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Re: Vics 1980 Bob Elsners #3 factory race sled
« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2020, 02:18:06 pm »
The 78 Polaris factory sleds had the drilled and wax-filled hyfax as well, although Thorsen was running a lube tank at Eagle River. Not sure if he was the first to do that, but it's the first instance of it that I know of.
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    Re: Vics 1980 Bob Elsners #3 factory race sled
    « Reply #16 on: May 01, 2020, 02:48:33 pm »
    Vic,
    Here is a shot from one of my RXLs.  The second is my attempt to duplicate the pattern.
    I think it was rather common back then.
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    Re: Vics 1980 Bob Elsners #3 factory race sled
    « Reply #17 on: May 01, 2020, 04:17:30 pm »
     The ones on this sled were neatly done . Looks like they were maybe done on some type of mill. Not sure if I should leave the originals on the sled even though the right side is worn .
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    Re: Vics 1980 Bob Elsners #3 factory race sled
    « Reply #18 on: May 01, 2020, 04:19:09 pm »
    AJ   nice job on that skid. 

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    Re: Vics 1980 Bob Elsners #3 factory race sled
    « Reply #19 on: May 02, 2020, 12:41:53 am »
    AJ, are those hyfax a light purple in color?  I have a few that came with a SSR and they are drilled like that.  They are the ugliest color I've ever seen.
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    Re: Vics 1980 Bob Elsners #3 factory race sled
    « Reply #20 on: May 02, 2020, 02:43:32 am »
    AJ, are those hyfax a light purple in color?  I have a few that came with a SSR and they are drilled like that.  They are the ugliest color I've ever seen.

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    Re: Vics 1980 Bob Elsners #3 factory race sled
    « Reply #21 on: May 03, 2020, 04:31:53 pm »
       Here are some cool pics of the engine cylinder and skid on some things that they did. The cylinder transfer ports were so enlarged that the engine builder ground through the outer casting and had to repair with marine tec epoxy. The slide rails hyfax was gun drilled to allow more lube on the track .
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    Holy swiss cheese cylinder Batman!

    Thanks for the pics. Wow.
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    Re: Vics 1980 Bob Elsners #3 factory race sled
    « Reply #22 on: May 03, 2020, 11:19:37 pm »
    SirSpamalot, Crazily, There are actually not any additional ports involved here, just port work on existing.   

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    Re: Vics 1980 Bob Elsners #3 factory race sled
    « Reply #23 on: May 04, 2020, 05:45:44 am »
     I herd that a well ported 7 port engine produced more horse power than a 9 port cylinder. I have 3ea Team Arctic 340 SM engines and all of them are 7 port  cylinders.  not sure the information given was correct but interesting to see 7 port cylinders used on Elsners and Dimmermans sleds .  The transfer ports are definitely larger than stock.
     Will post some crank pics of how they plugged the holes in the counter weights .
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    Re: Vics 1980 Bob Elsners #3 factory race sled
    « Reply #24 on: May 04, 2020, 10:59:23 am »

     Will post some crank pics of how they plugged the holes in the counter weights .
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    Cool project Vic. Quick thought here would say that it is a problem to do that, but I'm not really alert or even awake yet.
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    Re: Vics 1980 Bob Elsners #3 factory race sled
    « Reply #25 on: May 04, 2020, 11:50:26 pm »
    Is that the sled he was driving in the E.R. World Championship race with a 20+ sled lead, when he blew the belt coming out of turn 4 with less than 5 laps to go. Cant remember exactly which year it was 79-81...

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    Re: Vics 1980 Bob Elsners #3 factory race sled
    « Reply #26 on: May 04, 2020, 11:51:50 pm »
    Hard to believe without triple exhaust ports.   "Stuffing" the crank dates back to early 70's for sure. 

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    Re: Vics 1980 Bob Elsners #3 factory race sled
    « Reply #27 on: May 05, 2020, 12:36:30 am »
    Is that the sled he was driving in the E.R. World Championship race with a 20+ sled lead, when he blew the belt coming out of turn 4 with less than 5 laps to go. Cant remember exactly which year it was 79-81...

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    Re: Vics 1980 Bob Elsners #3 factory race sled
    « Reply #28 on: May 06, 2020, 12:19:28 am »
    Vic,
    Here is a shot from one of my RXLs.  The second is my attempt to duplicate the pattern.
    I think it was rather common back then.

    That pattern was actually in the RXL manual.
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    Re: Vics 1980 Bob Elsners #3 factory race sled
    « Reply #29 on: May 08, 2020, 04:33:26 pm »
     Yes drilling the hyfax was a common practice. We did it to all of our race sleds even the XC ones back in the 70's .
     Vic