heres what I typically do: hose it down to knock off the big stuff, pressure wash, dish detergent n terry towel wash, a spray cleaner like simonize with a terry cloth, armor-all with a terry cloth. the armor all is nice because it prevents a lot of residue from building up along with preventing mud from sticking to begin with.
like millpond says (polo says too). I've heard a good spraying of wd40 underneath before going mudding helps to have it slide right off. pressure washing is cool but avoid zerks, bushings and any other rubber/metal contact point, they can't really take 2000+ psi and may get damaged. But the reality is I rarely wash my quads off...
Usually a hose down. No soap but a big of a scrub with a towel or rag. Recently started wiping it and my sled down with atf. It actually seems to be fairly repellant and leaves a nice finish. I dont get it on any black plastic or the seat.
I use a wash and wax combo on the painted plastics and wd-40 on the under sides before riding. I also spray a light coat of wd-40 on the chassis after washing and drying to keep any bolts and bare metal from rusting.
I just got my 800 this winter and haven't had a chance to get into any mud yet. But I'll keep the WD40 in mind. I did wash it down, on a warmer day, and then used Jax Wax on the plastics. It's cheap and real easy to use. Makes the red plastic shine up alot and seems to be holding up.
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