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This is a discussion on Going from 4wd to 2wd within the X2/X4 Transmission & Drivetrain forums, part of the Yamaha Wolverine X2 & X4 847cc SxS category; Originally Posted by Skwirl It's normal. It's because of how the 4 wd is designed to operate. As has been explained, just unload the driveline ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skwirl View Post
    It's normal. It's because of how the 4 wd is designed to operate. As has been explained, just unload the driveline a little. While a small idiosincrisies to deal with, it's still the best system.
    Appreciate the info everyone, was just concerned that i'd be damaging the system if I was switching while the unit was in motion. Based on the replies it's not harmful if doing it at lower speeds or as long as wheels are moving uniformly if I have that correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotch&Cigars View Post
    Appreciate the info everyone, was just concerned that i'd be damaging the system if I was switching while the unit was in motion. Based on the replies it's not harmful if doing it at lower speeds or as long as wheels are moving uniformly if I have that correct.
    You’ll get comfortable with it. It’s pretty trouble free to operate back and fourth. Initially with something new were all reluctant because were afraid we’ll brake something. Across the board people have found brand new there more troublesome than after getting some miles on them.
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    I came here looking for the answer to "Can I shift from 2WD to 4WD and back 2WD without coming to a complete stop?" and you guys answered my question. I've found a lot of very useful information here on your site, thank you to all.

    This is my first Yamaha, coming from a Polaris Ranger 570. The Ranger has a toggle switch on the dash for changing drive modes on the fly. The Wolverine X2 owner's manual is pretty vague about how to switch back and forth. Yes, it says to come to a stop, but it doesn't say that in bold letters and doesn't emphasize it. On my first trail ride I found myself switching in and out of 2wd and 4wd while moving on trails without my wheels spinning.

    The few times I've tried 4WD Diff Lock I have found it will not disengage until I come to a full stop and then Reverse for 4-6 inches.

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    Hopefully you come to a COMPLETE stop while switching in or out of 4wd LOCK. If not your just begging for issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kdt1970 View Post
    Hopefully you come to a COMPLETE stop while switching in or out of 4wd LOCK. If not your just begging for issues.
    Debatable!
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    If you decide you want to shift without stopping then I believe the most important factor is to do it while coasting and definitely not under power. If under power before it gets fully engaged is where I think you are at higher risk. And the next step into DIFF LOCK is also where you need to be cautious and no power while red light is flashing
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    I do the rolling engage/disengage 4wd and I've never had any issues with it. It is at low speeds and just coasting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithStone76 View Post
    I do the rolling engage/disengage 4wd and I've never had any issues with it. It is at low speeds and just coasting.

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    I personally think its a bad habit to get into and can easily do damage if not careful. I am referring to 4WD Lock.
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    Going between 2wd and 4wd is much different than Diff Lock. 2wd/4wd can be done safely while coasting and not under load even though the book says to stop, diff lock will require you stop to properly engage/disengage. The OP's question was 2wd and 4wd, let's not confuse things.
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    The book tells you to stop before shifting from low to high as well, but I do this moving slow all the time. Slips right in.
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