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While doing some research, since I'm still trying to decide IF the Viking is what I really want, I discovered how similar it is to the Rhino (which isn't a good thing apparently). The Rhino's engine is notorious for overheating, not just in summer but even winter :eek: . So I guess if we hear about Viking's overheating we shouldn't be surprised lol
 

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Are they using the same engine in the Viking as they did in the Rhino?

You'd think they'd have done something to fix the problem since they obviously knew it was there with the Rhino.
 

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Are they using the same engine in the Viking as they did in the Rhino?

You'd think they'd have done something to fix the problem since they obviously knew it was there with the Rhino.
yamaha did make some changes but from what im hearing it's nothing that will help take care of the over heating problem
 

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"Featuring a high capacity cooling system and a liquid cooled oil cooler, the rear-facing engine reduces heat on the occupants."

Sounds like they put some things in place to prevent that from being an issue again. And I'm glad because having a hot engine while you are driving around in pretty intense heat anyway is terrible.
 

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"Featuring a high capacity cooling system and a liquid cooled oil cooler, the rear-facing engine reduces heat on the occupants."

Sounds like they put some things in place to prevent that from being an issue again. And I'm glad because having a hot engine while you are driving around in pretty intense heat anyway is terrible.
So they are using the same engine in the Viking, they have just added extra cooling components? Sounds like it should fix the problem.
 

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Only Viking owners would know if there is still heating problems. It is the same engine but I'm not too sure if yamaha did anything to help the problem on the viking.
 

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I went on a extended ride the other day, couldnt tell you the distance, but i never got hot in the cabin, or felt heat.
 

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I went on a extended ride the other day, couldnt tell you the distance, but i never got hot in the cabin, or felt heat.
You wouldn't of, Yamaha moved the engine under the Vikings cargo bed. The Rhino suffers from AWFUL heat leak, this was Yamahas solution. Now I cant say forsuore that moving it under the bed will let it breathe better, but Yamaha wouldn't of made the move unless it was useful..

 

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Is the over heating issue a Yamaha problem or a problem with people driving them through swamps and mud holes and not cleaning the radiator properly afterwards or trashing the fan because it was on when they hit all the water and breaking it. It's those people that think they clean themselves my just spraying water on them and have all kinds of problems blaming the manufacturer.
 

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The only time I had an overheating issue with my rhino was due to mud clogged radiator and mud in the fan motor causing it to not spin. Cleaned out both and no more heating issues. This is in Louisiana with 100+ summer heat for 5 years.
 

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Is the over heating issue a Yamaha problem or a problem with people driving them through swamps and mud holes and not cleaning the radiator properly afterwards or trashing the fan because it was on when they hit all the water and breaking it. It's those people that think they clean themselves my just spraying water on them and have all kinds of problems blaming the manufacturer.
ignorance owns those owners.
 

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i remember telling my Neighbor that does alot of Hog Hunting with Dogs, and he was telling me about somebody he hunted with had a Rhino, and how hot they got.
 

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Is the over heating issue a Yamaha problem or a problem with people driving them through swamps and mud holes and not cleaning the radiator properly afterwards or trashing the fan because it was on when they hit all the water and breaking it. It's those people that think they clean themselves my just spraying water on them and have all kinds of problems blaming the manufacturer.
So I'm wondering if the new location is going to make that better or worse. With the Viking not having the engine up front it should get rid of the shock factor involved when you hit a big mud puddle at 30-40 mile per, but in the long run when crawling through swamps and what not I wonder if it will make much of a difference...

Been trying to find a picture of the Viking's radiator setup but no luck so far..
 

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Any sxs that has the motor under the cab is going to be hot esp. during the Summer. My Commander will boil water in the cup holders that are between the seats. I added insulation to keep them cooler. The Viking having the motor out in the open and a larger radiator should be much cooler for the passengers as long as the radiator is not blocked and the van is working properly.
 

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You cant wear shorts on the Outlander, it gets to hot for your legs.
 

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So I'm wondering if the new location is going to make that better or worse. With the Viking not having the engine up front it should get rid of the shock factor involved when you hit a big mud puddle at 30-40 mile per, but in the long run when crawling through swamps and what not I wonder if it will make much of a difference...

Been trying to find a picture of the Viking's radiator setup but no luck so far..
Well the heat in the Rhino would get into the seating area and cook the riders. Moving it to the back puts the heat source behind the riders. The only issue is dealing with cooling the engine but I have faith that Yamaha some some development on this. I wonder if it changes how it feels since it moves the weight further back.
 

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Well the heat in the Rhino would get into the seating area and cook the riders. Moving it to the back puts the heat source behind the riders. The only issue is dealing with cooling the engine but I have faith that Yamaha some some development on this. I wonder if it changes how it feels since it moves the weight further back.
It should, Im assuming the same type of handling differences between a front engined GT and a mid engined GT, it keeps the weight central providing better balance, plus there is less mechanical robbery between the engine and the rear drive because of the drive shafts shorter travel distance.

I'm expecting the Viking to carve through the corners much better than some of its utilitarian competitors...
 
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