'12-13 Snowmobiling season!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by SnowMule, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    Got geared up and took off around 1100... Slow morning, getting things together.
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    XC put the oiler linkage on backwards, held the oil pump wide open. That answers the "Why is your sled smoking so bad" question. :doh
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    Snow's not that great, but there's a storm on the way...
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    Too much throttle, XC.... :umph
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    Trail back into town
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    Fix everything wrong with the sleds... mostly clutching, but Dogmeat's exhaust valve servo cables are shot... that's the worst damage of the day. Had to grind down some weights for my sled.
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  2. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    Exhaust valve cables on Dogmeat's sled broke, so rather than fixing the cables he stopped by Polaris West and picked up a '13 Pro. :lol3
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    Out towards two top, looking for something decent. Snow's windblown and hardpacked, didn't find much that wasn't tracked up.
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    Clear view of the Tetons
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    West Yellowstone in the valley
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    Up along the ridge
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    Regroup on the ridge for some venison sausage...
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    And head home for a shower and some pheasant. :dg
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  3. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Nice stuff Snowmule, great videos. Looks a little tracked up and not much fresh? Sorry I can't contribute this last week, still have a couple days left in Mexice. :D
  4. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    Near black canyon today.

    Trees!
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    Bounced off the tree on the hillclimb :lol3
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  5. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    What is the cost for a setup like that? Last time I looked the Boivin setup was $5K or more for the KTM. It'd be nice to use my TE510 in the winter once in a while.
  6. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    Foggy and drizzly today, stuck in the trees so we could see.
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    Treeeeeeeeee....
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    A wild SnowMule appears! Notice the layer of ice over my jacket and windshield. Keeping goggles clear was difficult.
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    Stuckfest on the hill :lol3
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    Then dinner at Wild West Pizza. :dg
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  7. TooFast

    TooFast Long timer

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    SM - great pics, enjoy your RR.

    I grew up on these macines in the midwest...no powder, no avalanches, just frozen snow you rode on top of

    With your mountain/powder riding experience, what have you found to be the best equipment(jacks)/technique to dig out from getting stuck here in our mountain powder? Having buddies to assist is great, how about doing it by yourself? Do the jacks really work in deep powder like last year? Been there, Done that, spent hours digging out, wondering what the hot tip is

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  8. rapidoxidationman

    rapidoxidationman Easily trainable

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    Get out your shovel or start stomping snow.
    Point it downhill.
    If you're not alone, have somebody pulling your uphill ski as you're getting going again.
    Don't spin the track too much until you're on top of the snow again.:norton
  9. TooFast

    TooFast Long timer

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    Thanks, that's exactly what I've done trying to drag my 500lb+ 2003 Summit 800 HO around down hill while being waist high deep in powder with the rear sliding down hill faster than the heavier front end...lots of fun, heart attack work. Just looking for some tricks of the sport...I started carrying rope to tie the rear end off to a tree and pivoting the front end downhill so to speak. Just searching for tricks of the trade...no substitute for riding buddies to help get out quicker and spend more time riding
  10. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    Depends on teh sled... if you're on a tank, like an RMK 900, or something a little newer/lighter... might not need it. I haven't mounted it to my Pro, and haven't had a stuck (yet) where it'd come in handy.

    I had a jack (still have it, actually) mostly for my 900... that sled was a tank. Heavy pig. There were a few times it came in real handy, but most of the time technique > tools.

    Let gravity help you, roll the sled down the hill if you're on a sidehill... shovel a ramp out and bring a snobunje along. Those are great tools, very much worth the money.
  11. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    I love this sled. :norton
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    Found the meadow we scoped out on google earth. Now that the weather's clear, we tore the shit outta this field. :evil
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    250cm = 8 feet of snow. :clap
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    mah buggy :D
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    Stop for lunch
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    Then back to the canyon for some more playin around
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    and some tree-bashing :lol3
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  12. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    Out with Watt on friday, took us to his secret spots. :evil
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    Vern's crank bearing went out thursday, so he rented a 'doo for the day
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    Jeff on his 146" doo
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    Top o' the world
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    Boooo....
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    Out to a restaurant where one of Jeff's ex-guides works as the cook... :dg
    Best damn dinner i've had in a while. Calamari, chipotle chicken appetizers... steak, crab, pasta dinner... apple pie with homemade ice cream, and cheesecake for dessert. :tb
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  13. canuckAME

    canuckAME Been here awhile

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    Wondering about the machine with the really long track. Is this stock or a modified sled?

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    Thanks for posting. Was hoping to get to West Yellowstone this winter and renting sleds but didn't work out. Thanks for showing what we missed:cry
  14. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    That is a brand new '13 Pro-RMK 800, 163" track.
    Dogmeat bought that monday morning. :lol3

    My sled's a 155", and there's not many situations where I want a longer track. In fact, there are times I'd kinda want a shorter one over a longer track.... spring riding, for example, would be a lot more fun on a short-track.

    For deep pow hillclimbing, nothing beats the traction of a longer track (and a turbo to keep it spinning).
  15. RustySpokes

    RustySpokes Two-bit throttle bum

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    I'm seeing a trend here. These snowmobiles you speak of, they don't seem to stay in one piece. :dunno
  16. dorkpunch

    dorkpunch Oops...

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    Yup... I live 2 hrs away from these awesome riding spots... But I can't afford the sled- let alone the repairs, the truck and trailer to haul 'em up there, the time off from work, the lodging, etc.

    It is probably one of THE MOST fun things I've ever done- but its a rich mans sport. :norton



    (did I mention I'm a teacher?!) :lol3

    Someday though, we will have sleds. My brother's in-laws have a cabin up in Island Park- and the rest of the family is thinking of eventually going in together on some property up there.
  17. Roostboy101

    Roostboy101 Narry Uvencherer

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    Tug Hill, NY last weekend.

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    Not as much powder as those above but we take what we can get :D
  18. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    That tends to happen when you ride them into trees, off cliffs, and roll them a few times on failed hillclimbs. :deal
  19. Rogue_Ryder

    Rogue_Ryder 速 Flat Biller 速

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    SICK!:thumb

    Yellowstone looks awesome! After driving over Rabbit Ears in near white out conditions on the way to Steamboat on Thurs night I was almost certain I'd see some pics from the weekend there in this thread.
  20. RustySpokes

    RustySpokes Two-bit throttle bum

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    Yeah, I get that kind of damage. It's all the blown engines that that make me :huh

    Or is it just you and your buddies that blow them up all the time? :lol3