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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: New sled
« on: October 10, 2018, 05:56:31 AM »
Everything you need to know should be in here...

http://www.yamaha-motor.com/assets/service/manuals/2008/LIT-12628-02-70_RSVector_1447.pdf
Thanks. The previous owner gave me the manual that came with the sled too. Got the side panel off today and found how to check the oil level and drain plug. The antifreeze reservoir is located there also, but buried under the top panel. I thought it was low, because I didn't see the level of fluid. Took the top panel off and found out it was completely full to the cap.
Ready for snow now to try it out.

If the coolant reservoir is completely full don't be surprised if it burps some out the first time it gets hot. 

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: New sled
« on: October 09, 2018, 06:13:16 AM »

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: New sled
« on: October 08, 2018, 05:51:56 PM »

I looked it up. It must be the face shield. I hope these things also help with fogged up eye glasses.

Hal, they don't. That was my hope also when I first had a heated shield in 2010 or so. No where near that amount of warmth from a heated sheild.
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I was sure hoping it would. I took a closer look at the sled. It is a RS Vector. It is going to take awhile to figure everything out. I did find out that I have to remove a couple of panels just to check the oil and antifreeze levels.

The good thing is you change the oil once a year and forget about it until next season. Same for antifreeze unless there is something wrong.
My 2005 Rage (same engine) never used a drop of either in 17,000 miles. Except for the time a stud went through the front heat exchanger. Never ran studs again!
Right now, I just want to figure out how to get those panels off so that I can fluid levels or change a belt. I read some more and it says I need to slide the side panels forward to remove them. I was trying to lift them up. I talk to the previous owner and told me the filter is underneath and protected by a skid plate. That should be an interesting project next year.

There is an access panel for the fiter between the lower A arms. It is held in place with (IIRC) 5-7 Torx head bolts. Very easy to change the filter.

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: New sled
« on: October 07, 2018, 06:43:45 PM »

I looked it up. It must be the face shield. I hope these things also help with fogged up eye glasses.

Hal, they don't. That was my hope also when I first had a heated shield in 2010 or so. No where near that amount of warmth from a heated sheild.
r
I was sure hoping it would. I took a closer look at the sled. It is a RS Vector. It is going to take awhile to figure everything out. I did find out that I have to remove a couple of panels just to check the oil and antifreeze levels.

The good thing is you change the oil once a year and forget about it until next season. Same for antifreeze unless there is something wrong.
My 2005 Rage (same engine) never used a drop of either in 17,000 miles. Except for the time a stud went through the front heat exchanger. Never ran studs again!

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: First Day of Summer
« on: September 29, 2018, 04:53:09 PM »
We are about ready to pack it in ourselves... I will be 62 and on the bottom tier of SS retirement in November. Lynn has two more years. We were scheduled to look at a property in Pa while we were there on vacation last week but the seller got an offer so we backed off. Not sure of the outcome yet.
Lynn would like to have a B&B and we are both into motorcycles so we are discussing a B&B/Campground catering to motorcycles but open to all.
A buddy of ours was looking in Tennessee and was looking for partners but nothing concrete ever came out of that.
I am thinking of somewhere along I 81 which is pretty much the spine of the Appalachians with plenty of great roads for riding.

Lynn would handle the accommodations and I would offer day tours and support (service and repairs) as well as taking care of the property.

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: New Iron
« on: June 01, 2018, 06:14:49 PM »
Anybody that turns down business flat like that is either making too much $ to care, or needs a new line of work.  There's lots of ways to diplomatically say "it'll be a little while before we can accommodate you".

If a dealer treated me like that I would find another dealer...

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None of you know Rob Goudy but he rode with us when Andy and Tommy made the trip East a few years ago.

We met him and his wife Teana at 46 Corners with Snowtime and rode to The Florence Hotel and Kasoag Lake Park. Rob was on a SkiDoo and jumped the berm in the parking lot onto the lake about 10 feet below. Rob was very active in the Vintage Motocross scene and also owned a Guitar Shop and was an excellent player as well. 

He was never on any sled sites that I recall. He and Teana bought a bar in Pulaski a few years ago and turned it into a nice place to stop. Rob and Teana were active in the local club and Teana runs a groomer.

RIP Rob... :beer2:

This makes 5 people that I met though snowmobiling that have passed on in as many years...

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General - NON Snowmobile Discussion / Re: Umm... Andy...
« on: May 07, 2018, 07:22:08 AM »
So far we are liking Central Pennsylvania... The area around Hamburg. This coming September we are spending another week there for the third year in a row.
In June we are going to Virgina for a week near Harpers Ferry West Virginia.
I have friends in the Carolinas and Tennessee who all love the areas they moved to from Jersey.

Another buddy of mine has been to visit our mutual friend in Tennessee and likes it there.
 He is looking for an area to open a campground and want's a couple partners so that could work. We are all in the trades so maintenance would be a non issue. Plus we are all into motorcycles so catering to the Adventure/Dual Sport crowd could be a good marketing choice, guide service for off road rides... charging people to follow you around on a bike... Yeah that's the ticket!   

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General - NON Snowmobile Discussion / Re: Umm... Andy...
« on: April 24, 2018, 06:25:25 AM »
We have been pretty good. Doing a lot of work on the house getting it all spiffed up to sell.
In case you don't know some idiots voted for a real moron for Governor.

 Who votes for someone who runs on a platform of increasing taxes and turning New Jersey into a sanctuary state?

Getting out of Jersey just like we sold the camp and got out of NY.

We have been taking motorcycle trips looking for an area to move to.


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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: WoW! FFF'NNN Cold
« on: January 05, 2018, 09:04:28 PM »
It's all about the bottom line.
Most sleds likely only see 5-10 miles at a time before stopping so a smaller, less expensive windshield not only looks more attractive (like the people who ride sleds like that) but it is cheaper to manufacture.

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General - NON Snowmobile Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: December 22, 2017, 07:56:20 PM »
Merry Christmas All!
Looking forward to the annual New Years Day MC ride! High 30s as of the last forecast...

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: Did everyone die.....0r sumthin?
« on: December 18, 2017, 03:16:58 PM »
RIV ='s Rob in Vermont? Sounds familiar Andy. I don't think it was here though. Trail Conditions? Maybe. Wasn't that the Sterner guys site?

Yep... A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...
Those were the days of Moonie, Rippen ZR, and a whole bunch of others I can't remember at the moment. If I recall, I joined Trail Conditions around '96...... almost 22 freaking years ago!  :eek:  What a long strange trip it's been.

Yep I signed on about the same time... Roady, Moonie, Mad Dog, Whichwey, Deputy Dawg, etc.

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: Did everyone die.....0r sumthin?
« on: December 16, 2017, 08:00:33 PM »
RIV ='s Rob in Vermont? Sounds familiar Andy. I don't think it was here though. Trail Conditions? Maybe. Wasn't that the Sterner guys site?

Yep... A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...

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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: Did everyone die.....0r sumthin?
« on: December 10, 2017, 06:16:58 PM »
Still Alive and kicking. I have an XRS8 in the stable and just moved my office to my house so I am hoping to be able to Ski and Snowmobile more during weekdays. Not having to go into the corporate office will definatly free up recreation time. Plus I have been putting in 70's all year at a Superfund project and have all my PTO saved up. Merry Christmas everyone !
I a'm surprised that you aren't suffering from burnout, working that many hours. My rule of thumb was to limit myself to no more than 50 hours per week when I was a wage slave.

It's different when it's your own business...

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