February 6th, 2020

Quiz: How Much Mechanical Sympathy Do You Have?

As sledders, we all have a deep appreciation for the machines we ride.

How we treat our cherished vehicles, however, is a broad spectrum. Are you the type of sledder who goes by the motto, “Ride it like it’s stolen”? Or one who cleans clutches and greases fittings after every ride? Or somewhere in between?

How much mechanical sympathy do YOU have? It’s time to find out!

How Much Mechanical Sympathy Do You Have?

What type of fuel do you run?

1. As specified in my operator's manual, 91 octane
2. VP Racing C12 to prevent detonation
3. Purple gas is 10 cents cheaper, bro!
4. E85 works just fine, I don't see what the big problem is

What type of oil do you use?

1. Whatever's on sale at Lordco
2. Your snowmobile OEM brand
3. A premium synthetic from an aftermarket brand
4. The cheapest shit you can find at the gas station

What's your stance on parts and accesssories?

1. I just love my OEMs PG&A catalog! It's got everything I need!
2. Lightweight mods from the aftermarket are the way to go, and they're often cheaper than OEM replacement parts
3. Zip-ties will fix pretty much anything!
4. I named my kids "Carbon Fiber" and "Titanium"

How do you store your sled?

1. Only six months 'til riding season, it can stay in the back of the truck
2. Covered, in an open shed
3. I built a little tent out of some 2x4s and a tarp
4. Heated shop kept at exactly 19˚C and 45% humidity
5. In a field. Hey man, squirrels need somewhere to live too

How does your maintenance schedule look?

1. Say what? Come again?
2. The OEM suggested maintenance schedule isn't nearly comprehensive enough! I've personally torqued every nut and bolt on my sled
3. When something breaks, I fix it promptly
4. That's the next guy's problem once I roll back the odometer and flog it on Mountain Sledder Swapmeet
5. I dunno, I pay my dealer good $$ to take care of that for me

Trees are:

1. For traction
2. To be avoided at all costs
3. When I go to the arcade, I only play pinball
4. I stare at them and they call to me, but I will not be intimidated

At the trailhead, you:

1. Bring your sled up to the manufacturer suggested operating temp
2. Flash your sled up and immediately tear ass up the trail at 120
3. Let your sled idle for 20 minutes while you get ready
4. Smash yesterday's ice off the tunnel with a tire iron

What do you carry for tools?

1. A tow strap and the number for the helicopter company
2. I have a guy who carries my tools for me (aka you are Chris Burandt)
3. I have a customized toolkit I put together myself
4. Only what came with the sled
5. Bolt cutters and something to scratch the VIN off

All 8 questions completed!

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