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I drove two hours to the stealership yesterday because the left and right side panels were melting, and seeing as it's still under warranty I figured they would do something about it. Well, I guessed wrong. The guy just looked at me and says "I called Yamaha about it and they said it's unheard of, so the best I can guess the heat is building up because you aren't moving fast enough." I looked at the guy dumbfounded by that answer and explained that it rarely goes slower than 15-20mph for a long period of time. So he says "Guess you should go faster then" and walks into his office.

Is there something I can do, should I call Yamaha myself? I would much rather not have holes melted in my panels on a four-wheeler that's only 2 months old. I get that heat could build up if I'm not moving but I'm not sitting in mud in low with the throttle pinned. I'm cruising around the farm, delivering feed to animals and whatever else needs done, like I said about 15-20mph, any faster and I'm not sure I'd make around some of the corners.
 

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I would definitely call Yamaha and I'd also find a new dealer. He's full of crap about moving too slow btw. It's a utility atv, not a raptor!
 

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Called Yamaha, sat on hold for an hour and a half only for them to say they have to contact the dealership, and guess what, they're closed on Wednesdays. I'm not too hopeful on getting new, unmelted panels. If anything the dealership might piss in my gas tank when/if it goes back for service.
 

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Pictures would help.

Is the problem on the removable panels? I haven't looked on my 2016 but on my 2000 model it had reflective tape on the ones that were close to the exhaust or somewhere it would have excessive heat on it.
 

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Yes it's on the removable side panels, unfortunately I can't upload pictures due to my mobile data cap and lack of Internet in the ***-end of nowhere. However the only reflective tape is on the coolant reservoir, I would've thought there would have been some on the back side of the panels, especially on the left since it's only inches from the exhaust. Currently I'm waiting to see if Yamaha intends to replace the panels, either way heat reflective tape is going on those panels before I ride again. So any recommendations on which brand to get would be appreciated as well.
 

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My plastice got hot on the muffler side as well but not to the point of melting. I went to autozone and got some heat shield i believe it was thermo tech brand. It come in a role 12"x24" or something like that. I cut it to fit where i needed it. It had an adhesive back side so it installed very easy. It worked good the plastic still got warm to the touch but was not so hot that it burned you. Best of luck getting new plastics. Hope you fix the heat problem.

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They refuse to replace them, they claim the drip marks are glue and the black is adhesive and the discoloration is from something hitting the plastic (nothing has come near the side panels). So I guess I'll try heat tape and if that doesn't work then I'll just melt them down and say the **** with it. Thanks for the advice for heat shielding, I'll try to get by an auto parts store sometime this week.
 
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