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    Dave Johnson
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  1. Thanks for the info. Frank. I've had my blades in to your shop a few years ago and they don't have much time on them since then (so pretty sure they are not dull). They came back sharp and in good condition. I'm still having trouble with the auger hanging up and not "powering through" like my old one did. When I hold it up in the air and let it hang while I run it, there seems to be a slight wobble in the powerhead like the shaft is bent or something. It is very slight, but more than my Strikemaster (no wobble) which I still have. I have done the extensive break in, let it warm up a long time, used amsoil, don't push down, etc… just like I've heard about on here for years. Kind of surprised that it hasn't worked that well. To me, the collar that Nils uses seems very suspect. It doesn't seem to give good alignment no matter how careful I am with the connection and lends itself to wobble. Either that or the blades are too aggressive (as you mentioned), or maybe the shaft came slightly bent from the factory. The thing runs great, but just has never cut that well. As an aside...The best set up I ever had was with an old Tanaka motor using a Mora 8 inch auger custom welded to a collar by a friend. Lightweight, and fast. This may speak to the power point issue which that blade obviously did not have. Unfortunately, the aluminum motor mounts eventually broke on that old work horse. I have toyed around with trying that set up again with this new motor but haven't gotten around to it yet.
  2. Sledhead, I got the carbs cleaned a couple of weeks ago. Time will tell about the oil consumption and plug conditions since I haven't ridden it since then and we are done for the season. Carbs came out easy enough once air box removed. They were a little gunked up around the needles so I'm glad I pulled them. I was unsure of what you meant about bench syncing with a drill bit. Is there a symptom that would indicate a need for this? It seems to run fine on the trailer. Revved it up on the lift. Thanks.
  3. Hey everyone- it's a good garage week around here to tune up the sleds! I've got a vmax 600xtc that I bought used a few years ago. The plug tips are looking very black lately, and it seems to be burning a little more oil/smoking. I'm thinking of removing the carbs and cleaning them but haven't done it before on this sled. I have done a mikuni single on my cat, so I think I can handle it. Question #1- Can I adjust how lean/rich easily on this set up (two carbs), if so how? Question #2- Any tips on getting the carbs out or differences from the 94 mikuni that I have experience with? Thanks.
  4. Thanks again for all the good suggestions on how to handle the track drive shaft bearing repair. Got it done today and seems to be working fine. Did both sides. 4600 miles on the first bearings so I'm hoping for a good run with the new ones. Jeff
  5. ok - I got it off. I was able to get it with the 1/2" wrench without having to drag out the compressor. Thanks Mike! Jeff
  6. I'm having a heck of time getting the nut off the top(chain) sprocket on my 94 cat. Taking it apart in the process of getting to the drive bearing. before I get a bigger wrench - is it a conventional thread left is loose? Thanks, Jeff
  7. Thanks Old School. Yes, that will help a lot. I don't see the Jag on there for 94, but thinking a lot of transferable info from the Couger manual . I'll be putting it to use Saturday if plans hold up.
  8. Good points, and thanks again for the suggestions. Hopefully I'll be able to get a little further in to it later this week. Jeff
  9. Yes- the bearing is shot. Got the speedo housing off and found the shredded remains of the bearings. Was also pretty obvious from looking underneath as I could see the shaft sitting off center. One big concern is that it was ridden about 25 miles after the speedometer quit since I didn't know at that time about the bearing possibility. We were way out on the Taconite Trail and very lucky not to have broken down that late in the day on Saturday. I'm game to try repairs myself but wonder about residual damage that I might not be able to determine. It seems unbelievable that the sled made it that far as bad as it looks on the one side. Might there be damage on the other side and would it be obvious? Or any suggestions what else to look for. Again- it's a 20 year old sled so I'll have to way the costs carefully.
  10. Thanks guys. I'm going to have look at it tonight after the garage warms up a bit. I appreciate the input.
  11. I have a 1994 Jag 440 with 4000 on the odometer. This weekend the speedometer stopped working part way through our ride and never started up again. I have periodically greased it in the fall. I've been told this could be a symptom of a bearing issue with that model. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with this problem and where to start to resolve/diagnose it.
  12. I've got a '94 AC Jag Deluxe. After noticing it was really loud and inspecting exhaust system, I found that the two bolts that run through the flange and gasket of the exhaust manifold are missing (where it attaches to the motor). The gasket is still there but is now offset and partially blocking the exhaust opening. Does anyone know the size of those bolts? The sled is up north and I'd like bring new bolts next time and fix it. It looks like the gasket is still in one piece, but the bolts are not visible anywhere down low.
  13. After years of having msn.com as my home page on my Sony laptop (vista), it won't come up anymore. Shows up in a green bar upper left and won't respond to anything I've tried. I can access it on my apple products (iPhone, etc...) and my msn.com email still shows up on them as well, but not on the laptop. Any ideas of what I can try to get my email back on the windows set up?
  14. Regarding Bee's comment from March 8: I did have a Tanaka head with a Mora shaft/cutting head for many years. It was a great set up - super fast cutting, and light weight. I had inherited an old Tanaka head without the shaft my father-in-law got at an auction. A friend of mine then made an adaptor collar so the Mora shaft would fit it. People used to ask me about it all the time out on Sunrise and Duchane's where we fished a lot back in the day. Where can I get one, and what is it? Back then Strike, Jiffy, etc... Where the only game in town for us weekend warriors. Yes, it was a few inches shorter but it was all I could afford at the time. Even later when I could afford the newer augers I stayed with it because it worked so well. Reminded me of that song "one piece at a time"! The motor mounts finally broke while bouncing around in my trailer on a rough trip to LOW and that was the end of it. Lesson learned on that one. Shying away initially from the cost of a new Nils I purchased a Strikemaster "laser". Cut well but was a tough starter and plastic pieces like the choke lever kept breaking off. It was an ice auger that ran well in the summer! When the recoil blew up after two seasons I went for the Nils. I am not tough on equipment- that LOW incident was very unusual for me. I've had the new Nils now for about four seasons and it runs and cuts great and nothing has fallen off of it, but- I still miss that old set up. I know it was at least as fast and definitely lighter. It was just dumb luck that I stumbled upon it, but it was a cutter. If you can weld, I would definitely recommend putting one together. And by the way- the new Nils rides strapped tightly to the racks on the ATV.
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