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  1. Wannaviper

    Latest News from North American Yamaha Snowmobile and Minocqua, WI R&D July 15, 2021

    Understood, and I did not mean to say that ALL of the issues reported resulted from being boosted, but I think some of the issues you listed might be. For example, the only Sidewinder I have actually seen blow up a primary clutch was boosted, and not properly clutched to handle the boost. That...
  2. Wannaviper

    Latest News from North American Yamaha Snowmobile and Minocqua, WI R&D July 15, 2021

    If you count my riding buddy, then make it 2 in a million! Honestly, I meant no disrespect to your opinion, and I appreciate the blessing! I get it that there are some unhappy former and present Winder owners, who have had serious issues, but I don't think that design or mechanical issues are...
  3. Wannaviper

    Latest News from North American Yamaha Snowmobile and Minocqua, WI R&D July 15, 2021

    If this is your premise: "but as anyone that owns a winder knows you have to do few of upgrades to keep them reliable on the trail," you are sadly misinformed. I own two stock Winders, one with over 10,000 miles and NO upgrades over stock. Other than having a coolant hose come loose on one due...
  4. Wannaviper

    998 Durability

    There seem to be quite a few people who worry about the reliability and durability of the Pro Cross sleds; I hope that they read this post! I am sure that whoever owned that sled must have taken good care of it, with regular maintenance, but that kind of mileage is a testament not only to the...
  5. Wannaviper

    Ski Savers

    My buddy's Vector LTX has about 8,000 miles on the original Snow Trackers (Yamaha skis), and they are still good. I traded in my Vector with 5,000 miles and the original Trackers were in excellent condition. Since then, I have used the Trackers on a Viper with Cat skis, and the sled had...
  6. Wannaviper

    Ski Savers

    I haven't used the "Navigators" or "ski-savers" you referred to, but years ago we had what sounds similar on our Polaris sleds. It was a wider metal "arrowhead" shape with a narrow metal strip that ran back along the ski between the ski and the carbides. They worked very well, and reduced...
  7. Wannaviper

    2022... disappointed!

    The title of this thread, "2022...disappointed" is actually pretty ironic right now. I suppose that most of us had some degree of disappointment, wanting fixes for known issues, or we wanted different colors, or we wanted more 2-strokes in the line-up, or we wanted Japan built sleds, etc. etc...
  8. Wannaviper

    How Many Buyers Bought 2022 With EPS

    I made the jump to ProCross back in 2015, but my wife has a bad shoulder, and she has refused to give up her 2013 Vector with EPS. So, if Yamaha's goal was to lure the Vector/Apex crowd over to a new sled, my wife's answer was a resounding "yes," and we spring ordered her sled the first week...
  9. Wannaviper

    2022... disappointed!

    Add up the miles on the odometers of my two Sidewinders and it will be over 16,000 miles, and except for a reverse actuator on one, and replacing a track (not the sled's fault) on the other, all I have done is routine maintenance. From what you read on this forum, the world is coming to an end...
  10. Wannaviper

    2022... disappointed!

    While your long term loyalty to the Japan built sleds is admirable, with all due respect, I have to question your statement that the only thing the Sidewinder has is "speed". I admit that in comparison I am a relative newcomer to Yamaha sleds, but I had 5 different Japan built Yamahas between...
  11. Wannaviper

    Looks like a new display/GPS in the works?

    Years ago, before we rode with GPS on our sleds, my friend and I came into Riviere Du Loop on a saddlebag trip well after dark, and our favorite hotel was unexpectedly full. We called from the lobby and found what was probably the last room in the city that was accessible by snowmobile. They...
  12. Wannaviper

    Bit the Bullet - Axis Shocks

    My riding buddy and I do use the "3" setting frequently first thing in the morning when the trails are freshly groomed and flat. We still have our Tuner skis, with Snow Trackers, and if we ride aggressively we can get some push in the corners. With the QS3's on "3", there is no push. I am...
  13. Wannaviper

    Bit the Bullet - Axis Shocks

    I put QS3R's on front with a QS3R in the rear (stock center) and my LTX rides like a Cadillac. Each of the 3 positions is noticeably different, and I use them all, depending upon conditions. If the Elkas or Axis shocks are actually better, so be it, but I can't imagine my sled handling or...
  14. Wannaviper

    Looks like a new display/GPS in the works?

    While the clubs in my area do an incredible job, they are frequently forced to reroute trails due to logging. Usually we are riding on paper company land, and we are often miles from the closest gas. Sometimes the clubs are advised of the changes months beforehand, and other times, the changes...
  15. Wannaviper

    Phazer vs New Venom

    My 12 year old nephew, who is very athletic, and also had experience on 4-wheelers, rode one of my Phazers. We started him in the field, and he seemed to do well, but once we were out on the trail, I don't think he made it through a dozen corners before missing one, and ending up in the...
  16. Wannaviper

    Looks like a new display/GPS in the works?

    According to the Garmin website, the Tread does not have InReach built in, but it is compatible so that you can use blue tooth to connect your existing InReach unit with the Tread unit. This sounds like an awesome advancement, but it is a little pricey, especially if you have to purchase...
  17. Wannaviper

    Looks like a new display/GPS in the works?

    I am surprised Garmin did not include the technology and offer an optional subscription. With the bluetooth link, you can send text messages directly from your cellphone. My brother in law had a bad accident three seasons ago, and Inreach got rescue there long before we could have gotten them...
  18. Wannaviper

    Viper ECU

    That is actually one of the "unheralded" improvements made on the Pro Cross. With the Hi/Lo/Off switches, I am always switching from one setting to the other, trying to find a happy medium. The multi-position switches do make it easier to find a sweet spot. We all complain about the issues...
  19. Wannaviper

    2022... disappointed!

    I agree with you that Yamaha/Cat don't really need a new chassis; if anything, they should put the effort into fixing the known defects in the Pro Cross. We all know what they are (lord knows they are beaten to death here) and all that is necessary is for Yamaha/Cat to spend a little more money...
  20. Wannaviper

    2022... disappointed!

    Logically it would seem that the power steering would have to be either pure Yamaha, or at least have substantial Yamaha DNA. First, why would AC spend the time, money, and effort to develop EPS for just one sled, which coincidentally is the only sled in their lineup made with a Yamaha motor...


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