Went out on the first quadding expedition of the spring with some buddies. We started about 1130 and finished up around 730 covering close to 80 miles, with lots of refreshment breaks in between. We did manage to find a bit of mud and snow along the way.
I’ve gone on a few rides with these guys, and I generally have the smallest machine. A lot of these guys are running around on machines that cost as much as a car. These things would be a blast to have, but I can’t justify that expense. I ride the quad more than the snowmobile, but not near as much as my bike. I still have fun on mine, but I do feel a little envious of those machines. I’d have to hit the lottery before I’d buy one though.
Before the run I’d given my quad a quick once over. Last year I’d done a little bit of work on this machine. It’s a 2003 yamaha kodiak 400. It’s always done well for what we used it for…a little bit of putzing around on the farm, hauling some stuff back and forth and I spent a couple of years moving snow with it. It had lived a pretty easy life until I started pushing snow. That is really hard on the machine. I did end up buying a bobcat this past summer, so hopefully there will be no more pushing snow with the quad. During this time, I decided the machine needed a little attention. Yamaha sends everything out of the factory running very lean. It’s easy enough to open up the intake and exhaust to get the air moving through things a little better. Once you do that, it’s necessary to rejet the machine so it doesn’t burn up. I did all that last year and it seems to have given the machine a bit more pep. I then dropped the oil and changed out the differential oil front and back. Read the rest of this entry »
It looks like I’ve figured out what is causing user’s home directories to be deleted…but hell if I know why. During my time learning how open directory works in a mac environment, I have moved things around between servers a bit. For awhile things were running on server1, then I had to move to server3…etc. […]
Checked out the bearings in the front diff on the Kodiak yesterday. They were all nice and tight..no shake in them at all. It seems like an awful waste to pull out good bearings for…new ones. I ordered the rear seal. I’ll pop that off and see how things look. If I have to replace […]
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I had to rebuilt the upper portion of the engine on the vmax 600. It is common to have to rebuild a 2 cycle engine after an extended amount of use, unfortunately the rebuild for this one came prematurely. After a bit of investigation the reason for the engine burning up was 2 fold. First […]
Curt Schilling recently mentioned on twitter about his daughter accepting a scholarship to play college softball. After this tweet he received all kinds of vulgar comments via twitter, email, text messages…etc. You can read some of the comments and what he had to say about it here. It’s easy to forget that things you post […]