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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: First Day of Summer
« on: August 17, 2018, 04:00:27 PM »
Yes, Duluth is on his list of schools. REALLY nice campus and set up. He really liked it. I'm a little freaked out with the size of the city, but he seemed to not mind that....
UW - Superior was much too small of a campus for his liking. He's crossed that one off the list entirely, unfortunately that school was the most economical one  :'(

Minnesota Duluth is a fantastic campus!  I would highly recommend it and Duluth is not as big as it feels, plus Duluth is a hockey town.  If he chooses UMD you and I should be meeting for a snowmobile ride or a beverage at some point. 

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: 1981 eltigre resto
« on: July 30, 2018, 09:50:25 AM »
81 tach is orange needle.  same as 84.  85 looked similar but a tad smaller bezel and hole is about 1/8" smaller too....at least I think so as its loose in hole with out an big o-ring to fill it. .  86 up had oil light.
I may have to send mine out for repair. Both my gauges are from 85.
Decals are in! Ill post when done sometime this winter.

Pantera track 16 X 115 I think tiger was different somehow...pitch maybe?

The tach I have does not have the orange needle.  I believe it is a 77'.

You are correct, the Pantera track does have a different pitch so you need Pantera drivers for the swap.  Pantera rubber tracks are cheap, El Tigre full rubber tracks bring money.  A guy near me has a couple new old stock Complast El Tigre tracks and he wanted $250 each for them.  Picked up the Pantera track at a swap for $40 with a complete suspension.

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: 1981 eltigre resto
« on: June 20, 2018, 04:12:57 PM »
That thing is beautiful!  Nice work my friend.  My old grass racer turned out alright too.
Nice. Cleated track? Those are fun when crossing the road lol.  Look at my handlebars carefully. I took out some of the pull back. What you think?  I'm in search of a tach.  My instruments are from 85 model I believe.  in 86 they went to oil injection with a oil light in tach. I guess the 85 gauges are as rare as the 81.

Rubber track conversion from an early 80's Pantera, studded w/ chisels for grass.  I have a tach for the 77-78 models, not sure if the 81 is different?

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: 1981 eltigre resto
« on: April 30, 2018, 09:16:44 AM »
That thing is beautiful!  Nice work my friend.  My old grass racer turned out alright too.

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: 1981 eltigre resto
« on: April 26, 2018, 04:11:36 PM »
Looks great!

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: 1981 eltigre resto
« on: April 18, 2018, 09:59:30 AM »
That can get expensive on old hard to find stuff.

Fortunately 1970's 500cc f/a 4 port motors are not hard to find.  It's actually about the least expensive stuff you can play with IMO.  The sled above was free and I've got less than $100 in it not counting the NOS system.  Part motors can be had for $50-$100 all day long, even complete parts sleds are around for that money.  If it melts down we don't care just having fun seeing the "WTF look" on people's faces when we let it eat.   :punk:

Expensive is when a Thundercat 900 goes down!

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: 1981 eltigre resto
« on: April 16, 2018, 11:25:09 AM »
AJ, I can't wait to see it finished! 

I recently encountered a similar hp dilemma in that the early 4 port 500 f/a El Tigre is a few ponies short of the later 6 port 500 f/a.  Below was my solution to the problem.  I have found this solution solved the El Tigre 6000 problem too.

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: Last ride of the season
« on: March 13, 2018, 08:01:12 AM »
We are pulling groomers in and contemplating locking the gates before the weekend. Looking at the forecast i wonder a bit but we have a few nasty holes in our system from open areas, logging etc. The sun is pretty powerful these days. To really make a go of it we need snow. The last storm only hit the southern party of our territory.
The Fat Lady is tuning up.   :(

We ran our grooming equipment Saturday night, without new snow I don't see us going out again. 

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: 2up for sale
« on: March 02, 2018, 03:24:19 PM »
Hey 2quik I got another one in the oven.  81 tiger 5000.  Just got paint on the frame. Pics soon.  Winter been so weak here even the oldies were parked. Riding was locally here maybe one week, week and half tops.  Very sad.  Had to do a quebec trip again this year.

Sweet, can't wait for pictures, everything I've seen out of your shop has been outstanding! The 77' above is too rough to restore so I'm leaning toward pulling the driveline and building a 78' - 81' Jag 5000 hotrod.

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: UP ride Feb 16-18
« on: February 27, 2018, 11:31:06 AM »
Dude, I paid like $15,000 for my kid to play AA hockey this season, I'm thinking I should go to round two of the state playoffs..... Besides, it's looking like this will be his last year of playing, so that will free up future sled seasons. He's burnt out with hockey and now he has a steady girlfriend, two part time jobs, all his honors & AP classes and trying to plan what college he will attend.

Greek, it is a great ride and yes you need to be at those games!  I gave you my opinion regarding A/AA/AAA "checkbook" hockey years ago... expensive and it takes away from being a rounded athlete. Hockey is a small part of life and at some point players realize grades, work, social life, or other interests are compromised when every free moment is spent at the rink. Best to your son and he is fortunate for all you've done for him, these years will help shape the man he becomes.

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: 2up for sale
« on: February 21, 2018, 01:13:59 PM »
2qik I like the Thrush sticker :specool:

It's rough but it does have a strong running 500cc free air.  In fact, it out ran a nice Blizzard 340 liquid with factory twin pipes to 50 mph until I had to let off my junk as it's missing a couple track cleats and started to shake pretty good.   :mf_w00t2:

Those Blizzards are fast machines.  The Thrush stickers and the lucky #7 were good for a few 10ths...

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: 2up for sale
« on: February 20, 2018, 11:46:07 AM »
Greek, I'm riding free snowmobiles until normal winter returns to MN.  Well not totally free, replaced a $17 throttle cable, new plugs & fuel line, plus 10 hours labor and some spare spray paint but it made a 15 mile vintage ride without a hitch.

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: WoW! FFF'NNN Cold
« on: January 23, 2018, 09:37:50 AM »
Hey 2qwik I found an 81 tiger 5000 in decent shape for 1200, pondering.   :shrug:

My 78 Tiger 5000 was $175, the 77 Tiger 5000 above was free.  In Minnesota a really nice 78 - 81 5000 free air will bring $600 - $800.  I get the feeling vintage sleds are more difficult to find out east.  The 81 came with a full rubber track, which makes it an ideal rider, but you already know that...


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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: Broom Snow
« on: January 22, 2018, 09:55:50 AM »
Got pretty warm in the Northwoods Friday. Rode through pork country friday. Right through Beaver  Lodge parking lot. Came home Saturday because of the warm. Still warm today freinds said. The big snow has been down sized and hasen't started yet.

We went to a drag race near Marshfield on Saturday.  I didn't even need a jacket, bibs and a sweatshirt weather...   

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: Broom Snow
« on: January 19, 2018, 09:09:25 AM »
My riding area is about to get blasted with a 1-2 foot snow storm  :wub:

However, I'll believe that - when I see it.....  :ninja:

Weather experts have 2 paths forecast; the northern path drops the big hit on the MN arrowhead and the southern path drops it on the WI north woods. Hope one of us gets hit.  :c-n:

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