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Old 06-09-2011, 07:46 PM   #1
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what gear do you drive in?

so my 11 800 crew has a 3 way rocker switch & i normally leave it in the middle position- 2 wheel rear drive correct? i start to get stuck i switch to 4 wheel - top rocker pushed in. what is bottom rocker for? unlock differential? what gear should i normally drive in? for putting around my property? what gear is "best" for the machine? thanks

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For normal use, the switch should be in the bottom position, which is 2wd with the rear end unlocked.

And if your manual is like the one for my buddy's '01 and my '06, it will tell you that LOW is the preferred gear for most driving. Says to use high only on a hard surface without a heavy load.
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so what does unlocked differential do?

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Normally, when you turn a corner, one rear wheel (the one on the outside, farthest from the radius point) spins faster than the other, because it has to cover more ground. It can do that when the differential is unlocked.

Also when unlocked, only one rear wheel at a time is propelling the machine.

When the differential is locked, both rear wheels drive the machine at the same rate. So when turning corners, the inside tire has to slip on the ground in order for the outside one to cover the ground it has to cover. The result is unnecessarily torn-up grass or ground, and a strain on the rear end.

The advantage is that both rear wheels propel the machine, so you have twice the traction. But you should only use it when you need it.

You should only lock the differential when you're pulling hard and/or when one rear wheel is slipping - or is likely to slip.

And NEVER have the differential locked on pavement or a similarly hard high-traction surface. The tires can't slip easily on non-icy pavement, so a locked differential puts a heck of a strain on the parts inside the rear end on those conditions.

Hope all that made sense!

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yes i guess, thank u! so rocker switch bottom pushed in, unless i start to slip try 2 wd unless really slip 4 wd? if only 1 wheel spins does it throw steering off at all?
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if only 1 wheel spins does it throw steering off at all?
Nah. That shouldn't be a problem at all.
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gear selection just depends on what you're doing. I run in high range 99% of the time. if I get in a boggy situation, or if I'm going to be doing alot of low speed driving (under 7 mph) I'll put it in low. or if I'm going to be pulling a trailer at low speeds (although I have pulled a jetski trailer in high range at 35 mph with no problems).

it's about common sense the only thing you're going to hurt using high range when you shouldn't is your belt. it will cause more slippage and can take it out prematurely.


another advantage of using 2wd unlocked all the time is increased tire life. both the front and rear tires will last longer if the rear end isn't locked into trying to go into a strait line.
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