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post #1 of 10 Old 04-11-2014, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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1999 Prairie 400 wont get over 20mph

Full disclosure I usually work on Honda ATV's. But, a buddy of mine bought a 1999 Prairie 400 for "a good deal" on local craigslist. It seemed to idle great and even rev up in neutral just fine, but does not accelerate past about 20 or so mph (cant tell cause speedo is broke). Prairie only has 1250 miles on it, so I thought no problem probably a carb issue from sitting. Went through the carb and runs even better now, but still wont rapp up /accelerate ike it needs to/should. Took clutch cover off and checked belt, few chunks on one side missing, so bought a new belt hoping that was it... Installed new belt and still wont increase speed to over 20ish.
In neutral, the CVT clutch system (front pulley) moves in and the belt moves up like it should??. When in gear (low and high) and under full throttle the clutch will move a little bit and belt slides up but only a little, does not come to even 1/3 as high at top speed as it does when in neutral. It also squeaks when in high gear and sitting parked with the new belt on it.

Looking for advise on how to fix this thing and if it is worth it? Anyone out there run into this issue before? I am 110% sure it's not carb related (have cleaned and rebuilt 50+ atv and moto carbs in the past). These CVT clutches are just new to me so any help is much appreciated. I did do a search of the forums but could not find anything that fit the bill. Prairie only has 1280 miles and 440 hours of use on it. Also checked spark plug and it is fine.
Thanks in advance from sunny Oregon
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Sounds like something in clutch is binding. Maybe take belt back off and see if it moves any further in when revved. Try to push it in by hand.

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Clutch moves in great when sitting in neutral, belt goes to the top of the front pulley no problem. It just barely moves when it is in gear...
Open to thoughts.. Kawi's are new to me, had a prairie 650 that had a little carb trouble but once sync'd they worked great.
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2 things come to mind. Clean the surfaces of the clutch with some a scotch bright or something not to aggressive to clean the glaze and old belt off the surface. Could be slipping at RMP. Also take your air compressor and blow out the clutches they are probably pretty dirty and possibly the pc's missing off the old belt are stuck in their.
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secondary clutch froze?

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Blew air all through it and scratched it up a bit with sandpaper. That resulted in belt sliding up to top in low range, but still will not in high range. I give up, my buddy can deal w it! Back to working on my foreman thx everyone for the ideas.
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Are you sure it's the right belt?

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Running out of power. Put old belt back on and same result, minus the squeaking. Put a petcock rebuild kit to make sure getting good fuel flow. It's going back to him tomorrow to use in low range and see what results he gets. May end up on craigslist.
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Running out of power. Put old belt back on and same result, minus the squeaking. Put a petcock rebuild kit to make sure getting good fuel flow. It's going back to him tomorrow to use in low range and see what results he gets. May end up on craigslist.
Had same issue, 2001 Kawasaki Prairie 400 Auto 4X4, sat for awhile, got running but wouldn’t go over 15mph, FIXED: Carb slide wasn’t rising? Found Rubber Carb Diaphragm and spacers not installed installed correctly. Re-installed in correct order, Now runs great with plenty of power. 👍
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