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Fred Sowerwine, Montana's Max dealer
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Username: Fred4dot

Post Number: 71
Registered: 01-2005
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Posted on Monday, August 01, 2005 - 03:32 pm:   

Dennis, I guess it all depends on how fast you want to go downhill. Personally, I like to go down the steep stuff slowly so anything over 20 degrees or so, I ride the tranny brakes. I have them partially engaged and go down about 5 MPH or less (sometimes, much less, inching down). You have to have smooth steady hands to be able to operate a max with partially engaged tranny bands.

Yes, you have to reverse steer and it is a workout for the arms, but the tranny bands can take it. I rest my elbows on my upper thighs if I'm straddle the laterals and it is a long down hill. If you are on one side or the other, it is a little harder to keep them steady. It is important to not set your brakes completely or release them completely as that will cause you to bounce. If you start to bounce, slow up enough to get control or stop to regain your composure.

It takes a while to get the hang of going downhill (it is the same principle as making wide smooth turns or keeping all six wheels driving while making turns going uphill (one or more bands partially engaged).

I also don't think the design or the center of gravity is a problem in a Max IV. Remember, you have the engine at the back of the machine to offset your weight and you can get in the back seat and drive if it is really steep. Once one learns how to drive a max and has a few hours behind the sticks, the confidence level rises and one soon has to conquer the "over confidence" problem. Every now and then, I catch myself going some places that not even a Max should go.