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So I have just purchased a FS Ranger 570. I drive around a lot on my property from 3-10 mph. Low range seems to make a lot more noise than high range does. The rpms stay low when in high range and the noise significantly lower. Am I ok to drive in high range unloaded to cut down on the noise if the machine doesn't seem to be struggling? I really like the quieter ride when hunting.

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For the conditions you just described high will be fine. Just don't bog the engine a lot during break in and DO NOT slip the belt as you will create flat spots on it.
 

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How do you slip the belt? So I know what not to do. I'm at 2hrs of my 25hr break in.
 

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it will be a lot like slipping the clutch in an old truck. rpm's will rise with little movement. Might even smell a little burnt rubber. You drive reasonable and shouldn't do any damage to the belt. If you haul something heavy use low. If your loading up on a trailer use low. Probably the biggest advantage to low is the belt will run cooler. more air being pulled through. Heat is what will kill your belt.
 

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An easy way to "burn the belt" and cause a flat spot on the belt when you're getting used to a CV clutch, especially when you're using high gear for 3-10 mph, is to ease into the gas. You want to give enough gas that the clutch engages the belt, it's two disks with the belt in between. The disks come together and "grab" squeeze the belt. Another way to slip a belt is to not give enough gas to keep the clutch engaged when you're going over rough spots. You won't realize it until the Ranger starts jerking on take offs from burnt spots on the belt. Myself, I try to avoid using high gear any time I'm going under 10mph.
 

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Or get a Duraclutch and use any gear you want without fear of ever burning a belt.
You are correct, however, his main concern is noise and the duraclutch is noticeably noisier then the stock clutch...
 

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You are correct, however, his main concern is noise and the duraclutch is noticeably noisier then the stock clutch...
If the OP is anything like me, it's not so much a "decibel" thing as it is the annoyance of listening to an engine wound out at high rpm. I know these things will do it all day long without blinking, but it drives me crazy. I always feel like I need another gear whenever the RPM's approach 3500.
 

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Not trying to start an argument with tjm but I have a duraclutch and maybe I didn't run my stock clutch long enough to really know, but I don't fell as if my duraclutch is any louder then my stock clutch. I've been wrong, once. lol
 

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Not trying to start an argument with tjm but I have a duraclutch and maybe I didn't run my stock clutch long enough to really know, but I don't fell as if my duraclutch is any louder then my stock clutch. I've been wrong, once. lol
I probably worded what I meant incorrectly...

...I don't notice any additional clutch noise, but the rpm's are higher at every speed making for a noisier ride... :)
 
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