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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-30-2019, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Teryx4 winterization dos & dont's?

So my 2017 teryx4 may sit for 1-2 months this winter. I don't like driving things on roads with all the de icing/corrosion associated and I could spray fluid film on the underside but Id rather just not.

For those who have owned the teryx4s for a few winters what are you doing/wish you did sooner?

Initially I was gonna fill the tank with premium (seems super hard to find even premium without ethanol around my area) and then add just a TINY bit more than the recommended Stabilizer fuel treatment and let it run for say 5 minutes then either disconnect the battery or say after every 2 weeks put it on a tender for a few days. Am I on the right track or? Also forgive my ignorance but the teryx4 runs a 12vt battery im assuming? I was hoping to not have to purchase another battery tender. I have a really good outdoor/weatherproof rated one for my diesel that has helped my batteries last 2-3 times longer than when not using it every now and then.

Fuel stabilizer with full tank and run for a few minutes to circulate yes or no?

battery: battery tender or disconnect also anyone know the time it will sit with no aftermarket stuff except a winch without needing to be refreshed?

I was gonna order a tarp because we are renting and it wont stay in a shop/garage the whole time just the nature of the beat but its in a safe spot with family and I've stored stuff their for years during military with no issues. thinking a regular tarp for snow/rain since it has the solid roof.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-01-2019, 06:25 AM
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I put a pigtail on my battery and when I park the unit, I plug in my Battery Maintainer. I even went so far as to drill and mount a plug into the body. Quick and easy way to hook it up and be sure its actually charging. Sometimes the cable clamps don't make a good contact and are a pain to try and hook up to our Teryx batteries, due to their location. Yes it is 12 volt. Good extension cord will help and need to protect the charger due to the Teryx being outside... Might need to check the unit monthly , if possible. Might be worth a quick ride and then tarp it up again. A good weatherization plan will make it easier to get it up and running come spring time...

I store my Teryx4 in my barn during the summer and in the garage with the plow on it during the winter. I don't do anything with my fuel other than use Ethanol Free regular. No additives. I do run the unit on the property, but have fuel in it that is older than 2 months.

Tarp will help. Wind will rip it up pretty good unless you bungee cord it down real well. The metal grommets might cause some damage so I'd figure out a way to fix that.

Good Luck...
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-01-2019, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
 
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Awesome thanks man. Ya I figured same take her for a nice ride to get good and hot/charge the battery. I'll look into another battery tender then too. I have the big one for the old 7.3 diesel because shes a dedicated tow pig so sits sometime in the winter. Thanks for the good info.

Ya'll have it tarped under some strong trees within reach of an outlet and ive got some various outdoor small/large cords figured I'll let it charge and check it every now and then. Thankfully it wont sit the entire winter just for the really cold/deep snow months. This winter looks like it may be a long one. Im only like 70ish miles north of you and it was 27 degrees/iced windows everywhere hahaha.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Unread 10-02-2019, 10:00 AM
 
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I have a 2019 Teryx4 LE and I now want to store mine in my garage year round. This winter I paln on starting it up about once a week and make sure the battery is charged. Last winter I stored it in a barn covered with a purchsed cover specifically for the unit and it was a real PITA to get the battery out and back in in the sping. Not planning on doing that again.
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I have added a cable from my battery to a device that I have attached to my rig. It is drilled into the plastics on the front of the machine near the battery. I get the parts from Amazon and I think it was under the battery tender name.







I use the ring terminal and attach at the battery. Can also be attached at the winch solenoid where the red wire comes directly from the battery. That is usually easier to get to...


I am then able to unplug the cover and plug my battery maintainer into it and leave it all winter long. Since I plow with this, I will start and run it from time to time. BUT, this does make it easy to just plug in the charger and be done.

No hooking up of clamps and hoping that they stay in place and actually charge the battery...
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I have added a cable from my battery to a device that I have attached to my rig. It is drilled into the plastics on the front of the machine near the battery. I get the parts from Amazon and I think it was under the battery tender name.

No hooking up of clamps and hoping that they stay in place and actually charge the battery...
Interesting. I just hooked up a 12 volt socket for my air compressor directly off the terminals of my winch connection. The 12 volt sockets inside the cab are only rated for 10 amps and kept blowing fuses then I found out the compressor needed 15 amps. Since the air compressor has its own fuse built in this works great. I only need to pull off the hood to plug it in.

I am wondering if I can use the same socket to rig up a battery charger. Might be worth a try.
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I have used a 1.5 Watt solar battery charger on my 3 ATVs that are stored from Nov. to March. I mounted the panels on the side of the shed and a long cord to the battery. The machines start right up in the spring. I also us this method on my sled with electric start, both summer and winter. I plan on doing the same with my Teryx this winter. I added a fuse box for accessories and will tie in the solar panel into the fuse box with a plug. Easy to disconnect as I plan on riding more often.
I turn to marine products for fuel stabilizer, I have have good results with CRC or Star Tron for by Boat, Mowers and Recreational vehicles.

I agree it looks like a long winter is on its way
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Just hook up a Batt tender and you are good. Fuel stabil I just did on all my engines and a 5 gall gas can. I always add more than required. So far stabil only let me down once last 10 years on lawn mower. It is good to try an start and warm up all engines a few times over winter if ya can.
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I have used a 1.5 Watt solar battery charger on my 3 ATVs that are stored from Nov. to March. I mounted the panels on the side of the shed and a long cord to the battery. The machines start right up in the spring. I also us this method on my sled with electric start, both summer and winter. I plan on doing the same with my Teryx this winter. I added a fuse box for accessories and will tie in the solar panel into the fuse box with a plug. Easy to disconnect as I plan on riding more often.
I turn to marine products for fuel stabilizer, I have have good results with CRC or Star Tron for by Boat, Mowers and Recreational vehicles.

I agree it looks like a long winter is on its way
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Got a link to the one you use? There are a hundred plus different brands from harbor freight, schumaker and all have extreme love or hate reviews but if you have been using one for a while I'd more likely buy it/try it. I can use an outlet but id have to move for snow plowing etc vs just making sure its cleaned

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