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I bought my Grizzly used back in December with 1200 miles and 500 hours, I have put some work in it to get it running and riding well and enjoyed it some during the snow. I’m considering the idea of tearing the bike completely down and inspecting every part/replace what’s worn and repaint everything that has rust or needs a touching up. Change all the fluids while it’s apart as I have no idea when they were last done. I have some mechanical experience but never taking anything apart as complex as this seems. How much would I need to remove from the engine to pull it? And what’s a good way to make sure everything goes back together the right way?
 

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What year Griz? I don’t know that I would go through all that trouble. If it’s running well then go enjoy it. A complete service including all fluids and a check of all wear items is always a good idea on a used machine.
 

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Yes, specific machine/year? 1200 miles is not a lot of miles but without machine specifics, no one knows which engine. Signatures with your machine type and year is beneficial to get proper responses. Signature section can be found by going to your Control Panel link and then to the left side of the screen when using a browser.
 

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Just want to mention even if you do have a signature the guys in mobile version have no idea what you have. I am in mobile version and it is irritating as I have to read between the lines to figure it out sometimes. So mentioning your machine in the initial post is very handy for everyone involved.
 

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I bought my Grizzly used back in December with 1200 miles and 500 hours, I have put some work in it to get it running and riding well and enjoyed it some during the snow. I’m considering the idea of tearing the bike completely down and inspecting every part/replace what’s worn and repaint everything that has rust or needs a touching up. Change all the fluids while it’s apart as I have no idea when they were last done. I have some mechanical experience but never taking anything apart as complex as this seems. How much would I need to remove from the engine to pull it? And what’s a good way to make sure everything goes back together the right way?
I get it. You would like to have the bike in pretty much "new" condition. This is what I would suggest, if it runs and handles well now.
1. Purchase a service manual. DVD version's online for under $20.00
2. Have a digital camera, and the ability to download and view the photos on a computer.
3. Take photos of every stage of dis-assembly for reference when putting back together
4. Give the bike a real thorough pressure wash, let it dry.
5. Get the bike safely elevated to a comfortable working height and supported so you can safely remove the wheels.
6. Remove all the body work.
7. Look at, touch, yank, pull on every hose, axle boot, wire, etc. Anything rubber, plastic. Replace anything that seems sketchy.
8. Have a hard look at the brakes, tie rod ends, ball joints, axles.
9. Change all the fluids, filters, spark plug.
10.Scuff any surface rust with a scotch-brite pad, touch up the chassis paint with Por15 paint( suggested by member jvictory)
11. Put it all back together, ride and have a ball, knowing that you have a nice, refreshed machine!
All of this may well be un-needed, but if it gives you peace of mind, and makes you feel better looking at the machine, then that is all that really matters!!!
 

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One thing I can think about that is often over looked is the rear knuckle bushings if it is an IRS model. I know it has low miles but if the bushings wasn't properly greased they can wear out pretty fast.
 
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Thanks for the replies, it is a 2002 model year Grizzly. It’s in decent shape, runs and rides well now after I fixed it. It’s been used but not caked in mud or anything rough ever in its life. Racks could use a repainting, frame could definitely use some preventative rust work as I only ride it in the snow/salt mess the winter and he factory paint has 16 years of wear on it now.
 
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