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Old 02-17-2019, 09:37 PM   #11 (permalink)
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That sucks. My Vector seemed alright last year, but it only got 12 miles put on it. This year, first ride, it started puking coolant, but I was lucky. After pulling it apart, I had a hell of a time getting the radiator cap off. It was because it was cross-threaded. Took it in anyway for a once-over by dealer, who couldn't find any issue after filling it back up and correctly replacing the cap. Now, I've got nearly 200 trouble-free miles on it and love it. But I remember the feeling of having less than 30 miles on it and having issues already. Hopefully your dealer will make it right for you. That's a beautiful sled, and the model I would get, if I ever upgraded, only in 137.
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Old 02-18-2019, 06:37 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Track issue sounds like a matter of just being snugged up so that is no biggie which any sled owner should be able to do themselves which would have saved a trip to the dealer and ultimately saved a ride. But the bigger issue is the electrical stuff. How has it ran since they fixed that ? If it hasn't had issues since sounds like you should be good to go, no? I know it's frustrating, I'm just trying to help you look at the "up side" before you throw in the towel on a good sled. I have a 2017 zr9k and love this 998t engine. Have had 3500 trouble free miles other than it seems to like to drink gas like it's going out of style.
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Old 02-18-2019, 07:03 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Hey Cemeant, where are you located, and who is your dealer ?
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:18 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Hate reading posts like this. Sucks especially when you chase snow. When its time to ride, it's time to ride. I just bought a brand new one as well, and I can tell you its an awesome machine all the way around, so keep at it man!!


One thing about the track ratcheting. Mine was banjo tight from the factory, and not aligned properly. That said, it was so far out of spec, I would say it could also be equally far out in the other direction. Set the track tension and alignment exactly how the manual tells you to do it. If it's truly the driver ratcheting, that'll fix that issue.


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Old 02-18-2019, 01:24 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Sounds like your track is loose on the last problem you had.
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Old 02-22-2019, 11:24 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Just heard back from the dealer...the window that lets you check chaincase fluid had fallen out. Chaincase went dry, chain was seizing.

Parts are ordered and will be replaced under warranty. No doubt, they’ve been great.

Another 2 weeks of no riding however.
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Old 02-23-2019, 09:11 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Heard that happened on a few !

This is a great sled once they fix it. Dont give up on it. I love mine.
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BTW....put 13 gallons of fuel in mine today. Sweet.
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Old 02-23-2019, 09:45 PM   #19 (permalink)
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You should be able to get a loaner sled. I do believe.
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Old 02-23-2019, 11:44 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Track issue sounds like a matter of just being snugged up so that is no biggie which any sled owner should be able to do themselves which would have saved a trip to the dealer and ultimately saved a ride. But the bigger issue is the electrical stuff. How has it ran since they fixed that ? If it hasn't had issues since sounds like you should be good to go, no? I know it's frustrating, I'm just trying to help you look at the "up side" before you throw in the towel on a good sled. I have a 2017 zr9k and love this 998t engine. Have had 3500 trouble free miles other than it seems to like to drink gas like it's going out of style.
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