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Old 01-22-2009, 08:28 AM   #1
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Hi, I'm new.
I searched but didn't see a thread specific to my issue.
I bought a 96' Warrior and although the plunger lever will go back and forth, it won't go into reverse, it actually becomes more like a nuetral. I beleive it's not going all the way into reverse gear but not sure how to get it in. The 4 wheeler has been severely neglected and I am repairing a lot of things like the front A-Arms. Front Calipers and tires all the way around. The best part is that it starts up perfectly, the rest is questionable. LOL!

I think it might be missing something to get it into reverse. Do you only move the plunger lever into reverse and that's it or do you have to pull a lever or switch or something?

My wife's Lakota has a switch you have to turn and push the shifter down and it goes into reverse, is there some sort of extra thing that needs to be pushed, pulled or turned to get it into reverse?

The former owner never put it into reverse while he owned it. He didn't know how, so the transfer of knowledge was skipped a owner.

I am thinking I am missing something on the left clutch handle. There are two extra holes for cables. i know one is the E-Brake, but what is the other one?



Here is the pics from the ad when i bought it. I will get better pics after i put the new front A-Arms and tires on it. They are all shot, and the front calipers are missing as well. LOL!



I got it for $750
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Maybe the linkage on the shifter is mis-adjsuted.

The second cable was for your parking brake. Most people remove the parking brake, they wear out back pads.
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I don't think so because I could force the shifter itself further but doesn't seemto click into place inside the gear box.

So you are saying it should just go into reverse by flipping the plunger lever back and that's it? right?
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Yes, when you pull up on the lever and pull it back, with the engine running and the clutch pulled, it should drop into reverse.
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Yes, when you pull up on the lever and pull it back, with the engine running and the clutch pulled, it should drop into reverse.
Ok, so I'm just gonna have to get a little more agressive and investigate it better.
I've currently got the front end apart waiting on finding A-Arms and Calipers and then I will check it out more outside my basement. I changed the oil and checked everything else over.
The Chain is rusted pretty bad, the rear swing arm is ruster and the frame is sprayed silver over the red and and flaked off. The plastic is good but needs polishing to bring back the luster, the seat needs a cover and the front shocks are shot. The tires are dry and bald.
But the best part is it runs perfect, and has bead locks on the rear and is all cosmetic after the front end is fixed.

Oh the rear carrier bearings were just replaced as well.

Oh, to start it I have to ark the solenoid in the rear, not surif the solenoid or the switch is bad. It's pretty much a basket case but has good bones. LOL!
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Oh, does this thing have a Oil filter like a Big Bear? When I changed the oil I saw it had a screen under the plug but didn't see a filter unless i over looked it.
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Yes it has the screen under the plug and the filter by the shifter just like the big bear.
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Quote: Originally Posted by diggerzmound View Post
Yes it has the screen under the plug and the filter by the shifter just like the big bear.
Oh, Ok, I will have to look for that on the shifter side. What does it look like specifically? Can you describe what I'm looking for? If not I guess i can look it up on Ebay.
Thanks for your help.
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Round aluminum cover with three bolt holes.
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Back in 1987 I a warrior,and to get in reverse we had to pull in the clutch and pull the reverse lever back,then let the clutch out a little bit,(at the same time)then it would go into reverse.If you didnt let the clutch out as you were pullin the reverse lever it would not go into reverse.My buddies 2002 is the same way.
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Quote: Originally Posted by yfznutt View Post
Back in 1987 I a warrior,and to get in reverse we had to pull in the clutch and pull the reverse lever back,then let the clutch out a little bit,(at the same time)then it would go into reverse.If you didnt let the clutch out as you were pullin the reverse lever it would not go into reverse.My buddies 2002 is the same way.

That's good to know. I will mess with it tonight when i get home.

Thanks for the excellent advise.
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I figured out what is keeping it from going into reverse.
Here is some pics this morning after taring it all down last night


Here is the cause of it not going into reverse

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I'm taring it down cause I have 2000 Yammaha Blue plastic coming today as well as new front A-Arms and Calipers so I figured I would go ahead and paint the frame all black since it is the easiest color to go with without totally stripping the frame.

What kind of paint sticks the best? Should I prime it first?
I will be degreasing and cleaning all that I can and prolly will scuff everything with sand paper for better adhearing.
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Damned bolt!

If you are not going to strip the frame completely I would prime it first, it will help fill some of the imperfections in the existing paint. Scuff it, prime it, light sand and wash it and put a few light coats of black on.
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Damned bolt!

If you are not going to strip the frame completely I would prime it first, it will help fill some of the imperfections in the existing paint. Scuff it, prime it, light sand and wash it and put a few light coats of black on.

Do you have a good paint you would suggest for durability on a frame. I know the key to painting is prep but I want good paint too.
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I have used this on a frame, it seemed to be pretty durable.

http://www.duplicolor.com/products/wheel.html
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Quote: Originally Posted by diggerzmound View Post
I have used this on a frame, it seemed to be pretty durable.

http://www.duplicolor.com/products/wheel.html
Excellent, I will use that. Thanks
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not shere if you know this but that is a 87 or 88 not a 96 warrior. the head lights are not right for 96. in 96 thay had round head lights up by the handle bars 87/88 are squar and down by the bumper like yours are. just thought you would like to know on 87/88 the lower a arms are difrent than the 96. the 96 lower a arms will not work on 87/88
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not shere if you know this but that is a 87 or 88 not a 96 warrior head lightss are not right for 96. in 96 thay had round head lights up by the handle bars 87/88 are squar and down by the bumper like yours are. just thought you would like to know on 87/88 the lower a arms are difrent than the 96. the 96 lower a arms will not work on 87/88
Yea, I was suspecting that all day today and someone else confirmed it earlier in another thread.
The guy advertised it as a 98' wrote 96' on the bill of sale and then I found out that it's a 87'. Oh well, it's about to look like a 2000 with the new plastic and frame paint.
AS long as it stays running good, I'm fine. I prolly won't keep it for too long anyways, I will prolly upgrade to a 400ex, LTZ400, or a YZF450 shortly after riding this one for a few months.
i have a feeling this one just won't have the power I'm used to, to keep me entertained,
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ok didnt know if you new that. good find and have fun with it
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