"It's an Air Force thing, seen too many reports of the wrong hardware causing accidents and loss of life. " origionally posted by namaba
another story that ephasizes the correct use of hardware. last night i was riding my 89 yamaha exciter, little bit of work ot it. re clutched, studed, mild racing suspension and free flow exhaust with dual Mikuni carbs, 570 EX motor. well i had the hammer down and was ridin it hard, finally dropped the front skis at about 45 MPH, and at about 60-70MPH i hit a small dip in the field, i always do and its never a big deal. one bolt in my suspension broke that held the top bogy to the tub. well because of that bolt breaking, the suspension dropped up into the tub, took out one of the heat exchangers, the track got too loose when that bogy bolt broke, and the drive cogs on the track slipped, and since i had the hammer down and i just landed it from probaly a 1 or 2 foot jump, it was on alot of load, and when the cogs slipped, it was like breaking the belt and going on a free-rev. was spinning 7500 RPM, and all the sudden the tach maxed out, which is over 10,000 and the thing just died, both clutches locked up also, and i can only figure it died because it "hand grenaded" my motor. hopefully its OK, but i have doubts, i havent had a chance to check it out after i finally got hit home from the fields. moral of the story:
just one little bolt messed up my heat exchanger, primary and secondary clutch are now jamed in full speed operation, and my motor is probably wasted. and it all could have been prevented if i would have bought a better bolt for 50 cents at the hardware instead of using one i found in the barn. so a 50 cent piece just ruined a 1500 dollar sled, pretty mild compared to some of the things certain people do to our opels, a 5 dollar part coulda saved a 5-6 thousand dollar car. just another story to get this point acrossed, not a shame i wasted the sled, but a shame to know i have all that time and money into it, it all seem slike a waste over one little bolt.