Took it up last weekend so I could at least test it out and make sure all was in working order. Worked really well. I was really happy with the "feel" of the sled. Made riding around, climbing, maneuvering, etc, seem not only easier, but way more fun. I haven’t fabricated the hood to work with the new setup, so I didnt ride it long since it was snowing like a mother and I didn’t want to get a bunch of snow in and around the clutches, engine, carb etc. I still have the stock skid and track, but I picked up a Mountain Max skid, 136x2 track and drives for $100 (SCORE!) so Im wanting to get that put on and running well before I go up again, also want to get stock hood modified to fit back on again.
Changes to the sled so far:
- Adjusted the steering to almost a vertical stance (Lot more involved than it sounds)
- Drilled the stock foot rest out and moved them back about 4-6 inches.
- Reinforced the running boards with metal shelfing "L" brackets from
Lowes. Riveted them in and its almost commical how well it works.
- Lowered the rear of the skid about 2 inches
- Fabricated the rear skid wheels to just two on the inside. Works great.
- Took off stock seat, I don’t like the one in the pics so im going to fab my stock M7 seat to fit, I was checking it out and it should work really well.
I think thats about it so far. Changing the steering to where it is now was much more involved than I thought it would be. I had the entire engine out and had to cut the steering bolts down so they were flush and wouldnt rub the engine mount. ( You'd have to see it to know what I mean) Also had to cut/file some of the crank case so the steering wouldnt rub. Sounds like a dumb move, but it wasnt a big deal either.
-Now that I know I like the position of the steering column Im going to remove the temporary supports that go over the engine, and weld in some clean metal supports.
-Also, and I’m really excited about this=, I purchase a 150cc Quad frame with the entire front end. A-arms, shocks, steering, spindle, etc. And Im going to work with a buddy to fabricate the front end onto the sled. Should be really really cool. Imagine this thing with some A-arm suspension up front!
-Lastly I want to get that Mountain Max skid and Track mounted up. I honestly have a hard time believing how heavy that stupid ass skid is. Feels like its made out of freak lead lol. This summer I’ll have to look into fabrication my own simple efficient and light skid suspention, but for now this moon rock will have to do. The key will be reducing the rolling resistance as much as possible. Thinking about getting a 8 or 10 inch big wheel kit, as well as possibly porting the track a little. We’ll see.
Anyways, hopefully Ill have some new pics and possibly a video up soon. Just been crazy busy with work, school, house, band, etc.
PS, made a little edit from that day of riding, only I was on my M7