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Hey guys, not sure if this is the right place to post as i am pretty new to the forums, just got my rhino need some help.

I bought a 2006 with 686, and long travel, and new baja cross tires with beadlocks I have about three hours on my rhino so far. I plan on taking it to be checked out by a local shop just to make sure everything is in good working order. I want to do a poker run in lake havasu az, the run is a 70 mile loop. I have a few questions

-will a rhino with a 686 make that on a single tank of gas? If not any recommendations for carrying extra gas in a 4 seater?

-what should I bring? I.e. Spare tire (I don't have at this time or a place to mount one), patch kit, fluids, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, helmet, water, spare parts???

-what should I know or prepare for?

-any suggestions when either participating in a poker run, or just taking a long run?

-do you guys run gps is it needed for something like this?

-running with a friend in the car do you guys run an intercom system?

Thanks for any help, I know I through a lot out there although I think it will be helpful for any new riders getting into the sport.

-what would you check on the car before taking it out?
 

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I've always made it a habit to change the fluids myself in all of my vehicles. Start by buying the stock yamaha oil filter and make sure the oil you use is wet clutch compatible. Definitely check and clean, or just replace the air filter also. This is new to you and you want to have confidence in your rig.

I have a 2008 700, which is fuel injected and I would say that 70 miles is about what I get from a tank. That said, I push it pretty hard - mostly duning. You'd probably be ok with a small 2 gallon extra tank to be on the safe side. I've heard of people getting almost 100 miles from a tank but i've never seen that. You've also had some engine work done so bring extra if possible.

I carry a patch kit, 2 adjustable wrenches, a few spare fuses, duct tape, zip ties, and a tow strap.

If you think you'll have cell reception, a smart phone will probably work for a gps replacement, if you can't borrow one.

If at all possible, take it out and run it close to camp for an extended period of time and make sure everything seems to be running ok and staying cool.

In my opinion, a rugged or racerX intercomm/radio system was the best upgrade I've made - long travel was a close second.

Good luck and welcome to the Rhino community. More than likely, if you're having trouble out there, someone will stop and give you a hand.

Carl
 

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Surfsjp covered it pretty well.
Make sure to check the oil and air filter every time!

If you're on a poker rally, there's going to be people on the trails to help if you have a major breakdown but for the most part, you want to be self sufficient on the minor ones. Not sure if the trails will be muddy but sometimes these poker run trails require you to go through some nasty stuff so..make sure your winch works! Other than what's already been covered, food, water and gas..have fun and good luck.
 

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Thanks guys for the response so far, this has been very helpful. I didn't think about the adjustable wrenches, great idea.

As for extra gas, what are you using to hold it? I know their are many different types of bladders and thing, I need to pick up something. I have seen the soft ones made for fluids and also the small ones that mount. I just need to find where I saw them at. Any ideas?

sufsjp thanks for the in depth response, in regards to the intercom system, are you running helmets or just head sets? In a run like this don't they require you to have a helmet? I have always wondered how many people run helmets or just the head sets as most of the packages come with head sets.
 

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I'm only running headsets - I have a very sturdy cage and 4pt harnesses with suspension seats so I feel pretty comfortable not wearing a helmet. That said, you can never be too safe. We have one car in our group that has helmets and people don't like riding in that car because of it. the headsets are a blast!

I guess, from other responses, you'll probably be ok with gas. If you're still concerned, pick up a cheap siphon and a small 1 gallon container so you can mooch off of someone if you do run out.
 

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Beer!

Don't forget the beer, that would be your biggest mistake.

Lots of uses: Use the case of beer as a jackstand to change a tire, you can tie string between two cans and have yourself a homemade intercom system, use a can to hold spare coolant, or use some beer to cool ur radiator, or wash off mud, works as a pain killer in case of accident, some Rhino's can even run on a can or two of beer, The case could double as a chair around the campfire, or a footrest. Shake a can really good and open it into the valve stem to inflate a tire, I have even seen people fix tie-rods by wrapping two or three cans around the broken tie-rod, lots of uses.

Some other worthless stuff to lug along:
carrying a cheap 120pc toolset from Harbor freight or craftsman or something is nice too. couple zip ties, duct tape, some first aid stuff, qt of oil, eye protection, tire plugs, mini 12v inflator, tow strap, winch, phone to call for emergencies, and maybe bring some beer!
 

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BEER! Got it, thanks.

Yeah I am not too sure about the helmet thing either. Of coarse I just bought a nice helmet instead of an intercom system, I will have to look around and see what I can find affordable.

Has anyone tried the chatterbox bluetooth systems?
 
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