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February 6th, 2020
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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 oil do you use?

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

How does your maintenance schedule look?

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

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. Covered, in an open shed
2. In a field. Hey man, squirrels need somewhere to live too
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. Only six months 'til riding season, it can stay in the back of the truck

What do you carry for tools?

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

Trees are:

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

What's your stance on parts and accesssories?

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

At the trailhead, you:

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

All 8 questions completed!


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