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post #16 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-08-2016, 12:37 AM
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Anyway why do we need a plate, I forget?

All kidding aside, driving a rhino on hard asphalt or concrete for a long period of time hurts the rhino, regardless of your setup. That I know.
Would you like to elaborate as to why?

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Anyway why do we need a plate, I forget?

All kidding aside, driving a rhino on hard asphalt or concrete for a long period of time hurts the rhino, regardless of your setup. That I know.
Would you like to elaborate as to why?
It boils down to the lack of any true differentials at the rear, front and in between. The rear drive gearbox has the axles locked together at all times (a solid spool connects them together). When on pavement you certainly want to be in 2 wheel drive. Even then, when you deviate from a straight ahead direction, the rear tires have to slip on the pavement to make that turn. When you are turning the tire toward the inside of the turn has to rotate slower than the tire on the outside of the turn. This puts a lot of strain on the axles and CV joints. I would expect that street tires actually aggravate the situation because they have more traction on smooth pavement than aggressive lugged tires (more rubber in contact with the pavement).

Putting the machine in 4WD locks only one of the front wheels into the drive train. The other front wheel is freewheeling in this configuration. Even so, there is now also strain in the drive shafts between the front and rear gearboxes. However, it is not true 4 wheel drive, but rather 3 wheel drive.

When you lock the front "differential" the two front wheels are then locked to each other via a sort of "dog clutch" (protruding lugs on one axle shaft dropping into recessed cavities on the other axle shaft). Now, this is true 4 wheel drive with no give in the drive train. All 4 tires must skid on the ground as the machine makes a turn, as all 4 wheels want to at different rates as the machine is making the turn. This is why the steering is so difficult and fights back when the machine is in the front "differential" locked mode.
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Anyway why do we need a plate, I forget?

All kidding aside, driving a rhino on hard asphalt or concrete for a long period of time hurts the rhino, regardless of your setup. That I know.
Would you like to elaborate as to why?
It boils down to the lack of any true differentials at the rear, front and in between. The rear drive gearbox has the axles locked together at all times (a solid spool connects them together). When on pavement you certainly want to be in 2 wheel drive. Even then, when you deviate from a straight ahead direction, the rear tires have to slip on the pavement to make that turn. When you are turning the tire toward the inside of the turn has to rotate slower than the tire on the outside of the turn. This puts a lot of strain on the axles and CV joints. I would expect that street tires actually aggravate the situation because they have more traction on smooth pavement than aggressive lugged tires (more rubber in contact with the pavement).

Putting the machine in 4WD locks only one of the front wheels into the drive train. The other front wheel is freewheeling in this configuration. Even so, there is now also strain in the drive shafts between the front and rear gearboxes. However, it is not true 4 wheel drive, but rather 3 wheel drive.

When you lock the front "differential" the two front wheels are then locked to each other via a sort of "dog clutch" (protruding lugs on one axle shaft dropping into recessed cavities on the other axle shaft). Now, this is true 4 wheel drive with no give in the drive train. All 4 tires must skid on the ground as the machine makes a turn, as all 4 wheels want to at different rates as the machine is making the turn. This is why the steering is so difficult and fights back when the machine is in the front "differential" locked mode.
Thanks Steve! Very nice explanation! So it boils down to this; "when on pavement keep it in 2WD and don't make any turns just drive straight"

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I see this is pretty old but any updates? I hear Moses Lake is trying to get UTV's street legal passed. Funny to see some of you from AZ. My parents go to Mesa every winter. They just bought a Can Am Maverick X3 (?) They love it down there
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I see this is pretty old but any updates? I hear Moses Lake is trying to get UTV's street legal passed. Funny to see some of you from AZ. My parents go to Mesa every winter. They just bought a Can Am Maverick X3 (?) They love it down there
There are a few smaller towns in eastern Oregon that are allowing this...Most are the isolated farming communities.

Have your folks join in at the Maverickforums site for more info on that X3 bad boy toy!
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Summer of 2018 I licensed my rhino for street. Had to have turn signals, brake lights horn and mirrors. I got a DMV inspection from the local ATV dealer and received a certificate of inspection. I then went to the local license vendor and got a new registration and applied for a new title. The old title was flagged Off Road Only. With the new title that restriction was removed. Be sure to take your old title with you, both for ID and you have to surrender it.

My understanding, once street legal ...... I can drive on roads less than 35 MPH and below. Smaller towns and Counties under 15000 in population can or decide not to allow ATV's /UTV's. Also if you don't have a windshield you must have a helmet, probably a good idea anyhow.

THis is an old forum and my information on where you can and cannot ride is possibly incomplete. If anyone in this State has updated knowledge or if this is so old that everyone already knows more than me on the subject ....Sorry, just trying to help.

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In Granite Falls, WA (98252) you can ride within town limits.

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