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    Wolverine X4 OEM soft cab review

    Sorry for the shaky/off center footage. Hard to do this one-handed.









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    2018 Blue Wolverine X4
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    HMF Titan Series Quiet slip-on Exhaust
    Walker Evans shocks
    Swiss-cheesed airbox lid
    NGK Laser Iridium spark plugs
    Tinkseal additives
    STI HD beadlocks wearing Tusk Terrabite 27x9x12 tires
    OEM windshield, soft cab, and roof
    OEM skid plates
    OEM rock sliders
    OEM A-arm guards
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    Looks nice, how are you liking it? Pro's and cons? Do you have a heater in there too?
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    Let me put it to you this way: My 98 lb wife would never go in the Viking with me on winter nights because of the cold (it also has a soft cab). I don't have a heater in there yet (still debating if I need it), and we've gone out to dinner twice in it with our daughter. On a sunny day, you don't need a heater. The glass\vinyl panels just act like magnifying glasses and warm up the cab. I do have some air coming in around the steering wheel but I plan on making a block-off plate so air isn't being forced in through the wheel well.

    Pros:

    -Wife and daughter approved = more winter family trips to town in it and extended trail riding season
    -Dust reduction in the cab
    -The beauty of the X4 is that I no longer have to wash anything that was formerly stored in the bed of my Viking. All your stuff is weather protected (even without the soft cab the sun roof helped with this aspect)
    -No major reduction in visibility
    -No need to remove cab in the summer, just roll back the windows
    -Valuables are more concealed. I think I can leave my $300 brushless chainsaw in there with less concern of it getting stolen.

    Cons:

    -Cost: at $900 without discounts, it's 3x as expensive as my former SxSEnclosures soft cab for my Viking. To be fair, there's more material and this is waaaaaaayy better engineered (compared to the Viking model, we'll have to see what SxSEnclosures comes up with for the X4)
    -Slight increase in engine noise as the cab now acts as a sort of echo chamber
    -it's not a hard cab
    -won't work with side mirrors that mount to the roll cage but I'm satisfied with my panoramic rear view mirror. The only thing I miss with side mirrors is backing out of my garage and making sure I don't hit anything such as my car parked poorly by my wife

    The following is both a pro and con. Getting in and out. Yes you have to unzip the window every time you get in and out (during the winter), which adds to the yoga you have to do to get in and out of the X4 in the first place. That being said, it's really not that bad and it's easy to zip/unzip. You see the trouble I had to do unzip the rear window one-handed in the video but it's effortless with two hands.

    I can't say if window fogging is going to be an issue. So far it hasn't, but I don't have enough time in it with the cab to make a determination yet.
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    Hunterworks prototype sheave with easy cleanout port, 22 gram HV weights
    Weller Racing ECU flash
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    Walker Evans shocks
    Swiss-cheesed airbox lid
    NGK Laser Iridium spark plugs
    Tinkseal additives
    STI HD beadlocks wearing Tusk Terrabite 27x9x12 tires
    OEM windshield, soft cab, and roof
    OEM skid plates
    OEM rock sliders
    OEM A-arm guards
    OEM cargo box
    Check out the Yamaha X2/X4 FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/671163569748779/

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    I also have the soft cab and I like it so far.

    I also miss the side mirrors .... my dealer said that Yamaha knows and they will come up with a solution in the future
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    Figured out what that extra magnet piece was in the video, when you roll up your front windows, the magnetic piece there will attach to the corresponding one that I thought initially was misplaced



    As with my Rhino and Viking, air comes in around the steering wheel column. I created an air dam, first mocked up in cardboard and then transposed to Plexiglas. I wanted to use black plastic but had to settle for pg instead.





    It does make a difference and to improve on the design, I'd make another piece going in parallel with the chassis to the left of the existing piece. I'm thinking about making a corresponding piece on the passenger side to prevent dirt and splash from getting up there.
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    First Wolverine X4 to break the 60 MPH barrier
    Over 6000 miles and 425 hours
    Hunterworks prototype sheave with easy cleanout port, 22 gram HV weights
    Weller Racing ECU flash
    HMF Titan Series Quiet slip-on Exhaust
    Walker Evans shocks
    Swiss-cheesed airbox lid
    NGK Laser Iridium spark plugs
    Tinkseal additives
    STI HD beadlocks wearing Tusk Terrabite 27x9x12 tires
    OEM windshield, soft cab, and roof
    OEM skid plates
    OEM rock sliders
    OEM A-arm guards
    OEM cargo box
    Check out the Yamaha X2/X4 FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/671163569748779/

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    Thank you MOK for taking the time to post all that info and vid. I think you have me sold on a soft cab.
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    It's been a year and wanted to update my experience on the Yamaha OEM soft cab

    The biggest failure point on soft cabs are the zippers. If they fail, your soft cab is useless unless you can find someone to sew on new ones.

    I had a scare last week where my driver's side window zipper wouldn't zip. After inspecting it further I discovered the zipper teeth were fine and that I had to adjust the zipper pull. It's pretty easy to do with a pair of channel lock pliers by gently squeezing the end that closes the zipper. I squeezed both the top/bottom and the sides inwards and now the zipper works fine

    Repairing/adjusting the zipper pull is a much easier task than having to replace/adjust zipper teeth as was the case on my SxS Enclosures cab that was on my Viking.

    I will say SxS customer service is #1 and they did send me a brand new cab enclosure without having to send the old one back and they've improved their zipper but I can't say if the new design is any better.

    SxS Enclosures uses molded zipper teeth as found in the middle picture, which is very prone to breaking/misalignment. Yamaha OEM uses coil zipper teeth on the right, which keeps zipper teeth alignment, stands up to abuse (won't break teeth), and goes around curves much better. Around curves is the most-likely spot that you'll notice your first zipper failure on a molded design.



    The windows have their share of light scratches but can still be seen through fairly well. Yamaha provides 2 large chapstick-like lubrication which makes the zipper work buttery smooth. I would suggest cleaning your zippers with soap/water/toothbrush and then applying the 'zipper butter'.

    The rear window was rubbing bad where the rear roll bar is so I would install something to cover the rear roll bar, maybe some strips of velcro (loop side not hook) or other soft cloth-like material. Also I now use a small bungee cord to support the center of the the window when it's rolled up.
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    First Wolverine X4 to break the 60 MPH barrier
    Over 6000 miles and 425 hours
    Hunterworks prototype sheave with easy cleanout port, 22 gram HV weights
    Weller Racing ECU flash
    HMF Titan Series Quiet slip-on Exhaust
    Walker Evans shocks
    Swiss-cheesed airbox lid
    NGK Laser Iridium spark plugs
    Tinkseal additives
    STI HD beadlocks wearing Tusk Terrabite 27x9x12 tires
    OEM windshield, soft cab, and roof
    OEM skid plates
    OEM rock sliders
    OEM A-arm guards
    OEM cargo box
    Check out the Yamaha X2/X4 FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/671163569748779/

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    Like you said it's very important to keep the zippers clean & lubed. On our trail jeeps some of us simply kept a bar of handsoap onboard. A couple quick rubs up & down the zippers with it was effective(and nearly free!&#x1f609
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    Has anyone found a side mirror solution that will work for the X2/X4 R spec, soft cab and SuperATV folding windshield? Thanks in advance!

    Quote Originally Posted by Labine View Post
    I also have the soft cab and I like it so far.

    I also miss the side mirrors .... my dealer said that Yamaha knows and they will come up with a solution in the future
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek View Post
    Has anyone found a side mirror solution that will work for the X2/X4 R spec, soft cab and SuperATV folding windshield? Thanks in advance!
    EMP (Extreme Metal Products) makes a mirror that bolts to the existing door screws

    https://extrememetalproducts.com/i-2...e-mirrors.html
    2018 Blue Wolverine X4
    First Wolverine X4 to break the 60 MPH barrier
    Over 6000 miles and 425 hours
    Hunterworks prototype sheave with easy cleanout port, 22 gram HV weights
    Weller Racing ECU flash
    HMF Titan Series Quiet slip-on Exhaust
    Walker Evans shocks
    Swiss-cheesed airbox lid
    NGK Laser Iridium spark plugs
    Tinkseal additives
    STI HD beadlocks wearing Tusk Terrabite 27x9x12 tires
    OEM windshield, soft cab, and roof
    OEM skid plates
    OEM rock sliders
    OEM A-arm guards
    OEM cargo box
    Check out the Yamaha X2/X4 FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/671163569748779/

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