Ticket for no spark arrestor in my yz


33 replies to this topic
  • canute

Posted March 16, 2008 - 05:22 PM

#1

:confused:
Riding my yz400f on "federal" land.
Well the nice ranger paid a visit as we where loading up to leave....
carried a small diameter length of wooden cane.... stuck it right up the old exhaust and charged me $125 :excuseme:
Any one have a good solution for a spark arrestor for the yz: both 250f and 400f (i guess i will need them for both)
thanks in advance

  • Speedracer747-400

Posted March 16, 2008 - 05:41 PM

#2

Pro Moto Billet makes a spark arrestor end cap that will work. They also have silent inserts if they do sound checks and you need to be below 96db. You could also go with an FMF Q2 or Q4 exhaust if you need a spark arrestor and want to quiet the bikes down below 96db. If you decide on the PMB make sure to repack the muffler while you have it apart. Silent Sport packing works really well.

PMB
http://www.promotobi.../cPath/46_48_39

FMF
http://fmfracing.com...x?CategoryID=31

  • Vetmxrider

Posted March 16, 2008 - 05:45 PM

#3

I installed a Pro Circuit T-4 exhaust system on my 02 YZ426 and it came with a spark arrestor insert that could be mounted under the removable end cap. The spark arrestor is nothing more then a small piece of wire mesh in the shape of a 1-1/2” cone. I bet you can fab something up with some stainless wire mesh if you cannot find an insert that will fit under your end cap. Sometimes the rangers will also take a look at your muffler/silencer to see if it is stamped with the words “For closed course competition use only”. If it does say that, they will know it’s not set-up with a spark arrestor insert.

  • canute

Posted March 16, 2008 - 05:51 PM

#4

Appreciate all the info .... actually the Ranger was fully aware of the model of the bike and its stock exhaust clearly stating “For closed course competition use only”.
Any body know - If i use a spark arrestor end cap on the stock silencer will our friendly Ranger allow it even thought the silencer is still stamped “For closed course competition use only”?

  • Speedracer747-400

Posted March 16, 2008 - 06:09 PM

#5

Appreciate all the info .... actually the Ranger was fully aware of the model of the bike and its stock exhaust clearly stating “For closed course competition use only”.
Any body know - If i use a spark arrestor end cap on the stock silencer will our friendly Ranger allow it even thought the silencer is still stamped “For closed course competition use only”?


It will be fine since the new end cap will be stamped USFS approved spark arrestor.

  • hutcher

Posted March 16, 2008 - 07:47 PM

#6

If you're just looking for an easy fix the Factory 4 slip on by FMF comes with three end caps - open (for tracks and other non-regulated areas), spark arrestor (to avoid the $$$ to the rangers) and a quiet core (to drop the db levels which can be run with either the open or spark arrestor). Mine (on my "04 450F) was really eay to install and just required minor rejetting. Changing end caps takes just three screws. AND... its less expennsive than a lot of other options!

  • Polar_Bus

Posted March 17, 2008 - 05:21 AM

#7

I just read the info for the 2008 season at my local practice track. They specifically state in the new rules for 2008 "Stock exhaust systems only". Not sure how hard they will police this new rule, but I am thinking stock YZF exhausts prices are going to skyrocket on Ebay as this push for "quiet" gets broader nationwide..... !

  • Indetrucks

Posted March 17, 2008 - 05:25 AM

#8

Wow, only $125 ticket?
Don't even ask what it is here in CA. Last I heard it was up in low to mid $300's

  • WB450

Posted March 17, 2008 - 08:00 AM

#9

I think my PMB says "spark arrestor" right on it, I'll check.

  • JSanfilippo

Posted March 17, 2008 - 02:33 PM

#10

I just read the info for the 2008 season at my local practice track. They specifically state in the new rules for 2008 "Stock exhaust systems only". Not sure how hard they will police this new rule, but I am thinking stock YZF exhausts prices are going to skyrocket on Ebay as this push for "quiet" gets broader nationwide..... !


What about quieter than stock systems?

Wouldn't it be more fair to just test the bikes?

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  • tnl

Posted March 17, 2008 - 06:32 PM

#11

Appreciate all the info .... actually the Ranger was fully aware of the model of the bike and its stock exhaust clearly stating “For closed course competition use only”.
Any body know - If i use a spark arrestor end cap on the stock silencer will our friendly Ranger allow it even thought the silencer is still stamped “For closed course competition use only”?


Take some steel wool and rub away that unfriendly quote from your silencer to hide that nasty statement. Just put a pmb on there and ride.

  • 06crf_er

Posted March 17, 2008 - 06:36 PM

#12

It will be fine since the new end cap will be stamped USFS approved spark arrestor.


x2. I have the PMB and it's the ticket. The sparky is removable for track days. Looks trick too. The USFS approval is etched in and will supercede what's stamped on the can. If you're concerned, just sand off the stanping with some fine grit sand paper and polish it up.:confused:

  • FriscoKLR

Posted March 17, 2008 - 09:12 PM

#13

$125 ain't that bad. FS tickets in my area of Colorado are $300. Then again our forests are completely dead from beetle kill and will go up in a second.

  • grayracer513

Posted March 18, 2008 - 06:58 AM

#14

Then again our forests are completely dead from beetle kill and will go up in a second.

...and of course, the 'huggers won't let anyone go into the forest to clear any of the dead wood, either, right?. In the recent wildfires in San Diego County, the fire front moved forward at speeds up to 60 mph at times, and yet when it started up the side of Mt. Palomar, the fire crews were able to turn it back and save the top of the mountain. Why? Because that one area had had the deadwood cleared as "an experiment".

Don't get me started.

  • USED YZ426F

Posted March 18, 2008 - 07:04 AM

#15

It has been well documented that if you clear out the underbrush and dead trees, combatting wildfires is much more effective.

But the greenies don't care about that. They are too concerned with saving the countryside in a completely pristine and unaltered state.

So that they can enjoy it for an hour or two every couple of years.

Stepping off the soap box now.

  • YZfamily

Posted March 18, 2008 - 02:15 PM

#16

Did he actually see you riding? How can he give you a ticket when your loading up? How does he know that you were riding it, if he didn't actually stop you while you were riding? He can't assume, he needs to actually witness you in the act!

  • mudhog426

Posted March 21, 2008 - 10:46 PM

#17

I'm surprised the ranger bothered to use the stick considering it was obvious you were running a stock exhaust. Hate to hear this happened, crappy way to end a good day of riding.
My vote is to get the PMB endcap with s/a. I just installed one on my '02 and it looks awesome. I chose to get one of the older "stinger" styled endcaps as I hate the snowcone styles you see now-a-days. I also got the silent insert as well. I bought both of them on ebay for around $60 brand new. Now I don't have to worry about Mr. Ranger. :excuseme: Both were very easy to install and I now have the ability to ride anywhere legally without adding to the troubles our sport now faces. :confused:

  • sirthumpalot

Posted March 22, 2008 - 08:48 AM

#18

Everyone here belongs to a land use organization right? For example the Blue Ribon Coalition. If not, then sign up now! You have no right to complain if you're not actively fighting for your rights, and belonging to one of these groups counts. When was the last time you wrote to a senator, protested or did anything else to fight for your rights? Support these guys and they do their best for you: http://www.sharetrails.org/

  • grayracer513

Posted March 22, 2008 - 08:44 PM

#19

Patrick Henry, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson all warned us that it would be like that; that we would have to be vigilant, and to defend our rights against those who would infringe on them to enhance their own power. Joining a land use organization is one way to do that.

But I disagree that you have no right protest an abridgment of your rights if you don't stand against it. It's wrong, no matter whether you stand up or not, and you do have the right to complain.

But joining an association to undo the work done by people elected to office already is like locking the barn after the horse has been stolen. It's all well and good to do it, but take it farther, and be more active in electing people who hold more reasonable environmental views than those held by almost every Democrat, and far too many Republicans.

  • Wiz636

Posted March 24, 2008 - 11:17 AM

#20

Up here in the People's Socialist Republic of Washington we have to watch some of our lawmakers like a hawk. We have action alert email lists, etc to bombard our legislators when there are attempts to restrict our riding areas, enact biased laws, or reroute our OHV license money.

Just last week we caught a committee chair (a long time anti) that inserted anti-OHV language into a bill AFTER the rest of the committee had approved the bill. It was sent to the Governor for signature with the unauthorized changes for signature but we caught it and hit up our lawmakers with letters/emails and it turns out that the committee chair made some political enemies with that weasle-istic move. I don't think the other committee member necessarily give a rat's butt about OHV's but they are pissed that they were back doored. It looks like the Gov. is going to use her line item veto power on it :confused:

The point of this is that emails/letters to your legislators DO work. Be active politically!





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