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</td></tr></tbody></table>DALTON INDUSTRIES DBO800 CLUTCH KIT – 2009 OUTLANDER 800R

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</td><td width="78%">If you’ve read my review on the 2009 Outlander 800R, you know I wasn’t really impressed with the performance of the clutch. It just didn’t seem to match the performance ability of the engine. I needed something to address this. Better yet, the quad needed it.

After some research I found a company that was making some very interesting claims about what they had achieved for the Outlander. Dalton Industries out of Canada claims that they can smooth out a jerky engagement, give low and mid range torque, maintain the top speed, and be completely tunable for my STOCK machine. This definitely is not your average claim for a clutch kit so naturally I couldn’t resist that and had to find out for myself.

<table style="border-collapse: collapse;" id="AutoNumber3" border="0" bordercolor="#111111" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td align="justify" width="76%">Here’s what I got. The kit didn’t appear to be anything out of the ordinary, but it is very obviously quality machined. No attention to detail was spared in designing and machining the parts. With the standard kit, you’ll get a green primary spring, 3 adjustable mass flyweights, and two sets of mass weight rivets (one steel set and one aluminum set), a great set of instructions, and of course a cool sticker. There is also the optional tan primary spring, in which we received as well. The tan spring is where you’ll get the lower engagement RPM. The parts are all neatly packaged in a box or bag and they were shipped promptly. I received the parts in about 3 business days on the East Coast from Canada. That’s not too shabby at all. Also, if you have any questions about what you might need, Dalton Industries has some of the most friendly, knowledgeable, and professional people you can deal with. One email or phone call will have your questions answered and product shipped. </td><td align="justify" width="24%">
<table style="border-collapse: collapse;" id="AutoNumber5" border="0" bordercolor="#111111" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td width="100%">Moving forward to the install, you’ll find that this is one of the easiest enhancements you can do to your quad even if you have minimal wrenching experience. I would give it an 8 out of 10 (10 being easiest) and with the included instructions, it’s pretty hard to mess up. The only thing I had a problem with was distinguishing between the two sets of mass weight rivets. A magnet will help you decide which set is steel though. Before you begin the install, you should know what set up you are going for. There are 3 suggested set-ups so let’s look at those.

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(Remember, the flyweights are adjustable by the use of the mass rivets)

Set-Up 1:
This is used for a stock ATV with stock tires. You can also use this with common modifications such as mufflers and filters and is designed for altitudes ranging from 0 to 2500 feet. This set-up includes the green primary spring with the steel rivets in the mass flyweights.

Set-Up 2:
This application is for larger (heavier) aftermarket tires or heavy duty aftermarket mud tires with 10” fronts. The altitude intended is the same as above. This set up will include the green primary spring with no rivets in the mass flyweights.

Set-Up 3:
This application is for high altitudes with stock tires (2500’ to 5000’). This will include the green primary spring with the aluminum rivets in the mass flyweights.

I found all those options very impressive. Now considering that you can use the tan spring, you bring another option. For this review, we used the tan spring in place of the green spring with the first set-up with the intent or desired result being a lower engaging RPM, improved low end, and a less jerky engagement.

After I got everything installed and put back together, the inevitable test run was much more than I expected. This kit not only changed the way the Outlander ran, but it also caused a serious case of perma-grin. In an attempt to explain, I’ll address each part of the claim separately.
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</td><td width="66%">Smoother Engagement – Absolutely! The quad is now capable of running 3 mph. It would only run 5 or 6 before. When it engages it does not jerk and all transitions feel seamless. Remember, we installed the tan spring. The green/yellow spring is the most popular set up which actually raises the engagement rpm slightly, but reports still suggest the same smoothness. Promise delivered.

Low & Mid Range Torque – Wow! This is where the perma-grin comes in. The quad is much, much stronger now in the low and mid ranges. Pre-clutch, it was not easy to wheelie this machine and I wasn’t too impressed with the low-end pull and the true power wasn’t noticeable until you got in the mid range. With the Dalton DBO800 Kit, the quad will go for the blue sky with no bar pulling as long as the traction doesn’t break when you punch it. Speaking of traction, when riding in the low or mid range, simply punch the throttle for fish tailing. It will literally spin so much in the low and mid ranges that the ATV will go broadsided. To eliminate any confusion, I’m talking about while the machine is in motion, not a dead stop. I can not explain how mass flyweights and a primary spring gave this quad so much low end torque but it definitely put it on a new level. The pull of this ATV is magnificent now. Promise definitely delivered. Wow!

Maintain Top-Speed Capabilities – Without a doubt! Pre-clutch kit I was only able to get the Outlander up to 73 mph. (The machine will go faster, but I don’t have the road for it.) Here are some more numbers to chew on. I ran ¼ mile in 17 seconds without the kit. With the kit I ran it in 14. I reached 73mph in that ¼ mile. So it stands to reason that the top speed is not affected other than reaching it faster. Promise delivered!
(Due to unique circumstances, this part of the testing is not yet complete, but the findings to date are significant enough to draw a legitimate conclusion.)

Adjustability – The number of listed options speaks for itself. Promised delivered.

My over-all opinion of the DBO800 Clutch Kit from Dalton Industries is very high. For the money, I’m not sure you can invest in any other modification that has as much of an affect. These are not audible or visual affects, they are affects you can feel. With quality components, easy installation, and great performance, the Dalton DBO800 Clutch Kit has earned our seal of approval. I’m looking forward to replacing the tan spring with the standard green spring to see what differences there are. I will definitely report these findings here. For all of you Outlander owners out there, you owe it to yourself to invest in the DBO800 Clutch Kit. It is worth every penny and will bring that Can-Am to another level of performance.

For more information contact Dalton Industries.
Dalton Industries Limited
355 Vimy Road,
Truro, Nova Scotia
B2N 4K2 CanadaPhone: (902)-897-3333
Fax: (902)-897-6254
Email: [email protected]

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