i have found that if you hit the water to fast the splash gets into the air intake but if you go in fairly slow then hitter you can go pretty deep . the factory in take is in a poor location forsure the best is snorkels if you wanna play waterI have gone throught the 7 pages of issues, I have only had this used 2008 for 6 months and I think I have experienced 75% of what was listed lol.
Rode in the Hatfield Mcoys and found out just how bad the breather system is. Never in water over the floor boards and we managed to ingest water and dirt in the air box. Ended up having to rebuild the top end and major cleaning of internals.
Mechanic at local shop down by Mann stated that they have to do this type of rebuild on at least 7-9 machines a year.
1.Brutes don't like any type of water/mud. If you are going to hit the puddles you have to snorkel, you can put a speacial air cover on but the price is close to what snorkels cost and it is bloody loud.
Air Breather filter, these machines like a lot of air, he suggested they be treated like a motocross bike, and wash/clean filter after every ride. When reinstalling the breather put grease on the bottom for a tight seal.
Fuel pump can be an issue, if they act up dealer wants $800.00 for a new one, or 475.00 on ebay. You might get lucky if your mechanically inclined and be able to back flush your old one. I have pulled my son's fuel pump dissasembled it and back flushed components using my parts washer. Two filters on pump one on inlet looks like a tea bag, and one on outlet of pump.:bash: