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  1. I guess the point I was trying to make about getting the tube was thinking that the tube would protect against a deflated tire due to the sidewall cracks.. The cracks are not due to puncture they are due to tire age. The event with my buddy hitting his sidewall just made me think to look at the status of my tires which is when I noticed the sidewall cracks. For sure the plug kit is on my list for my kit, I also have a 12v inflator, my accessories socket is f'ed, but I have a clip on accessories socket that I can use. My front tires look quite a bit newer, no cracking at all. is that because they are smaller and take less stresses and the rear are larger and therefore bend more + carry load? I noticed they are different sizes so I can't rotate them. I realize a sidewall puncture if it occurs would likely hit my tube as well. I would then have to carry a tube repair kit as well as a plug kit, So the question I was asking… to get me through this hunting season and spring next year and to reduce the risk of a deflated tire due to sidewall age cracking, will a tube do the trick?
  2. Title pretty much says it all. After fixing my throttle body I had a look at the tires. on my last ride my buddy hit a branch on his side wall with enough force to jar the quad off track., no Damage but I thought I would review mine. The discussion about what to bring with on the trail also got me thinking about my tire health. It looks like my rear tires are older, the front ones only really seem to have some knob wear and are in good shape. I absolutely can't get new tires this year, but I still want to ride it and reduce my risk. I am thinking of getting a couple of tubes for my rears sort of pre-emptively change them instead of having to do an urgent tube install on the trail. Then next year I will get 2 new rears and probably the year after get to new front leaving me 2 decent spares. I figure $50 in tubes is decent to reduce the risk until I can spend on new tires. Thoughts?
  3. I have personal survival supplies in a little zippered shaving kit in an aluminum chest tied strapped to rack (padded with pool noodles to eliminate vibrations, pool noodles are split to wrap around rack tubes … so also double as kneeling pads). there is foldable saw. small hand held butane torch (fuck the matches), magnifying glass, multi-tool, one of those light weight reflective blankets, small bottle of hand sanitizer for cleaning skin scrapes, sanitizing pads, bandages, acetaminophen, ibuprofen. my asthma meds, Additionally I carry water and typically granola bars. bug dope, bug hat, small tarp, roll of nylon twine/chord, hatchet, gallon of gas. channel locks, adjustable wrench (need a metric socket set in there), 2 sizes of blade and Philips screw drivers. spare wire, wire crimp tubes, wire stripper crimper, electrical tape, head band led flash light, spare fuses, no spare spark plug (need to remedy that), nothing for tires (need to resolve that), spare tie downs, (1 is 3 ton so can double as tow strap in pinch or mini come-along), of course have the winch. I also carry a telescoping fishing rod 5' with an ice fishing reel (small) and a few bits of tackle... both for discovered fishing spots or to fee me if really stuck and water near by. for my phone, as you can tell by my pic I am outdoors Winter, phones die so I bought a water proof neck strap... keep phone warm inside my jacket... screen allows for txting through the plastic.... my 12 volt accessories plug is dead need to replace so I carry a spare phone battery bank. for GPS I generally use my phone, it is not ideal but better things to spend money on right now than the Garmin which I would love to have (have been lost in northern Ontario bush … not fun)… so I stick to well known or well travelled areas. a friend told me once that getting a tube to insert into a dead tire, is good enough over a new tire, but is that really a field repair?
  4. I did. enough to pull the plastic and clamp screws were just a Philips head and had that. I probably could have fixed it there without even removing the air intake, at least reseat it and tighten clamp. this is my first mechanized anything.. certainly no gear head but willing to get dirty where I can noodle over a problem. I had no idea the cause or where to look even. since I was with a bud decide to start the tow out. was plenty of day light left but we were about 6 Km from the trucks with a shallow water crossing... didn't want to waste to much time trying to figure it out there. Plus was supposed to be a relatively short trip about 10 KM total so was expected to be out and home earlier... towed until cell signal informed of the break down and continued on. I think I really have to get a small metric socket set in my box. had 2 flat heads, 2 phlips, channel locks, adjustable wrench, spare wire, wire crimps, wire strippers and electrical tape... and a spare gallon of gas. what do you carry?
  5. For normal conditions the posted service manual documents the fluid specs. If you have problems with your fan assembly. check out my previous post... found a perfect replacement on Amazon that fit perfectly in the mounting bracket. I was prepared to fabricate my own when I bought the fan and then realized it fit the bracket. just changed the plug end and perfect.
  6. A secondary discovery while reseating the throttle body … the engine was moving around quite a bit. Too much in my option. I looked up on you tube a video that could show me where the motor mounts were... I figured they were loose. what I found was a post of a mod for the motor mount. When sitting on the quad on the left side and slight forward of the throttle body (on the frame) … the motor has a pin with a rubber spacer. there is a circular bracket mounted to the frame that this pin and rubber spacer sit into... when the engine torques, this rubber spacer allows some movement of the engine. now thinking back to my throttle body … which "wiggled" out of the mount... it the upper air intake assembly is rigid on the frame and the throttle body assembly is mount to this and a moving motor... you can see (loose clamp and missing clamp screw not withstanding) how the throttle body could still wiggle out. what this mod does is simply places a 1" inner diameter rubber hose over this rubber spacer sitting on the pin with total outside diameter of about 1 1/4 inches (enough to fit inside the circular bracket). I did that and there is still some minor play but compressible enough to absorb some torque. the engine moves NO WHERE near as much as it did. Just to share....
  7. I wanted to share an experience and a fix. Headed out was following a pole line, was looking for a cross track that may take me to this speckle trout looking spot on a creek. All paths and semi paths... failed. Second objective was to reach a speckle trout lake that has been recently stocked... followed 1 trail to dead end, followed second trail to dead end.... while investigating options on foot and the quad idling it died. It wouldn't start. eventually it did... and when it did … it was essentially a pinned idle. activating the throttle did seem to speed it up but it wouldn't knock out of the racing idle. couldn't put it in gear at that idle speed. got towed out. when I first got the quad, I ran it off a trail and buried it pretty good in the soft snow... eventually winched out. It wouldn't start. eventually did and it was fast idling. not as fast as this last time. but still fast. it eventually seemed to settle and I got it in gear and by the time I was back to the truck was acting ok. chalked it up to the bike being at a bad angle in the snow. My investigation last year lead to the throttle position sensor TPS. how to jumper the diag block to see the sensor position on the display,. I focused on this nearly sure it was a detuned sensor or broken sensor again this time. I tore down the front plastic and stuck my head into the TPS area to see what I could see. What I found was that the throttle body assembly had actually come out of the mounting area (not sure what it is called). the ring clamp was loose I could move it easily. Hopeful, I tore down the air intake assembly above it (air filter...etc) removed a sensor clip and a hose. I backed off the clamp some more and was able to reseat the throttle body assembly. put some blue lock tite on the clamp screw. When I was cleaning off the air intake assembly to ensure I dropped nothing down the intake, I noticed the underside of the air intake "box" also had a clamp. this screw was completely missing. I went to the hardware store, bought a metric replacement (brought clamp with me), seated the assembly, settled the clamp blue lock tite that as well... quad fired right up, idled normal, idled up without hesitation and dropped right back off. Cost of solution $3.87 CND for a pack of 5 metric screws. moral of my story was don't assume an idle issue is a throttle position sensor problem... there are a number of other factors including air pressure, which I believe was my issue.
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  9. I was 50. a used 2005 Suzuki King Quad 700. I wasted a lifetime without it. I've got a post in here somewhere that describes the feeling of exploring for the first time. I really kicked myself in the a$$ for not doing it much much sooner. For what I am going to use it for … trailer exploration, getting to fishing holes, putting along trails for birds and bunnies, it is likely going to last me a lifetime. My only concern being my age and the age of the quad and its reliability as I do much of our outings solo. Regardless how small the outing I am always prepared to spend the night. My advice to those who are on the fence... do it, you will have it for years... and the cost of that entertainment /hr keeps going down each time you use it. especially if you have friends to go with... man... the years I wasted not being able to get to the back country and having to share the spaces with everyone in a car or truck. something smaller would have probably been better a 450/500 maybe vs the 700 (though to pull over on a dead batter, will get tougher as I get older. My overnight kit has a spare deep cycle and solar panel. Just do it! Unless of course that is the money you need to feed your kids and wife with !
  10. I've got 3 spots picked out. One is a widening of a creek below what looks like a set of rapids in google maps. I have a travel a pole line essentially due North, and I think I see the faint markings of a trail, but regardless the pool is about 400m west of the pole line. The second spot is a stocked brook trout lake, I found it after being a little curious while snow shoeing. a sled passed me pulling a covered pelican sled. Ice fisherman I thought. Knowing the area fairly well, and based on the time of day (past noon). I figured they had to be going somewhere close but I wasn't aware of another lake in the area. I figured it had to be close because at 12:30 in the after noon here there was only about 4 hrs of daylight left and they would have to travel a while so it just didn't make sense to me. when I got back from the snow shoe trip I poured over my maps, found a couple of little lakes, zoomed in on google maps, only 1 had a name and I looked it up on the Ministry web site and found that they stocked it! So that one is probably going to be a bring some spare gas and an over night tent/bag sort of thing even though we have a ton of day light. There is one water crossing so late summer when water is low is probably the best. No here is the funny thing....some week after being curious about the two guys on a sled going somewhere late in the day... I went snow shoeing again and low and behold when I came to the parking spot the guy was loading up. I asked him if he had passed me a couple week earlier and he said he did (not many snow shoers about). I asked him where he was going fishing that day as I noticed his pelican pull-behind covered sled. he said he wasn't he was with his brother checking their trap line. So I discovered a stocked lake based on a fantasy I dreamt up! The other spot is a lake I discovered year ago that is supposed to have speckle (brook) trout. I've been working on an idea to mount a canoe rack on my quad... if anyone has thoughts on that would love to hear them.
  11. Hey all, It's been a while since I posted. Fan trouble and the replacement I sourced on amazon is still working great on my 2005 Suzuki KQ700. Unfortunately this year I lost my outdoor best friend. He's that go to guy for everything … the day run, may walleye opener, last minute hey my boat's at work get your a$$ over here with your rod and let's go kinda buddy. I bought the quad last year in March and with him gave it the once over and prepped it for fall hunting season, but cancer took him before we could enjoy this new aspect of outdoor life. We planned an October trip into the bush with our quads guns and tent trailer. It never happened. A tribute to our fallen and lost.... But in their memory take the opportunity to grasp every minute of the outdoors you can, life is short... you can sleep at the end... I've curious what everyone has been doing to prep for the spring season. I mounted my battery and the quad started up straight and easy, just powered it up once or twice to juice the injectors and it fired up after a couple of seconds. I let it run, confirmed fan started, checked charge voltage. all good. I did all my oils in the fall to make sure no water was present anywhere so skipped that this spring. So what have I done over the winter to prep for quadding? I've been researching. This year I am going to cross over quading with brook trout fishing. So I have been pouring over my old maps from my youth, google maps... looking for those faint markings of trails I can't travel in my F150 (well not yet, paint still looks pretty good ).
  12. The saga of the fan continues. The Pin attempt in the fan shaft failed. I then moved on to trying to weld the fan hub to the fan shaft. I took it for a run the weld broke. Now it was truly F'ed. To recap the dealer price, they want $400 + CND for a replacement fan assembly. I searched all sorts of after market places and no one carried one. Ebay had some used ones but they were $120 USD + Conversion rate for something as old as what I have. I went to Amazon and eventually settled on this. amazon link What I found... and was amazed... was that the fan mounted to the Suzuki fan assembly bracket. I was prepared to manufacture my own mount conversions... It also came with "Harpoon mounts" (nylon zip tie like things that go straight through the rad. Anyways it mounted to the original bracket. It fit perfectly. Cut the electrical plug off replaced it with the Suzuki... all good. Let the quad heat up, thermo coupler kicked in the fan circuit, polarity was right... all was good.... Fan is under the circuit fuse rating. so I finally have a solid fan solution. $34 CND vs $400+ CND
  13. Does anyone know if this part he is looking for is also good for a 2005 KQ 700 ? In my case the odometer is not working, could be to hide the age of the bike, but would be nice to know how far down a trail I've been... counting stumps has proven unreliable... 😂
  14. Well... after all was said and done, I wasn't happy with the connection point. Still too much play to be reliable...I figure the nut, even with lock tight, would end up spinning off. I ended up welding the hub to the shaft... fek it. nice smooth even spin now. no wobble. no play. Was visiting my brother over the weekend, an industrial mechanic, and brought the fan with me. He had a MIG. After a few wobbly pops, lots of discussion, trying a few things... the welder was a good choice. if it breaks now... its going to blow apart into a million pieces. I'll take in on a local run to give it a whirl before hunting season. Opens in 2 weeks. This chapter ends.
  15. Needed to find a little time to execute the plan, so last weekend found all the bits I needed. Here is what it looks like. Pin hole went well. my hack saw wasn't wide enough for the pin, so I resorted to a grinding disk mounted on a drill. The pin groove you can see is a touch off center despite my efforts to keep it centered. if it wobbles too much I always have a second chance, I can make another groove 90 to the first and try to better center it. In the other pic you can see it all seated together. A new problem surfaced. the fan's hub collar, you can see it is a few mm off of the motor spindle.... when I took this out the fan only had a couple of mm of clearance on the rad side. So I was a little concerned about that so I cut the hub groove a little deeper.... now unfortunately what happens is when I tighten up the nut for the fan motor shaft it bottoms out before snugging the fan on the pin and it is a little sloppy. So my next plan is to mod one or 2 washers as spacers allowing the nut to tension up the fan. If my rad clearance is insufficient, I think I can add some washers to the rad mount bolts to stand it off the rad a little more. I don't even know if I am working with stock parts on this. certainly the fan assembly mount frame is stock as it lines up and the fan motor appears to be stock as the mount holes line up to the frame, but I won't know if the fan is stock. It may have been a replacement or something. Wish me luck

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