We would recommend any water proof, lithium base, marine or motorsports grade grease. We would not recommend any synthetic grease because the grease that comes pre-packed in the bearings from the manufacture is a lithium base, and some synthetic bases are not compatible with lithium bases, and mixing the two can cause the grease to have a negative reaction and break down. Also, as a side note, it is also very important to make sure that the bearings do not get over greased, which can unnoticeably hydraulic the seals out of place, leading to rapid bearing failure.
Any high quality motorcycle chain lube is acceptable, but our top recommendation would be the Maxima brand chain wax (which can be purchased through many different motorsports dealers). It has excellent lubricating properties, and is very low mess compared to a lot of the other lubes out there.
With proper maintenance, they should last as long as a normally dirt ridden bike. Although it is harder to spin the track than a wheel, the snow helps by allowing the track to spin like that of a snowmobile. It also depends on how you ride. In addition, because there is no dirt and dust getting into the engine while riding in snow, there is less wear. We have put 1000’s of miles on our bikes with no failed engines due to the kit.
We have put 1000’s of miles on our bikes with little to no clutch wear. One customer rebuilt a bike with multiple hard seasons of riding and found the clutch showing very little wear.
We highly recommend that you lube and adjust your chains before every ride. This includes taking off the chain case cover to inspect the sprockets and bolts. With proper maintanence, your sprockets and bearings should easily last a season.
The frame, suspension and track weigh about 116 lbs. The front spindle and ski weigh 14 lbs. This adds about 60 lbs. to your bike making the typical 450cc race bike weigh in at about 300 lbs. fully fueled.
We have found that the 450 race bikes work very well in all situations. A 250cc or 300cc 2-stroke is the minimum we would recommend.
We recommend the following accessories for all riders: Wider foot pegs, handlebar risers, gas can, and cargo bag(s).
The stock gas tank along with a tunnel mounted 3.3 gal. gas can is the best combination suitable for any days ride. If you have an extra large gas tank, you can possibly get away with the 1.3 gal. can.
A Rekluse clutch is not needed with the Mountain Horse, however they are a nice feature and hold up quite well.
By placing a 1/2″ shim on the top of the rear suspension slide mechanism and tightening the limiter strap by 1 hole, you can lower the bike by up to 1″. See the tuning instructions for further details.
Yes, it is possible to slightly reduce the gearing by replacing the 17 tooth sprocket in the chain case with a 16 tooth.
The chain can be very tight to begin with on some setups. Make sure you have the correct engine sprocket installed on your bike. For most bikes this is a 13 tooth, see chart to make sure. You can try the following procedure to get it installed: 1) remove the upper strut rod bolt, 2) lift the track up, 3) install the chain, 4) re-install the strut rod bolt. Once you have the chain connected, you simply need to spin it a few times and it should loosen up. These chains have a lot of lubrication in the o-rings and tend to be a about 1/16″ shorter than our previous chain.