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Offline ArSarge7

Park or Neutral
« on: June 19, 2017, 08:10:34 PM »
I would like to know how others are transporting their 500 HO when trailered.  My owner's manual on page 114 under "Transporting the ATV" states the following:

2. Place the gear into any position except Park position, block front and rear wheels to prevent ATV movement.
3. Never transport ATV with selector in Park position, this could cause engine damage.

Is it safe to do this and tie it down??  Will it really damage the engine??
2019 Red ZForce 800 Trail

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Offline bezerk1

Re: Park or Neutral
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2017, 09:15:09 PM »
I put all my vehicles in park and I don't crank down on my straps.  Not so much that they drag locked wheels across the deck of my trailer.  I use common sense.

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Offline NMKawierider

Re: Park or Neutral
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2017, 09:54:56 PM »
Although I do use park when transporting, I also lock the hand brake and lock the vehicle with so many HD straps it can't move in any direction even if I roll the truck. With that said, the reason they don't want you to use park is that the "parking paw" and slot are not designed to take jolts back and forth..like dropping it in park while moving.. and can bend the arm or break the paw. If no force is or can be applied to it through the transmission from any kind of movement, then it's OK. But if there is any chance that by driving rough roads or hitting the brakes hard you would put extra load on it, leave it in neutral cause ...it will break it...and has several times to others. In fact...the more I think about it..I now will stop using park during transporting just to be 100% safe.
« Last Edit: June 20, 2017, 08:30:31 AM by NMKawierider »
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Offline Cosmosdan

Re: Park or Neutral
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2017, 10:10:19 PM »
I started putting my stuff in N and locking the parking break. I use 4 straps on them too, so not going anywhere. I think you could bust some items inside your ride if in park. Just not willing to find out for sure.
2013 Z6 Trail
Iron Baltic skid plates
UE Boom Speaker mount
RZR 800 Shocks
Mostly stock trail riding
25g. Rollers and A1

2016 Outlander max 570
Too new for mods yet

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Offline ArSarge7

Re: Park or Neutral
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2017, 08:31:54 PM »
How do you lock the hand brake?
2019 Red ZForce 800 Trail

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Offline NMKawierider

Re: Park or Neutral
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2017, 08:44:04 PM »
How do you lock the hand brake?
Just set it pretty hard....hard enough that it can't slip.
2015 Z Force 800 (53") EPS -
Custom Air Intakes | Custom Exhaust Mod | SuperATV Harness | Custom Fenders | Custom Skid/Rock Sliders | 27" GBC Grim Reapers | Seizmik Mirrors |Конструктор (Rodin's) Doors | Dr Pulley Sliders | 1.5" Wheel Spacers | BENZ Silencer (as needed) | SATV Flip Windshield W\ Rear Shield | Dual Light Bars | Diamond Plate Storage | 9.7" GPS | Bandit Springs Rear & Gen-3 Shocks Front

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Offline NL800

Re: Park or Neutral
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2017, 05:20:09 AM »
I always put mine in neutral when on the trailer. I use four straps to tie it down. No movement.
2014 Terralander 800 EPS
Elka Shocks
CFMOTO Windshield
Front and rear cargo boxes
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Wasp Action Camera
Rear Winch

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Offline ArSarge7

Re: Park or Neutral
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2017, 09:30:09 PM »
Thank you all for your input.  I am leaving it in Neutral and using 4 straps to secure the ATV.
2019 Red ZForce 800 Trail

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Offline Cosmosdan

Re: Park or Neutral
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2017, 10:44:49 PM »
I use steel Carabiners on the end of my straps. I put d rings on the side of the trailer and hook right to something on the machine or use soft straps (webbing loops) and attach on to that. If the ratchets get loose somehow, I will never loose the straps or the machine.
2013 Z6 Trail
Iron Baltic skid plates
UE Boom Speaker mount
RZR 800 Shocks
Mostly stock trail riding
25g. Rollers and A1

2016 Outlander max 570
Too new for mods yet

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Offline cansno

Re: Park or Neutral
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2017, 12:04:25 PM »
No park brake on 2016. Having said that, I've read in some of my other toy manuals that park brake should not be used for extended period as it will stretch components over time.