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P500 The wait is almost over

Discussion in 'General Pioneer 500 Discussion' started by educ8tedguess, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. educ8tedguess

    educ8tedguess Well-Known Member

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    One more work day until I pick up my new (2016) Pioneer 500. After spending a year on a 2015 Rubicon and falling in love with the simplistic nature of some Honda machines, I'm more than a little excited to add the P500 to my little Honda Family. It looks to be a rugged and reliable little beast and that is exactly what I'm looking for.

    Is there anything that any of you would consider a MUST DO before taking this thing out on the trail? Or any advice on little nuances that I should be aware of? I already plan to extend the vent lines on the fuel tank and differentials but didn't know if there is anything else that should be done to protect my new family member. I'm a firm believer that if I take care of it, it will take care of me.

    Thanks for any insight you have to offer. And, you guys have some awesome build threads; certainly something to shoot for.
     
  2. R-Lamm

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    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I know you can not wait! You will love it no doubt! There are so many ideas and options you can do...you will NEVER be finished. Just ask @trigger....he has been done a dozen times it looks like! ;)

    You are absolutely right...you take of the Honda's and they will be there for a VERY long time! Just get your wallet open and go ahead and save your card info on your computer! :) :)
     
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  3. educ8tedguess

    educ8tedguess Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. It is exciting. I am more excited about this one than I was my 1000-5. For some reason, I have learned that I like the smaller ATV's and SXS's better. Maybe it's the reliability factor or the fact that I truly feel as if I can go anywhere.

    As far as options go, I'm researching the rear rack pretty hard. There are so many options and ideas but that is what is making it fun.
    When I pick it up tomorrow, it will have 26 x 9x12 and 26 x 11 x 12 Bearclaw HTR's mounted and a KFI winch. After that, my wishlist is relatively short.
    1. 1/2 windshield
    2. Soft roof
    3. Light Bar
    4. Rear rack organization (box, basket, whatever)
    5. Skid Plates
    6. Ram Mount for GPS

    But, I also know me and know that it will never be a finished product. When I started writing this 20 minutes ago, I only had 4 things on my list :)
     
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    trigger Old Ironsides
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    Nothing you really need to do before taking it out, it'll do just fine stock. Always things you can do to make it better though. Bigger, more aggressive tires, giving it a wider stance, unhooking the sway bar. Once you tweak the mechanical aspects a bit then you get into the comfort goodies, stereos, lights and looks.
    And yes, I'm done...no, for real this time...honest, I swear...unless the locker comes out or I get an itch for those WE shocks. :D
     
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    @trigger is EXACTLY right! You will be ready to play once you get it. And I also agree with his suggestions there. Sounds like you are already on the right path and have a good game plan ahead of ya. Told the wife after I got mine that all the add on's were more fun than the actually buying of the machine it seemed!

    And yeah...good luck with that stopping @trigger :rolleyes:;):)
     
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  6. educ8tedguess

    educ8tedguess Well-Known Member

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    Oh yeah, I forgot about wheel spacers. Oh, and those WE shocks are extremely tempting. I'm going to have to keep a picture of my kids over my credit/debit cards to remind me not to tap into the college fund...
     
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    Congrats! Ready to roll off the showroom floor. On the rear basket comment, check out an inexpensive hitch cargo carrier, just leave the hitch piece off. Perfect fit and lightweight. Northern Tool, Harbour Freight often sells for $80. Or the 3 gallon trash can mod under drivers seat is a quick option for essential tool/winching stuff storage. PS, dont worry about hard shifting at first, gets better, many good threads on improvements. And have them show you the emergency shift lever stored under drivers seat, ...just in case. Chooglin glove box is a jewel. Send pics.

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  8. educ8tedguess

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    Awesome, thank you for this. I never thought of the cargo carrier. That will certainly hold me over until I figure out what I want to do more long term. And the emergency shift lever is probably a good thing to know about :) I need to order the service manual too. The list grows...
     
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    Hopefully the owners manual is all you need, this forum may be the best service manual around.
     
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    I will concur with this statement for SURE!!!
     
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    Congrats on your new machine.
    here is another option I went with.. Kolpin outfitters box with rotopacks mounted to it. all lifts off in seconds if you need to haul something 58789-7a6535357f46b24d2529c1b88a0949be.jpg
     
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    This has worked great for me....also found out a lot of others had this setup as well...a lot more storage there than you may realize! Million different options for about everything....just have to find one the suits your needs the best at that time.

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  13. educ8tedguess

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    That would be fantastic. If it's anything like my other Honda's, this should be true.
     
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    Should you ever have any questions on servicing your machine...there is a HIGHLY likely chance that someone on here has already done it and posted about it to share with others. If you ever have any questions about something, do a quick search or ask and someone will help you out. Great group of people on here who are definitely willing to help each other out!!!
     
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    I definitely think some sort of dry storage would be a good idea. I was looking at plastic truck boxes too but I want to wait until I have it in my garage so I can get appropriate measurements.
    And Rotopax or some sort of fuel carrying system is a must.

    I'm going to have to make a priority list and start a "go fund me" page
     
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    You are 100% correct on this one. I have never been on a forum with so many people that are willing to help. Even when I had my P1K-5, there was always someone that already knew the issue I was having and how to fix it.
    I learned with that machine and when I had my Yamaha Viking that having a quality forum leads to truly understanding your ATV/UTV and how it works. Looking forward to learning about this one. Should be similar to my Rubicon, so that's helpful.
     
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    Go play right away
    You will never get all the accessories
    On.. Seems like you might be done then you’ll find another..
    Have Fun
     
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    Congrats & welcome from Missouri
     
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    Congrats! The P5 is a great little machine and a blast to ride...and upgrade...lol. We have lots of folks on the forum here who will have no problem telling you all the ways you can spend your money to make your P5 your own!
     
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