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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 2:09 pm 
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Well, going to deploy this week. I'll be storing my Can am outlander EFI and my carborated Polaris Phenoix 200 outside, under atv covers, in Colorado winter conditions.
To be specific, the Can Am is under a ATV cover, under a tarp, and about 80% under the overhang of my truck camper. The Polaris is under a tarp fully under my truck camper. I have not had an ATV in the past (no experence) and these are both used quads without manuals. What do I need to do to winterize them for 8 months?
I just washed, waxed, and armor alled the plastic, then I added Stabilize to both and ran them around to circulate it. Then parked the Outlander Max Can Am (EFI) (no fuel shut off that I know of), but shut off the fuel in the Polaris and drove till the carb was empty.
Do I need to:
1) Fog?
2) Disconect battery or
3) Remove battery?
4) Somehow remove weight off the tires?
5) Do something to the Can am cooling system?
6) What about the oil?
7) Spray anti-rust on anything like brake rotors etc?
8) Anything I cannot think of?

Thanks!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 9:05 pm 
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Change the oil and filter for sure. Try not to run it much after doing this, just enough to get the new oil circulated.

Fog the engine good, then take out the spark plug and insert a tablespoon of straight 30W motor oil. Take off both valve cover and so the same there (lubing the seals in particular). Do not run them after you do this.

Set the quads up on blocks or what ever you have to get the tires completely off the ground, preventing dry rot.

Take to batteries out and store them someplace that doesn't freeze, and put both of them on a float charger, not a trickle charger. Small float chargers can be gotten pretty cheap at some auto parts stores and Harbor Freight Tools.

Make sure the tarps or covers do not go clear to the ground, allowing some air circulation under the quads, even if there will be snow blowing. Trapped moisture under a quad can ruin it in short order.

As long as the coolant is not old or contaminated, and of the right mix for the temps expected, nothing needs done to it.


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