captainrob
Went to Wodonga on the weekend for Round 3 with Amber.
Got a Second and made it to the first semi-final then blew a drive belt - bummer.
But it was a good time for all - pretty muddy for the Amboid though!
Next Round is at Coulsen in QLD on 25th August - it will take me until then to clean it!


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Dr.Shifty
Is that your little cleaning dude at the bottom right? It looks like he's having second thoughts. 😃
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
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captainrob
LOL
I wish
Just some dude passing by - we get a lot of kids (families) spectators and they seem to now know Amber and the pink bits!
We make them pretty welcome - let them sit in it and hand out stuff. 
Most of the other drivers/teams are pretty scary looking guys (scare the s**t out of us too!) so I guess we're a softer target
We now have Sidchrome onboard and I think they may make a little display and stuff for the Dads - should work!
Obviously their signage on the car isn't visible for very long!
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captainrob
BTW
I'm now banned from the local drive-thru car wash unless I pay for the bobcat to clean up afterwards!
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Dr.Shifty

Here's a car wash that matches the pink. 🙂

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Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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captainrob
Thought some of you might be interested in exploded drive belts?
The Polaris RZR in racing form really overloads the CVT drive belts.
We run a 'bilge blower; from a boat to force cooling air into the drive belt housing to try and prolong belt life. The existing 'fan' blades on the drive sheave just doesn't move enough air. Some desert racers on longer runs run thermo probes to measure belt temperature, but sprint racing (SXS) is a lot of stop/start/slow/fast, and jumping in the air then landing on full noise. Lots of stresses on the drive system.
Theres a picture of a new belt - how it should look.
And there's two we blew on the weekend.
They just explode and fragment - all thats usually left is the cordage and a few chunks. The rest vaporises and blows out through the CVT exhaust port. The second blown belt is actually unusual as there's a few more bits left!
Its quite a bang when they let go. And once they go then thats it - all drive both front and rear is lost. And its a bit of a job to change them in a hurry; especially cleaning out all the cordage wrapped around the clutches.
The new belts have to be prepared. We wash them in the dishwasher (when wifes not looking!) to get rid of the oils and chemicals used in the manufacturing process. Then we carefully dry and store them in an old pillowcase to keep them clean. We also run them in for about twenty minutes to heat cycle them - sometimes we'll do 3 or 4 belts in one run-in session so we have a few ready to use as spares on race day. They cost about $250 each.
As some of you will know, the CVT belts drive on the side face of the belts, not the serrations. The serrated chunks are there just to give the belts flexibility and cooling, and do nothing for the drive.
Its pretty frustrating at times blowing belts, but logically its better to blow a belt (the weak link) than destroy a transmission.
Hope ya found it interesting, even though nothing to do with Indian Chiefs!

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Dr.Shifty
That's some serious mumbo to do that to the belt.

My Subaru Outback has a CVT. I will now be very careful when I go off a jump not to land at full noise. 😄
Cheers, Kim.

From Woodrising (no, nobody else has heard of it either)
Rides a Springfield Dark Horse
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captainrob
and don't ever let Amber drive it!
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