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Barn of Parts Chain Tension Solution

Discussion in 'SideWinder Trail Talk' started by hibshman25, Mar 25, 2020.


  1. hibshman25

    hibshman25 Vendor Vendor VIP Member

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    Location:
    Lebanon, PA 17042
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2017 sidewinder ltx dx
    2018 snoscoot
    Using "finger tight" as part of a spec for setting chain case tension has always bothered me. The term "finger tight" is going yield tensions all across the board. I believe this is also part of the reason why top gear bushing wear fluctuates so much from one sled to another. Even as an experienced mechanic I have a sense of uncertainty when setting chain tension if I don't have the cover off. I'm working on something new that will allow for consistent and accurate tension setting between any sled and any user without having to take the chaincase cover off. In the process of getting some sample pieces made up. More details to follow as I progress.
     
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  3. cannondale27

    cannondale27 Moderator Staff Member Moderator Vendor Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

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    Great idea! Are you going for 1/8in gap or what?
     
  4. hibshman25

    hibshman25 Vendor Vendor VIP Member

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    Location:
    Lebanon, PA 17042
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    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2017 sidewinder ltx dx
    2018 snoscoot
    Product will have incremental set points for various gaps. Different opinions on what gap should be but my idea will allow consistent feedback as everyone will know exactly what gap they are running.

    You will also be able to monitor chain stretch with the product for those that really are on top of things. We will be able to track how much stretch we get per x amount of miles so we have concrete knowledge to aid in service interval.

    The top gear has been a nuisance for awhile, so I'm hopeful with standardized nominal data we can help prolong life of our beloved cat chaincase! Ha.
     
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  5. eightpilot

    eightpilot VIP Member VIP Member

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    Location:
    Mosinee WI
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    USA
    Snowmobile:
    Sidewinder LTX....with all the goodies.
    Keep the good ideas coming.... Nobody at AC is listening. Only took 9 years to get a fix for the sight glass debacle....
     
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  6. ryama

    ryama Pro

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    Location:
    Kitchener Ontario
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    Sidewinder R-TX
    LOCATION:
    Kitchener
    O no another product I have to buy from BOP...LOL
     
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  7. SAB1

    SAB1 VIP Member VIP Member

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    Location:
    Tuftonboro NH
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    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2017 Sidewinder LTX SE
    2010 Vector GT
    2006 Apex
    Guess I better wait to take chaincase apart for maintenance....
     
  8. hibshman25

    hibshman25 Vendor Vendor VIP Member

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    Location:
    Lebanon, PA 17042
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    Snowmobile:
    2017 sidewinder ltx dx
    2018 snoscoot
    Sorry...guess i will give up BOP and go back to the 9-5 office job! Ha.
     
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  9. stevewithOCD

    stevewithOCD Beerman Wannabe Lifetime VIP Member

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    live in CT sled in Millinocket MAINE
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2017 Sidewinder LTX-LE
    Well Travis, i've given you plenty of business through the years & referred MANY to your stuff.
    My bud bought my Sidewinder from the dealer with the trashed chain case.

    I'll just have him put your number on SPEEDIAL!
     
  10. 1nc 2000

    1nc 2000 TY 4 Stroke Master

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    Location:
    Marquette, MI
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    Yamaha FX Nytro RTX SE
    Are just going to measure the rotation of the secondary clutch back and forth at x number of turns out of chain adjuster with the park brake set?
    Pretty simple to do.
     
  11. SideHogger

    SideHogger Expert

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    Location:
    upstate ny
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2017 Ltx-Le Sidewinder
    What are they doing for the sight glass?
     
  12. Yamajon1

    Yamajon1 VIP Member VIP Member

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    Location:
    Oshkosh Wisconsin
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2016 SR Viper RTX DX
    Former Yamaha sleds:
    2004 Venture 600 2002 SX Viper 700
    1997 Vmax 600 SX 1994 Vmax 600 1989 Exciter
    1986 Vmax 540 1986 Phaser 1981 SRX 440
    It's being replaced with a small threaded plug you remove to check the level. Still no drain plug.
     
  13. sidewinder 2018

    sidewinder 2018 Veteran

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    Location:
    Amston,CT
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    Renegade 900 ACE,XF 9000 Crosstour
    They are deleting the sight glass,and replacing it with a oil level check plug
     
  14. Turboflash

    Turboflash VIP Member VIP Member

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    Location:
    Minneapolis
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    '17 ZR9000 Ltd. PEFI Stg 4.
    What's wrong with a drain AND fill plug like the "good old days?"
     
  15. kinger

    kinger VIP Member VIP Member

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    I actually thought the site glass was pretty cool, just a bummer again its something that doesn't last.
     
  16. Farmer 73

    Farmer 73 Expert

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    Snowmobile:
    2010 NYTRO RTX SE, 2012 VECTOR, 2001 SXR 600, 2001 PHAZER, 2000 PHAZER, 1983 ENTICER EXCELL III
    Have to cut costs to satisfy the bean counters.
     
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