I'm a green horn to ridding in the deep stuff, my question is what should I look out for to keep the ATV out of danger of breaking something on a stock foreman with no snorkel. (IE how deep is too deep) Also if I'm out in deep water and the engine dies, what is the proper thing to do to make sure nothing gets harmed.
There are many things that you can do to help in deep water situations. First is rerouting the vent lines. If you don't want to mess with any of that you can follow your vent lines up to the front of the bike and find out just how deep you can go. They are vented to the frame. My suggestion os to get a snorkel reroute all vent lines to the snorkel or the headlight pod.
All good sugestions so far . I would not try and restart if the motor dies from sucking water , if you draw water into the cylinder and crank the engine you can bend a connecting rod or break a piston . Pull it out of the water and do what Flip 500 says , might want to pull the sparkplug to and crank it to remove the water. OR go around no harm in that if your a new rider with a new bike.
WHY NOT SNORKLE IT. I'VE DONE FOUR BIKES COSTING ONLY $20 EACH. BUT FOR WHAT YOU ASKED ABOUT I HAD A PROBLEM GOING IN DEEP UP TO ABOUT SIX INCHES ABOVE MY FOOT BOARDS. WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO ME IS WHEN I WOULD GET ANY DEEPER, THE HEAT FROM THE MOTOR HITTING THE WATER WOULD CAUSE THE HEAT VAPORS TO SMOTHER THE INTAKE. SO I SNORKLED MY BIKE AND IT FIXED IT. ALSO TO HELP PREVENT WATER GETTING IN IS TO SEAL YOUR AIR BOX BECAUSE EVEN WHEN DOING A WATER WILLIE SOMETIMES THE WATER CAN STILL GET IN THIS AWAY. I LIKE GOING DEEP TOO.
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