For 2018, Can-Am has created a new front differential specifically designed for mud and rock enthusiasts called Smart-Lok.
A new industry standard, electronically controlled front lockable differential system with Smart-Lok technology ensures maximum traction and enhanced slow-speed maneuverability especially in challenging terrain. The Smart-Lok system, developed in conjunction with TEAM Industries, takes integrated intelligence to new heights and allows on-the-fly adjustments. The differential can lock and unlock on the fly no matter the speed, letting the driver focus on the trail.
Smart-Lok offers intelligent modes for different riding conditions. The brain controlling this industry leading technology is the Front Differential Module, gathering input from six key vehicle parameters. It analyzes front wheel speed from both sides, steering angle, accelerator pedal, gear position, engine torque and vehicle speed. Depending on the readings and the Smart-Lok system’s setting, the actuator will instantaneously initiate the locking of the front differential. The result is simple steering output (same as being fully open), allowing the driver to accurately conquer varying obstacles while maintaining momentum.
The driver has the option to select between four modes: 2×4 / 4×4 fully locked / 4×4 ROCK and 4×4 TRAIL. The preset ROCK and TRAIL settings are designed to enhance the off-road experience by offering a more customized feel to match to specific terrain, conditions and demands. Our engineering team further enriched the system by including hill descent control, which includes an Electronic Braking System (EBS) at all four wheels, for improved control and traction.
So if you are in the Maverick X3 X RC, you can select Front Diff Lock for a fully locked front differential similar to what you can find on the Yamaha Rhino, Wolverine or Kawasaki Teryx. If you leave the switch in 4×4 mode and select Trail, the system acts more like the Visco-Lok differential that Can-Am users are accustomed to. If you select 4×4 and Rock, the front differential is open until certain parameters are met and then the front differential becomes fully locked – on-the-fly!
We had a blast rock crawling in our new Can-Am Off-Road Maverick X3 RC at the SXS Adventure Rally. Now it is time to figure our plan for a build on this one. More details on the X3 RC: https://www.utvguide.net/can-smart-lok-front-differential-demonstration/
Posted by UTV Guide on Sunday, November 12, 2017
The Smart-Lok system appears to give the driver the ultimate in capability and flexibility with several computer or user controlled options to suit any scenario. We cannot wait to get behind the wheel of the 2018 Can-Am Maverick X3 X RC and do some rock crawling. Stand by!