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Re: Snowmobile Tips/Tricks
« Reply #45 on: December 26, 2021, 10:05:21 AM »
Same, I start ditch banging.

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Re: Snowmobile Tips/Tricks
« Reply #46 on: December 26, 2021, 10:24:53 AM »
Iím not a snowmobiler,  but always thought the non-ethanol fuel was
more for stuff that doesnít go through fuel in a hurry. Ends up causing fuel tank to delaminate and the crud from that ends up in carburetors.
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Re: Snowmobile Tips/Tricks
« Reply #47 on: December 26, 2021, 11:19:43 AM »
If you're burning tbe gas through it's fine on anything not 50 years old

I run non-ethanol on engines not frequently used, like gennerators and water pumps and I make for sure my last tank of the season is non-ethanol in things like lawnmowers

Just easier to do it all in non-ethanol

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Re: Snowmobile Tips/Tricks
« Reply #48 on: December 26, 2021, 01:07:06 PM »
If you're burning tbe gas through it's fine on anything not 50 years old

I run non-ethanol on engines not frequently used, like gennerators and water pumps and I make for sure my last tank of the season is non-ethanol in things like lawnmowers

Just easier to do it all in non-ethanol

Thatís what I meant.
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Re: Snowmobile Tips/Tricks
« Reply #49 on: December 26, 2021, 02:32:23 PM »
Cable ones don't work well, but you can back up

The ones that bolt to the rail work good, in stowed position they hook over the rail

Back up with them down messes them up good

Don't go up a ramp with them down, that makes things interesting

Thanks KF, I donít have reverse so no worries there.🤣

I just run non-ethanol in everything I fuel with gas cans so itís easier, cars/trucks the fuel gets used quickly.
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Re: Snowmobile Tips/Tricks
« Reply #50 on: December 26, 2021, 04:44:06 PM »
Cable ones don't work well, but you can back up

The ones that bolt to the rail work good, in stowed position they hook over the rail

Back up with them down messes them up good

Don't go up a ramp with them down, that makes things interesting
I've got a set of Cable on one machine and rail mounted on my SkiDoo . The cable are alright , the spring loaded rail mounted work way better . . And If you go with SkiDoo brand scratches you CAN back up with them .
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Re: Snowmobile Tips/Tricks
« Reply #51 on: December 26, 2021, 06:40:39 PM »
Buy once cry once scratchers https://ibexx.com/product-category/snowmobile/ice-scratchers/


Ethanol fuel has less power. On my sled I have to set the computer to non ethanol or ethanol fuel. Ethanol burns hotter so when running in ethanol mode it runs it richer.


Little engine putting out lots of power (165 hp)

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Re: Snowmobile Tips/Tricks
« Reply #52 on: December 26, 2021, 07:46:28 PM »
Buy once cry once scratchers https://ibexx.com/product-category/snowmobile/ice-scratchers/


Ethanol fuel has less power. On my sled I have to set the computer to non ethanol or ethanol fuel. Ethanol burns hotter so when running in ethanol mode it runs it richer.


Little engine putting out lots of power (165 hp)

What sled you running?

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Re: Snowmobile Tips/Tricks
« Reply #53 on: December 26, 2021, 08:33:57 PM »
Buy once cry once scratchers https://ibexx.com/product-category/snowmobile/ice-scratchers/


Ethanol fuel has less power. On my sled I have to set the computer to non ethanol or ethanol fuel. Ethanol burns hotter so when running in ethanol mode it runs it richer.


Little engine putting out lots of power (165 hp)

What sled you running?

Thanks for the link.👍

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Re: Snowmobile Tips/Tricks
« Reply #54 on: December 27, 2021, 08:05:49 AM »
Side note on non-ethanol fuel, it is usually 91 octane which has a higher flash point to reduce detonation.  That means that it doesn't ignite as easily as fresh 87 octane fuel especially in cold weather.  Small carbureted engines always get non-ethanol in my stable.  The warning is with 4-wheelers and sxs's that are fuel injected and are designed to run on 87 octane.  These newer machines have to meet emission standards and are very lean from the factory and do not start well in cold weather with high octane non-ethanol fuel.

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Re: Snowmobile Tips/Tricks
« Reply #55 on: December 27, 2021, 08:13:09 AM »
Keep glass bottles wrapped in extra mittens, hats, etc.   ;)
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Re: Snowmobile Tips/Tricks
« Reply #56 on: December 28, 2021, 10:12:05 AM »
I used to run my dogs on lions alone in the winter, because I couldn't find guys to go hunt with me.  So IF you do end up riding alone, take enough stuff so that you can hang out for a day or two comfortably.  I always carried a good, lightweight 4 season tent and a good arctic sleeping bag.  Snowshoes and a shovel, jet boil stove and some food for me and the dogs.  Spent a couple of nights out on purpose, dogs helped keep me warm.  The one time I did crash bad on the side of a hill with the dogs in the sled, I was with a couple of guys and was able to finally get back up on the FS road after a couple of hours.  Glad I was NOT alone on that trip!  Only other thing I needed was a cover for the sled otherwise it would fill up with snow as you went along.

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Re: Snowmobile Tips/Tricks
« Reply #57 on: December 29, 2021, 06:38:23 AM »
FYI - I burned up a 600 etec by riding on ice with no scratchers, there was no snow in the diches to cool off with, I was cat hunting in warm icy conditions in light rain, the only reason I was even out there is because we had a cat hunter who was running out of time, the odds of cathing a cat that day was about 0%, anyway it was too warm of day and not enough cooling going on with the machine that was liguid cooled, I overheated badly and after a few hundred more miles in better conditions later in the year the engine stopped completely, but it was that day I overheated that the damage was done. That was a $2000 mistake I won't repeat. The shop told me it's the only 600 etec they have seen blow up like that, but it wasn't really the engine's fault.

This is a good example of why fan cooled engines are best for utility type snowmobile use! We were also running some fan cooled engines that same day and they did not overheat like the etec engine did.
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