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400BRIAN

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Skiroule riders
« on: June 23, 2020, 03:36:33 am »
I have a low mileage 73 RTX 440 that I have owned for at least 10 years. I think it is time to get the sled in running condition.

Question: is there anyone here that puts any miles on a Skiroule in a season?  The guys I hang out with...well, we don't make parade laps around the parking lot.  For the past 13 years we have been in the habit of putting some miles on our vintage sleds.  100 -150 miles a day is the normal deal for us.

We perhaps have an advantage with our vintage Deeres, as NOS parts are still finding their way onto our sleds.  We wrench, we ride, we wrench again.  So what I am wondering is if it is realistic to try to do the same with my 73 RTX?
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    Re: Skiroule riders
    « Reply #1 on: June 24, 2020, 02:20:36 am »
    Hey why not enjoy it!  Ride that baby! 

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    Re: Skiroule riders
    « Reply #2 on: June 24, 2020, 12:27:50 pm »
    The hood will explode first

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    Re: Skiroule riders
    « Reply #3 on: June 24, 2020, 06:51:30 pm »
    The last time I put a lot of miles on a Skiroule was in the 1970ís, now Iím retired maybe Iíll be able to do something about that.

    400BRIAN

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    Re: Skiroule riders
    « Reply #4 on: June 27, 2020, 07:52:15 pm »
    She is showing 517 miles.  The air ducting i still in place.  Hood has been repaired at the hinge, everyone tells me this is the norm.
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    '73 RTX 440 Skiroule
    '74 Deere 340
    '75 Deere 340S race sled

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    Re: Skiroule riders
    « Reply #5 on: June 28, 2020, 12:44:58 am »
    I think it is realistic.
    Try it and see how it goes.
    There is a cover for the wiring junction box.
    It is fine that the hood is cracked. As hard as it is to find a good one, and as easy as they are to break, you wouldn't want to use one for regular use.
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    Re: Skiroule riders
    « Reply #6 on: June 28, 2020, 12:57:00 am »
    That wiring junction box has a lot going on,.... wow I've never seen that before on a sled.  Can someone elaborate on the advantages of that design?  Ease of troubleshooting?
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    Re: Skiroule riders
    « Reply #7 on: June 28, 2020, 02:47:51 am »
    I think I have a fuse box cover in inventory,  Bought one off e-bay years ago.

    Ya, the hood is pretty fragile feeling when you raise and lower it.
    '74 JDX8 440 Deere
    '73 RTX 440 Skiroule
    '74 Deere 340
    '75 Deere 340S race sled

    south central Wisconsin

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    Re: Skiroule riders
    « Reply #8 on: June 30, 2020, 04:08:37 pm »
    If you want to put some miles on. Would think you will need a better drive clutch like a Duster. And some rebuilt drive sprockets not OEM their just as brittle as what you have.  They will blow up if you have a 440 and better clutching

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    Re: Skiroule riders
    « Reply #9 on: July 01, 2020, 05:13:26 am »
    If you want to put some miles on. Would think you will need a better drive clutch like a Duster. And some rebuilt drive sprockets not OEM their just as brittle as what you have.  They will blow up if you have a 440 and better clutching

    Good points.  The Sachs 440 is rated at 40 hp at 6500 rpm.  I have more experience with the Comet 102, not sure it would fit. A duster is more compact, will it stand up to 40 hp?
    The track drivers can be rebuilt, a guy is doing that.  We have found that the nylon drivers Deere used on the bogie sleds are junk no matter if they are used or NOS.  45 years out, they are all cracked.

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    '73 RTX 440 Skiroule
    '74 Deere 340
    '75 Deere 340S race sled

    south central Wisconsin

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    Re: Skiroule riders
    « Reply #10 on: Today at 07:03:10 pm »
    The comet book I have list the Duster 10-40 hp for Skiroule no listing for the 102, but for sure is better than a Duster. The Skiroule uses a wide belt wider than modern sleds. The Duster needs a kit to widen it make sure you can still get the kit if going that route.

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    Re: Skiroule riders
    « Reply #11 on: Today at 08:11:56 pm »
    Yes, either clutch would have to be shimmed out to work with the stock belt.
    '74 JDX8 440 Deere
    '73 RTX 440 Skiroule
    '74 Deere 340
    '75 Deere 340S race sled

    south central Wisconsin