Dear Ralph: The bands around the clamshell and exhaust pipe have come loose on my sled. Actually, they’re still tight but they’ve slid off...

Dear Ralph:
The bands around the clamshell and exhaust pipe have come loose on my sled. Actually, they’re still tight but they’ve slid off the pipe to a smaller section so they don’t apply any pressure. They’re the type that requires a special tool to tighten (I think). I don’t like the thought of cutting them off yet, but it’s going to snow pretty soon so I have to do something! Should I cut them and just install big adjustable hose clamps?
Greg Larson

That would be the quick and easy solution. You could relocate the current straps back into place on the pipe and secure them. How? Use a hammer and small piece of wood and they’ll tap right back into place (the insulation will compress under the clamshell) and rivet them to the clamshell (not the pipe itself). Just don’t drill past the clamshell and into the pipe! A shallow rivet will hold them in place, maybe two per band. We had to do this to a Blade a couple years ago.
That’s why on newer sleds with clamps around an insulated clamshell you’ll often see the clamshell now has grooves or depressions in the design to keep the straps from moving down the pipe diameter.

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