Jetting for ice riding
Posted December 15, 2003 - 02:19 PM
I have a ’03 WR450 and I am wondering how much to richen the jetting before I go ice riding.
I am currently running the following : 158 main jet, 72 starter jet, and a 48 pilot jet. I have no complaints with that setup for Minnesota summers at 1300 ft.
Has anyone re-jetted specifically for northern winter riding? If so, what were your final settings?
Ride fast - take chances
Posted December 15, 2003 - 03:09 PM
Posted December 15, 2003 - 07:28 PM
Posted December 16, 2003 - 05:50 AM
Ya know last year I didn't even rejet in the winter. I checked the plug and it didn't need it. A thumper seems less affected by the cold than a 2 stroke as far as jetting goes. But it dont hurt to look at it though.
Posted December 17, 2003 - 05:28 AM
I've got that "JD jetting" kit we can throw in your bike to try out. Havent had a chance to try it myself...
BTW...picked up the new sled this past Saturday ('04 Skidoo Renegade)...so maybe we can trade off on the lake as you try to convince me to pick up a set of ice tires for my ride...
Posted December 20, 2003 - 11:45 AM
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Posted December 29, 2003 - 09:03 AM
I finally got out on the ice yesterday with a new set of Jeff Fredette studded tires. My last time on the ice was 2000 and it is even better than I remembered. The lean angles are ridiculous. I can get my bar ends within 6 inches of the ice and still be at full grip. My friend hit his bar end on the ice while sliding his RM250.
My WR450 has a stock pipe with the GYT-R insert. I chose a 162 mj and a 50 pj. It seemed to run fine and I was pulling power wheelies coming out of a figure 8. I could cleanly pull up to the rev limiter and it started good too.
Considering the fact that the Kenda ice tire is about 3 inches taller that the M-12 that came off, gearing is the next item on my list.
If you have not ridden on the ice and have an opportunity to do so, GO FOR IT!
Ride fast - Take chances
Posted December 29, 2003 - 03:16 PM
For those of you who have never ridden the ice, Imagine this: twice the grip of pavement ON street tires!!(1800 screws make for some serious traction!!)
I will have to get my wife to snap a couple pics this weekend.
Posted December 30, 2003 - 02:59 AM
Posted December 30, 2003 - 03:19 AM
Posted December 30, 2003 - 04:40 AM
Cordless drill & a 5/16 socket. The screws are $130.00 Can.
Be careful not to over torque the screws causing them to ream out a hole. Take the screws out in the spring & your tires are good to go. Traction on ice & hard packed snowmobile trails is unsurpassed. We have thousands of miles of groomed trails at my back door. The whoops & jumps are awesome !!! The boys on snowmobiles cannot catch me or even come close on most trails. I drive a 2001 KX 500 & am awaiting my WR. Most of my riding is in the winter. I even go ice fishing on the Big Green. This is nothing new around here....most guys do their riding in the winter.
This isn't limited to frozen lakes....hard packed to semi hard trails are the best. DO NOT RIDE OR SUBJECT YOUR CLEATED TIRES TO CONCRETE, PAVEMENT OR ROCKS. You will ruin them in a short time. Also be careful of hitting snow patches off of sheet ice....you may find yourself on your back when you hook up again.
So enough of this winter sulking stuff. Get out & ride for God's sake !!! Winter Rules !!!
Posted December 30, 2003 - 06:36 AM
We ride single track at Nickerson/Holyoke whenever we can. That is a great trail system but we tend to stay off of the wide snowmobile trails until we are beat up and tired. Then we do some powersliding on the wide stuff.
Send me a PM with your number and I will give you whatever details you need to get on the ice. We should get together for some early spring trailriding as well. I love it when the frost is just coming out of the ground. Challenging traction and not many people out yet.
Ride fast - take chances
Posted December 30, 2003 - 07:28 AM
Wow, you get at it early, thinkin'ice riding before 7:00am, I like it. Thanks for getting me out Sunday, it was the best. Everyone needs to try this, way to much fun!! I promise.
Hey Larry, How's it going. New Sled huh? We'll have to get together and ride sometime, I've had my sled out a few times, but it's not as good as ice riding ;^) Did any of those photos turn out you shot at Chad's folk's house? Oh, and when are you gonna pony up and get some ice tires? I'll let you test ride my RM, but it's pretty hard to get me off it.
Anyway, I just had to add how much fun I had, I can't believe it took me this long to get into. Can't wait till wed & thurs, to ride again, We'll have to get some pics.
Posted December 30, 2003 - 07:47 AM
Glad to hear you're lovin' this ice riding deal. I told Chad I'd try it a few times before going off of the deep end and buying a setup of my own.
Yup...those pictures are out on my site ( Haynes' website ). Go check 'em out. Let me know if you'd like any of those in full-scale...as I've got all of the originals.
Got the new sled out the other day for a quick 25 mile spin. Now I'm just waiting for the snow to fall...
Let me know when you both head out next...might have to tag along and get myself hooked!
Posted December 31, 2003 - 04:44 AM
Posted January 02, 2004 - 05:23 AM
Was nice to meet you and Tim, learned a lot in the short time i spent with you two, anyone reading this post, you need to look into these tires... i couldn't beleave... you could do, what they were doing on dirtbikes on the ice!!!
It's time to put fishing aside, and put in some OT in at work, and buy a set of these tires!!! I will be rideing on the ice with you two this year.
We need to give that RM 250 a run for it's money
Posted January 04, 2004 - 07:23 PM