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Mackinac bridge crossing
« on: July 1, 2018, 06:36:19 PM »
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Has anyone here done the Mackinac Bridge Crossing in December I am planning to do it this year and would like some advice on size of wheels and etc. thanks yeti  I know the spelling is wrong but I'm using my iPhone
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« Reply #1 on: July 1, 2018, 08:43:25 PM »
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Check this one Joe
http://users.boardnation.com/~oldski-doosleds/index.php?board=5;action=display;threadid=24136

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Re: Mackinac bridge crossing
« Reply #2 on: July 2, 2018, 03:28:10 AM »
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Quite a few members here cross it.  If they don't change the rules, last two years was wheels must be at least two inches wide and track(s) can't have studs or cleats.  Snowmobiles must also be 25 years old or older to participate.

There are grates on the inside lane and some gaps near the towers on both lanes that's why the tires/wheels must be at least two inches wide.

Here's a story I wrote about wheel kits:  http://www.teshio.com/wheelkits.htm

The home page has and will be updated with the latest links for the 15 Dec 18 event.  http://www.teshio.com/vsn/events.htm

 
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« Reply #3 on: July 2, 2018, 07:09:48 AM »
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ANYBODY GOT PIC'S OF WHAT THEY DID WOULD LIKE TO KEEP THE SKIS JUST ADD WHEELS TO THEM. HAVE A COUPLE OF IDEAS BUT NOT SURE THEY WILL WORK  YETI
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« Reply #4 on: July 2, 2018, 01:56:14 PM »
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Hey Joe,
There was a pretty lengthy thread on this topic over on the VS Bull Sessions.  This would be such a fun event to attend. Maybe EricR will do it wearing nothing but his boxers!? 
I'll try to find a link to the thread.  Some guys have come up with the best kind of home made wheel kits. They even give an award out for it at the end of the day.
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« Reply #5 on: July 3, 2018, 02:45:15 AM »
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Joe,
Here's the thread.  There are quite a few pics included that show different wheel kits.  You should be able to get some good ideas from these.  A wise man once told me that a guy with a welder can build anything! That man was the YETI

http://vintagesleds.com/bs/index.php/topic,325642.0.html
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« Reply #6 on: July 3, 2018, 12:56:12 PM »
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Turf skis?  Might hold up. 
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« Reply #7 on: July 5, 2018, 05:10:34 PM »
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Warrior, from what I read a while ago, turf skis are not a good option due to the width of the expansion joints on the bridge. Turf skis can get caught in them. I believe the "rules" state that the tires must be a minimum of 2 inches wide. Might be wrong though. 

I had a nice long chat with the YETI, Jersey Joe earlier today.  We discussed doing the bridge crossing and what a great time it would be.  I'm going to look into doing this ride pretty seriously but life keeps getting in the way of the fun stuff.
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Re: Mackinac bridge crossing
« Reply #8 on: July 5, 2018, 05:20:15 PM »
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Yes I read that too, it just seems like they would work.  Especially  with a short throttle burst  at the right spot lol. 
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Re: Mackinac bridge crossing
« Reply #9 on: September 5, 2018, 05:13:06 AM »
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Turf skis work OK for a parade or such on a hard surface, but when they get slush, mud etc in them the wheels get jammed on the "axle" which is a 1/2x20 bolt through the 12 gauge or so sheet metal they are made of, I had one wallow out a hole and shear through the bolt just riding around my yard and an adjacent asphalt parking lot one time.

I would be tempted to try fab something using small wheel barrow tires or such. And avoid those Harbor Freight dolly wheels, they are pretty flimsy.
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