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im going to pick up an rzr for $6k it has 113 hours and 960 miles on it what should i look for... it seems like its in pretty good shape for the price heres a couple pictures... and also can anyone tell me what kind of exhaust is on it?







 

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Where to start... I will list a few things and let the other members chime in...

Check to see if it was rolled (don't trust what the seller says) you can check by lookin or feeling under both the front and rear fenders where they attach to a metal bracket on the frame.. If the Razr has been on it's side, they will have been bent, are bent, or you'll notice stress cracks in the plastic(rear) or they just won't be connected. Also look over the cage carefully for weird scrapes and scratches....spot painting is a give away

Next, do a good walk around.. Check the axles, cv boots and ball joints to ensure that the rubber covers are intact, at the same time you'll notice if the owner has kept it lined by checking the zerts and grease fittings... Make sure you PULL OUT THE SEATS and check the oil, if the seller doesn't want you to pull that panel off then they are probably hiding something, you'll be able to see if the oil is low (probably not changed) or dirty and nasty....pop off the air box cover pull the filter and spray a little wd-40 on a white paper towel and shove it in the intake and pull it out.. It should be clean...usually you might....might get a little dust..but if there's a lot of junk in there...you can expect larger problems..

TEST DRIVE, and I'm not talking about diddly diddling around...open it up!! Make sure it's getting up to proper speed and isn't lagging, making noise stalling clicking clanking blah blah blah.... Inspect for cleanliness...a dirty nasty machine that he is selling coiled tell you how he/she cares for their equipment??? But that might not be... I would wonder why they wouldn't clean it up to sell it though..

Check ALL the electrical, lights, brakes, reverse anything that's electrical, and then go to the fluids, check all the fluids to make sure they are in proper levels...

I can go on but this should get you started...if a seller is uncomfortable with you checking these basic things....RUN...

Good luck, Mike
 

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Where to start... I will list a few things and let the other members chime in...

Check to see if it was rolled (don't trust what the seller says) you can check by lookin or feeling under both the front and rear fenders where they attach to a metal bracket on the frame.. If the Razr has been on it's side, they will have been bent, are bent, or you'll notice stress cracks in the plastic(rear) or they just won't be connected. Also look over the cage carefully for weird scrapes and scratches....spot painting is a give away

Next, do a good walk around.. Check the axles, cv boots and ball joints to ensure that the rubber covers are intact, at the same time you'll notice if the owner has kept it lined by checking the zerts and grease fittings... Make sure you PULL OUT THE SEATS and check the oil, if the seller doesn't want you to pull that panel off then they are probably hiding something, you'll be able to see if the oil is low (probably not changed) or dirty and nasty....pop off the air box cover pull the filter and spray a little wd-40 on a white paper towel and shove it in the intake and pull it out.. It should be clean...usually you might....might get a little dust..but if there's a lot of junk in there...you can expect larger problems..

TEST DRIVE, and I'm not talking about diddly diddling around...open it up!! Make sure it's getting up to proper speed and isn't lagging, making noise stalling clicking clanking blah blah blah.... Inspect for cleanliness...a dirty nasty machine that he is selling coiled tell you how he/she cares for their equipment??? But that might not be... I would wonder why they wouldn't clean it up to sell it though..

Check ALL the electrical, lights, brakes, reverse anything that's electrical, and then go to the fluids, check all the fluids to make sure they are in proper levels...

I can go on but this should get you started...if a seller is uncomfortable with you checking these basic things....RUN...

Good luck, Mike
awesome response thanks a lot... the guy is about 2 hours away from me, what tools will i need to take the seats out and that panel off? the guy is a licensed dealer who deals from home i think... and he works on a farm and said he bought it at an auction for farm equipment and has had it for 3 or 4 months
 

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Where to start... I will list a few things and let the other members chime in...

Check to see if it was rolled (don't trust what the seller says) you can check by lookin or feeling under both the front and rear fenders where they attach to a metal bracket on the frame.. If the Razr has been on it's side, they will have been bent, are bent, or you'll notice stress cracks in the plastic(rear) or they just won't be connected. Also look over the cage carefully for weird scrapes and scratches....spot painting is a give away

Next, do a good walk around.. Check the axles, cv boots and ball joints to ensure that the rubber covers are intact, at the same time you'll notice if the owner has kept it lined by checking the zerts and grease fittings... Make sure you PULL OUT THE SEATS and check the oil, if the seller doesn't want you to pull that panel off then they are probably hiding something, you'll be able to see if the oil is low (probably not changed) or dirty and nasty....pop off the air box cover pull the filter and spray a little wd-40 on a white paper towel and shove it in the intake and pull it out.. It should be clean...usually you might....might get a little dust..but if there's a lot of junk in there...you can expect larger problems..

TEST DRIVE, and I'm not talking about diddly diddling around...open it up!! Make sure it's getting up to proper speed and isn't lagging, making noise stalling clicking clanking blah blah blah.... Inspect for cleanliness...a dirty nasty machine that he is selling coiled tell you how he/she cares for their equipment??? But that might not be... I would wonder why they wouldn't clean it up to sell it though..

Check ALL the electrical, lights, brakes, reverse anything that's electrical, and then go to the fluids, check all the fluids to make sure they are in proper levels...

I can go on but this should get you started...if a seller is uncomfortable with you checking these basic things....RUN...

Good luck, Mike
awesome response thanks a lot... the guy is about 2 hours away from me, what tools will i need to take the seats out and that panel off? the guy is a licensed dealer who deals from home i think... and he works on a farm and said he bought it at an auction for farm equipment and has had it for 3 or 4 months
Your fingers, There is a lever that you reach through the seat between the lower seat and back rest, pull it up and out, then expose the back panel, turn the two plastic clips and it will open, Bring a papertowel for the oil dip stick and your hands.

You can use your fingers for the airbox as well... You shouldnt need any tools, Just bring some papertowels, WD-40 to check the airbox (maybe something long so you can wiggle the rag around in there to see what you get). The rest is really all hands on.. Dont feel "rushed" Take your time, Inspect every boot, every ball joint, just pretend this is your baby, your taking it on a 50 mile trip into where-ever, and if you miss something..Your WALKING back... Dont let the seller tell you he doesnt want you to drive it (Helmet, yeah bring your own, Im not into wearing other peoples).. You really need to give it a run.. In this economy, I dont care how much you spend..check, the double check, and check again!! This could be a great deal or it could be a nightmare! As Polaris couldnt begin to use standard anything, Im hard pressed to tell you what specific tools to bring.. I dont think you need to break anything down so far as needing tools, If you do because there is something your worried about..Ask the seller, If he wants it sold and has nothing to hide, He will help.. If you suspect anything engine wise DONT BUY IT without a mechanic checking it first!!

I found a lower right Ball joint blown and a 1/2" tear in the front right CV boot that the seller cleaned up and tried to hide (actually he did) but, when I returned from the test ride..Low and behold, He was SHOCKED that I went right back and checked again..It worked the grease right out of that crack!! Saved me $400 of the sale!!

Trust your instinct, no matter how much your insides are saying buy, buy , buy....want, want, want.. If you Buy this RAZR and walk away happy, have dinner go to bed wake up the next morning and are still happy, because no doubts went through your head...Then you did good!!
 

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Sween, that is a pretty good price on the RZR. Michael did a pretty good job on the visuals I would pull the air cleaner open, remove the filter and use a flashlight to see if any dirt got by the filter. While test driving see if the AWD works, this will require some surface that allows the rear wheels to spin @ low RPM.
You can remove the seats and the panel behind them with no tools. While there, check the oil level and condition.
I still think that that price is a buy, even with small imperfections,
John
 

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Sween, that is a pretty good price on the RZR. Michael did a pretty good job on the visuals I would pull the air cleaner open, remove the filter and use a flashlight to see if any dirt got by the filter. While test driving see if the AWD works, this will require some surface that allows the rear wheels to spin @ low RPM.
You can remove the seats and the panel behind them with no tools. While there, check the oil level and condition.
I still think that that price is a buy, even with small imperfections,
John

ya for sure it seems like a bargain... im coming off of quads if you guys cant tell, ive honestly never ridden in an rzr ive sat in one at the boat sport and travel show and thats what did it for me they are extremely comfy... lol... but hopefully the guy buys my quad tomorrow and i come home with an rzr thats in good shape, its already got a warn winch on it and an exhaust im not 100% sure what the exhaust is yet, but im excited all ive been doing for the past week is looking at videos on youtube... the only thing im worried about is getting all the way out there (2.5 hour drive) and it being a POS, but im thinking as long as it runs good and everything that michael told me to do checks out its mine thanks a lot guys and any other pointers are welcome!
 

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Sween, if the trip is a lost cause you still have gained a lot of experience that you can use on your next investigation. Any time I spend messing around on mine or friends I feel is positive. I've pretty much broken most every part outside the main components and I've fixed my own. Only time a mechanic has wrenched my ride is when I had the Turbo system installed,
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Sween, if the trip is a lost cause you still have gained a lot of experience that you can use on your next investigation. Any time I spend messing around on mine or friends I feel is positive. I've pretty much broken most every part outside the main components and I've fixed my own. Only time a mechanic has wrenched my ride is when I had the Turbo system installed,
John
thats true i'll know what to look for next time im excited to get seat time in one, how big of a pain is it to change the differential fluid if it happens tomorrow i plan on replacing all the fluids in it for insurance
 

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Changing all the fluids is a great way to learn about your RZR. Having done it a few times, I would remove the skid plate to facilitate getting to the drains. The front diff is easy. In every drain bolt, torque them with the correct specs, and make sure you USE THE CORRECT RANGE!!!! At least one is spec'd in inch/LBS.
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It's been rolled, Look at the #3 pic. the base of the roll cage on the left is shifted to the right. Aleast thats what it looks like.
 

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It's been on it's side (which is extremely common as all it takes is a sneeze to put one on its side). The cage is pushed to the right and in pic 2 you can see where the frame has nearly poked through the plastic on the left front fender. Other than that, check everything else out, it could be a good buy.
 

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lol, I don't see the anything bent but his dog has been working on cleaning the tires & wheels!
 

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well after a 2.5 hour drive and never seeing the guys face but dealing with his farmers i didnt buy it... it didnt have a title like he said it did and it ran like crap you had to pump the gas pedal to get it up to speed, honestly though if it had a title i probably would have bought it i was pretty pissed off back to shopping if anyone knows of a deal around 6-6500 let me know!
 

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Good luck....Just in case I will Keep my eyes out and PM you... See if you can go and meet this guy..Remember "if you dont ask??"" he might end early...he can do that! DONT let him know of the mistake....Take care, Mike
 

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Good luck....Just in case I will Keep my eyes out and PM you... See if you can go and meet this guy..Remember "if you dont ask??"" he might end early...he can do that! DONT let him know of the mistake....Take care, Mike

i sent him a text to see if he will help and meet me halfway hopefully i win
 
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