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Since Big Jim is obviously too busy playing with his new Gator to start a thread... I thought I would start one, and hopefully he will get the hint:nunu:

Maybe somebody can find some of his pictures from the other thread and repost them here.

I guess we don't need him to talk about his Gator!!:laugh:

First order of business is to get to the bottom of that noise.
 

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Since Big Jim is obviously too busy playing with his new Gator to start a thread... I thought I would start one, and hopefully he will get the hint:nunu:

Maybe somebody can find some of his pictures from the other thread and repost them here.

I guess we don't need him to talk about his Gator!!:laugh:

First order of business is to get to the bottom of that noise.
why thank u -arlen. i jsut now looked for our camera that she took some pics on:dunno:i guess she has it in her purse yet?

so as soon as she gets home--i'll get to it:lol:
 

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I liked that pic from the rear you posted the other day Big Jim, that thing looked like a danged Hummer sitting there!
 

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:good2:eek:k found the pics that the wife took of us at the dealer along with ET and his wife too--they met us and we had a nice lunch with them-and then they showed me the way to the dealer-wasn't too bad following them at all. i've had worse problems following people thru major cities back in the day when i was trucking:laugh:

so for uns who don't know-i bought an out of state 835r gator-why-cause after yrs of being loyal to my dealer-he just up and refused to drop another 5oo bucks after knocking 500 dollars off initial price. took me a little road trip out to Ohio-and found several small dealers who would sell me this gator for $2,000 less than back home here. so i asked my dealer to split the difference and as i told him-he would make the rest up on the goodies i was gonna add on. nope-he claimed he needed to make a 8% profit from it. like i said he did drop the 500 bucks-but the dollar stopped there. so........ET told me about this place-called the sales lady and we struck a deal right off the bat. then i think i called her every day adding something:laugh: and for some reason she forgot the turn signals and 4 ways-but......the speaker set was back ordered, along with the snow plow-so when i go back in for them-they are adding the turn signals and 4 ways.

now i got a lot of flak for not supporting my local dealer--i have spent thousands and thousands of dollars there --lots of money in my book-why he couldn't drop another 500 bucks is beyond me-he lost a sale-plus the money of the goodies too.

it is 89 miles from my place to this new area-my old dealer was 60 miles one way-can still do grocery shopping going to new place--or whatever along the way-so i'm happy cause the $3,000 bucks i saved almost payed for my plow i put on it--and now i get to sit in the warm and dry-and when i kick the bucket for the last time---my wife is gonna be nice and warm to plow the drive way-if its needed. probably the youngest boy will be here to plow his mother out as he has a plow mounted to a chevy blazer-so she should be covered A-OK. but she has wanted to drive the gator more than i thought-which i think is a great idea for her to learn how.

what i added to it: a horn--wiper washer fluid --bigger covers on the pvc boots--back window deflector--4 ways and turn signals, am/fm radio-plain no sirius--extra speaker kit--doors and top of roof-I think-not sure ---oh and the jd 4 way hydraulic 6ft snow plow---a winch-that u can use front or back--i think that's it--if i remember any more i'll add them later
 

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About that noise...

Is it a whine when you let up on the gas, and it starts free wheeling down the hill?
Then if you give it gas and get the rpms up over say 1700 , do you slow way down when the descent control kicks in?
Shouldn’t make much noise at all when the descent control is active, and even the whine when you are free wheeling down the hill really shouldn’t be much either.
 

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Big Jim,

Congrats on your new Gator. I am sure you and your wife will thoroughly enjoy it, both for work and for pleasure.

My family, especially our granddaughters, has enjoyed our Mule this summer. We have also used it quite a bit around the yard and I take it to the hunting woods. It converts easily from a 1 bench seat to a 2 bench seat for additional riders.

Have fun and enjoy. :bigthumb:
 

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ok so here's some pics now:lol:
here we are trying out Charley boys seating arrangement. he's said it was a-ok

here's ET along with hsi wife and the mechanic who done the installs of the goodies--and Charley boy just took to et's wife -she walked him around for over a hr-all the while while we talked and discussed things about the gator. ET wanted me to take it for a ride-and i declined because i said hey-i bought 2 brand new pickups over the yrs and never got to test drive them. oh boy should i have test drove it-yes siree--should have--then if i thought it was so loud going down hill-i don't know what i would of done then--hadn't signed the papers as of yet then-but i had already told them i was buying it-already had most of the goodies on it by then-:dunno:didn't know they have a off-site place to test them out on then, so....
for whats it worth compared to the first night we drove and rode in it. we have it narrowed down to certain hills now-and what speed u can go down them. there is no idling along with it-oh. at least not on the road-they are township roads-some are state run too. so hoping to be able to crawl around in the woods better at my aunts house-that will come later.

here is what ET made for our new granddaughter-madison-who was just born in July something day:hide:i think the 14th or 22-- i should be shot, for forgetting the date- huh. was very nice of him for doing that. thank u again ET-till ur better paid.
No body was facing the camera on this shot-lol

gator update-so far a little over 60 miles-and at 6.2 hrs. loving it-except for the descent downhill noise it makes at around 20 mph to right under 10-at 5 mph the brake kicks off-u better have ur foot on the brake then:banghead::laugh:

so far to make Charley boy feel more comfortable in the middle -we added a card board box and covered it with a large towel--that made him happier then, as he was able to lay down on it --don't really think 3 of us our size would be real comfortable in it-would be tight -IMO. for us it's honky dory-oh:hi:He stands or sits on my lap most of the time-sticking his head out the window as we ride along-tonight we used the pickup for our little ride to the ridge and back-saw a really nice 4 point buck and 2 does--wished i would of taken the gator to see if it would of been quiet enough not to spook him. we shall see later.

any questions ask away-ok. thanks to Arlen for kicking my butt some to get me started.:thumbup1gif::laugh::munch:
 

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About that noise...

Is it a whine when you let up on the gas, and it starts free wheeling down the hill?-no descent kicks in right away-only at 5 mph and under do u free wheel
Then if you give it gas and get the rpms up over say 1700 , do you slow way down when the descent control kicks in?
Shouldn’t make much noise at all when the descent control is active, and even the whine when you are free wheeling down the hill really shouldn’t be much either.
​-at 5 mph--when it starts to free wheel and i don't get the brake on fast enough i get the whining then-but just slap the brake on a bit and it goes away-or u can ride down the hill thru the hay field with one foot on the brake and one on the gas-and i just feather the gas to keep the descent control on then. but i hate that.

arlen--the descent control works great. if the hill is not that steep and ur going 30 mph-it kicks in right away when u let off of the gas pedal-u can tell it-just like a jake brake in a truck. as it slows u down to around 23 or 20 mph their is a very loud noise that comes in thru the cab-even kinda worse with windows up and a/c on--we haven't been using the a/c the last week and running with the windows down,, if i could get rid of that noise at that speed--i would be very happy. it gets pretty loud that it kinda makes my ears want to pop-like when u change attitudes-for us when we go up over the mountain to visit her family-my ears would pop up and coming back down over.
the very first night we rode it-i was so disappointed i could of taken it back-no kidding i meant it. then the next morning the sales lady told me can't do that-as no promise of return on gators-except one of the small units. so she says they will do whatever to find out why its so loud at that speed. me-i think its just a combination of the belts and what ever is working to slow it down.

like i said it does work, i can come down off the one hill and only touch the brakes one time on a curve--till we pull into the driveway. wife even drove it down that hill-and she commented how good it held back for her. so....
 

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All great pictures Big Jim, but this one is suitable for framing. :good2:
 

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It seems like it works different than mine. I don’t get any descent control unless I’m giving it a little gas. I have to get the rpm up to about 1700 or above. If I let up on the gas it will start freewheeling down a hill...at least I think so—-I will pay closer attention.

You do get some tire noise on hard surfaces that seem to be the worst at around 20 mph. Even that has gotten better on mine...I figured the tire lugs must’ve rounded a little.

Did you get floor mats? They dampen some of the round noise too.

I would like to know why your descent control behaves different. Maybe it’s how the clutches are set up.
I know there are a few differences between the gas and diesels in that regard.

I was impressed with how quiet mine is, so it seems like excessive noise shouldn’t even be on your radar.
I will Pm that fella that posted a couple times on my thread. He had an 835r...maybe he can weigh in.
 

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PM to mdm sent!
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It seems like it works different than mine. I don’t get any descent control unless I’m giving it a little gas. I have to get the rpm up to about 1700 or above. If I let up on the gas it will start freewheeling down a hill...at least I think so—-I will pay closer attention.

You do get some tire noise on hard surfaces that seem to be the worst at around 20 mph. Even that has gotten better on mine...I figured the tire lugs must’ve rounded a little.

Did you get floor mats? They dampen some of the round noise too.

I would like to know why your descent control behaves different. Maybe it’s how the clutches are set up.
I know there are a few differences between the gas and diesels in that regard.

I was impressed with how quiet mine is, so it seems like excessive noise shouldn’t even be on your radar.
I will Pm that fella that posted a couple times on my thread. He had an 835r...maybe he can weigh in.
:dunno:pretty sure theirs floor mats in this one. i'll double check that.

this descent control will work as long asu over 5 mph--or riding around the yard-all u have to be is over the 5 mph and it works-will throw u against the steering wheel if ur not paying attention. like i said it works out on the road-except for the noise it makes in the cab. the very first night i was just so disappointed in myself and it. as i know its not meant to be on a road-as no tv commercial showed them on any-only on the wide open ranges-and dirt roads--none showed the descent control either.

sales lady claims this has been on them for yrs now--:dunno:my aunt doesn't think its on her 625i as its a 2011 model. i only ever rode it a few times as a passenger-all because of how hard i thought to get in and out of it, on the drivers side

Arlen--if i come down off the hill thru what i call a hay field---and its rough so i want to go slow--i have to feather the gas pedal and ride the brake all at the same time-if i want the descent control to stay on. out on the open road-don't have to do that at all-it likes to go:lol: one or 2 back roads where the deer lay in the meadows-and u have to ride slow as not to miss them--well i tried free-wheeling down that and the whine it made then, i know would of spooked them(deer) out of their beds for sure-IMO. i thought next time i want to try putting it in neutral and try that instead till i get to bottom. its not as steep as the other places-where we look at.
 

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Also, don’t be afraid of low range, you get good descent control down to about 2mph
 

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Also, don’t be afraid of low range, you get good descent control down to about 2mph
yeah i forgot about using that in the hay field-:hide: so used to my pickup's tranny. but i do want to try that out one day soon. gonna conserve my hrs till i go back down. as i don't want to be the guinea pig to change the oil filter the first time. i tried reaching down in there with my big hands-rough i tell ya.:mocking:
 

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yeah i forgot about using that in the hay field-:hide: so used to my pickup's tranny. but i do want to try that out one day soon. gonna conserve my hrs till i go back down. as i don't want to be the guinea pig to change the oil filter the first time. i tried reaching down in there with my big hands-rough i tell ya.:mocking:
I did the 50 hour oil change on mine, and I really didn’t enjoy it much. Different engine of course, but nothing seems to be easy on these Gators for maintenance.
 

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Hi BigJim,
Arlen dropped me a note as I haven’t been on lately. Crazy travel, new property, and the hurricane here in NC and all. Anyway, I read through the thread and I’ll try and give my impressions to the best I can remember. Guess I’m so used to how things are that it’s hard to remember.

Going down steep hills: If I take foot off gas, it free wheels down. Keeping a little gas on (constant throttle) it invokes a descent control and just slowly creeps down.

Going fast down a driveway: If I full throttle and then come off the gas, I just freewheel (or close to it). No strange noise that I remember but it’s not quiet that’s for sure.

Additionally, I don’t recall on a flat surface going fast if it slows rapidly when I let off the gas. I’ll test it on Wed when I get back to the property. I have had it up to 40+ but don’t remember if I completely let off the throttle to freewheel.

On another note: Anyone add the front and rear work lights themselves?

Mark
 

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Hi BigJim,
Arlen dropped me a note as I haven’t been on lately. Crazy travel, new property, and the hurricane here in NC and all. Anyway, I read through the thread and I’ll try and give my impressions to the best I can remember. Guess I’m so used to how things are that it’s hard to remember.

Going down steep hills: If I take foot off gas, it free wheels down. Keeping a little gas on (constant throttle) it invokes a descent control and just slowly creeps down. well-i had that happen once at my aunts place-but i was trying to keep from bouncing allround as the field is quite rough--but i found if i rode the gas pedal and brake a bit-it was ok coming down-i let off the gas pedal towards the bottom and then i guess i didn't have enough brake applied and i then got a little ride till i got it whoaed down, bad thing is Charley boy stands on my right leg and left leg-but right ankle doesn't work too good anyways-so i find i can control it a lot better when he sits in the middle.

Going fast down a driveway: If I full throttle and then come off the gas, I just freewheel (or close to it). No strange noise that I remember but it’s not quiet that’s for sure nope-mine doesn't do that--until i hit 5 mph-then it free wheels or until i give it more throttle to it-so that i am over the 5 mph speed.

Additionally, I don’t recall on a flat surface going fast if it slows rapidly when I let off the gas. I’ll test it on Wed when I get back to the property. I have had it up to 40+ but don’t remember if I completely let off the throttle to freewheel. 42 mph and i let out of it--as soon as i let off-it took me right back down to where i applied some throttle and went on down the road. we seem to like to cruise between 25 and 30 something-depending on where at. still love the niceness of me being able to just hop right into the cab of it. just amazes me. i sat on just about every model except the benche-model.

On another note: Anyone add the front and rear work lights themselves?

Mark
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:dunno:pretty sure theirs floor mats in this one. i'll double check that.

this descent control will work as long asu over 5 mph--or riding around the yard-all u have to be is over the 5 mph and it works-will throw u against the steering wheel if ur not paying attention. like i said it works out on the road-except for the noise it makes in the cab. the very first night i was just so disappointed in myself and it. as i know its not meant to be on a road-as no tv commercial showed them on any-only on the wide open ranges-and dirt roads--none showed the descent control either.

sales lady claims this has been on them for yrs now--:dunno:my aunt doesn't think its on her 625i as its a 2011 model. i only ever rode it a few times as a passenger-all because of how hard i thought to get in and out of it, on the drivers side

Arlen--if i come down off the hill thru what i call a hay field---and its rough so i want to go slow--i have to feather the gas pedal and ride the brake all at the same time-if i want the descent control to stay on. out on the open road-don't have to do that at all-it likes to go:lol: one or 2 back roads where the deer lay in the meadows-and u have to ride slow as not to miss them--well i tried free-wheeling down that and the whine it made then, i know would of spooked them(deer) out of their beds for sure-IMO. i thought next time i want to try putting it in neutral and try that instead till i get to bottom. its not as steep as the other places-where we look at.
If you haven’t got floor mats check these out. Put them in the HPX.
More money than JD but twice as thick. Perfect fit they are too.

https://m.ebay.com/itm/GATOR-MATS-FLOOR-MATS-FOR-JOHN-DEERE-GATOR-825-625-HPX-DIAMOND-PATTERN-/262492822815?txnId=2289320938016

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*actually yours is an 835. Looks like a different animal than the 825.:dunno:
 
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