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About AC+YA

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    Senior Member

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  • Location
  • Main Riding Area
    Ontario / Michigan
  • Sled
    2018 XF-8000 CC
  • Previous and/or Other Sleds
    2017 ZR-8000 RR 2016 ZR-7000, 2014 XF-8000, 2012 XF-1100 Turbo, 2008 CF-1000, 2007 Apex Mtn EFI, 2006 CF-7, 2008 M8 Cat
  • 17/18 Mileage
    5160 miles
  • 16/17 Mileage
    5045 miles
  • 15/16 Mileage
    4250 miles
  • 14/15 Mileage
    3365 miles
  • 13/14 Mileage
    5590 Miles
  • 12/13 Mileage
    6380 Miles - 10,250 Kilometers
  • 11/12 Mileage
    5893 Miles - 9480 Kilometers
  • 10/11 Mileage
    4771 Miles - 7680 Kilometers
  • Interests
    Keeping all the northern trails alive and well.
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  1. AC+YA

    all in...all done

    "Cat Cleaner" I buy at the dealer is really good at taking the exhaust stains off even the whites and light colors. If the starter messes up there is at least the pull starter. Haven't had any issues with my starters, but one aluminum screw holding the starter gear to the clutch on an older Suzuki 800 lost the head of the screw last year. Accidentally found the screw head and started looking around. Still worked fine with only one gone. They can only be torqued so tight and use the Loctite to keep them in place. Guess there is a reason to use aluminum, but easy to over tighten. My parts guy knew all about it, so may want to feel around the back side of the clutch to be sure? The "exhaust insert" they gave me does extend the muffler tube just a bit which may be a good thing? Even if I take the mesh out, I will keep the extension to route the gases down away just a bit farther. Think it adds about a half inch or just a bit more? No issues with the skid plate on mine, but the flames were pretty impressive in the dark! Did you ever see the flames when idling after a hard long run? If not for my Daughter, I would never had known.
  2. AC+YA

    all in...all done

    Not sure how rws does it, but I have gone up to two seasons when I didn't have time to even grease bearings let alone "rebuild". The 4 year warranty has never been used for any driveline related stuff since my 2012 Turbo MISTAKE and NIGHTMARE! (9 drive line rebuilds in two seasons all under warranty.) Over the off season I try to just grease all the bearings except those with oil against one of the seals like chain case bearings. I drop the undercarriage out to do it right and also put new sliders each season even if not really needed. I do change the oil in the chain case and after two seasons open it up and look it over. Pull the exhaust valves out also and clean them since it can cause big limp mode issues when they finally stop moving. I have been selling sleds after 3 or 4 seasons lately so no real issues with the Cat's. When the kids were young I ran sleds forever and we rode much more since our lake was frozen and we ran around every day of the week. Used to leave the sleds parked on the ice in front of the house. Rode sleds to dinner every night of the week. Southern Michigan and Northern Indiana had un-groomed trails everywhere. We used all the frozen lakes in our area to connect. I trailered much less and piled on miles much faster than now since lake running was fast and the kids rode everywhere too. The avatar I use is my boy running down the lake along shore where the river current kept it from freezing. I was surprised when I came across the video he and his friends had made. Since 2010 I have been leaving my sleds in my 4 place trailer and just commuting back and forth without the hassle of pulling a trailer. Because the sleds are in Canada there is no working on them between trips. That was a problem with the 4 strokes. They have oil and filter change schedules which can't always be followed. If we ride 1,500 miles over Christmas - New Years Holiday, how do you change the oil and filter at 500 miles which is usually the 2nd or 3rd day of a 10 day trip??? Once the filter is changed, I just started doing oil changes in my trailer rather then load it in the back of my truck and take it home. 4 strokes are lots more hassle when you crank lots of miles and don't bring them home. Next season we will be back to all 2 strokes.
  3. AC+YA

    all in...all done

    Hi rws, I didn't get as many miles as you, but got about 5,000 miles without a single issue on the new 800cc Cat Motor except for the "fire breathing dragon" thing. It never caused any real issues, but after running hard for a long time, idling was accompanied by flames puffing out the muffler. When you hit the throttle it was instantly gone with no other issues, or I could just make the machine off with no other issues. I never realized it was even happening until my daughter told me about it. Didn't want to pull up to a gas pump idling after a long hard run! I talked to my service guy about it and he had not heard of it, but Cat knew all about it and sent an insert extension/flame arrestor and asked me to try it. It stopped the issue completely, but may have stolen a bit of power. I could not be sure as conditions are not always equal. It seemed top end may have suffered just a bit. Good on oil and I could make distances even the Doo 850's had to use the spare tank to make. Not better mileage, just more fuel in the bigger tank. Any issues at all on your new 800cc Cat ?
  4. AC+YA

    Mobil 1 Synthetic Oil

    I believe SN is a more current and better rating which covers all previous API ratings.
  5. AC+YA

    Sault Ste. Marie - Area

    Guessing that was weeks.......... He got it at the end of last season.
  6. AC+YA

    Sault Ste. Marie - Area

    My pass states May 31, 2018 as the end unless conditions end it sooner. Must be when the insurance period runs out. As long as conditions persist, and large amounts of resources are not being used for the very occasional rider, I am glad the trails can stay open.
  7. AC+YA

    End of season prognosis

    I put the protectors on my sleds which did not already have them, but with that said, they were not needed on my Cats. Have never touched or left any marks, but they only stick up a quarter inch.
  8. AC+YA

    End of season prognosis

    I had a Cobra 1.6 without pre-studded carbide. The track was fine, but the paddles seemed very thin. I don't believe there have been any major problems on most tracks with the pre-stud, but the 1.6" lug Cobra pre-studded seems to have issues. I have put screws in all of mine now, and no issues, but I only put them into heavier lugs and in a pattern which balances out. The weight of the screws is almost nothing compared to the studs I ran years ago. Just want to control better on icy stuff, not use them for grip in drag racing. Putting more screws on the SnowCheck sled too after I pick it up. Won't go without anymore. If I could have gotten a pre-stud on the 1.75" Lug track on my new sled, I would not be forced to put screws.
  9. AC+YA

    End of season prognosis

    I know they still offer the same track with carbide molded in - the ice rippers - after all the issues with them tearing apart. They can still be ordered on new machines, but dealers are telling people they are no good and that BRP will not cover them. What kind of business is that? Stop offering them!!!
  10. AC+YA

    End of season prognosis

    No, but I heard that Ski-Doo (BRP) doesn't want to cover the issues even if the track came on the machine??? Hope they take care of you.
  11. AC+YA

    End of season prognosis

    Did the 1.6" Ice Cobra Track start ripping apart?
  12. AC+YA

    quebec trails map & info

    I am sure you are correct. I guess one of my biggest issues with the map is that the clubs don't bother to map/GPS changes in the trail which are numerous over the years. There is good reason to move the trails as is needed and I have been around long enough to remember where many of the trails went in years past, but what about a new to the area touring rider/group? Signage is not what it used to be in many areas and when trying to follow the ITG which can show trails of yesteryear running miles from the current trails I am sure it causes concern. The Quebec map seems to be pretty up to date in all the areas we rode. Being new to the Gaspe, the mobile app recommended to me took all the guess work out of the routes especially after dark in the most remote mountain club trails. No signs needed with that app when combined with a directional app on my phone. The free Polaris Ride Command app still shows many of the trails of yesteryear in Ontario. That app also has a directional "flashlight" built in and full GPS with maps. Highly recommend it. It's FREE!
  13. AC+YA

    quebec trails map & info

    Totally agree! Fantastic mobile app for finding your way. Don't need anything more in the way of GPS! Planning routes and understanding distances is great! Knowing where to get fuel, food, services, and places to stay..........very lacking just like the ITG in Ontario. After finding fuel and so many services along the way on main trails in the Gaspe Peninsula, we stopped worrying about it. After all we ride the northern Ontario Trails which have been stripped of fuel stops by the TSSA and fuel can be 140 to 240 kilometers apart in the extreme. Yes, we always have extra fuel with us. Started picking up paper maps along the way in Quebec which made venturing into the mountains on club trails less of a guessing game for things like fuel. We often ride without any planned stops and have yet to sleep on our sleds. We have been forced to ride into the night a few times, but that is part of being free to change directions as you wish or keep going farther if it is too early. Guess it is easy when it is just me and my daughter.
  14. AC+YA

    SOO Trail condtions?

    Hi Ox, Just ran across this, sorry. That is the lookout in Wawa. I passed it for years before I noticed it and wasn't in a hurry.
  15. AC+YA

    ITG User Survey

    Seems that the OFSC app would not work without cell towers. What king of GPS is that? The majority of my riding has no cell service.