Quick answer this; do you know right off hand what the torque spec is for your handlebars? Normally it’s going to be quite low, something like 10-20 ft-lb (120-240 in-lb). Point is, you should be aware of the exact spec when adjusting handlebar positioning. Another thing to be checking... Read more
When plastic has been asked to stretch or bend in a direction it doesn’t want to there will often remain white “stress” marks. For example, on a belly pan. Many times, these white marks can be greatly minimized and almost eliminated by carefully warming the area with something like... Read more
Owners of Polaris models fitted with plastic airbox fittings (that the carb vent lines are attached to) want to verify these fittings are not broken. If they are broken or cracked, the carb vent lines and float bowls will not “see” the proper airbox pressure, resulting in a rich... Read more
A good number of Summit 1000 (and some Mach Z 1000s) that we spotted in the field last season had removed the plastic deflector that shields the intake filter material on the left side of the machine. Most riders commented on how this area would allow snow to build-up... Read more
If you own or ride a 2004 Firecat (or Sabercat) you might want to pay close attention. There is an oil line under the engine that is known to chafe and can actually break, and we all know what happens when a 2-stroke doesn’t get any oil. If you... Read more
When detailing a sled for show or simply to clean it, many times it is handy to have a non-metal item for scraping purposes. This is when something like a Popsicle stick or a plastic blade works well. You can actually buy bags of clean Popsicle sticks at craft... Read more
The new three-cylinder RS 4-strokes from Yamaha are fitted with a comprehensive self-diagnostic system that will, upon detection of an electrical problem, display a code on the LCD gauge that indicates the potential source of the problem. If you should see the warning indicator, engine icon and a two-digit... Read more
The new type “995” engine, or more commonly known as the Rotax 1000 SDI, may use two different piston sizes. Each cylinder and pistons is identified with either an “A” or a “B” designation. This identifier is found on top of the piston crown, and off to the side... Read more
All of the Yamaha four-strokes, three and four cylinder up through 2005, have a heavy rubber flap that covers the engine. Many riders have found it is beneficial to flip the flap up away from the engine as riding temperatures increase. Why is it in there? To help retain... Read more
Old school tuners are sometimes thrown a curve ball when a sled with a newer ignition system is causing the performance to be reduced. Often it goes like this; a tuner is having difficulty reaching their desired peak operating RPM, and concentrates on the clutching and gearing variables. They... Read more