I would always have screw driver, plyers, spark plug wrench, set of plugs, extra belt and what ever it is going to take to change that belt. I would also highly suggest a qt. of oil. A map is a good idea if you don't know where you are otherwise a GPS and a cell phone also come in handy. Next, if you have space, a tow strap and a thermal blanket.
I also carry the stock tool set, plus: open end wrenchs specific for the important bolts on the machine, flashlight, duct tape, tow rope, zip-ties, quart of oil, map (pouch on handle bar), ball cap and knit cap, form fit gloves to work on machine, plugs, belt, candy bar or two, and a bottle of water.
I carry all sorts of tools with me on my trip, but I leave them in the truck. I never ride alone, therefore, if anything major is necessary, I'd get a ride back (or tow) from my "buddy" and do the big work back at the ranch. I guess if you were to ride alone all the time, more goodies would be necessary.
A list of stuff I bring and leave in the truck: slides, carbides, oil, gear oil, jets, service manuals, jack. If I am without my wife, I also bring her sled (Vmax 700) just in case mine decides it's tired.
basically got the same as everyone else...stock tool kit w/the sled, plug socket, emergency startin rope, xtra plugs...etc...heavy duty tow rope(towin cats)...ecopter else mentioned caring wrenchs for the important stuff on the sled thinkin of doin that this yr to...doesnt hurt...just make sure u got it all secure so it doesnt go all over the place in the little rear pouch...keep the oil and fuel tanks full and your all set.... :thumbsup: -INDY
Plugs and wrench
several 16ths wrench-ie vicegrips
tow rope,for other people of course
Paul, how many miles do you ride??
I would rather have extra tools with me then run the chance of walking home!!
Besides, last year my buddy and I rode up on a couple broke down, we needed a break and we stopped to give them a hand... sure is nice using a real plug wrench and screwdrivers then using the ones that come in our kits. We don't even carry the AC ones any more.
Another guy ran out of fuel last year... we pulled one of sleds up on the snow bank, used our 4' of fuel line and drain enough fuel to get the guy to the next town.
But... thats up to you I guess.
Don't be too reliant on cell phones as in central & northern Ontario they are basically useless.
A camping supply store has fire starter sticks.
When we 'doo our northern blastoff (over 1000 miles) I'll start w/ new carbides on the sled & wire the used ones under the hood somewhere. This is especially helpful if you are running non-OEM skis that aren't readily available.
I carry spare belt and plugs, factory tool kit thats about it, I know this old guy that carries everything that you can imagine from a shovel and saw to duct tape, extra runner's full tool kit I could go on and on, this guys sled must weigh a extra 250lb with the amount of stuff he carries. He also put's on 10'000 to 15000 k a season so I guess he want to be prepard.
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