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NorthernRedneck

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That's about right
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I talk to myself to get an expert opinion.
 

NorthernRedneck

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I was feeling better today so I took advantage of one of the last warm days this fall and went out hunting. I saw 13 in total. Got 5 (limit)
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That was the good part. The next part, not so much.

I talk to myself to get an expert opinion.
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There's a nice road/trail I like to go down. You go about 5 miles before coming to a wash out. There's a side shute around the wash out that's easy to navigate. But about a mile further, the trail is all flooded out. There's a detour around the flooded area. I took it. And broke through a deep muskeg hole and got hung up. Out came the winch cable. I hooked up to a tree and started winching. As soon as there was tension on the line, it snapped. Oh great. I improvised and tied the two ends together and it held enough to winch me out.
 
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m1west

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I was feeling better today so I took advantage of one of the last warm days this fall and went out hunting. I saw 13 in total. Got 5 (limit)
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That was the good part. The next part, not so much.

I talk to myself to get an expert opinion.
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There's a nice road/trail I like to go down. You go about 5 miles before coming to a wash out. There's a side shute around the wash out that's easy to navigate. But about a mile further, the trail is all flooded out. There's a detour around the flooded area. I took it. And broke through a deep muskeg hole and got hung up. Out came the winch cable. I hooked up to a tree and started winching. As soon as there was tension on the line, it snapped. Oh great. I improvised and tied the two ends together and it held enough to winch me out.

The last 5 birds in the county
 

NorthernRedneck

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I shortened the winch cable by 10 feet where it was kinked and snapped then reattached the hook. This is temporary until the braided synthetic winch rope arrives. The 2" lift kit also arrived today. That'll be Mondays task. Installing the lift.

Since I have a half windshield already and like it during the summer, I had been toying with the idea of removing it and installing a full one for the fall. But the $500 price tag was deterring me. So today I decided to measure the opening from the half windshield to the roof. 14"x48". Good enough! I headed to the city to a glass place that also sells plexiglass and lexan cut to size and ordered a 3/16 piece the right size for the opening. To attach it, I ordered a pkg of 2" rubberized clamps that will fit around the rollcage and attach to the lexan. It'll be removable.
 

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I wanted to get out once more to try out the lift kit and iron out any kinks I may find. It performed flawlessly. Just an extra 2" of clearance makes a big difference. I went over the same rock that took out my factory skid plate and cleared it without issue. There's something serene about being the first one down a trail in the woods after a fresh snowfall.

No birds yesterday so I believe this hunting season is done. I'll be working on the moto again today installing a piece of thicker lexan to fill the gap between the half windshield and the roof. I wanted to keep the half windshield for summer but also have the benefit of a full one in the fall as the wind gets cold on the face. They do sell a folding windshield for it but two things...1. They're all on backorder. 2. I'm too cheap to spend $650 on a windshield. That's what they want for them up here. So for $76, I had a glass company cut a piece of lexan the same width that I need and ordered a set of 2" rubber backed strap clamps for $15 on Amazon to attach it to the rollcage.
 

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I have a favorite spot where I like to go hunting. Since it's an old logging road that hasn't been used for years, it's great for birds. I had been driving by an old chrome transport fender that was mangled on the side of the road since last year wondering what I could do with it. A couple weeks ago I was out riding and contemplating what I could do to fabricate a new skid plate when it dawned on me that the chrome fender I keep passing by would make a great strong skid plate. So I picked it up and brought it home.

After pounding on it for a while with a heavy sledgehammer I got it flattened. I then cut it to length with a grinder and removed the remaining remnants of the old plastic skid plate then installed it using self tapping screws.


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I just finished installing a homemade windshield to cover the opening from the factory half windshield to the roof. Of course I wanted to try it out so this morning I loaded up and ventured out for 3 hours to hopefully see some birds. The season closes on the 15th. No birds but I did fill the box with firewood.
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The lift kit is working out perfectly. The windshield as well. I didn't exactly want to pay what they wanted for a full one so I took some measurements and went to a glass shop where they cut a piece of lexan then I used 2" strap clamps to hold it in place. To stop the two pieces of windshield from rattling together, I used foam weatherstripping. I can easily remove it with 4 bolts for the summer.
 

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It's been almost a year since I last updated this thread. The moto is still running strong at nearly 4000km on the odometer. Not one mechanical issue. Just regular oil changes and grease. I've done a few upgrades since getting it. First, the 2" lift I did last fall and the replacement skid plate (which has worked out great btw). A few weeks ago I picked up a set of new used tires and rims. I had been looking for a while and a brand new set of anything with rims would have been around $1600 up here. I had stock 26" tires on 14" rims. I was considering either 28 or 30" tires. Someone had these 27" swamp lites on rims for sale for $750. They had less than 100km on them. Yes, they're only 1" bigger in size but with the taller sidewall and lugs combined with the 2" lift I previously installed, I gained some significant ground clearance.

I tried it with the new tires and they performed great however, because I gained height, it became unstable at higher speeds. I ordered 1.5" wheel spacers for a wider footprint and that did the trick. I can now hold it at 85km on a rough gravel road without sliding all over the road and fishtailing. And with the taller sidewalls and 2" lift, I can set my suspension to the softest setting for a smoother ride.
Despite raining all weekend, I was able to get out a few times with a friend from camp. There's now 18 less birds in the woods. I've cleaned and deboned the meat and vacuum sealed it for later processing into peperettes. 5 birds produces 1.5lbs of meat. I'm aiming for around 10lbs of meat in the freezer by late November. Do the math. Lol



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NorthernRedneck

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Thx. Reliability has been excellent. Not a single mechanical issue in 4000km. My buddy got a Polaris ranger when I got mine. He only has 1100km on it and already blew an antifreeze line and a cv boot. And he barely goes off dirt roads. I go everywhere with mine.
 
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