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  1. Got tired of crappy coverage in the mountains. Have a booster (older Wilson) in the F550, and it works well. Time to get one in the PW. Mag-mount/NMO antenna up last week. Might drill a hole next summer, for now i'll deal with mag-mount. (If I do drill the roof, i'll probably knock out a hole for UHF too). Swept the antenna with my analyzer, found a bad connection on the PL259 side. Cut and reterminated with Mini-UHF (was going to do that anyways). Wilson cell antenna. Better performance than the dinky little mag-mount that comes in the booster kit. Fired up the label printer and went bananas. Labelled the booster, coax (since i've got several dangling back there now), and mount. WeBoost Drive 4G-X. Wilson amplifier's consumer stuff was rebranded ZBoost, guess there was a copyright claim with that name so now they're WeBoost. Pulled the rear platform/seat, tek-screwed the bracket to the floor with some standoffs to elevate the bracket/booster off the carpet. Little more airflow for the device (air vents on the bottom sides), and a little more elevation to clear the power cables to the amp. I have good battery-power back here. Since the amp's back here, I've got turn-on from the headunit... Quick wiring harness to a relay - coil driven by the remote turn-on, switching power to a connector. Acceptably clean. Inside antenna is in the lower center console - close to the phone in the cupholder or on the center console, and should provide a good bubble of coverage anywhere in the cab. Kind of a shitty design for the power supply, given it's designed for mobile/automotive use. Not sure why they didn't integrate the power brick into the booster itself. Cut the cig.lighter connector off, install 5A inline fuse, and crimp on an Anderson connector. I prefer these connectors over cig lighters, they're capable of more current and take up a lot less space. Seat in, platform in. Seat protects the equipment from abuse/damage caused by gearbag/tools/etc. Didn't completely "hard-wire" this in here - I wanted it to be somewhat removable. Most of its use is going to be in my pickup. We've got a booster in the F-550 that pulls our avalanche education classroom trailer, but we currently don't have anything in the trailer. Some areas we teach out of have very weak service even with the booster in the pickup, but we can usually "drag in" signal to the trailhead with the omni on the roof. I ordered a surveyors tripod, going to get a directional antenna and some cable/hardware early this week. Build something so I can pop the booster out of my pickup and use it in the trailer when we're in weak areas, and bring cell service into the trailer (it's a very good faraday cage). Being somewhat portable also gives me some options in the summer if needed. Back seat down and everything's hidden away.
  2. Whoa... you're the next highest mileage RFS i've heard of. Bunch of people in the 15k mile club, drops off real quick at 20k.
  3. SnowMule

    AMAZED at what I saw at the track

    Paul Thacker in the snowmo world... paralyzed, but still outrides me on the sno-x track He usually MC's the Octane Addiction freestyle show at Jackson. Still involved in snowmobiling, and doing some amazing work with spinal research.
  4. Sounds like an e-start relay to me. It's on the big power line between the battery and starter. Check the wiring on it too, make sure all the connections on the relay and starter are tight.
  5. SnowMule

    2005 525exc ?

    Great bikes. I've got over 30k miles (real close to 1000 hours) on my '07 525. 05 was the last year before some changes in the motor - starter gear and valve guides were upgraded. The newer bikes have a removable part on the clutch cover for the clutch pack (I've never used it). Otherwise .... for the low miles on it, i'd expect a little higher price. I think 4k is definitely on the high side of "higher price" though, 3500-ish would be a decent deal if it's in real clean shape.
  6. SnowMule

    Help, My clutch cable is melting!

    Look at your power path .... both the positive side, and ground. Check out all your connections to chassis ground/battery-negative with a multimeter. I'm guessing you've got a bad ground somewhere.
  7. SnowMule

    SUV or pickup

    Always been a pickup guy. Plastic totes aren't that expensive if you need somewhat "clean/dry" space to haul stuff. I have several fairly good-size totes I can throw in the pickup for tools/parts/pieces/gear/etc/whatever. Or I can use the 6ft bed for stuff that I'd never want to carry in an SUV. Smelly stuff, dirty/greasy stuff, flammable stuff... Extended-/crew-cab gives you enough extra space for a few more people if you have to. Not going to comfortably get more than 2 people in the truck anyways, when you factor in motos/gear/etc. Or get an enclosed trailer. Then you get clean/dry space, garage space, space out of the wind/snow to change, do maintenance/service, crash for the night, whatever. And you still have "dirty" truck bed space, and space in the cab.
  8. Vertical component of the fall on pavement isn't much different than tripping on something when you're walking, or falling off a dirt bike at a stop. On the street you've got speed (a significant horizontal vector) that will shred skin. But the distance to the ground isn't that far. That's why there's armor on elbows, shoulders, and spine, but nothing on the chest. And the jackets are made of more durable material to stand up to that abrasion on pavement. Offroad, you're much more likely to collide with something pokey/sharp/blocky/stabby in the horizontal direction and deal with impact from that... and even at the same speed, you're less likely to slide as far due to the differences in terrain (loose gravel, sand, rocks, dirt). That's why you see the chest protectors with not just shoulder/elbow/back protection, but also on the chest and sides, with little to nothing for abrasion when it comes to dirt gear. Different hazards from road riding. And those differences are what makes dualsport protection such a challenge. I've pulled the armor out of my adventure jacket and worn offroad gear underneath, as a compromise between the two. I get abrasion protection from the jacket, and impact protection from my offroad gear. It's also bulky and hot whether i'm on street or dirt.
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    Maintenance / Mod Log?

    Truck's got a notebook in it; log fuel fillups, maintenance. Shove the major receipts in there. Moto... notebook in the garage. Used to log every day's ride, but since I ride it just about every day all year long, that book filled up fast. Now it's the major stuff - periodic hour/mileage lines, oil changes, any work/changes done to it. Sled, I take photos of miles/hours and throw them into the gallery after the day's ride. Maintenance is logged photographically... probably not the "best" way to do it.
  10. Wore my jacket this morning, below freezing. Jacket's kind of heavy for offroad, and doesn't really have appropriate armor for dirt/offroad use. Offroad, you're mostly concerned with impact protection. Street, what these jackets are designed for, is for abrasion protection when you're sliding on the pavement.
  11. Yep, the stuff works well. They package bearings/seals and sell them as a kit, they're not a manufacturer of any of those parts.
  12. I have never replaced an oil filter since I've owned my bike. It came with SS filters in it. Photos from my oil change this afternoon. Rough calculation, i've saved about $500 in filters since i've had the bike.
  13. SnowMule

    KTM 525 Clutch Issues

    Is there fuel in the tank? Petcock open? (Line from the tank to the carb connected? ­čśŤ )
  14. SnowMule

    KTM 525 Clutch Issues

    Got fuel, float bowl full? (Catch can under the drain line, crack the drain valve open, make sure you've got good fuel flow through there) Kill switch good? Good battery voltage/RPM's off the starter motor to kick things over? (Tried kicking it a few times? Piston at TDC, then a good solid kick over.) Hold the throttle open a little when you turn it over... might have flooded it. Doesn't sound like it's starving for air? Got a story about a piece of foam that was shoved into the air intake so things wouldn't get dropped in there or get dust/dirt in the new motor... everything was reassembled without removing that foam... sled ran great for a few rides, till the foam dislodged. Went back and forth between the two cylinders a few times. Real head-scratcher for the shop. Mine usually takes some crankin'-on to fire up after it's been disassembled. Running some fuel through the float bowl usually helps.
  15. GPS can only update once a second... you don't get enough data from the satellites for the receiver to do the calculations and get a position any faster. My 76Cx can log about that fast. There's some additional calculations it does to figure out if it should drop another trackpoint (velocity/heading factors into that equation). I've never wanted more.
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