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track blistering?

Postby KneeDeepInSnow » May 21st, 2003, 8:47 am

hey , i noticed today that in the inner idler wheel tracks between the windows, in some places the rubber has blistered and broke or a little patch is missing...
anyone know what would cause this, or what a remedy would be? how serious is it?
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Postby 89Indy500_sp » May 21st, 2003, 10:27 am

if it keeps happening your gonna need a new track.
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Postby KneeDeepInSnow » May 21st, 2003, 1:07 pm

thats what i was afraid of...
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Postby 8roy7 » May 21st, 2003, 5:22 pm

The cause is a little too much heat. Could be from a lot of glare ice riding, or possibly the track is too tight. As long as the reinforcing fiberglass bars are not breaking it'll probably be ok for a while. It would be wise to budget for a new one though.
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Postby Snotcicles » May 22nd, 2003, 6:56 am

You say it's right where you're inner idler wheel rides? Might want to check that idler for bearing siezure. And also check the diameter against the others if we're talking rear idler. If it's bigger that could give you problems.
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Postby snodrifter » May 22nd, 2003, 8:01 am

I think you've just been riding it to fast!!!!!!!!
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Postby KneeDeepInSnow » May 26th, 2003, 1:29 am

its on the inside of the rails, the idler wheels that sit about 4-6 inches from the outside of the track.
i think the bnearings are fine, they were all new at the start of last season.....
the blister just occur beside the windows...here and there, like the rubber bubbled, but the kevlar is dine, i'll check track tension, but i think its within specks....

anythign else it could be?
and i dont think i'm riding too fast with a 10 yr old 440 engine lol .....thinking of rebuilding this summer tho.....time will tell...wish i could overbore it, but i think it'll be to hard cuz its the single carb...

oh btw, anyone ever loose 1 of the track arm cap screws(through the tunnel) i lost one at the end of the season...:( oh well ....
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Postby amsoilman » May 26th, 2003, 1:46 am

One of the guys I ride with had a doo F-3. His track was in bad shape and he knew it. We were doing a "speed run" on the lake when he blew his track. It looked like a giant lizard tongue when it whipped out from under the sled and slapped him in the back/head; driving him into the handlebars. The track had 192 picks installed. They shredded his jacket and trashed his helmet (he looked like someone shot him in the back with birdshot). Luckily, he wasn't hurt. Only got some bruises and sore muscles.
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Postby michahicks » May 28th, 2003, 7:54 am

Something else to beware of when your track goes bye-bye....no brakes, or even engine braking. Hopefully you have a mile of lake in front of you when it happens, and not a 4 foot breakwall. Just one of those things you don't think of until you find yourself doing it.
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