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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    When you want to use an M10 throttle on your Yamaha, but you don't have a throttle cable adapter, but you do have lots of M10 bolts, a vise, a bench grinder, drill bits, a tap & die set, and a dremel...
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    LOL, yeah, this is where forums kick FB's azz...
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    Campground map.

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    https://therockcamping.com/
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    And some more...

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    More pictures...

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    The Rock Camping Resort picture dump...
    Most of the pictures are showing the large group site (P-1 and P-2), and/or our views from that site. Power to the group site requires 100+ feet of extension...
  8. Wisconsin Dells JET BLAST Freeride 2022 - Badgerland Jet Pilots 2nd Decade Begins

    Yes, after 10 years I am officially retired from organizing the Jet Blast freerides going forward, but the new organizers, Tommy & Brady (and "The Committee to Replace Paul", lol, yep, it's a real...
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    And here we have yet another example showing why handlepole bushings, top and bottom, need to be epoxied into place, so they can't move. Even with an aluminum handlepole, bushings allowed to move...
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    Of course we all knew the stock handlebars would be bent, right?


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    Re: Yamaha VXR 650 Parts

    Prices please?
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    And this is why you always open up the ebox and check.

    Not terribly crusty inside, but keep in mind the stator was replaced a few months ago, so the box didn't get cleaned at that time.

    One of...
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    Time to open the ebox and see what's up in there.
    Of course you knew at least one ebox screw would be missing....or course I have spares.

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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    Pump is all nice & fresh with new bearings & seals, nice stainless blaster impeller with 16 thou clearance, everything aligned correctly, splines greased, DG Quadrafin ride plate, Westcoast intake...
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    Got the pump bearings and seals replaced last night.
    I should have kept a bucket nearby to catch the water that came out of the pump - it was enough to make a splash noise when it hit the concrete...
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    Re: Yet another square nose build

    Did I sell you that stuffer :) ?
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    Re: The science of condensation...

    Too late.
    Bwaaaaahahahaha!!
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    I actually didn't plan to start on this SN until well into winter. I've got 3 other projects that are supposed to be ahead of it, but the skis are not here yet. I was going to ride yesterday, but...
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    Yeah, me too, or I run Solas mags.
    If I was keeping this ski and planning to ride in jet wash (aka, race it) or ride it in Lake Michigan surf a lot, I'd put the time and effort into blueprinting.
    I...
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    Re: The science of condensation...

    But the thing here I never bothered considering is the potential condensation accumulation of a completely empty fuel tank versus a partially filled tank...probably cuz I've been storing 99% of my...
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    Re: The science of condensation...

    So at least it appears that we are in agreement about the false necessity of brimming a fuel tank for winter storage, LOL...

    Well, at least plastic...
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    Re: The science of condensation...

    Technically, not correct, with regard to empty tanks.
    Condensation happens wherever the conditions for condensation are present. If you stick humid enough air into an empty tank and then create...
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    The give away is when the window in the sleeve is a smooth transition to the exhaust runner. Then you know it was ported/worked on. When stock there will be some sleeve overlap.
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    Well, the midshaft spins buttery smooth, but the pump bearings, umm, not so much.
    And of course 1 of the 4 pump thru bolts is missing and the other 3 were finger tight, you know, cuz loctite is hard...
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    The bilge pickup is an easy fix when everything is out of the way.

    Pulling the midshaft next for inspection and spline lube :)

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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    Bonus time.
    81.5mm and ported.

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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    Ah, gotcha, and yeah I have seen that in the blaster box, just never in any SJ box.
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    A washer in the exit tube of a FP waterbox??
    I've never seen any aftermarket waterbox with any kind of restrictor in the exit.

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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    I get people/customers regularly who will say something like, "I built my ski myself, now I just need you to tune it for me...".
    This ski is a perfect example of why that just isn't a realistic...
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    LOLOLOL.
    Yeah, this is nothing...every raffle ski I built over the past decade started out way worse. I should have written a book....or maybe I already have :)

    This ski was never really ridden...
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    Good thing that I have spares.
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    Yeah, who needs the bracket to secure the bilge pickup in place, lol???
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    And once you're this far...

    More fun.
    Note the hardware used to bolt the b-pipe manifold to the cylinder...the rear bottom bolt is actually an M10. Someone probably broke the OEM M8 bolt and...
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

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    This is the Ultimate Underpadding that will be installed before the waterbox and fuel tank go back in.
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    Like I said, the water routing, just from what I could see, basically sucked. Now look at what I couldn't see till I took stuff apart.
    How long was that water line gonna last as it rubbed against...
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

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    No comment :)
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    More poster child examples of why proper assembly is critical.

    ...and no matter how pretty and minty a ski looks on the outside, it is the inside you need to be concerned with.

    Look what these...
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    Red = Reserve
    LOL
    Before you disconnect fuel lines, a zip tie can help to remind you which is which later on...
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    I already bought an old school aftermarket pole spring at the Swap Meet last weekend, for this SN. These aren't as stiff as the current Blowsion springs, but it will do the trick here.
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    Here are the gaps.
    Terrible.
    But the fix is easy.
    Measure the gaps, feeler gauge/caliper... whatever.
    Add them together, divide by 2, then create 2 new "shims" and stick one on each side to fill...
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    Look closely at the pictures showing the handlepole pivot.
    The gaps between the pole bushings and bracket are unacceptable, and explain the hood gouges and paint damage. The sad part is installing...
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    So the funny thing I should add is that this ski currently "shows" beautifully, and is technically in running condition. It is literally a poster child example of a ski that would potentially bring...
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    The basic plan here is to document this build and to also explain how I go about deciding what I like to do with SNs like this. This may or may not match what others do, which is fine. What I know...
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    Re: Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    More pictures...

    Side note, I winterized this SN yesterday. It also came with a new lithium battery. No, I didn't bother to test ride it. I don't need or want to. First time I will ride this...
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    Just another silly Squarenose re-do

    Time for some fun.

    So, now that I'm retired from a decade of organizing Jet Blast, I am also done spending my off-season time restoring or modding or building raffle skis. Now I can build more of...
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