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  1. SnowMule

    4 stroke / 2 stroke

    4-stroke: trails/dualsport 2-stroke: mountains
  2. Yes. For my moto, bought it on disc; disc had an excessive amount of manuals/diagrams for many models other than my own. Extracted the PDF's/documents relevant to my vehicle, and keep those on computers/phone. Been through that engine enough times I really don't need the manual for very much. Sled, I haven't had one since my '06. I tend to upgrade my sleds before they need anything more than a top-end, and a lot of the maintenance/calibration requires a computer and dealer tools. I'm fortunate to have good dealer support, and skilled enough at maintenance and electronics that i'm able to work around some of the attempts to force dealer maintenance.
  3. As long as its shut down before the machine's completely sunk, it should be fine. 2strokes are easier to deal with than 4's; all you really have to do is pull the plug, pump the water out, and get it warm again to burn off whatever water's left in the case.
  4. SnowMule

    Enclosed Trailer Insulation

    In houses, ther'es more structure/rigidity to the walls, and the 2x4's encapsulate everything well. Don't have that luxury with trailers. When I was shopping around for my trailer, I found a lot of companies that were more than happy to sell you foam kits, "Oh yeah this stuff works great everywhere, easy to DIY, we've done everything, buy our stuff!!"... then I found a foam company who wanted to see the job done right. They had a fleet of trailers, they shot half with foam before realizing it just didn't work to the quality most people expect out of it. The rest of their fleet they insulated with foam board.
  5. SnowMule

    Best way to clean Leatt chest armour?

    wear it through the shower if i've only got one or two pieces of gear that need washing, i'll just wear them in the shower. Rinse, scrub the few spots that need it... easy. More than that, I'll fill the bathtub and let the jets run a cycle. Only good thing about the jetted tub, it makes washing gear really easy.
  6. SnowMule

    Motion Pro Cables...

    I've had 'em build me custom cables for my old sled before, they not only built them for much cheaper than I wanted, but they worked and held up very well. I wouldn't hesitate to go with them again, for any custom or off-the-shelf cable assembly.
  7. SnowMule

    Enclosed Trailer Insulation

    It's not that big of a deal.
  8. We bought a big 45ft goose that was rotted out, completely gutted and rebuilt it. Whole build is here: https://advrider.com/f/threads/hotel-on-wheels-sled-hauler-avalanche-classroom-trailer-mega-conversion.1101752/ The exterior trim we shot with truck bed liner. Turned out really nice, and since we shot the bed liner so it overlapped the side panels, it sealed the trailer up that much more. (There's also a case and a half of urethane caulk sealing the trim too.) If you replace the caps/trim, the holes are never going to line up again.
  9. SnowMule

    Enclosed Trailer Insulation

    I've looked into spray foam for several trailer builds. Consensus has always been, for the walls/ceiling, not worth it. Either it doesn't fill in all the way and leaves a thin spot, or it fills in too much and you have to trim it and/or it bows out the exterior tin. Really hard to control the expansion. For the floor underneath and in oddball corners, it's terrific. In the walls, use foil-backed iso board. It's cheap, cuts easy, and works just as well as spray foam. Depending on how crazy you get with the rebuild, you might need to shoot some Great-Stuff foam in the edges of the walls to lock the foam boards in place and seal drafts. Plywood down, insulation in, spray-foam-in-a-can the gaps, do your wiring, plywood back up. Same thing in the ceiling. Same stuff in the big trailer. Works great. (We did remove both interior and exterior walls on this project, so we were able to cut the foam exactly to length/width, stuff it in with no gaps.) Underside got shot with about 6" of foam. Makes the floor sound less trailery/hollow and more solid. Keeps the interior at a more even temperature - don't have the big gradient from top to bottom. Shot some areas in the goose that would have been awkward to fill in with iso board.
  10. SnowMule

    Chain care

    good z, x, w, whatever-ring chain. Clean it periodically and hit it with whatever oil/grease smells the best to you. I've got a can of kal-guard stuff that seems to work fine. Don't go overboard with it.
  11. I ride to the car wash, clean it off, and ride home. It's mostly dry when I'm pulling into the garage.
  12. that's actually a no-no . Safety-orange is only for people, not for machines. XC org I raced in last year really didn't care about a lot of the snocross rules - a lot of what you'd fail tech for racing SX wasn't even looked at or considered in XC. Other orange requirement is the "144 orange" rule, 144 sq.in. orange on chest/back for visibility. My race vest meets that requirement, and I've got an orange flag with my race number on it I can pin to my jacket/pack if I choose to wear those over my vest. The jersey I usually wear racing has orange sleeves, so i've never had an issue with those reqs. If tech wants more orange, i'll grab the roll of orange duct tape in the truck and apply that wherever needed till he's happy. Really comes down to the org and race/tech director. If the sno-x org I was racing in enforced full ISR/ISOC rulebook, there'd be about 3 racers that met all the reqs. Some of it (144-orange, placement/size/color of numbers on the machine) they let go. Other stuff (chest/shoulder, knee protection; working tether) they'd fail you for in tech if you didn't have that stuff. There's a lot of orange in the pro classes.
  13. I feel your pain in the orange-helmet search. Snocross racing has a 50%-orange rule on helmets, must be 50% orange and a credit-card must be able to touch orange anywhere on the helmet. So the helmet mfgrs that are geared towards sleds usually have an orange variant that meets that requirement (509, FXR). Bought an HJC that's orange/green, looks sharp with my sled.
  14. SnowMule

    450 RFS leaking at long screen

    yea, everything in that motor goes in at an odd angle. Real easy to cross-thread if you're not paying attention and expecting it to go in straight. I cross-ref'd all the O-ring sizes from McMaster, buy them for $7/50-pack vs. $2/ea from the dealer.
  15. A length of paracord works real well as a spring puller. Some of the ones on my sled (under teh Y-pipe) are impossible to get a real spring puller onto. 1/4" impact driver is a tool I went far too long without. On the sled, 3/8" ratchet driver is a very handy tool as well. Picked up a 1/4" T-handle wrench a few months ago. I've come to prefer it over a ratchet on the moto.