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deadeye

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  1. Strikemaster with Nils Blade!!!!

    Steve, I swear I have seen Tanaka kickers before.... I know it was a while ago but I am almost positive they used to sell them through one of the catalogue places turned big box chain stores (the big C or BPS) Maybe not anymore but I think I even saw one this summer in use during one of my wanderings up in the SNF.. Yeah I do think if I were ever in need of a whole new power auger I would probably just get a new Nils just due to the weight. It's tough for me though. I live a mile and a half from D-Rock so anything I need for my SM I just swing over and get it. Guess maybe I am one of the lucky ones with the Solo but I haven't needed a single thing for it other than fuel. I thought the Solo was more of a commercial engine too but maybe I am wrong with that?? Side note, I will be putting the shaver head on my Nils drill and try that out this weekend with the Solo motor. I feel like it will be much faster as it has been sharpened. Might pop the 6" Nils on it and give that a whack too. Should be interesting to see. The little 6in one only gets use for thin ice as a hand auger and its super sharp. Might be interesting. Maybe if I get bored enough I will start messing with the pitch on one of the extra Nils drills. Always try to improve LOL.
  2. Strikemaster with Nils Blade!!!!

    Fred, Good chart setup. Guess that was where I was going with that.. As far as the torque thing, I guess that's kind of a joke. Whatever is the fastest is what counts in my book. I am a turbo import car person so its a inside joke for me. HAHA.. Just thought it would be interesting to see since the Solo has lots more rpms compared to the old Tech motor. Obviously it isn't as fast as the Tanaka but sometimes torque is better than high speed power. Maybe not so much in this case. BUT there is more testing to do so we will see.
  3. Strikemaster with Nils Blade!!!!

    Thanks Quickfish6 for filming that and posting.. I have a few different combinations so I figured we should try that setup out. The powerpoint head isn't the sharpest but still. Next we will be doing the 8" with a standard cutting head to see if that is any different. I have had that one sharpened by Frank so we will see how it goes. I have a 6" Nils as well so that might be worth a shot. I have a old Tech powerhead and the Solo has loads more RPMS than that does. Just between the Tech and the Solo there is a huge difference in how the Strikemaster cuts. I know the Tanaka powerhead makes more RPMS but the solo has more torques so I guess that was more of the point of the video. We are in America and torque is what its all about most of the time.. Guess that's what you do in Minnesota when your bored of catching so many fish. YOU TRY SCIENCE!!!!
  4. Nissan Armada or Acadia Reviews

    I can't really say much about the Acadia as I have limited experience with them. I guess I have seen a few go through the shop and they had some odd electrical issues and one had head gaskets on the way out. Armadas are actually pretty solid. Fuel mileage isn't the best but its got plenty of power and little really goes wrong with them. Occasionally we see the exhaust manifold/catalytic converter crack and leak but other than that they are really pretty decent. Not many trouble spots I can think of. They also hold their value really well (if you ever wanted to trade it in that is good to know). Guess I might be biased working for Nissan but I can say there is plenty of their stuff I wouldn't drive too. The Armada is one I would drive though. If was between the two I would go with the Armada for sure.
  5. How often do you upgrade your auger??

    I am pretty cheap but I like to keep stuff in the ten year range. My old lazer got replaced with a new solo two years ago and am glad I did it. Runs nice, faster, easier to start ect. Can't say that there was anything major wrong with my old one but I just felt it was time. Instead of buying a whole new auger though I got a new 2.5hp solo powerhead. The lazer bit on my old auger worked just fine so a new motor was all I really needed. It works like a champ. I keep the old motor around and it is ready for backup just in case.
  6. So a friend of mine picked up a Strikemaster mag2000 for killer deal. After going through it and getting it running, fixing up a couple things we finally got it out and trying to cut holes. The problem is that it doesn't cut for anything. You have to put ALL of your weight on it to even make progress. I am used to a Solo 2.5hp 8" lazer so I am a little spoiled but I remember like 15 years ago using a chipper blade auger and it seemed to cut ok. Not as fast as my lazer but still respectable. The engine runs just fine on his auger but it has no dig. It has gotten a new blade via the exchange at the bait shop (it seems pretty sharp), runs decent, just cant drill. Curious if anyone has any tips that would help out. I have little experience with chipper augers so any advice would be awesome.
  7. Strikemaster chipper question

    OK. I will try changing the pitch to see what happens first. Then if its still no bueno I will tell him to pick up a new blade. Not my money being spent and he's super, super cheap so yeah... I would have just bought a brand new Lazer from the store instead of a used Mag2000 off of C L LOL. Hopefully it works out for him.
  8. Hauling an F150 with a Ranger

    F.O.R.D.x2 XD Sorry, but I had to... I love my friends and all but if I was asked to do something like that I would say no way. Just because it is technically rated to haul that much weight doesn't mean it should. Not worth hauling a old heap and ruining your nice truck.. Dragging a 500$ truck is not worth your $3000 transmission. You would be better off renting a uhaul truck, burning couple hundred bucks doing that vs what your going to spend later fixing yours. Also, as mentioned, I don't think your hitch is going to be rated to do that. I might be wrong and you have a heavy duty class 3 but I think that hitch is probably going to be rated at 3k.
  9. Humminbird ice 45

    I have had a 45 for a couple years now and I love it. Far better than the old FL-8 that it replaced (still have the fl8 for a backup and when I take a friend with that has no fishfinder). There really isn't anything I can complain about it honestly. Usually I go for the top of the line but the only thing the had that I found of any interest was that you could change the dial to blue. I have a hard time seeing blue and making it pop (it all blurs together for some reason) so I just stuck with the 45. The support cable thing didn't even make it to the lake, I took that off when I pulled it out of the box. Other than that no problems to speak of. I guess I broke the Humminbird charger and still had a Vexilar one so I just use that. My own fault there though. When using small lures in deep water I just zoom in to where I am fishing and it picks up the lures just fine. It seems like the target separation is really good when your zoomed in. It also seems to help to adjust the transducer beam to the right setting. If I am in less than 30' I leave it at the wider angle. Deeper than that I narrow it up. The interference issue is also great. I have yet to have a single problem when fishing around other stuff. Really nice compared to the Vexilar in that scenario. Not sure as to the durability factor but in three years of owning it I have had no problems. Usually if something is going to let go it would have by now.
  10. Strikemaster chipper question

    That's what I thought. It has been years and years since I have messed with a chipper blade but I remembered them having shims in there too. I think maybe we will try using some thin washers and seeing what happens with that. The blade is fresh from the blade exchange so its good. You just end up with dust instead of chunks when your cutting with it. So I think you guys are spot on with the pitch being off.
  11. Strikemaster chipper question

    Definitely no ice build up or anything like that. I kinda wondered about that center point. It seemed like it might be getting banged up a bit as it did't come with any cap. Will have him take a file to it and sharpen it up. The blade is definitely on right and seems sharp. Did swap it from one side of the flighting to the other with a little improvement. I just found it crazy that you got to push down so hard to get any kind of progress drilling a hole. I am 200lbs and had all of that on it will little headway. I drill at least 30 holes with my lazer each time I go out and I can't even imagine doing 5 with the way it was going. I am certain my nils hand auger would take less effort and faster than what it took with that thing. Kinda crazy cause a power auger is supposed to be easier.
  12. What's your favorite fishing show?

    I like the Linder's show. He preaches a little bit but I got respect for that. I think that's a decent crew. They seem like they actually go out and find fish on their own. The other one I like is the muskie guy, I think its Joe Bucher? He fishes muskies for part of the show and then fishes smallies or something else for the rest of the show. Anyone who has their dog in the boat is probably pretty decent. Used to be a big In-Fisherman person but I kinda lost interest in it since the Linder's left. I feel like they just go to major destinations and hire guides (not that there is anything wrong with that but it bores me).
  13. Hubs in the wind?

    I was out today in a QF6 and it was ok until the winds really started gusting hard. The anchors held it down and the ones outside held the sides up but the roof kept popping in. Heard the gusts were well over 50mph so what can ya do. I packed it up and called it a day. First time I have had to call it with the pop up. My old otter house was a little more difficult to tack down so I used to tie it to my car but anytime the wind is whipping like it was today forget about it.
  14. Towing with Subaru Outback

    It will do just fine. The CVT's in those are actually pretty solid (one of the few in the industry that are). I tow a 14' Lund fishing boat all summer with a 25hp Johnson loaded full of gear with my Outback (04' 2.5 with the 4 speed) and it actually does better than my old Blazer did. You are nowhere near the limit with it so you will be fine.
  15. I have two of those for running parts at work and they both have eaten the ball joints a couple times (granted they also each have 150k+ but still). Had the same problem with the tires and all. My money is on those being shot.
  16. Short of the engine issues the damage to the rear sounds pretty bad. If you have a quarter panel that is wrinkled, hitch bent down and suspension issues the frame is most likely bent up... Given the age of the truck, yeah...
  17. Mitsu should have a button type switch in the pillar. They like to rust out and cause all kinds of fun stuff. Radios in those are always suspect too though.
  18. Lakemaster compatibility?

    Didn't think there was anything handheld that was lakemaster compatible anymore since Johnson bought them out? Honestly, I hope I am wrong about that but short of buying older used chips you were stuck with Navionics....
  19. 04 Outback 170k 95 Eagle Talon TSi AWD 145k
  20. I am pretty open to tires really. I sell a lot of and I get good feedback about Yokohama, Goodyear and Michelin. They seem to last the longest and more importantly keep traction throughout the life of the tires. We tend to see poor feedback about Continentals, Dunlop and occasionally Hankook (I think people expect to much out of a all season high performance 19"/20" tire with these though). Don't really sell a whole lot of the other brands. On my own personal vehicles there currently is quite a mix; Yokohama Avid, Goodyear Silent Armor, Kumho Ecsta, Nokian WRG2, Kumho A/T KL78, Firestone FR380 and Cooper Weathermaster Snows. Out of the bunch currently on a car the only ones I don't like are the Firestones as they don't stay balanced very long. Have also owned with good success BFG A/T (probably the best truck tire ever made, good traction all the way to the end), Cooper S/T M&S (sad to trade truck in with these on it, they were awesome), BFG Traction T/A (great tires for a smaller car and did well in winter), Yokohama Geolandar ATS (did well all around for a SUV). Ownwed, not so good, Goodyear Wrangler RT/S (always bad, really bad in snow), Bridgestone Dueler A/T good for the first 4/32 then bad winter traction after that plus noisy), Goodyear Eagle RSA (never really good from the start in rain or snow). Gotta say if you can swing it for your truck go for the BFG A/T's. They are fantastic. If your looking to save a few bucks get the Yokohamas. They do really well for the money.
  21. Any fellow tuners out there?

    Yeah. I even worked there for a short time. Good bunch of guys but that biz was not for me lol. Last I heard they are working on doing a twin turbo lsx swap in the fdsm. No more 4g64. I'm sure its probably been up and running for a while at this point. They are moving the shop out to inver grove too. Kinda sad. Glad to see someone is doing work on a Ford that's not a Mustang!
  22. Any fellow tuners out there?

    95 Eagle Talon TSi AWD 2.0, Wiseco Pistons, ACL bearings with thrusts, Stage 2 ported head, HKS 272 cams, Big front mount intercooler with all hard charge piping and K&N intake, Mitsubishi EVO 3 16g turbo, Lipp O2 housing, 3" turbo back exhaust with HKS catback, Walbro fuel pump, Precision 550 injectors (kinda small I know but Im working on that), Zeitronix datalogging and gauge, Autometer mechanical gauges, Apexi Neo air fuel controller and some assorted energy suspension bushing at random around the car. I am lagging in the air/fuel delivery department but this last winter I had to replace the passenger strut tower so I was happy just to drive it as is this past summer. Pretty sure there isn't any parts on the car that I haven't had to fix or replace. The previous owner didn't know about the metric system so that has been real fun too. It used to go out in the winter time as I have snows for it and it is AWD with limited slip but I decided I didn't want to add any more rust so shes parked for winter. Gotta say I do miss tearing up the lakes with it though. Lots of fun to drive and give the expensive cars a beat down on occasion. GTR say what?
  23. I hate to say it but most of the cars now are pretty expensive to do keys for like that. At Nissan a iKey is somewhere in the 250$ to 350$ range depending on what model you got. No replacing the ECM as we program the ECM to the available keys but the keys themselves are just really expensive. Crazy. When I was on the hunt for a car a couple years ago I was considering a V8 XC90 Volvo and I about fell over when I saw what a key for that ran. I think it was somewhere in the 700$ range. I ran away from that mess fast. Yikes for having to replace the ECM on a Toyota for a new key. I LOVE Toyotas but that is just nuts.
  24. Refillable 1lb tanks?

    I know this has probably been hashed out before but I couldn't find anything when I searched. Just curious if anyone has run across any 1 lb tanks that are actually made to be refilled? Willing to pay for it just can't seem to find any.. Really don't like making all that trash if I don't have to and it would be nice for hiking in and going lightweight. Don't really want to hear about how you have been filling the throw aways for years or whatever cause that's not going to happen with me. (not to sound mean but I am NOT taking that risk. I get into enough trouble doing stuff the right way) Thanks!
  25. Refillable 1lb tanks?

    Thanks DTro! Yeah I got a 5 pounder already. It works great until you wanna hike in with a backpack... In town and for big trips I love it. I live a couple miles from vados so I just have them top it up every time I get bait. Tom, the risk with filling the throw away is death or dismemberment if it blows up or burns if it decides to leak. So yeah, I'm good with that. I manage to cause myself enough harm without adding a small bomb into the equation.