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General Discussion / Re: What are you up to today??
« Last post by Interceptor398 on September 12, 2020, 08:40:33 PM »
Spending as much time as I can working on my wood pile.  Had a large oak that busted about 10 feet up and the trunk was still attached.  I have been giving my 64 IH 1600 Loadstar all wheel drive enough TLC to leave the yard and pull the trunk off the stump.  Got it hooked up and put the old truck in low range and just kind of drove away with it.  I got this truck a couple years ago to pull my bulldozer but still need a trailer to do that.  Still a few things to do but almost ready to put insurance on it and head out.

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The Interceptor Gang / Re: Why was the Interceptor called a 550 and not a 530?
« Last post by DougKauer on September 07, 2020, 11:56:13 AM »
I wonder how much more horse power it would of had if it was 548cc .
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CLASSIFIEDS: buy, sell or trade here / Re: 1981-82
« Last post by sprocket on September 07, 2020, 08:53:16 AM »
Mono crankshaft
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General Discussion / Re: Suspension Lift
« Last post by mswyka on September 07, 2020, 07:13:16 AM »
Ran out of picture space in the first post.
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General Discussion / Suspension Lift
« Last post by mswyka on September 07, 2020, 07:09:07 AM »
We have had more than one sled come into the shop with the underside of the tunnel ripped open by studs in the track.  Kawasaki must have understood that fairly early since in 1980 they began offering a Tunnel Rub Strip Kit in January 1980 P/N 99970-3524.  On element of that kit that I wasn’t otherwise aware of were the suspension lift brackets – essentially identical steel brackets for the support of the rear suspension cross-shaft with the exception that the mounting holes are dropped by about 1.5”

We only have one example of the OEM lift bracket - oddly enough that showed up on our 78 Intruder.  That sled has just been a wealth of information for us.  I have never found another pair so we started fabricating our own.  I cannot say that they are too elegant, but they get the job done.

With the added height of the rub strips, it is easier for the track to bottom out.  The little bit of lift offered by the new brackets helps to keep the track from bottoming out.

So for all our 78 and 79 sleds we add the lift.  We also add the lift to the 80 and newer, non-vari-ride sleds. 

Again, for us, this has been a good modification.
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The Interceptor Gang / Re: Why was the Interceptor called a 550 and not a 530?
« Last post by Boomologist on September 06, 2020, 10:30:08 AM »
Most bikes and sled manufactures round up on cc's.
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The Interceptor Gang / Re: Why was the Interceptor called a 550 and not a 530?
« Last post by DougKauer on September 05, 2020, 03:59:09 PM »
Then they should of made the Number 548 cc since they called it a 550.
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General Discussion / Re: Track Studding
« Last post by gixxer6 on September 05, 2020, 10:10:24 AM »
I studded one of my first Invaders, it was a great improvement on ice and hard pack.  I installed a new style 1” Camoplast hacksaw track on my 81 Invader, it would out perform the studded Invader everywhere except ice.  The new track is still the best modification that I have ever done to a Kaw...
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The Interceptor Gang / Re: Primary and Secondary Clutch
« Last post by gixxer6 on September 05, 2020, 10:01:13 AM »
The Kaw clutches work great on a stock sled, some guys have success modifying them but they are definitely limited.  I just upgraded both of my kaws to Polaris clutches. 
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The Interceptor Gang / Re: Why was the Interceptor called a 550 and not a 530?
« Last post by gixxer6 on September 05, 2020, 09:57:11 AM »
Yep, same reason they called the 436 Invaders a 440, along with most all snowmobiles. 
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