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#2914312 - 12/28/11 09:14 PM Re: Which year Yamaha Bravo [Re: On a Call]
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Registered: 01/23/10
Posts: 921
Loc: S/E Mich - N/W Ohio
Not a bad idea using those warmers....till they run outta fire. But as long as you have supply stay sitting on that stump and rack in another shell smile

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#2914393 - 12/28/11 09:50 PM Re: Which year Yamaha Bravo [Re: On a Call]
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Registered: 11/26/08
Posts: 793
Loc: wasilla,alaska
Len and other bravo guys how do you deal with the left running board iceing up? Just deal with it?
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#2914618 - 12/29/11 12:17 AM Re: Which year Yamaha Bravo [Re: On a Call]
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Registered: 02/11/09
Posts: 1
Loc: Galena Alaska USA
frozen okie, i am always stomping on the running boards to break it off. I hate it when my boots are slipping of the footrails.
On a Call, i always keep a dozen or more in my survival pack. For the jus incase moment. When really cold out i usually put two in the boots and two in the mitts ready to roll in 15 minutes...wait and have coffee then i am off.

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#2916830 - 12/30/11 03:22 AM Re: Which year Yamaha Bravo [Re: On a Call]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2087
Loc: Homer, Alaska
That is a tough one. My son is carrying a hammer in his glove box. Works pretty good. I want to divert the hot air to the cowling. Getting tired of working on them however and ready to play. Got mine out for the maiden voyage today. Ran good except we have about 2-3 feet of fluff and was snowing sideways. Will get picts posted soon. Looks pretty cool.


Edited by Family Trapper (12/30/11 01:26 PM)
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#2916855 - 12/30/11 05:14 AM Re: Which year Yamaha Bravo [Re: On a Call]
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Registered: 12/10/09
Posts: 17
Loc: Fairbanks AK
Look forward to your pics FT!
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#2917012 - 12/30/11 08:30 AM Re: Which year Yamaha Bravo [Re: On a Call]
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Loc: north Idaho
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#2917117 - 12/30/11 10:04 AM Re: Which year Yamaha Bravo [Re: On a Call]
frozen okie Offline
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Loc: wasilla,alaska
Cant wait to see the beast FT...was thinking of cutting bigger holes in running board so maybe it would drain? Then beefing it up with flat bar
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#2918479 - 12/30/11 09:42 PM Re: Which year Yamaha Bravo [Re: On a Call]
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Registered: 01/23/10
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Loc: S/E Mich - N/W Ohio
What if you lined your boards with UHMD plastic ? Nothing sticks to that stuff.

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#2918526 - 12/30/11 10:13 PM Re: Which year Yamaha Bravo [Re: On a Call]
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Registered: 11/26/08
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Loc: wasilla,alaska
MMM wonder if ice will?It may make it just as slick as the ice does
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#2918662 - 12/30/11 11:21 PM Re: Which year Yamaha Bravo [Re: On a Call]
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Registered: 02/11/09
Posts: 1
Loc: Galena Alaska USA
I think your bunny boots will be slipping off all the time. I jus got used to stomping it off all the time.

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#2918831 - 12/31/11 03:13 AM Re: Which year Yamaha Bravo [Re: On a Call]
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Registered: 01/23/10
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Loc: S/E Mich - N/W Ohio
My thought is that it would not be as bad as having built up ice on the runners. The stuff is smooth but not slippery against rubber. Personally I feel it might work out just fine.

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#2924815 - 01/03/12 03:41 AM Re: Which year Yamaha Bravo [Re: On a Call]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2087
Loc: Homer, Alaska
Okay sorry to keep you waiting. Spent some quality time with kids over break as well as working on and enjoying the 4 Running bravos.
So you recall the beast that a guy gave me. Actually a tman member. "Milkcrate" He gave it to me when he moved to the lower 48 about 4 years ago. He is back and word has it looking for a Bravo.
;0)
Well it looks a bit better than it did the last time you saw it.
A coat of paint on the out side and plastic and some great mods!

Ready for fun. I spaced out getting after on the motor. But all the Alum surfaces have been wire brushed and the clutches look good. More on mistakes etc later.




The seat box was made by my 7 year old daughter and myself.
She loved spreading the glue.




Went with the 5.5 inch tall box. 1/2 inch plywood this time but shorter. About what Takotna runs.
I wanted max rack room and a lot of options here. I made it for one person but looking back at it might have made it a little longer.




Nice way to get your weight forward. The storage is awesome.


Will be going .5 inch on Garritys at some point also. A lot more storage. And lighter than 2 by 6. Brain fart there.


I personally think the stock foam is too firm. So I chopped 3 inches of the stock off and put in 4 inches of high density foam they sell here at a place for making seat cushions. It is firm but with a nice cush. It is very comfy. Setting high, I will say once again, on a bravo is the way to go. Getting on a stock setup is as I have mentioned before feels is like a bad joke. Unbelievable difference for someone my height.


So the 3 inch riser worked so well on Garrity's I decided to go 4 this time. No cable ajustments or extensions needed. Had to use all-thread to make it work as I couldn't find long enough bolts to work with existing nuts. Had to drill out the bottom nuts to make it work. But it is awesome. I am 5 ft 11 in and can stand upright without bending over. Being able to push the handle bars more vertical allows me to set farther forward also. Allowing me to get by with the shorter seat.


So the next dilemma was the skis. I had a set of rusty metal ones. Contemplated making new skis from HD plastic or skins. I was in Verbas in Soldotna and they have a bin of used skis. I found this set of Skidoo Summit skis and they looked like they could be retrofit. $150

Well after about 4 hours or more of tweaking and cutting etc I came up with something that worked. Initially I was going to make a bracket to utilize the front shocks but chose to just abandon them. Was able to put the second one together in no time.



Aluminum channel in the back, Some chiseling but very doable. Used the two existng wear rod bolts to attach the Alum channel.


The existing hole for the front strap worked perfectly for the front spring attachment/slide. I utilized the existing plastic wear plates with some mods and had to chisel out some of the plastic but it was a great fit. I drilled a new hole for the front strap attachment with just enough to make it. Hope it holds up.



The skis are amazing compared to stock skis. We have ridden them side by side and it is very noticeable. These pict were taken with them mounted as they say. With the wider part of the ski to the inside and flat to the outside. I looked stupid so I reversed them. I think the floatation is better.

SOOOO the rest of the story will have to wait for my trapping journal.
However I will add a few more tips on these old machines. I didn't really think of it. I should have replaced all gas hoses. They are hard and no flex left. They have already begun to plague me. I will be pulling it in and replacing all tubing. Including the vacuum line going to the fuel pump. It just broke off with some pressure exerted on it while working on the carb at 15 below.
OHH the trapping journal starts out with a well Floppity doda! Coming soon to a thread near you.


Edited by Family Trapper (01/03/12 03:44 AM)
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#2925124 - 01/03/12 10:02 AM Re: Which year Yamaha Bravo [Re: On a Call]
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Registered: 01/09/09
Posts: 1503
Loc: Nebraska
GREAT THREAD!!! Thanks for all the info FT and others. I run older (mid to early 80's) Yamaha Enticers with long tracks. Will be doing some of these mods for sure.

FT are you going to run without the ski shocks? What did the yellow skies come off of?

I do know I put a set of ski spreads on one of my Enticers and couldn't believe how it improved steering and handling, but looks stupid as you say, my son wont let me do it to his. You may want to try the skis how you had them first after driving it a bit this way and see what you think with the wider stance. You can always swap em back if you take her to town.lol
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#2925194 - 01/03/12 10:57 AM Re: Which year Yamaha Bravo [Re: Trapset]
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 1198
Loc: Takotna AK
Originally Posted By: Trapset
GREAT THREAD!!! Thanks for all the info FT and others. I run older (mid to early 80's) Yamaha Enticers with long tracks.


I loved those enticers for trapping, they always quit making the good trapping machines.

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#2925206 - 01/03/12 11:07 AM Re: Which year Yamaha Bravo [Re: On a Call]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2087
Loc: Homer, Alaska
Trapset- No shocks.Skis were off a Skidoo Summit they said. They said they were put on this way for side hilling. I don't need that. Would rather have the wider stance and better floatation. And looks. ;0)
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#2925287 - 01/03/12 12:12 PM Re: Which year Yamaha Bravo [Re: On a Call]
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Registered: 11/24/07
Posts: 994
Loc: north Idaho
Thanks FT, will hold my breath till the nx installment :-)
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#2925418 - 01/03/12 01:55 PM Re: Which year Yamaha Bravo [Re: On a Call]
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Registered: 01/09/09
Posts: 1503
Loc: Nebraska
I know what you mean Takotna! True with a lot of stuff actually. Outboards, trucks, guns a lot of my favorits are from before I was born.

Thanks FT. Looks like the stance would be wider with the skis the other way but I'm probably missing something. Thanks again for all the great info.
Here is how I widened and raised my front end. Talk about looking stupid.lol (function over form though)

The orange plate is how I raised the rear.

Here is how they look together.

My name is not Bob nor was the guy I bought the sled from named Bob but he used to drink a bit too much Rum and then his head would "bob" so one of his buddy's wrote "Bob" on the front of his sled. With 4 Enticers they need names to keep em straight so we call mine "Bob"lol
Now I need to get to work on a seat like Family Trapper's and I'm ready to go. Oh ya, and snow.
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#2925430 - 01/03/12 02:07 PM Re: Which year Yamaha Bravo [Re: On a Call]
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 2087
Loc: Homer, Alaska
Holy cow how do you reach into the bottom of that box? ;0) I am about to build mine. Looking for design options. Thanks for sharing. I know what you mean about Names. We have 4 now in Homer and about time to name them. ;0)
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#2925446 - 01/03/12 02:27 PM Re: Which year Yamaha Bravo [Re: On a Call]
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Registered: 01/09/09
Posts: 1503
Loc: Nebraska
I'm 6'3 but I still don't put anything I need too often in the bottom.:) I can fit a .22 cricket in it as well as my ice fishing poles and an old "tic tic" bumper jack but its a pain when you need something out from way down there. If I had it to do over I would probably not make it this deep but I'm kinda used to it now. I was always going to put a false bottom where it notches in and just keep survival gear and little used stuff under there but I never got around to it.
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#2926031 - 01/03/12 07:09 PM Re: Which year Yamaha Bravo [Re: On a Call]
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Registered: 01/23/10
Posts: 921
Loc: S/E Mich - N/W Ohio
Hey Len, did you set up a latch to keep the lid closed ?

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