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General Snowmobile Discussion / 50 years ago Ralph made it
« Last post by SNO4ME on April 19, 2018, 10:31:50 PM »
 :sledder:
50 years ago today Ralph Plaisted & crew were the first people to make it overland/ice to the North Pole. (Confirmed by the US Air Force) By snowmobile of course.  :beer2:
The National Geographic Society doesn't like to admit that their boy Robert Peary never actually made it to the Pole, missed it by 60 miles . :nana:


I have made the Pilgrimage to Ralph Plaisted's birthplace, Bruno MN on Hwy 23 between Duluth MN and the Twin Cities.
Here's to Ralph, the first Super Sledder.  :beer2:
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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: 1981 eltigre resto
« Last post by SNO4ME on April 19, 2018, 05:43:15 PM »
Hmmm, 80 Pantera brings back some memories !   :thumbsupsmileyanim:
Bought it new in midwinter,
Lousy sled, didn't keep my wrenching hands in tune much.  ;)
I think I put 7500 miles on it, then sold it to a neighbor (with the second set of slides on it ?) Then he put a pile more miles on it.
For it's time line I didn't do much to it.  A little clutch work of course, but not much.
I think that's the sled the the clutch face broke away from the hub (?) (under warranty)`
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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: 1981 eltigre resto
« Last post by 2qik 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
« Last post by racerdave on April 17, 2018, 08:56:30 PM »
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.
That can get expensive on old hard to find stuff.
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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: 1981 eltigre resto
« Last post by 2qik 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
« Last post by greekboy on April 16, 2018, 08:27:12 AM »
Well, maybe not the last ride of the season...... April 15th with 18" of fresh snow on the ground..... Might be able to sneak in some more riding..... :thumbsupsmileyanim:
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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: 1981 eltigre resto
« Last post by racerdave on April 15, 2018, 06:37:05 AM »
Those 80 tigers have a classic look. I had a 80 or 81 500 lc. I bought it cheap in spring of 90 to  turn over for a profit later that fall.
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General Snowmobile Discussion / 1981 eltigre resto
« Last post by AdrenalineJunkie on April 11, 2018, 05:58:51 PM »
Due to another weird low riding winter I was compelled to keep the memories alive.  Back in late 1980 when I was about 13, my parents agreed to buy me a new sled with the $250 I had saved. My choice was between a new pantera or a new eltigre 5000 both similarly priced. $2250 I believe was the number. My dilemma was to go with the 500 fanner with e/S, oil injection, and map light....or go with the 500 f/A with sportier looks but seemingly less features. Remember in 80 info was limited...there was no web, and magazine articles were about nill to a 13 y.o kid with limited resources. Now I have both and I love it!  Had I known as a kid the tiger was lighter and with 10~ish more hp, I would have chose that one.   
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Wisconsin / Vilas County Trails Closing
« Last post by MachZee on March 19, 2018, 10:06:59 AM »
The Vilas County Trail System closes at 5PM today (3/19/2018).
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General Snowmobile Discussion / Re: Last ride of the season
« Last post by buddah2 on March 15, 2018, 03:24:37 PM »
My local trails (South / Central UP) are pretty much spent. Around one hour north of me is still decent, but unless they get real snow, I just don't see it happening.

You must be talking the western part of Central.....anything south of me, trailwise, is nothing but icy washboard underneath.....16 mi. south of Wetmore.....anything north is still good to better......that 5 to 8 I mentioned earlier turned into 9 to 12  :punk:
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