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?

Trees are:

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

What type of fuel do you run?

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

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. In a field. Hey man, squirrels need somewhere to live too
4. Heated shop kept at exactly 19˚C and 45% humidity
5. I built a little tent out of some 2x4s and a tarp

At the trailhead, you:

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

What's your stance on parts and accesssories?

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

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. That's the next guy's problem once I roll back the odometer and flog it on Mountain Sledder Swapmeet
4. I dunno, I pay my dealer good $$ to take care of that for me
5. When something breaks, I fix it promptly

What type of oil do you use?

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

What do you carry for tools?

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

All 8 questions completed!

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