I like to maintain and take care of my stuff, especially after spending so much money on it. I regularly check the belt, hyfax, scaggs, and look at the suspension, but Im not "that guy" thats has my shocks rebuilt 3 times a year, top ends just because of mileage when theres no other issues, clutch rebuilds etc. I ride hard but dont beat the shit out of my stuff and I NEVER haul them around on an open trailer in the salt or ride in the mud before the ground freezes. Maybe Ive been really lucky, I cant remember ever getting towed home. I typically trade my stuff off around 5000 miles and never do anything except a belt and carbides in that mileage. I kept my 16 Renegade 600 longer just because I love the sled, around 6500 miles it got new plugs, the raves cleaned, shocks redone and clutch rollers. Its got almost 10,000 miles on it now and looks like a new sled still. I have friends that do a 1000 point check, wax and grease on their sleds every time they ride them and their stuff doesnt last any longer than mine. maybe Im just luckyI believe on Nearly every sled I’ve owned, I’ve been towed. Only one was a 98 Xc600.
Let’s see: Indy 400, 500, Trail, XLT, 800 LE, Doo XRS, XCR800, 900 IQ. Those are just the ones I can remember off the top of my head. Most of them consisted of major failures like a crank bearing, rod bearing that gave way and sawed the case in half, shearing off stator bolts, squeaking a piston, and more. When mine break, it’s usually the end of the motor. I’ve made a big jump to a nice RMK and has held together so far.
I’ve been given sleds that have saplings growing from them, clean the carbs, throw in new gas, and they roar to life. One thing I have learned, you have to know when maintenance isn’t an option anymore.
Let’s use the sapling example. Got it running good and was proving to be reliable. At that point, I am not going to pull the skid and go through it, or bang on the secondary to make it float. There comes a danger when you start doing maintenance. Things break like bolts; stuff is rusted together, bearings are not too smooth, but in order to “maintain”, it will end-up costing you a heck of a lot of time, heart ache, and money because you thoughtyou should take apart the whole front end to lube it. You really think you need to lube some suspension cross shafts? Yeah, good luck with that. Ride it until it doesn’t move anymore. Then do what you want with it.
So tell me this: Are we being brainwashed into thinking we have to do all this “maintenance” stuff and throwing money down the crapper as it doesn’t really make a difference? All just a ploy to buy crap and service stuff that doesn’t need it? I can’t recall anyone in our riding group that hasn’t been towed home. Shoot, I’ve had 3-4 sleds Grenade on the same road, only yards away from each other.