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Nexus

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Winter fun on a snowmachine
« on: January 05, 2019, 03:45:19 PM »
So, last spring (early...still snow on the ground), I purchased a 1993 Yamaha Exciter 2, ST-LT 570. Around 8200 kms. (I think)/5100 miles (roughly). The thing ran great and I bought it off a buddy of mine. I have always wanted one so with my wife's approval, we brought it home.

Since then, I did little over the warm weather months and figured working on it in the cold was a better idea.

I'm using this to get me back into the fix/repair/rebuild/make it right mentality which will kick start my work back on the Firebird when I can start that again.

So far I have reupholstered the seat, completely rebuilt the suspension (with added grease fittings), changed the secondary clutch, and I'm now in the middle of refurbishing my windshield. I have it running great but I'm far from being done with the repairs. It wasn't really loved apparently and there is much work to get it purdy again.

This is from when I purchased it

ad_1518565783957 by Charles Marson, on Flickr

ad_1518565787111 by Charles Marson, on Flickr

ad_1518565795030 by Charles Marson, on Flickr



And a bunch of the work I have done this past December

20181223_202803 by Charles Marson, on Flickr

20181223_202816 by Charles Marson, on Flickr

FYI-Green tape was there just to hold the cotton batten in place while the glue dried completely

New wood on the bottom

20181227_113948 by Charles Marson, on Flickr

20181231_120426 by Charles Marson, on Flickr

And now I am working on the windshield

20190101_162725 by Charles Marson, on Flickr


Next upon the list for this winter is the steering/ski bushings will get completely rebuilt as there is a ton of play and slop in the handle bar movement down to the skis.
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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2019, 04:24:55 PM »
Those have always looked like lots of fun, but we don’t usually have enough snow to justify owning one.
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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2019, 05:05:28 PM »
Must be fun, I've never owned or been on one but it's something I want to do. Great job on the restoration although it looks pretty good to me as is.




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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2019, 07:38:38 AM »
I have had a few Arctic Cats over the years. Currently I have a 1974 Arctic Cat Jag. I love the old sleds. We just run it around our property. The kids have fun but it has been a few years since we have had a good show to ride on. Darn global warming....
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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2019, 09:02:36 AM »
I am relatively new to the Snow machine world...I also have an 85 340 Enticer...that thing is soooo much fun.

I too run it around my yard and the neighbours yards...lots of acreage to drive on.

Next year I plan to get trail plans for both machines so I can go for coffee or something which would be about 10-15 mile drive on the trails.

I have decided that these will be my winter toys, fix and drive and the firebird will be the summer version...well....when it goes on the road that is...gotta keep the faith

I'll post up some pics of the Enticer when I get  chance...it's actually in nicer shape then the Exciter
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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2019, 09:02:36 AM »

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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2019, 08:07:44 AM »
I thought they were mandatory by law north of the border! LOL, cool looking ride though.
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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2019, 06:48:20 PM »
I thought they were mandatory by law north of the border! LOL, cool looking ride though.

HAHAHAH...yeah...I can drive right into my igloo during the winter months...makes going to work convenient...too funny
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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2019, 06:33:54 AM »
Laugh all you want about cold Canada.
Growing up my Parents bought a new home in a subdivision on the edge of our city. I was 9 at the time, 2-3 years later Dad bought a snowmobile. I couldn't wait for Winter to arrive every year after that. Nearly everyday after school, the routine was finish my homework, then hop on the sled, fill it with gas and drive a block and a half down the street to the farmers fields and freedom. Weekends I'd drag a toboggan behind it with all the kids in my crescent on it.
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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2019, 08:34:14 AM »
I have a brother who lives in Canada, we go at it all the time. All in jest, not trying to offend anyone.
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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2019, 11:36:27 PM »
Jokes aside, I love it. My parents were never had the money nor the interest in toys so I never had one...I would get the cars that they couldn't keep on the road as fun vehicles to drive...learned some pretty good driving skills that way but when winter came around I would hibernate mostly...once in awhile I would go up to the outdoor rink near my house to play some hockey with the other kids but I couldn't skate so I played in the net a lot...for the longest time I shuttered when the idea of winter ran through my head but it can be very beautiful after a snowfall and very peaceful after the storm. These two snow machines have helped me look forward to winter and I only drive them around my yard or watch my son enjoy himself with them. One of the coolest times in my life was watching my fiancé play in the snow the first time she saw it. She moved to Canada with me from Okinawa Japan and had never seen snow before. Looking behind her to see her footprints in the snow. It was a memorable moment for me.

anyway...starting to babble.
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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2019, 09:40:05 AM »
Took me a while, but I finally took a picture of the machine with the seat back on it, and a second for good measure.

20190131_145148 by Charles Marson, on Flickr

20190131_145131 by Charles Marson, on Flickr
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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2019, 09:58:06 AM »
One problem I came across with my suspension rebuild

20181223_202803 by Charles Marson, on Flickr

Looking at the lower skid set of bogie wheels; middle bogie wheel; I forgot to add a cutter pin on the end of the shaft to hold the nut on incase it came loose. Well, it came loose, I lost the wheel, the spacer, the washer, and the nut. I noticed the shaft coming out, on the other side. Realizing that this is not right, I tapped the shaft back into place, and due to me buying a truck load of spare suspension parts, and an extra skid, I was able to steal everything I needed to fix my dumbass mistake, complete with a fresh, new, cotter pin. Now I have 2 black plastic wheels to mess with my OCD

I also finally remembered to take a picture of my 85 Enticer for you all

20190131_145124 by Charles Marson, on Flickr

20190131_145117 by Charles Marson, on Flickr

At some point, both machines will receive a full rebuild/restoration, but not anytime soon. I want to enjoy them for a few years first and once I have extra disposable income, then I will do one at a time over a summer, starting with the Enticer. That machine runs so well and starts on the second pull every time!!
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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2019, 03:51:31 PM »
Looks like fun. Almost 60deg today, most of our snow has melted. Gonna be just as warm tomorrow!
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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2019, 04:20:54 PM »
Looks like fun. Almost 60deg today, most of our snow has melted. Gonna be just as warm tomorrow!

OH YEAH, sure sure, rub it in why dontcha!!!...................lol

Those 2 machines are the only reason I remotely consider the words Like and Winter in the same sentence!!
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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2019, 11:09:23 AM »
Those would certainly make wintertime more bearable!
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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2019, 03:53:02 PM »
Well...sad news on the 85 Enticer front.

Over the weekend, i was bombing around my place and my neighbors when I blew the motor in the back swamp. Had my 2 neighbors come and tow me home that day.

That earned one Neighbor about 15 beer amd the other a gift card at the local coffee shop.

Upon further inspection, the crank turns about 180 degrees to a dead stop amd the other way the same amount with the same result. Oh yeah...and 0 compression when doing it.

I found out that these things are bad for faulty oil pumps amd I'm thinking that's what gave out.

looks like a good project for warmer weather. I think i'll rebuild it start again.

The exciter on the other hand was also giving me grief. For what ever reason it would start, and while trying to start it, I broke the pull cord.

So...I replaced the pull cord, put two new spark plugs in her and with a little patience, I got her running!!

Did I mention that I had a hell of a time with the recoil spring?
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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2019, 04:06:22 PM »
I guess the good news is you only have 3 more months of winter !
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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2019, 10:39:16 PM »
hahahahaha...sometimes I think it feels lime it's going to be 6 more months...we got 70% more snow than our usual average
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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2019, 07:12:40 AM »
Wow, that's a lot. Seems like we are way down this year. We have had several snowfalls but nothing over 4" at a time.
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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #19 on: March 06, 2019, 08:06:00 AM »
Next year I’ll be looking to buy some snowmobiles, I’ve done it once in my life and it still looks like fun.

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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
« Reply #20 on: March 10, 2019, 11:06:34 AM »
I keep around the old machines because I haven't made the time to go out on winter adventures and convinced myself I need to buy a brand new machine just yet!
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Re: Winter fun on a snowmachine
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