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Old 03-21-2011, 07:50 AM
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AWD vs 4x4

How do you AWD riders like it compared to if you ever had a 4x4? I had a Yamaha 400 BigBear, stick shift, 4x4. I knew when it was in 4x4 I would have all tires pulling. If I was climbing I did not have to wait until the AWD kicked in. The AWD always has the rear wheels pushing until they spin then the fronts activate. This is very noticabe when cornering on a gravel road and the rearend slides out, all wheels not pulling. I was going up a 50deg hill, well there goes the 25deg rule, when the AWD kicked in and pulled me to the left into a 2' root hole which caused the machine to raise up and roll. On other hills I've noticed that when the front wheels lock They pull it one way or the other. I'm just triing to get use to it.
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Old 03-21-2011, 07:58 AM
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I have not noticed any side pull when it activates. You will probably get that on the viscoloc set up where one front wheel is engaged before the other one kicks in.
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:00 AM
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well actually your big bear and the polaris are both 4x4's neither are awd. AWD is when power is applied to all 4 wheels all the time with a single speed transfer case, 4x4 is a multi speed / selectable 4x4 or 4x2. I do notice when the front wheels engage that the machine pulls one way or the other ONLY when the bars are not 100% straight, which it should act this way. Or it may pull if something is worn out or to "tight" not allowing smooth rotation, check and see by putting the atv on jackstands and run it in 2wd then select 4x4 and press throttle, it should not pull the bar either way now.
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:08 AM
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Awd

The polaris are advertised as AWD and only the rear wheels are active in AWD mode, until rear spin is noticed. When the Yamaha was in 4x4 mode all wheels were active and it was hard to get sideways on gravel. This is a 2010 500, 280 miles so I don't believe I've any warn parts.
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:18 AM
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The polaris are advertised as AWD
yeah I know, not sure why they do that. I've also seen actual single speed tranfercase AWD's advertised as a "full time 4x4" which is wrong. I see what your saying about how your old atv was "locked in" no wheel spin needed, and I think the reasoning behind polaris not doing that is if left in 4x4 and it was locked then it would have un-needed strain on parts and be a lot harder to turn. Kinda like the chevys 4x4s with the atuotrac transfercases. You could put it in auto 4x4 and drive all around town in snowy or slick conditions and once the rear tires slip the front kicks in via a clutch but on a nice nice it would convert to 2wd until needed.
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:19 AM
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I've never had any problems with mine. Never even know if it's engaged or not, other than the front tires slinging mud and rocks.
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Old 03-21-2011, 01:59 PM
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I could really tell if mine was working properly on the snow covered lake this year. It was hard to tell if it was working just on a dirt road, but yes you could get it to slide around cornors just fine. If you took off in 6-8" of snow the rear end went down until the 4 wheel kicked in. Then away you went, no side pull at all. I also had it in 2wd and thought it was not working properly, until I noticed where the switch was. This got moved when I got off of my machine with my gloves on and I never noticed. Believe me you will never go nowhere, in 2wd, with 8" of snow and your rear wheels down to the ice pulling a fishing shanty. Also all 4 wheels pull... this is great compared to my friends Yamaha .
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Maybe they advertise it as AWD because there is no straight axle and at no point can the user cause the front wheels to lock in. If I understand it right, each wheel is actually getting power seperate of every other wheel. I dunno, just guessing.
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:41 PM
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Different air pressure in the two front tires can pull noticeably sideways in 4x4.
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:27 AM
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Maybe they advertise it as AWD because there is no straight axle and at no point can the user cause the front wheels to lock in. If I understand it right, each wheel is actually getting power seperate of every other wheel. I dunno, just guessing.
I think they advertise AWD because not many other atv's advertise as that, sets them "apart", even though they are wrong.

Each wheel does not get power seperate, the rear diff is locked, (unless turf mode) meaning that the back wheels will never move independantly from one another unless something is broken. Same with the front, locked completly, which is why it's harder to steer and bigger turning radius while in 4wd and front is engaged.
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