Join Date: Apr 2017
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Fire came out from engine while riding!
Ok I’m going to try to not make this a long story, while still needing your help figuring out what is going on.
Saturday I was at a work day at my deer camp. I went riding to another area that had grown up a whole lot. I was almost in the middle of this cutover to a big water hole, when I heard a loud noise from the engine looked down and flames started coming up on both sides.
I slowed enough then jumped off and the Grizzly stopped about five feet from this water hole. It was locked up and I couldn’t push it, flames and smoke still coming out. I jumped back on the brake and put it in neutral, pushing it into the water. Which is normally up to at least the engine but today being so long since rain was only to the floorboards. I kept splashing water all over it until it was all out.
I noticed there was some long dead grass stuck in the skid plates, but still couldn’t understand why the Grizzly would get hot enough to catch grass on fire like that where it could of blown up with me on it.
Now let me back up......
Recently my last mod was a full HMF Titan series with HMF tuner and I put a cap over the AIS blocking it like Eric shows. Now this mod took me weeks to get back too completing bc I had to go buy more washers and spacers to get the exhaust to fit properly giving my Elka Stage 4 shocks room so they would not hit the exhaust. Because I noticed how tight it was and how damn hot this exhaust was. It seemed extremely hot and I only ran it maybe a tenth of a mile after I installed it. Other than that the installation was fine, except the part where the instructions said to make sure the gasket did not come out of the top of the full exhaust to the motor. Well, I never saw the gasket so knew it did not come out but still thought it was weird how it just bolted onto the front part of the engine metal to metal with two bolts. I thought that was weird and couldn’t see how that was too much protection from things getting in.
So I went online and found the gasket, ordered it, but did not install it, more on this later.
So Friday night I finally completed putting the exhaust on where it was far enough from my shocks and would not move around even though one bolt holding it to the frame. Getting ready for going to the deer camp the next morning. I rode it down the street maybe 1 tenth of a mile and it seemed fine. I let it rest then I checked the oil. Oil shot out at me getting it all over my shirt, shoes, etc. I thought I was a dumbass and it was still too hot but then realized no way it should of squirted out like that. Several mins later being more cooled off, I checked it again and it was fine, levels and all. So didn’t pay much more attention to it, just thinking the exhaust and tuner was running to hot would need some adjustment tomorrow when I could ride it.
Keep in mind I bought the HMF from HMF so the tuner came to proper settings, at least not completely off, but close so then I could adjust myself when I could ride since I have never done it and don’t know how to judge what it good, lean, or not enough, either way up and down my subdivision is not the place to make these adjustments.
Now this brings me back to Saturday after I have splashed water all over my ATV. I got a hold of another member who came to pull me back to my trailer. We were looking at my Grizzly and noticed when I opened the plastic to the oil that the oil dip stick was open and oil was all over the inside of the plastics and down on the skid plate. Realizing the dead dry grass must of caught on fire due to oil on it getting so hot those few seconds I heard the Noise would of been the engine getting so hot and making so much pressure causing that to pop out. The oil seemed a little light brown and milky not as thick possibly.
The Grizzly would crank now and so I turned it around for my friend to pull me but then seemed fine enough to ride a couple hundred yards to my trailer where he was following me back thru these water puddles real slow watching. I could tell though it was very hot again when I made it up on the trailer and smoking some from the spilled oil heating up.
I packed up and came back home to drink beer and watch football really upset about how my day went, all the time I have put into this ATV and how much I love it, but seems to be a lot of trouble. My friend called me saying another member of the camp he had told the story too said it must be a blown head gasket.
Today I took it to the Yamaha dealer telling them the story and I have a warranty but this of course could be bc of mods. They were two weeks backup from even looking at it. I debated and even turned back around and winded up leaving it. I should of written this first and given everyone time to respond so I may go back up there and get it. I like doing all the work myself and I know they will not tell the actual mechanic everything he needs to know to diagnose the real problem. I left it at first thinking this could be something I couldn’t do anyway and definitely need a professional for anyway. Hell I was scared at first I blew up the motor when i thought it was on fire.
What do you all think the problem could be? What would cause the oil to build up so much pressure like that?
2016 Grizzly SE
Elka Stage 4 all around
JBS milled Yamaha Sheave, Wet Clutch Slug Kit, Dr. Pulley OD weights,
OEM camplate sliders, Purple Secondary Spring
Two Extra Sets of Tires Both Sets on 16 inch ITP Hurricane Wheels
26inch Arisun BrusterXT
Warn ProVantage 2500S
Yamaha Full Set Skid Plates
HMF Titan Blackout
EHS Racing Airbox Mod and AIS Blocked