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This is a discussion on Wheel wells wide open to behind the firewall. within the Wolverine X2/X4 General Discussion forums, part of the Yamaha Wolverine X2 & X4 847cc SxS category; So I just did my first accessory install on my new X4 (Winch). Was fun and fairly simple. The book suggested mounting the solenoid as ...

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    Wheel wells wide open to behind the firewall.

    So I just did my first accessory install on my new X4 (Winch). Was fun and fairly simple. The book suggested mounting the solenoid as close to the battery as possible and I was also inclined to keep it somewhere away from the dirt and water so figured behind the firewall plate up high (dash) would be ideal. I found a nice spot on the left hand side which was close to the battery, and also close to the glovebox where I fed the handheld rocker switch to so it would have the most amount of slack for use. While working on it though I quickly discovered that the ends of the firewall area are completely open and exposed to the underside of the wheel wells. I am quite surprised with this design and also wondering why it was engineered this way. I've taken it on one very short and tame drive and mud was already evident up in that area. On the opposite side it's all open to the steering column/shaft etc! Having another look it would seem that it wouldn't have been difficult to keep that area completely closed off and isolated.

    Has anyone else noticed this and done anything about it to close up those openings? Otherwise cleaning behind there would not be an easy task.

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    i think my solenoid on my grizzly 700 was on the same plate as the winch. so i think it would be fine in that location. mine is in front of the firewall but i was thinking of moving it behind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRed View Post
    i think my solenoid on my grizzly 700 was on the same plate as the winch. so i think it would be fine in that location. mine is in front of the firewall but i was thinking of moving it behind.
    Even if the solenoids are durable enough to withstand all that I'm still wondering just for the sake of keeping mud out from behind that panel especially considering the steering column, etc. I'm assuming this isn't really an issue with these machines then?

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    Note: If you block off the wheel wells, you'll get less dust\water\mud entry but you also eliminate Yamaha's built-in AC and your cab area will be hotter. I've Thermotec-lined my tunnel and insulated the radiator feed hose on the driver side:



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    Nice job! Want to do mine. 😂
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    Nice job massive, sound proofing/heat shield is well worth the time too!
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    did that insulation decrease cab noise from Exhaust (Yes I am still debating LOL)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjniceguy View Post
    did that insulation decrease cab noise from Exhaust (Yes I am still debating LOL)
    A little bit but more engine noise than exhaust and I think the exhaust noise is migrating up through the rear bed, which I'm itching to do next.
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    i installed thin rubber in the wheel wells
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