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Posted on Sunday, November 06, 2005 - 06:45 am:   

I just bought a 92 Max IV. The previous owner didn't have any manuals. I plan on getting some asap but in the mean time I would like some info on basic use of the machine. Shifting, use of the sticks, using the brake, how to start it properly etc. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Jerry R. Nuss
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Posted on Sunday, November 06, 2005 - 09:54 am:   

Did you test drive it before you bought it? Didn't the previous owner go over these things with you? It will take you about 25 hours of operation before you will get comfortable with driving it.

Starting: Apply parking break, put trans in neutral, apply choke, turn key to start. Push in choke, let it idle and warm up. Place trans lever into gear, down for forward, pull back on sticks, remove parking brake. Let levers go forward and squeeze throttle.

Shifting: Come to a complete stop before shifting, it may require some jiggling, rocking, and manipulation.

Use of sticks: Fully forward to go forward, pull back on one side to turn in that direction. This will take practice.

The best thing to do is get plenty of stick time in an open flat field before hitting steep hills or tight terrain.
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Posted on Sunday, November 06, 2005 - 11:18 am:   

Jerry,
No I didn't get a chance to test drive the machine. It was an ebay purchase but it didnt cost a fortune so I figured what the heck. I have been reading this board for months and know about the problems people have with older machines that weren't maintained. I know I'll need to put some work into it but I enjoy tinkering on mechanical things. The machine will be delivered sometime this week. What should I service / check when the machine arrives?

Mike
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Philip Croff
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Posted on Sunday, November 06, 2005 - 12:47 pm:   

Oil and transmission fluid. I'd just change the tranny no matter what because they tend to get neglected. I think they use ATF, but please check with someone else. And use synthetic.

Unless the engine oil really looks good, I'd change that too. Oil up the chains and go have fun.

Remember, if you ever get in a situation where you don't think you should do this, say screw it, and shove the sticks forward
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Jerry R. Nuss
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Posted on Sunday, November 06, 2005 - 12:50 pm:   

Ok, Well go through everything. Change the fluids in the engine and transmission. Then go through it and retorque everything. Check and make sure the transmission is tightened down. Check the bearing flanges and make sure they are tight. Check the transmission adjustment and amount of control travel. Spray the drive and driven clutch with silicone. Remove the belt and check it for chunks missing and condition. If it looks ok, put on belt dressing by hand on the outside edges and reinstall. Check the chain tensioners and chain tension. Check tire pressure and run it at 2 to 3 psi, check tire pressure everytime you use the machine.


These are all basic things to check. It may be in great shape and not need anything done to it. So just give it a good looking over. Take your time learning to drive it. If you don't have a fire extinguisher in the vehicle get one and mount it where it can be easily reached and deployed.
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Posted on Sunday, November 06, 2005 - 02:29 pm:   

Thanks Jerry and Philip.

I'll be sure to do all of the above. I'm really looking forward to having some fun. For the time being I'm just going to learn the workings of the machine and how to drive it well. I'll probably start upgrading / updating some of the machine in the future.

I have some questions about doing this. Do the solid axles require different bearings? What's involved with this upgrade? I understand RI has a frame reinforcement for older Max IV. Do they or anyone else offer any additional update kits? What are the most commen upgrades done to these older Max?

thanks again
Mike
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Philip Croff
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Posted on Sunday, November 06, 2005 - 03:32 pm:   

I guess these have grease zerks on the outside of the hull on the bearin assemblies (my Amhpicat does). Seals are probably good but I would suggest using marine grease in those just in case.

My Amphicat has bushings, not bearings, on the outside. Sorry I don't know about the Max.
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Missouri's Max Dealer (Brandon Price)
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Posted on Sunday, November 06, 2005 - 05:40 pm:   

Your '92 Max IV uses the same bearings on the outside as on the inside. Both are 62mm outside diameter and 1.25" inside diameter. A trans fluid change is always a good idea. Remove both plugs on the trans. One on the upper right and the other on the lower left. The upper right plug is vented, so be careful to not use that one as the drain plug later (your fluid will leak out). Raise the front of the vehicle to pour the old fluid out. Lower vehicle back to level ground and fill with approx. one quart of ATF Type F or until the fluid begin to run out the bottom hole. Reinstall the drain plug. Also, I always like to add a 4 ounce bottle of limited slip differential additive at the first fluid change on an old Max. You can get a bottle from your auto parts store for about $6. It makes a world of difference for easy of turning and feathering the trans.

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