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    I need some help with my new 825i Gator.

    My new 825I Gator was delivered yesterday morning. I have been reading the online manual. I was surprised that the manual does not address the actual driving. The delivery man went over the operation of Gator with me. He stated that to drive it, just put it in gear & step on the gas pedal. Yesterday evening, I took it for a short drive in a field behind our house.
    The ground was mostly flat, I had the Gator in high gear. The tac was showing over 3900 rpms, but the highest speed it would go is 11mph.

    Is there a problem, or am I doing something wrong?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisR View Post
    My new 825I Gator was delivered yesterday morning. I have been reading the online manual. I was surprised that the manual does not address the actual driving. The delivery man went over the operation of Gator with me. He stated that to drive it, just put it in gear & step on the gas pedal. Yesterday evening, I took it for a short drive in a field behind our house.
    The ground was mostly flat, I had the Gator in high gear. The tac was showing over 3900 rpms, but the highest speed it would go is 11mph.

    Is there a problem, or am I doing something wrong?
    Sounds like maybe your centrifugal clutch is not closing. As the RPM's go up-the two clutch plates should move together to increase the effective diameter of that clutch/pulley to increase the speed. If your not familiar with centrifugal clutches google on John Deere Gator 825i clutch illustrations and you will see some pretty good pictures of the clutch and understand how it's supposed to work. In your case at first glance it sounds like the belt is stuck at the lowest diameter position on the clutch, therefore not getting up to speed. Do you feel like the engine is over revving? or smell a burning rubber smell? Definitely a dealer issue on a new machine. I'd get it back to them. Good Luck!

    P.S.-I'm a novice-just learning about the mechanicals as we are getting our 550 clutch worked on at the dealer. But I am familiar with this technology. I used to race snowmobiles in the 70's and clutch tuning with different weights/spring mechanisms was part of the process.
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    Sounds like a clutch issue to me. Call the dealer, maybe they installed a speed limiter.
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    This video mention hi-lo transmission ranges. Did you have it in low range? He also said 44MPH top speed.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cpH18cimB8
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    Yup, there is a HI-Lo range. Straight from the OM. See item 3.

    Using Travel Controls 1. Stop machine.
    2. Allow engine to come to a low idle speed.
    IMPORTANT: Avoid damage! Do not shift gears when vehicle is moving or with engine running above low idle speed. Push down brake to stop vehicle motion and engage shift lever with a firm positive action.
    Gears may grind when shifting if engine idle speed is set higher than factory specification.

    NOTE: Always shift into low range when operating on wet or uneven terrain, or when towing or pushing heavy loads.

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    3. Select a gear position:
    • Forward - Push shift lever (A) forward to either high (B) or low (C) range.
    • Reverse - Push shift lever to left, then pull rearward to reverse (D) gear.
    4. Look in the direction the vehicle will travel.

    c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Reduce speed before braking or turning, when hauling loads, and while operating around obstacles or on hazardous off-road conditions.
    5. Push down accelerator pedal (E) slowly and smoothly to begin machine travel.
    6. Release accelerator and apply brake pedal (F) evenly and firmly to slow down or stop.
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    ChrisR stated he had it in high gear. "I had the Gator in high gear"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    ChrisR stated he had it in high gear. "I had the Gator in high gear"
    Why, so he did. Sorry, I missed it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    ChrisR stated he had it in high gear. "I had the Gator in high gear"
    But, did he have it in "High" - High gear?
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    This seems to be a known issue with the 825i. I ran across this from over at gatorforums.net


    I purchased a new 825i 2 months ago and noticed that the clutch did not engage until the motor hit nearly 2700 rpm and would be about 3000 rpm going 3 mph.
    He's got a "solution" but... seems like a lot to do to a brand new machine to me.
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    Thank you for all of the replies. I did have the shifter in the high position. I did smell things were hot, but I just took it as it being new. It had less than an hour on the meter. I just wanted to make sure it was not normal, or if I was doing something wrong before calling the service department.
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