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10 hourse still seams minimal.

I may really have to stock up on oil and oil filters if we get to go to the ATV Nation gathering in Park Falls WI this July.

10 Predator changes before 1 SP335 change. :)

Oh well what ever keeps it running strong!
 

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I went to my dealer to pick up three quarts of PS-4 and an oil filter. Total cost was just over 30 bucks.....hang on to that thought for a sec.

My Ram diesel holds 11 quarts and a 2 liter size oil filter. Total cost of changing the oil and filter in my truck....22 dollars. LOL
 

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I just got 2 quarts and a filter and it cost me 18 dollars sounds like you need to come here for oil...lol
 

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Shoot, that's still expensive...

I pay $16 for four liters of Castrol Act-Evo 10W40, the machine takes two. I pay about $6 for an oil filter. So total oil change cost on the Predator is about $14.

My RAM diesel also takes 11 quarts (or just under three gallons). A case (six gallons) of oil from Wal Mart is $33. A filter is about $8. So $15 + 8 = $23, or about the same as Red.

'Course then there's my Jeep and my Z28, both of which take six quarts, and I use Mobil 1 in them ($4 or so per quart), and a $5 oil filter. So changes for them are about $30 each.

Rob
 

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Hi guys,

It must be in the blood....I see that some of us who had the good sense to buy a Predator also had the same good sense to buy a Dodge Ram with a Cummins motor...

Mine is a 2001 2500 4x4 quad-cab, K&N, auto trans with 4.10 gears..with a lift kit pending in march...I love this truck...and get an HONEST 19mpg on the freeway with the cruise control set at 70 mph...My last 4x4 was a very nice Ford F-350 crew cab...but it had the gas 460 engine and got 8-9 MPG no matter where..plus it spent the first 6 months of it's life in the shop for various minor, nagging ills...

Now that my predator is running as good as it is, it finally seems that all I'm going to have to do is routine service to my two dirt toys...., and then enjoy the rides...

Take care,

JJ
 

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Hmm... I'm a Ford Guy myself.

2000 Red F-150 Supercab 4X4 with the 5.4. I love this truck! I now have over 62,000mi on it but this is for a different subject. :)

Have a great weekend!
 

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im paying around 28 dollars for a oil and filter change Ive been using the castrol R4 super bike oil 5w 30 seems to be good but dirties quikly. 10.95 a quart at reno cycle and gear
 

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$10.95 a QUART??? Holy crap. I'll stick with my Castrol Act-Evo. A four liter jug is $16 at RMS.

Rob
 

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Hey i was wondering if there was any "better" oil to use in my Predator. I know that the factory suggests the ps4 but I also heard that by using a different oil it can reduce the hard shifting from first to second.
 

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I've had over 80 hours on my Predator and the cost of gas and oil/filter seem to cost A LOT MORE than that of my 96 Dodge Ram with a 5.9L V8!!! How often do you guys change the oil/filter?
 

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Mine shifts fine and I've been running Castrol Act-Evo 10W40 since the first change. I see no point in spending almost twice that to buy Polaris brand oil.

BTW, to anybody who says you have to use Polaris oil or it voids your warranty... there's a little-known federal law that states if a manufacturer says that, they MUST supply you with that fluid for FREE for as long as you own the machine.

I change my oil every 20 hours if I ride in the sand... every 30 if I ride in the dirt.

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Hi Rob,

How you doing? Great point about the oil....I knew I heard a similar thing somewhere, too, just couldn't remember the details or where.

I know I'm done with PS4 as soon as I use up what I have already bought. I think I'll go with some type of motorcycle specific type of oil because of the clutch/gearbox issues, maybe something like Spectro or ???

Anyway, all this stuff about the "Recommended"...but make it sound like "Required" stuff that Polaris says, just gets me going again about their whole style and approach to us end consumers.

When I have a chance to mess with my front brakes later this weekend, if I get the jetting issues worked out, they better hope that mine are not EXCESSIVELY dragging like so many others are. It may be time to start dealing with legal approaches to these kind of problems. I used to work for some very prominent civil attorneys who did nothing but trademark and product liability cases.

Maybe we need to send a strong word to Polaris that they need to become more responsive. They are trying very hard to make a good impression with this quad in the media, yet once we buy it, warranty or not, we become persona non grata. Lets see, 40-50 or more Predator owners, all chipping in for a full page ad in some of the AVT mags, asking ALL potential buyers to e-mail us PRIOR to buying...might have some effect...


Man, I'm getting myself all worked up again!!!! Gotta go to work,,,

Take care,

JJ
 

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I think we should give Polaris a little more time before sicking lawyers on them. Now that people are bugging their dealers about it, and dealers are bugging Polaris about it, they will eventually act. The head mechanic at my dealer told me that once Polaris gets X number of reports from dealers, they will then give it priority and start working on a solution. So the important thing right now is for everybody who has a brake drag problem to get their dealers to report it to Polaris. No matter what testing I do, I still think it's a master cylinder problem. Others insist it's because the slide bolts and bushings aren't greased. Well, my feeling on that is that if you grease 'em, they will be clogged with dirt and sand in no time. One thing I may end up trying, which the head mechanic guy told me, is to disassemble the master cylinder and drill out a hole in it somewhere. I forget the exact details, but I'm holding off for right now. I have no trips planned where I'll need the machine, so I'm giving Polaris time to come up with a fix. Rob
 

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I change my oil every 10 hours, and i use ps4 oil. I have a buddy that ownes a mx shop, and he orders me the oil and filters by the case, for cost to him. i save a lot of $$$.
 

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you guys got it very cheep! i have a 1996 kenworth that takes 9 gallons of oil and the filter is $22.00. my whole oil change costs $125.00 so dont complain about the chump change you have to shill out to play on the greatest wheeler ever made. ha ha ha ha ha ha
 

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Just a quick question. On the initial oil change did any of you guy's go longer than the 1 hr. or 1st tank of gas before you changed the oil.I'm just curious because everyone that I talk to seems to think that that is a bit early,but that's just thier opinions.What do you guy's think.Thanks for your input.
 

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I went for a bit over two hours. I wish I wouldve changed it the first hour. There was ALOT of metal shavings on the magnetic drain plugs...
 

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hey , im gettin my predator tomorow and i am confused by the 10 hour oil change, gee, i ride sometimes 10hour a day in the summer
 

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I buy the PS4 and it costs 6 something a quart!! YIKES!!!
 
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