.html

Rear Sway Bar Lock Collars
Probably the most common problem and yet easiest to fix problem with the YXZ is the rear sway bar shifting side to side during riding. This can cause your sway bar linkage to break, rather easily in fact. This problem is easily fixed by installing Shaft Collars on the sway bar just to the inside of the factory aluminum crimped on shaft collars. Shaft collars are pretty easy to find online. You will need: (2) 1-1/4 inch (or 32mm) Two-Piece Clamp-on Shaft Collars. Weller Racing also offers and very nice set, Weller Sway Bar Clamps. Further info on the subject can be found here: http://www.yxztalk.com/forum/27-yxz-suspension/930-sway-bar-end-link-issue.html. If/when you do have an end link failure Weller's Sway Bar Links have proven to be bullet proof.​

Roll Cage
The factory roll cage is nice and all, but if you plan to do more than an easy Sunday drive, (and you will, trust me) you might want to think about upgrading your roll cage. There are several companies that make some bolt on enhancements, and many more that make complete replacements. Whatever your fancy or budget, additional protection is always recommended. Check out the Roll Cage Forum and the Vendors Sections for more information and options.​

Roll Over Valve (Fuel Tank Vent)
While this seems to be a rare problem, it is worth noting. The fuel line vent "Roll Over Valve" is a very light check valve that closes when the vehicle rolls over. This prevents fuel from leaking out the vent and creating a fire hazard. In rare cases the "Roll Over Valve" can stick closed, causing the tank pressure to rise. If you ever notice pressure in your fuel tank when removing the cap, check the vent hose. If the hose is clear, you likely have a sticking Roll Over Valve. The valve can be removed, but the vent tubing must be elongated and re-routed to create a fuel-air trap system. More details and info can be found in this thread: http://www.yxztalk.com/forum/10-yxz-general-discussion/17050-dangerous-pressure-gas-tank.html

Seat Bolts
Enough reports of this to warrant adding it to the list. Check your seat back cushion bolts, both after delivery and after the first 100 miles. A better solution yet would be to remove the bolts and reinstall with Blue 242 thread locker. Reference thread: http://www.yxztalk.com/forum/106-yxz-roll-cages-seats-belts/20682-driver-seat-missing-bolts.html

Shock Covers
This is not a problem found only on the YXZ, but is a common occurrence with most side by sides. The shock shafts can be dinged up or scratched over time, causing the seals to leak. A cheap and easy solution is to protect your shocks with covers. PAC Racing Shock Cover

Shock Settings
Your YXZ may not have come from your dealer having had the shocks properly set. It is recommended that you verify the suspension settings and set them to the baseline outlined in the owners manual before your first ride. Yamaha and Fox have also release a very informative video on how to tune your shocks that is worth watching. It can be found in this thread http://www.yxztalk.com/forum/27-yxz-suspension/10529-ridefox-suspension-basic-setup-video.html

Steering Rack
Multiple reports of steering racks coming loose, it is recommend to check your steering mounting bolts. Mounting bolts torque to 35-lb/ft. As an extra measure the bolts can be removed and blue Loctite can be added. Thread reference http://www.yxztalk.com/forum/10-yxz-general-discussion/9962-check-your-steering-rack.html.​

Swing/A-Arm Protection
Do you plan to ride in gravel? Several owners have reported that the powder coating on the A-arms can get worn off very quickly in gravel due to the roost coming off the tires. If you think you'll be riding in gravel a fair amount, it may be worth it to protect your A-arms from an unnecessary sand blasting by installing skid plates. There may be others on the market, but I do know that Factory UTV offers A-arm skid plates. Simple mud flaps may also be an easier and cheaper route to solve the same problem. See the next topic below.
Factory UTV

Water Temperature Monitoring
2016 YXZ's do not have the ability (past and idiot light) to give you feedback on water temperature. Adding a way to monitor your water temperature, especially if you ride in muddy conditions, is recommended. Weller racing offers an easy way to add water temperature monitoring to your YXZ. Weller Thermostat Housing. Also lots of information and DIY avilable in this tread, http://www.yxztalk.com/forum/25-yxz-engine/4642-wanting-add-water-temperature-gauge.html


More info in the following threads, definitely worth reading:
http://www.yxztalk.com/forum/10-yxz-general-discussion/2250-out-crate-changes.html
http://www.yxztalk.com/forum/27-yxz-suspension/3482-protect-your-rear-shocks.html
http://www.yxztalk.com/forum/10-yxz-general-discussion/727-yxz-1000-oil-leak-problems-other-problems.html
http://www.yxztalk.com/forum/10-yxz-general-discussion/629-thoughts-oil-break.html
 

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Sticky worthy for sure! Thank you Dayton for taking this on!! Let's keep this thread clean and uncluttered
 

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When I removed my skid plate to change the trans fluid, engine oil and filter and do an inspection. I found the main engine wiring harness ground wire loose. The retaining bolt was started aprox 2 threads. This bolt is located right next to the engine oil drain bolt. I should have taken a picture! There was aprox 10 threads still exposed on the retaining bolt.
 

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CV Boot clamp slid off boot on outside of passenger side axle. Don't forget to just do a once over at the cv boots for grease showing before heading out.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions guys. Sorry I haven't made much progress the past week or so, just been busy with family and more importantly, finally riding my YXZ! I'll get back to work on this soon. :)
 

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For people who will be riding thru muddy Water sections, splash guards are definitely needed.

I will be looking into options to help thid concern this week. Hopefully I can jiar ake some sort of plastic shrouds around the radiator in there.
 

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Remove door skins and lock tight door hardware! Mine loosened up after a couple hours. I recall others had this issue as well.
 

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Some good post. A reminder, this thread is for checklist and new vehicle verification not your personal preferences in shock setup, mods you've done, etc.
 

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Put some more work into tonight. I think that's pretty much it for the "recommended additions/fixes" portion. I'm contemplating putting clutch upgrades in there. Seems the clutch issues have died down a bit now.

What do you guys think? Recommend installing HD clutch plates before it leaves the garage, or wait and see if you have problems with the stock plates?
 

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I don't think it is a mandatory change and this thread should be more about things that need to be done. Clutch changes are an opinion just like shock setups and light bars.

My .02
 

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you might want to add something about the rear diff seal leaking where the driveshaft goes into the diff leaking. also ive heard of several rear outer cv boots having holes in them right off the showroom floor.
 

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Been a bit absent, just found the steering rack thread. Thanks for throwing that in there Marc!
 

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Hey Dayton, you might want to include something about writing your YXZ's individual key number in the owner's manual....before you lose it and need to call a locksmith. I'm just guessing here, but I bet it would be a lot less expensive to replace it.
 
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