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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-02-2019, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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Converting a 4 seater back to a 2 seat

Got a great deal on a 4 seater on a trailer, out of California. My goal is making it back to a usable pickup with dump bed, and actually use it on the ranch. Here’s what it looked like on the ride home
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-02-2019, 06:11 AM Thread Starter
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First step blow out all the sand, remove the rear seats and cage, get the dump bed freed up, get into the engine, and start cleaning things. It was sun bleached full of spiders and dead battery ( full of ethanol gas)
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Welcome to the site. Looks like you have a stock roll cage with a rear half conversion unbolt it remove rear seat and wala 2 seat rhino. Easy if you loosen the 2 x bars bolts on the stock cage.

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Got it home and took a good look at it. It has a lot of added on goodies. I like the windshield and hard top. N. Idaho is a rain Forest so it gets wet and snowy. It also has aftermarket half doors. Also came with two sets of wheels and tires. 27x12, 589’s, which should do great in snow, and some street radials on ITP 14” rims. Those will get removed and I ordered a set of 26x9x14 front, 26x11x14 rear Tusk Terrabites. I like that they are DOT approved tires as I can drive this on the streets and roads here anywhere I want. These tires ( pic) have to go!
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Posting this all at once as I only had one day to work on the rhino, tear into it, and attempt to make a game plan, then took off to do a contract job out of state. So took a sawzall and grinder to remove some badly rusted bolts, got the seats, cage roof and ice chest rack off. I listed it on Craig’s list cheap, and got it sold and picked upon a couple hours.
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Welcome to the site. From my experience of buying a used rhino that was ridden in sand i would say remove your air filter and check that intake real good for sand and change the oil a couple times. I learned the hard way and had to have eng rebuilt after a couple rides. Had frozen rod bearing from sand ingestion


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With the rear cage off, got the tilt bed working, pulled the front seats, engine cover off, put it on the lift off with the wheels and ( pleasant surprise) full front to rear skid plate system. Front Aluminum A arm protection, a full body hard plastic belly pan, and rear diff heavy Aluminum plate. Also found a Via-Air compressor under the drivers seat, and the Air box front filter conversion was done really nicely with a kit using mostly aluminum tubing, with a K&N style filter and a Sand sock in place. It also has 2” wheel spacers all around. A few nice suprised.
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So almost out of time, I need to get that old fuel out. Pulled the gas tank ( the old ethanol stuff was NASTY) cleaned out the tank, put on a new fuel filter put it all back in and put the fuel lines back on. They were all good and supple still. Another plus. Pulled the dead battery, ready to order parts. Got a spray bottle of plastic and vinyl rejuvenator and hosed it down, and scrubbed on it for a while and it looks pretty good, compared to what I found it as.so as I had to take off out of state to work, here’s how I left it, looking better, not running, but stripped of all the sand, rust and ready for real work when I get home.( not for two months)
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Besides the obvious, I have a couple new oil filters, UTV oil, spark plugs, the air filters were perfectly clean, I need a new battery when I get home ( no use buying it and letting it sit till then) then I will know the mileage etc once I can turn on the key. ( 05, 660) The brakes looked great and seemed to work, fluid was clean and full. I will pull the spark plug and lube the piston Pryor to cranking, so it should lube the rings etc a day or two before hitting the key. I’ll wait to change the oil till I crank it and clean out the internals, then new plus and attempt to start. I will mount the tires in my shop, they will ride lots better than the Extreme 589’s. Very long winded start to....... what else in you guys experience should I check and look for? What kind of problems usually occur with these 660’s? So far it all looks better than expected. The battery went dead, and they let it sit almost two years till I made them an offer.
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The rear cage may have been a store bought piece, but it was welded ( or bird tirded in place) and they trimmed the roof with a hole saw, so the bars could go higher. All unknowns as I got pretty much no info on it, just the battery went dead, and here it sits
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Welcome to the site. From my experience of buying a used rhino that was ridden in sand i would say remove your air filter and check that intake real good for sand and change the oil a couple times. I learned the hard way and had to have eng rebuilt after a couple rides. Had frozen rod bearing from sand ingestion

I will definitely fog the piston, turn it over, and flush the oil out, run it a little bit, then new oil and filter again. I’ll probably pull the air breather apart and blow it out a couple times too. I like the sand sock and quality filter elements too.

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Look much better already. Good luck on bringing her back.


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Sometimes the dunners would use light wet clutch springs to get the rpms up for running sand kinda like slipping the clutch to take off. I'd pull down the primary and secondary sheaves to service them, let us know what color secondary spring you have.

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[QUOTE=RHINO RAT;923964]Sometimes the dunners would use light wet clutch springs to get the rpms up for running sand kinda like slipping the clutch to take off. I'd pull down the primary and secondary sheaves to service them, let us know what color secondary spring you have.[/QUOTE

I will add that to my list of more to check once I get home. Here I sit in Utah, working into August before I can get home and even attempt to start it. It will be like Christmas opening up all the goodies that I’ve already ordered. Never changed clutch springs, weights or a belt on one but it can’t be all that hard. It will finish its days on the ranch with a chain saw holder, a water tank, etc I will drive to town, go out to breakfast etc, just because I can.
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