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"Dear Ralph" September 28, 1998 0
Dear Ralph: Last year I purchased a new Yamaha V-Max 600 XTC with the factory installed electric start and reverse. My question concerns the reverse gear. I find that sometimes when I try to engage the reverse gear, it will not go into gear. This is with the engine... Read more

ATF?

"Dear Ralph" September 28, 1998 0
Dear Ralph: What do you think of using Automatic Transmission Fluid in the chaincase? Art Rodriguez Minneapolis, MN Why would you want to use ATF in the chaincase? I’m assuming you think ATF will provide enough lubrication for the chaincase with much less resistance, which will translate into less... Read more

Octane Boosters?

"Dear Ralph" September 28, 1998 0
Dear Ralph: I am slowly learning about the potential problems with “inadequate” gasoline, i.e. low octane, moisture, etc. I own a 1997 Ultra with a Legend Trail Dominator Kit installed. Are there any disadvantages of using octane boosters when I fill up with 91 octane gas? Are moisture absorbers... Read more

20% Less At Altitude!

"Dear Ralph" September 28, 1998 0
Dear Ralph: I believe there is one important factor affecting compression that you neglected to mention in your Winter Issue “Dear Ralph” column: ALTITUDE. Here in Idaho Falls, (4600 ft above sea level) we get compression numbers approximately 20% less than the sea level numbers published in the shop... Read more

XLT Spring In A 500?

"Dear Ralph" September 28, 1998 0
Dear Ralph: Just read your column about a problem a guy was having with a secondary clutch springs that was too stiff for the sled it was installed on. It was very informative and solved a problem that I have been having with my wife’s sled (Indy 440) for... Read more

VForce Carb Changes?

"Dear Ralph" September 28, 1998 0
Dear Ralph: I have purchased a set of Delta VForce Reeds for a stock ’96 ZRT 600. I have had all of the updates performed and I am wondering what carburetor changes are needed so that I have the same fuel-air mixture that the sled originally came with. Len... Read more

Pops & Backfires

"Dear Ralph" September 28, 1998 0
Dear Ralph: My sled has one cylinder that is laying down under mid-range operation. It doesn’t completely fall off to one cylinder, but it kind of pops and backfires. The situation will occasionally resolve itself after about an hour of running, or putting in fresh plugs normally cures it.... Read more

That One Second Bog

"Dear Ralph" September 28, 1998 0
Dear Ralph, I have a 1996 XCR 600 SP and I’ve done everything that I know to get rid of that one second bog at the beginning of acceleration. I have rejetted, put in Q-8’s (needle jets) and changed needles – installed the almond spring in the drive clutch... Read more
Dear Ralph: A friend of mine bought a used ’95 EXT 580 this year. He is having an awful time trying to handle the sled. It doesn’t want to turn. He has installed new ski skins and carbide runners, but it didn’t help at all. We have adjusted the... Read more

750 to 800?

"Dear Ralph" September 28, 1998 0
Dear Ralph, I plan to re-ring my ’93 750 Storm. I’m thinking about boring it to 800cc. The question is: does the ’93 750 have the same case and cylinder as the ’94 800 Storm? If it is the same, can I resleeve to an 800 or is there... Read more