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    RTV-XG850 Sidekick: Which model do I have?

    Yea, sounds like a really, really dumb question. RTV nameplate says "RTV-XG850". Seems simple enough. Apparently not to Messicks, here's their list of XG850 models: RTV-XG850CAGR RTV-XG850CASB...
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    Did the 20 hour oil change on the Sidekick: Why remove skidplate?

    The OM says to remove the skid plate in their oil change procedure (page 67). There's a perfectly sized hole right under the oil drain plug, easy to get to, no need to remove the skid plate. Oil drains fine, easy two minute job (once it's up on the rack). Removing it does nothing to perform...
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    RV-XG850 Switch Panel correct switches?

    When I bought brand new RTV-XG850 last May, I ordered it the Switch Panel (77700-V0880), Accessory Wiring Harness (77700-V0881) and ROPS Wiring Harness (77700-V0882), The Switch Panel kit came with no (zero) switches. I looked on the Messicks.com site for the above part numbers to find the...
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    The RTV-XG850 Throttle Design Flaw - any Fixes?

    As I wrote on TBN a few minutes ago: I consider it a major safety issue, personally. I was ready and - I thought prepared - for it and I was still surprised by it. It is very easy to have an out of control forward or rearward acceleration with this thing. Furthermore, doing fine work - like...
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    Got my RTV-XG850 Today!

    Here be pics. As it came from the factory; this lasted from the dealer's parking lot, to my trailer, then into my shop, that's it. Old vs. new; about the only thing in common is the camo: A couple hours later (and $50), I had my old ITP Blackwater Evolutions back on it: So right...
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    Just got the bad news: My RTV900 needs a new engine.

    One of the cylinders has lost compression; requires a rebuild or replacement. :( It smokes like heck. Worse, the throttle/HST linkages are fubared and no one will fix it due to the engine problem. "We stopped when we saw the engine problem!" I could *probably* live with the smoke and lost...
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    RTV-900 vs. RTV-XG850: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly?

    There is probably a +95% chance I'll be replacing my 2006 RTV-900. Originally, I planned on getting another RTV-900. Then I started looking at RTV-XG850 Sidekick at the local dealer - and now I have a decision to make. Help me spend my money. While I was at the local dealer, the salesman and...
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    RTV idle adjustment

    While doing some maintenance on my RTV900G6 Worksite, including fuel filter replacement, I found the idle adjustment bolt on the front of the engine. It's detailed in this video here: What I discovered is that on my RTV, not only is the anti-tamper piece missing, but also the cap nut...
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    Help with RTV model # and strange brackets (pics)

    Need some help from the community: Pic of my RTV nameplate, model and serial number. Can anyone tell me the model number (RTVG, RTVG6, RTVG9, RTVT, RTVT5 etc.) and the year of manufacture? Pic of my left rear underbed area. What is the hook on the bottom center on the frame and the...
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    Replacement seat belts for RTV900?

    Any ideas for buying replacement seat belts for a RTV900. It looks like the belt ends bolt to the fram with 3/8" bolts. So I would need a retractable end and then the belt receptacle at the other end. I would think that this could just be a generic seat belt, not Kubota-specific (with...
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    RTV 900 seatbelts - where to get?

    I need to replace the seatbelts in my 2006 RTV. Some time before I got it, the originals were removed. It looks like they attach with 5/16" (or equivalent metric) bolts, so generic seat belts would work fine. If you wanted new-ish seat belts for your RTV without paying lots of $$$, where...
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    Light Upgrade to the RTV

    After an encounter with a trespasser a couple weeks ago, I decided I needed to do a light upgrade to the RTV. First up were some 18W/1200 lumen lights from Signstek off of Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GLLW3AM/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 These are the same...
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    Rolled my RTV today - sorry no pics!

    Did the weekly tour of my farm this afternoon after doing some outdoors type work around the house. Went down my hill in front of the house, usual route, no big deal. Got to the bottom and made my right turn and went about 50 feet and found my route blocked with a newly fallen tree limb. It...
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    My new hotness: ITP Blackwater Evolutions

    Based on several threads here on NTT, including but not limited to ovrzd latest thread, here are the before and after pics for my RTV. 25-10-12 Carlyle 589s vs. 26-11-12 ITP Blackwater Evolutions: Before: After: Not the best before/after shots but all I got before I had to go get them...
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