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Old 03-15-2008, 10:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Summer Storage Tips

Looks like the seasons over...I'm looking for some good tips on how to store the sled properly,so It does'nt puke on me next year.It's an 07 XC-500 2500 miles.We would also like to store properly the kids sled,08 120 Approx 70 Hours on it.Any replies would be great.Thanks Again.
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Old 03-15-2008, 10:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I stabilize the gas and then run it so the stuff gets in the fuel pump and the hoses. Then I drain the gas from the carbs. If not, cleaning them next year is a must. I like to pump all the gas out of the tank and start fresh next year. Some guys have good luck topping the tank off and stabilizing it. If there was any ethanol in your gas you should really get the gas out of there.

If mice are an issue in your storage plug the exhaust with steel wool or tin foil, put moth balls all over under the hood, and put poison all over the place (if practical).

With the 120 you can disconnect the fuel line downstream of the fuel shutoff and drain the gas from the tank through the fuel line. I believe there is push button drain on the bottom of your carb bowl. When I store mine dry like that they start next year in 3 pulls with fresh gas.
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Old 03-16-2008, 12:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i have tried many different ways over the years,, what works best for me is useing fuel stabilizer-- haveing the tank mostly full,, and starting the sleds every month or so--- but i should mention that i also clean the carbs in the begining of the season anyways-- just for piece of mind sakes-- however they usually didnt need to be done--- they were never gummy,clogged,jets were open !!

i do believe preseason maintanece is a must -- clean clutches, check systems, adjust -track- belt- chain tension- ect.ect.
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I tend to run the tank to the low side before storage. Come fall for first run, I dump a bit of 2 oil in the first tank of gas.
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Old 03-16-2008, 04:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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the only problem with running too low a level of gas in the tank is this---

the monthly temp- heat changes will create condinsate(mostly water) -- on the insides of the tank - this will start to dilute your fuel ,, and in some cases its enough to freeze in the first cold snap -- so this is why many people opt for the mostly full tank with stabil -- or empty route --

i really dont think there is any one true way to do it ,, user preference is the key !!!
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Sorry to butt in here but how do you clean the clutches SRS?
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I fill my tanks, grease the fittings, park it with the rear suspension/track off the ground. I also start it a couple times in the summer so the fuel does not go bad in the carbs.
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Sorry to butt in here but how do you clean the clutches SRS?

what i do is remove them from the sled-- take them apart-- lightly clean any oxidation or built up belt material, check all bushings-- rollers/springs/buttons -- and lightly lube everything-- and reassemble
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what about shutting the gas off and running it dry
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thats what i do.


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what about shutting the gas off and running it dry
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what about shutting the gas off and running it dry
I think I'm going to try that as well this year with stabil.

This should get all the gas out of the carbs right?

nice tips guys
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Old 03-24-2008, 06:50 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I think I'm going to try that as well this year with stabil.

This should get all the gas out of the carbs right?
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Old 03-24-2008, 06:54 PM   #13 (permalink)
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yeah, but i like to start mine up every 2-3 weeks and let them warm up, keeps the moving parts in the engine oiled.
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Old 03-24-2008, 06:59 PM   #14 (permalink)
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It's also not a bad idea to remove the belt for the summer... along with the other things mentioned.

It's a good idea to get all the gas out of the carbs, if you don't, and don't start it, the gas will evaporate over the summer, leaving residue and varnish which requires cleaning at the start of the season. If you drain the carbs/tank, it's a must to use fogging oil to coat the crank bearings with oil to prevent rust. If you run it once a month, fogging is not necessary, but I would drain the gas out before riding. 9 month old gas does not have the same burning qualities as fresh gas. With the cost of gas these days, I'm leaning more to draining/fogging than filling with gas/Stabil.

It's also a good idea to put a little oil on all the front suspension tie rid ends and spray some wd-40 on the parts of the engine that may rust. I also loosen the track and get the back of the sled up in the air to relieve the strain on the springs. If you can, getting the skis off the ground helps their life as well. Summer is also the time to think about sending the shocks off for service if you have rebuildable ones...
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