Last week I had another customer ready to ditch his sidewinder due to heavy steering. I shipped an MPS kit to this 62 year old Canadian customer last week. He installed it yesterday and called me after he got to test it out. He was extremely thrilled and insisted that he send me a testimonial so I could post it up as he was not real savvy posting on forums. To the left you will find the email he typed up on his phone to send me. Feedback like this is probably the most rewarding part of what I do, and motivates me to keep developing new products!
It appears that the website server was not sending all the parts requests submitted via the website to me. Yesterday around 4 i just started getting bombarded with request. Turns out they must have fixed a glitch and it released all the requests that were never sent. Some back well into January. I apologize to those that never got a response!
On another note many have contacted me about a retainer to keep ice scratchers up on the ski better. Looking for an inexpensive solution that will work on many skis I'm going to test this.
As this season has been progressing I've been testing some ideas and prototypes and also gathering new ideas and feedback for more products. Below are some of these new products and ideas.
Sidewinder hose protector in tunnel
Sidewinder caliper/footwell guard
Viper/WInder torsion spring relocate
Sidewinder radiator and fan kit
Viper/Winder oil tank leak solution
Viper/Winder chain case drain
MPS for RX-1, Vector, Apex, & Venture
MPS for FX Nytro
I've been testing a set of the Kimpex rush skis on a friends Viper this winter. They are a single keel ski and are an affordable priced ski for those looking to ditch the tuner skis. We put about 1000 miles on them with the stock single runners and darting is minimal. As a strong believer in snow trackers the ultimate goal was finding a ski that i could fit up snowtrackers on. Snow tracker does make a set up for the tuner skis, but feedback I have gotten is they don't work as well as the conventional design on a single keel that guys have run for years and years. Got a set of semi aggressive mounted up and will be testing once we get snow!
Had a great trip with family and friends this weekend. Managed nearly 450 miles despite thin snow and warmer temps. The MPS kit on the venture worked out well and am going to proceed with producing a kit. Almost 1900 miles on my sidewinder now, and still on the original belt. New belt adjusters are in stock. Octagon shaped for easy grip, heavier buttons, and more threads to disperse spring pressure across. Will update the menu page this week.
Quick update. 4 position adjusters are in stock again. I'm also picking up an order of belt adjusters today and will fill all outstanding orders. I apologize for delay on adjusters, but made a few changes and I'm pretty sure you will agree its the best one on the market now! On another note, I've now got an MPS prototype kit on my Venture GT to test. This version will fit all RX-1, Rage, RS Nytro, and pre EPS Apex, Vector, & Venture. I will be away riding Thrusday night to Sunday. No phone or internet service at camp. so expect some delays in me getting back to requests.
Back in shop again. Had a great time riding last week. Did a personal best 312 miles on Thursday. We stayed westwindmotelturinny.com. This property is now owned by a good customer of mine. Tim is an avid Yamaha rider with a barn full of Yamaha parts sleds which can be a great resource if you are having sled trouble. Tim will go out of his way to help get you back on the trail. Belt adjusters and 4 position adjusters are out of stock. Hope to have more available by end of this week. I also now offer seat screws for the Viper and Sidewinder. These allow for quick seat removal when battery access is needed. They are in the online store for $12.
Taking a few days off to get some riding in from 1/3 to 1/5. Got up to Turin NY around 3 and clicked off 130 miles. Feels great to get out on the trail again. Dad is very happy with his MPS equipped viper and has no regrets giving up the EPS apex. Been getting lots of positive feedback from customers and dealers now that the kits are seeing some trail time.
Here's something new I'm working on. Many riders under 200 lbs are not able to get enough sit in on the LTX models. For example my buddy that weighs 135lbs can't even get his ltx viper to budge! My solution is to this is a linkage kit that relocates the 3 position adjuster blocks to reduce pre load. My buddy at 135lbs now gets a few inches of sit in with my kit. Having the correct amount of sit in will make the sled ride much better and also allow for better weight transfer. Hoping to trail test soon,and then release if all goes well.
I sold out of belly pan protectors just before thanksgiving. I'm expecting another batch by the end of this week and will fill outstanding orders asap! The tri hub rear axle wheels on vipers are getting some miles on them now and are a recipe for disaster if bearings are not kept after. If the bearing fails in one wheel it takes out the whole assembly. I now have tri hub delete kits that use 2 independent wheels. For those on a budget you can get spacers for $20 and we will tell you how to modify your original wheels. Those not into the DIY option, can purchase kits with new wheels. 129 model kits are $85, and all other models are $90.
In pursuit of the perfect belt adjuster I've added nylon buttons to the face of the adjuster that makes contact with the helix. These buttons prevent metal on metal contact and eliminate the need for the shim tool I originally supplied. The buttons can easily be added if you have one that does not have the buttons. You can send me your adjuster for free install or I can send you a drill template and buttons to install yourself.
After trying several different oem and aftermarket ski loops on the curve ski, I've settled on one of slydogs loops as the best fit. Using the slydog loop requires no alterations to the ski or loop. I will be putting a hardware kit together to supply with the slydog loops to adapt them to the curve ski. Loop and hardware kit will retail for $60, and be available in popular colors such as black, red, blue, white, grey, and orange. I will get these added to the store soon.
Curve no longer offers colored loops, so I have been experimenting with stock loops to see if I can figure out a way to retrofit oem ski loops. Many people would already have oem loops and if they needed to purchase them they would be cheap to source. Not using curve loops would also allow guys to get into curves for less money as the curve loops and hardware account for nearly $100 when pricing out a curve ski kit.
Sidewinder intercooler guards are now complete and available for purchase. Retail is going to be $150 and will include both pieces and mounting hardware. I will be adding these to the menu and store soon. By using this instead of the factory nose cone the intercooler can now be rolled front to provide clearance on the back side for an intercooler fan. I will be testing fan set ups for the intercooler this winter.
I've finally got a chain case protector designed for the Sidewinder & SR viper. I finished fitting up prototypes last Friday, and today I placed an order with a fabricator. I should have them in stock in about 2 weeks. These will compliment my main skid plate nicely and provide added protection to the vulnerable chain case. Retail for these guards will be $35.
I now have copper gaskets in stock for the SR Viper muffler flange. In addition I also have the larger 38mm copper donuts in stock for the Phazer and 11-18 Apex. They are available in the online store. This saturday I will be at the Kutztown grass drags and swap meet. I will have my sidewinder with if anyone wants to see some of my new products in person.
Belt adjusters for Sidewinder and Viper have been on the market for few seasons now, but those designs are specific to just those two sleds and will not work on any of the Japan build sleds.
I've got an adjuster design that will work on almost all of the Japan built sleds except for the phazer. As machined it will fit the Viper and Sidewinder. If I drill out the M10 through hole to an M14 it will then fit the Apex/Vector/Venture sleds. If I drill it out to an M18 it will then work on the FX Nytro. With one design for machining, it will allow me to keep my costs down.
Still finalizing the design but should have them available soon. The adjuster will also serve as a belt changing tool that easily opens the secondary for belt changes. No more fighting the spring to change belts!
I've been working hard on this new product....the official Barn Of Parts T-shirt! Ha. I just got a few dozen of these last week and figure'd I'd offer them up for sale. They will be $15, and are available in the online store.
For those that have not received their MPS kits yet they should ship next week. Waiting on some more hardware to arrive.
White sno scoot 200's are starting to show up. I ordered a blue one from F&S Yamaha, but they offered to let me take a white one awhile so I can start coming up with ideas for some aftermarket parts. I took it for a ride in the wet grass yesterday morning and I think its going to be a fun little sled for both kids and adults!
Now that MPS has been finalized and released for the Sidewinder and Viper I'm working on expanding the concept to the older Japan built sleds. I finished installing my first prototype for the FX nytro this morning. So far so good as the concept will adapt nicely on the Nytro!
Sidewinder belly pan protectors are all but finalized. We form them on a press break so the fit up is precise and matches the contour of the panel. By following the panel contour it minimizes the gap between the protector and panel which reduces the chance for buckling and distortion from the impact of a blown belt. The protector does not require clutch removal for installation. Plates are .080 thick aluminum. I should have price finalized and have them up in the online store within a week. I will have some available for purchase at the Excell races.
In a few more weeks the Excell grass drags will be here. I plan to be there all weekend. I have a few people meeting me at the event to pick up some parts. Contact me if you want me to bring some specific parts with.
With fall just around the corner, I've been busy finalizing some of the new products I've been working on. The product generating the most attention is MPS...mechanical power steering. Back in March, I started a thread on Ty4stroke.com to see how much interest there would be in such a product and to date the thread has had over 18,000 views. I will be releasing the kit this week for the Sidewinder and Vipers. The photo is my very first prototype that I quickly crafted up on the eve of a late season snow so I could test the new idea. Needless to say, it worked very well. Check back Wednesday 8/30/17 as I plan to have the finished product up on the website.
Here is a preview of the Sidewinder intercooler guard I've been working on. The design allows for the complete removal of the plastic nose cone and grills. The plan is to put a sheet of frogz skin on the guard so it will repel water and snow but allow air flow to the intercooler fins. Removal of the stock nose cone also exposes the entire cooler to air flow and snow dust for improved cooling.
Today I finished up designing my front intercooler guard. In my testing this winter the nose was constantly plugging up with snow and ice. This guard will also be a required part of my radiator and fan kit as the intercooler needs to get moved forward a bit for installation of the radiator. The stock snow scoop...I mean guard will not allow for any forward movement of the intercooler. If the intercooler can be bumped forward it also yields more room for those wanting to put a cooling fan on the backside of the intercooler for consistent cooling of charge air!
I figured I had better start posting some updates here so fellow sledders have something snowmobile related to follow in the off season! Been taking time to catch up on household projects this spring, but in the back of my mind I'm always thinking about sleds. I updated the homepage with a list of products I'm working on this summer. My goal is to have most of these items ready by fall, so when my snoscoot arrives I can dive right into that and see what I can create for it! In addition to new product development I have a few custom project builds I'm working on. One of these is for a soon to be retired school teacher. He has a few Yamaha 4 strokes in his stable. He'd like one with fuel injection but is reluctant to give up the conventional flip up hood he's been accustomed to in all his days of snowmobiling. The plan is to put an FI Vector or Nytro in his 05 Rage. In addition to this project I'm hoping to finish my Razor XP 900 project that I started end of last summer. Yes.....the 4 cylinder fits!!
Sorry, it's been awhile since I updated here. Been a busy winter despite the poor snow conditions in many areas. Managed to get about 650 miles on my sidewinder so far on two quick trips. Hoping the weather will cooperate for some more testing in March! Best thing I did to the sidewinder was my Japan throttle kit. I test rode Aaron Excell's sidewinder couple weeks ago and couldn't stand the stock cat lever!
In some other news I am now an Ohlins dealer and can get the EC shock solenoids for you at fraction of what Yamaha charges for them. I will be retailing them for $75. I will get them added to the store soon.
Aftermarket goody list and whole sled list has just been updated. As mentioned before its been very busy. I'm trying my best to keep up with parts inquiries and orders. If you don't hear back don't hesitate to try me again. Between emails, texts, phone calls sometimes a request gets overlooked. If the items you want to order are in the online store, please order online as this will allow for faster execution of your order.
I've begun R&D on some products for the sidewinder. First up is a radiator and fan similar to what the apex and vector used. From the day the Sidewinder was released I felt this should have been part of the cooling loop. I got my prototype installed and will be out of the shop Wed to Friday testing it!
Get several requests for tow bumpers so I've been looking into making some up. The universal hitches don't mount up right, but if I weld a piece of channel to the bumper then they will work perfect! Photo shows a short track bumper but plan to offer them for the long track bumpers too.
Been very busy month. Hope all are having a good holiday season and getting some miles in! Have not been able to break away for any riding yet but hope to soon. Presently 13mm sway bars and bulkhead saver kits are sold out. Hope to have them back in stock in about a week. Had a viper bumper powder coated blue, and since blue requires a set up charge I had one of my Viper/Sidewinder skid plates done too. Only (1) available, so if you want a blue one get in touch!
Not much got accomplished this week as I've been at hopspital since Monday evening with our 3 week old daughter. She had surgery Wednesday and should be fit to come home today. Lots of emails, calls texts coming through. I will get caught up with everyone's questions and orders as soon as I can.
Was hoping to be shipping torsion block orders this week, but it will be next week.
Ordered in an aftermarket Viper front bumper from one of my distributors and got it today. I plan to install it on my viper for the season. Its aluminium and very nice quality. I'm impressed with it!. They are in the online store for $134. I can have them powder coated for an additional $15 if looking for a custom look.
Stainless steel y pipes for the 06-10 apex are not always easy to come by. The 03-04 rx-1 y pipes are a direct fit, except the overall length is shorter. I have extensions made up that slip onto an rx-1 y pipe and extend them to the apex length. We typically weld them on, but they can be used as just a slip fit. If you can track down 03-04 pipes we can make them work on your 06-10 apex.
Been a busy week! Monday we welcomed a baby girl into the family, so my time in the shop has been limited. Mom and baby are home and doing well, so now I'm trying to catch up on work in the shop. Today I finished up my 4th wheel kits for the SR Viper and sidewinders. I can utilize used standoffs from the Jap skids I have laying around to provide an economically priced insurance policy for that rear tri hub. When a tri hub bearing fails, the sled is pretty much stranded on the spot. These extra wheels on outside will ensure the sled is still mobile if the trub hub assembly fails. Retail for kits will be around $65 and include (2) standoffs, 2 new wheels with replaceable bearings, and two bolts and washers. Should have kits in the store soon!
Steering relocates have been around for the Nytro for quite some time. I finally got around to putting together my own kit and will be selling them for $40. This makes the handlebar range of motion more natural. In stock trim, the handlebar range of motion is up and down. The relocate allows for a more natural push and pull range of motion. I also believe the relocate will allow for the use of the dual fan setup with a trail tank. I have a customers nytro with trail tank coming in soon for a trial fit up.
Here's a vintage project I've been working on. The older bravos and enticers have square driveshafts and 3.29 pitch drivers which require tracks that are obsolete. There's a demand for these sleds as they are perfect for young kids to get started on so I'm working on affordable kit which will revive the ones in need of a track. I've got the driver situation sorted out with a bushing as shown in photo. Next step is the rail extensions that get welded on to stock rails to extend to 121 length. Last step will be a small tunnel extension. Stay tuned! My goal is to be able to offer complete kit minus track for around $200.
Busy week here in shop. The PA sled show is this weekend. Stop by and say hello if you attend. I've finished up the rouski wheel kit for curve skis. The final piece of the puzzle was getting wheel to clear the ski and my dad was able to solve that by bending an offset in the arm. Contact me if you are interested in a kit. The Rouski kit I start with lists for $320. With my brackets and hardware for a Curve ski the complete kit will be $350.
Finalized some fit up on a set of aftermarket shocks for the phazer. These will be a direct fit on the phazer sleds. They are steel body non rebuildable shocks, but very economically priced. The front shock will retail for $90 and the rear for $110. These are brand new and will be a great option for those not looking to spend big bucks!
I had a customer inquire about fitting up some retractable wheels on Curve skis. Customer informed me that he was unable find anything that was designed to fit the Curve ski. I ordered in a set of Rouski wheels for a Yamaha ski and this morning I began fitting them up. Mounting them will require some new mounting brackets and a modified arm, but at this point it looks like the conversion is going to work. Mounting brackets are drawn up and once I get them back from the shop I will update on the install.
Here's something new I've been working on. 4 position blocks used to be offered but presently no one makes them for the yamaha sleds anymore. These blocks will be made from aluminum and replace the 3 position plastic blocks. Position 1 & 2 will be same as the M & H setting on stock block. Position 3 will be 1.5 x the preload of H and position 4 will be double the preload of H. These stiffer settings will allow for less sag. For those that ride with a seat jack these blocks will provide stiffer settings when taking passengers.
Drantell Yamaha has confirmed that my Viper skid plate will be a direct fit onto the Sidewinder. Nick installed it on a production xtx model as shown in photo.
Still no Sidewinders here in the east. Nick at Drantell Sales & Service Yamaha in MN has offered to do a trial fit up on my skid plate to see if it will fit the Sidewinder. He has a production XTX on the floor so I'm shipping one out tomorrow. Will post updates as soon as I hear back from him. He is also going to do an ohm test on the sidewinder throttle lever so I can verify if the Japan throttle kits will work on Sidewinder also.
I had a customer inquire about one of these seats for his 08 Nytro. Kimpex lists them for 09 and up. Knowing that seat, exhaust tail light ect are same on an 08 I didn't see any reason why it wouldn't fit the 09. So I ordered one in to do a trial fit up. First off this new version is awesome and light years better than the original! The 09 and up tunnels have different style running boards, and the locating template kimpex designed only lines up with rivet holes on the 09 + tunnels. I'm going to create a template that will work for the 08 tunnels. If anyone is interested in one of these seats don't hesitate to contact me.....even if isn't shown as available for you machine. I have the ability and resources to make things work!
There has always been a pretty good demand for XTX rear shocks as they tend to blow apart. Wanting to be able to offer a cheap alternative to the oem shock I did some trial fit ups with some skidoo shocks and found a perfect match! This is a basic steel body shock with no adjustment but it retails for only $100! This will be a cheap alternative that bolts right in to get someone back on trail while they hunt for another OEM or have their original repaired.
Updated website is now live. May look a little different, but still flows the same. Some of the images didn't transfer over. Please bear with us as we work all the bugs out of new site. Biggest change is the online store. The new store allows buyers to filter by sled. This will make it much easier for buyers to find items applicable to his or her sled. We've add many new items to the store such as our new Viper full skid plates. Photo shows a custom red finish requested by one customer.