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I'm also a member over on a Yamaha Viking Forum (still deciding y'know) and some guys over there are having major issues with exhaust heat warming the rear diff to the point where some guys are really really concerned about durability.

Just wondering if anyone has noticed a similar issue on Pioneer, supposedly its a pretty common issue to all SxS' but I have't heard anything about it here so I thought I would ask :D
 

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I thought i seen something about it here, i wouldn't worry too much about it. If you end up getting the heat with some weird noise or some weird feel when driving it, just call up your dealer.
 

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There shouldn't be any issues. The exhaust is far enough away from the differential it shouldn't be a problem.
 

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There shouldn't be any issues. The exhaust is far enough away from the differential it shouldn't be a problem.
perfect, I wasn't crazy concerned but the guys over there keep saying its a problem on every SxS so I was curious. It seems it would be simple enough to rectify anyways, just a quick shot of header wrap or anti flammable insulation...
 

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Wasn't this a problem with the Big Red? I am guessing that Honda took steps to fix the problem for the Pioneer if it was reported as a problem for the Big Red. If it does indeed get hot enough to raise concerns about durability, it must also make it extremely uncomfortable to ride in once it gets that hot.
 

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well diffs heat up in general. they create heat.

having an exhaust thats close by just makes it hotter.

which could be a problem if the diff and the oil arent made to handle that extra heat.
 

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well diffs heat up in general. they create heat.

having an exhaust thats close by just makes it hotter.

which could be a problem if the diff and the oil arent made to handle that extra heat.
yea I'm not talking about normal diff heat, I'm talking about excess heat from exhaust, but if the placement isn't an issue it should be fine.

I believe the real culprit is emission regs. Factory set up has to have these machines running real lean and lean always runs hot!
 

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Heat

Took mine (pioneer 2) for first real extended ride the other day (approx 7 miles) and heat was pretty bad, more than have seen on other machines. Any solutions? Weather was approx. 60 degrees and I had on jeans and boots but didnt think it should have gotten this hot, I wonder if its just breaking in??? I noticed the heat shield that honda had applied to plastic but maybe it needs something more like exhaust wrap??? Any thoughts???
 

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Bama: It might just be a break-in issue. I noticed the same thing on my first ride, and then did not notice it again.
 

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welcome to the forum Bama !!!!!!
give it a few 100 miles and let it break in ......also check the coolant and oil to make sure there topped off
 

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Welcome to the forum Bama. Is it cab heat your getting? Like Rich said, double check all your fluid levels and then just ride and see what it does.
 
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