The maintenance and regular service of today’s UTVs is getting like that of automobiles. Not only do they use separate engine and transmission oils, most have differentials that use uncommon fluids to help maintain things like wet brake systems out back and auto-locking four-wheel-drive systems up front.
Unfortunately, there is no easy way to service your ride like dropping it off at the corner quick-lube center. But, we feel doing this kind of service is something you should do yourself anyway. It doesn’t take that long, and it’s a good opportunity to go over things like the condition of seals and mounting brackets, because with the abuse we put these machines through on remote trails, maintenance can’t be overlooked.
If you ask Chad Wienen, Yamaha’s factory YFZ450 racer, what oil he uses, it will be Maxima in and on everything. In fact, more and more racers—from Supercross stars all the way up to Trophy Truck drivers—are choosing Maxima lubricants these days. The San Diego, Californiabased company has made a big push into the off-road industry lately, as well as powersports, and more importantly, RZR business is a big part of it. For the RZR XP 1000, Maxima has a SxS-labeled oil for every component for your machine, except for the front differential, which is currently in development now.
For UTV engines, they have four options; standard 10W-40 ($7.95 per liter), full synthetic 0W-40 ($12.95), full synthetic 5W-50 ($12.95) and a product called Pro Plus 10W-50 ($12.50) for extreme-duty uses. For transmissions or gear cases and front and rear differentials, they have 75W-90 synthetic at $7.95.
Don’t forget about shock oil; Maxima has $15.95 32-ounce bottles or a 5-gallon pail for $259.95. Plus, the entire Maxima chemical line has everything from contact cleaners to wheel bearing grease.
Air filter service is just as important as fluid changes. Unfortunately, some machines like the Polaris RZR come stock with a paper filter that cannot be properly cleaned and reused. K&N was one of the first aftermarket filter companies to develop a RZR 1000 filter element. It’s a given that after every desert race or long trail ride we do, the filter needs to be cleaned, and the serviceable $99 K&N RZR air filter comes in real handy. It mounts in the stock location, breathes well and, after only a little time, pays for itself. Check out www.knfilters.com for a dealer near you, or call them directly at (800) 858-3333.
Fram is basically a household name in the automotive world. They
recently came out with a screw-on disposable oil filter for the RZR line. The filter costs only $7.95 and can be found at most auto-parts stores or powersports accessory shops. Expect them to release a disposable paper air filter element in the near future. We have already seen several of their tractor filters that would fit the bill.
According to the Polaris owner’s manual, they recommend changing all lubricants every 100 hours. For us, that’s about every four weekends. Polaris recommends the air filter be changed every 25 hours. We feel they should be cleaned (K&N) or replaced every 10 hours. Depending on how dusty the conditions are that you ride in will dictate a comfortable number for you. When you’re ready for that next oil change, give Maxima Oils a call at (800) 345- 8761. You can visit them online at www.maximausa .com.