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How many of you have a problem with cab heat off the engine in the cammander

  • way to much heat

    Votes: 61 56.5%
  • not ok with

    Votes: 20 18.5%
  • ok with

    Votes: 25 23.1%
  • no heat

    Votes: 2 1.9%
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I have a 2011 xt and it was a major problem for me as I was mainly crawling around in the south Florida mud all the time at 80 plus temps. I took apart the cab console and installed ThermoTec heat shield on all the panels. Worked perfectly and also quieted down the cab area. I can now use my cup holders for beer instead of coffee!
 

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I have a 2011 xt and it was a major problem for me as I was mainly crawling around in the south Florida mud all the time at 80 plus temps. I took apart the cab console and installed ThermoTec heat shield on all the panels. Worked perfectly and also quieted down the cab area. I can now use my cup holders for beer instead of coffee!
That engine compartment gets pretty hot all right... nice job on insulating it!

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UDATE Thank you all forthe great info and advice . I ran all summer. it helped were the dealer put the insalation .I plan on putting insalation the rest of the way around the front all the way around try to seal off the inside of the cab from the engine compartment including the around the back side behind both seats and maybe between the floor board and the skid plate. acording to the can am dealer here if you mess with the temp control with the fan it will tell the computer that the engine is not up to temp and the engine will be in warm up mode all the time and cause poor fuel mileage and other problems. so for now this spring I am going forward with the insalation.
 

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Where is the fan getting its signal to turn on the fan? Is it a sensor in the rad, or does the computer turn it on? Is there a programmer like we have for our trucks to lower the fan on temp? How about a lower temp thermotstat like the ones used in the snowmobiles that open at 120deg instead of 160deg?
 

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Where is the fan getting its signal to turn on the fan? Is it a sensor in the rad, or does the computer turn it on? Is there a programmer like we have for our trucks to lower the fan on temp? How about a lower temp thermotstat like the ones used in the snowmobiles that open at 120deg instead of 160deg?
Shop for the K&T box. It's main function is to delete the shaft saver feature, but it also lowers the fan turn on point much lower than stock, thus the machine runs much cooler......this sounds like exactly what your asking for yours

Yes, I'm afraid virtually everything runs thru the computer on these machines except the battery to starter wire...lol....anything controlled by the ignition switch runs thru the ECU.

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I bought a little black box from K&t turbo that plus into the control module on the commander that did a number of things I reduced the temp that the fan comes on at, it removed the axle saver settings and it did another function but I can't remember what it was. All in all it made the machine perform better and I have never had a limp he issue. Yes it did reduce the cab heat some I did put in extra insulation around the seating area and wrapped the pipes later to even reduce the heat more.
 

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I bought a little black box from K&t turbo that plus into the control module on the commander that did a number of things I reduced the temp that the fan comes on at, it removed the axle saver settings and it did another function but I can't remember what it was. All in all it made the machine perform better and I have never had a limp he issue. Yes it did reduce the cab heat some I did put in extra insulation around the seating area and wrapped the pipes later to even reduce the heat more.
That's the one dmax here should get Tim.

This is my opinion, but you techies think it out and holler back, K?

When your moving along, a lot of that 200° hot air from your radiator is blowing thru the tunnel onto the engine. Ouch already! Then look at the proximity of rear engine compartment exit and front of lower dump box. When traveling, I'll bet there is no help to evacuate the compartment to speak of....it may be possible that a bit of high pressure area could build there and help push engine heat back in!

The Muzzy race pipes I installed required cutting out the front of lower box and removing it's rear lid. Free flowing now from rear of engine compartment thru the lower bed compartment, past the mufflers and exit the back......al least much better than 98% of commanders without this airflow. No unbearable engine compartment heat on this machine for us.





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UPDATE ... ITS DEC. I DIDNT GET IT DON THIS SUMMER . I HAD TO HAVE MAJIOR BACK SURGURY IN MAY THIS YEAR AND WAS DOWN ALL SUMMER, STILL CANT RIDE MY MACINE YET, I THINK THE SURGEN DIDNT DO AS GOOD OF JOB AS HE THINKS, CAN DRIVE, CANT WORK , HAVE TO USE A WALKER OR CAIN TO WALK . HOPE BU SPRING I CAN ALEAST GO FISHING AND RIDE MY CAMANDER. HAVE A GOOD XMAS EVERYONE AND GO FORA RIDE FOR ME...:dance:
 

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i recently was wandering around in home depot & came across frost king duct insulation . was $18 for a roll 12 inches wide, 15 foot long .aluminum & foam with sticky backing . i removed the console top & left & right sides & easily removed the factory waffle foam strips, cleaned the areas with solvent & applied the duct insulation & used a small roller to press it on. did a double application at the cup holder area, was skeptical until we went to the woods to ride . all i can say is IT MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE ! we ride in the Florida heat & the only area that you can feel any heat is from the shifter gate. best CHEEP mod yet!!!:yeah:
 

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Insulating the engine area helps a lot. Wrapping the exaust pipes with the proper wrap or getting pipes Jet coated is huge too for heat.

Do be careful not to put that insulation too close to unwrapped or heat coated pipes tho, as it may catch fire if too hot. It isn't the material itself that will catch fire, but it is the glue itself that catches fire. These insulating materials do a great job reflecting heat away from your console and engine hood, but the glue used is not impervious to the heat and can flare up.
 

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good info LBR, i"ll most likely do a wrap on header pipes during next engine servicing.also may put a blower inline for cvt.i keep an eye on the temp gage while riding due to the Florida heat.summer is brutal down here !
 

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This is a great thread! I'm new to the commander world but I can already tell this heat issue could become a problem. Cabin heat, hot summer heat, and the humidity here in South AR is def not a good combination. Although I guess I could just deal with it that way I could make hot chocolate in my cup holders during the winter months....naaaah! I plan to install some thermotec lining this weekend and maybe see about getting some wrap for my pipes. Seems to be two great options for the heat issue. I may try to see if I can do a before and after temp reading with my temp gun on maybe the plastic around the cup holders or something like that. Might give some noticeable results.
 
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