jhwentworth

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  1. Trail 15

    Looks like corridor trail 15 is broken through the Loudon area and south of Route 4. I've got my doubts it will come back. The south is moving north.
  2. random photo thread

    You nailed this one!
  3. random photo thread

    Been a while since I've posted here. This was taken about a week ago. I've always been a fool for gaudy sunsets.
  4. Here's the latest NWS snowfall prediction. Merrimack County seems to be the big winner.
  5. From the Ridge Runners site dated 1/14/2023. NWS forecast for Friday-Saturday calls for plowable snow. It's a coastal storm so it's anybody's guess where the final track might end up The photo here is kind of like Lucy holding the football for Charley Brown. The written trail report is when Lucy yanks the football away from Charley Brown. TRAIL REPORT 1/14/23 – GOOD NEWS! January 14, 2023 ClubAdmin Jason’s Trail Report – Saturday, 1/14/23 “Today we are going to open 50% of our trail system. The East side has decent snow cover and conditions are marginal at best. You still need to be aware of open water bars, stumps, rocks, trees, etc. It’s early season conditions. Trailering north is your only option for the time being to access the trails. Trailer to Magalloway Road, or further North to East Inlet/Deer Mountain Campground. Trails are ungroomed until we receive more snow to avoid costly damages to our equipment. LAKES ARE NOT SAFE TO RIDE ON – THIN ICE. THE WEST SIDE OF OUR SYSTEM IS CLOSED UNTIL IT RECEIVES MORE SNOW. CONDITIONS ARE TOO THIN TO BE SAFE FOR YOU AS THE RIDER.” It’s a start to the season. Colder temperatures are here, and it looks like some snow later this week.
  6. People seem to have mixed opinions on this, but I believe you'd be OK to run the motor without a primary clutch. The engine won't sound as smooth at low speeds because the clutch acts as a flywheel, and throttle response should be quicker. To be clear, are you saying that the sled displayed the same symptoms with two different XLT motors? If so, it seems most likely that the problem is external to the motor, but the XLT had issues with crank bearings and seals, so it's possible they have the same problem. Maybe time to check cylinder compression and crankcase pressure. It sounds like you have adjusted the clutches properly, and the drive train/track is in good shape. I don't have any good suggestions..
  7. Don, The Polaris sleds I owned were a bit older than yours, but the general rules apply. I'm assuming that the new motor ran in the other sled, and that the fuel pump is from the other sled. First off, have you tried disconnecting the kill switch and any other electrical safety devices? Does you owner's manual describe any such devices? Have you looked at the fuel being delivered to the motor? Have you looked inside the chain case? I had a Polaris 500 that had a broken aluminum case wall. Have you tried lifting the track off the ground on a stand and turning the track by hand? If that feels, and sounds, normal then start the motor and rev the engine to engage the clutch, then bringing speed up. There will be minimal load on the driven clutch so it should stay closed. Does it open as RPMs are increased? You asked "is it possible to have a new after market cdi box to work as it should under low and mid range rpm’s but not at high rpm’s ? " It's possible, but why did you change them? You've changed a lot of things, and sometimes that introduces new problems.
  8. Just a couple suggestions. The OP said he swapped the motor and has the same problem. Right? Polaris had in-tank fuel filters in many models. Have you checked that? The fuel pump is powered by a vacuum line from the engine base. A crack in the line will impede the pumping.
  9. On a positive note

    I noticed that there is a Winter Storm Watch for this Friday-Saturday, and I realized I haven't started the sleds for a long time. I first tried the 2005 Arctic Cat Panther 570 and all I got was the sound of the starter solenoid clicking. Some troubleshooting showed the solenoid to be bad. Not good, but not surprising with a 17-year old sled. I then moved on to a 2009 Ski Doo GSX with the 600 ETEC motor.. Hit the starter switch and the motor instantly started and idled smoothly. Next was a 2017 Shi Doo MXZ with the 600cc 4-cycle motor. A repeat of the GSX experience. I'm somebody who can remember when the first start-up after the summer-fall had passed involved a lot of aggravation. The newer sleds behave more like cars, but that behavior is coupled with a price tag that's more like cars. A pretty good start, cause two out of three ain't bad. Plus, I got to ride the MXZ around the field a bit, Not much snow, but maybe that will get fixed over the weekend.
  10. Repurposing snowmobile parts

    Union Leader had a story about a race series called "24-Hours of LeMons". Yes, that's LeMons, not LeMans. They were at Loudon race track a week ago. Here's one of the cars that competes in that series.
  11. 2023 Ski Doo pricing

    I was curious about the 2023 Ski Doo sled, so I visited the Ski Doo web site. The new sleds look good, but prices have escalated. A 2022 Freeride had an MLP of $15,350, and a 2023 Freeride is $15,950. So, a $600 (3.9%) boost in MLP. Those prices don't include transportation or preparation. Those numbers seem to be at least close to normal. Something new has been added, it's called a "commodity surcharge" of $250 or $400. The $250 applies to the less expensive sleds (below $7000), and the $400 applies to the rest of the lineup. That would bring the sticker price of a Freeride to $16,350, plus transportation and preparation. I read in the Wall Street Journal that Polaris is seeing the same problems as Ski Doo, and is considering price hikes. They were concerned that "aggressive price hikes could alienate consumers and hurt sales" for what might be temporary supply hikes. I wonder if Polaris might look at "commodity surcharges? https://www.ski-doo.com/us/en/models.html For those who haven't pre-ordered, we’d like to inform you of adjusted pricing for 2023 snowmobiles. This price adjustment may come as a surprise, and we are very sorry for this. As you are aware, pricing has increased for many products across industries around the world and powersports is no exception. BRP has explored various ways to accommodate the disruptions while maintaining a steady flow of production and material sourcing, transportation of parts and vehicles as well as how we assemble each and every unit. Please Note: The pricing adjustments will not impact customers who purchased a snowmobile through the Spring Sales Event between February 14 and March 31. Additionally, there will be no pricing impact on the youth MXZ 120/200 models or the entry-level models MXZ and Summit Neo/Neo+. Keep in mind there will remain a temporary commodity surcharge in addition to the adjusted price. https://www.ski-doo.com/us/en/resources/delivery-update.html BRP's supply chain continues to be impacted by two factors during the pandemic: rising raw material costs and increased shipping costs. Because of rising costs, BRP has put in place a commodity surcharge for Sea-Doo, Ski-Doo, Lynx, Can-Am Off-Road and Can-Am On-Road vehicles.
  12. HB334 filed 4/10/2021

    Sorry ICG, but you've been found in violation of Goodwin's Law. Godwin’s Law of Nazi analogies: "whoever made the comparison loses whatever debate is in progress." Until the State of NH buys, leases, or negotiates a ROW, for all the private property included in our 7,000 miles of trails, those private property owners have the ability to control who enters their property. for any reason or no reason. My concern is not the meaning of the Second Amendment, which has changed considerably over the years, but the possible closure of trails because of landowner concerns over loaded handguns on their private property. Trail reroutes and closures are becoming more common in my area, we don't need another reason for landowners to close a trail. BTW: Does anybody know what the NHSA position was on this bill?
  13. HB334 filed 4/10/2021

    Nashua Telegraph CONCORD – House Democrats criticized Gov. Chris Sununu for signing “without usual fanfare” on Friday HB 1636, a bill that allows carrying loaded pistols and revolvers on OHRVs and snowmobiles in New Hampshire. In a statement Monday, Sununu said “New Hampshire’s laws are well-crafted and fit our culture of responsible gun ownership and individual freedom. HB1636 is the former HB334 without the firearms background checks portion. Now we get to see what impact, if any, this has on trail closures.
  14. Crawford Notch fire

    The Crawford Notch fire seems to be controlled. The rain from the recent storm helped. The Balsams is located in Dixville Notch, northeast of Errol on Route 26. Crawford Notch is south of there in Hart's Location (near Lincoln) on Route 302. It's tough to keep the NH notches straight, there are close to 40 of them. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mountain_passes_in_New_Hampshire
  15. Where will snowmobiling be in 50 years?

    Here's something that was done well before virtual reality and the metaverse. Perhaps the legislators who are sponsoring a bill to allow firearms while riding a sled have seen Die Hard II.