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  1. Cleaning the air filter on your ATV is one crucial maintenance measure a rider should take. The presence and function of the air intake in a vehicle are so vital that once it gets damaged, the vehicle engine potentially becomes exposed to all manner of things. If you don’t have enough information on how to clean an ATV air filter, below is a compiled essential tips to follow to achieve a great result with little or no cost. Why You Need to Clean Air Filter The air filter on your ATV carries out an essential function of preventing the accumulation of dirt. Hence, if you fail to clean the air filter, the piston could damage, and the carburetor blocks up. Besides, failing to clean the air filter allows dirt, debris, small sticks, sand, sand, and pebbles, which the air intake prevents from gaining access to the engine, leading to engine malfunction. In the same way, the engine won’t cool, and breakdown is inevitable. Steps To Clean ATV Air Filter Cleaning your air filter after every ride is unnecessary. Needless to say that it’s essential you check the air filter during routine maintenance. Besides, the hour meter is a great device to check the standard hourly intervals to clean or replace your air filter. Alternatively, read through the owner manual to know the general and specific recommendations about your ATV air filter. It’s essential to find out where the air filter is located around the ATV. Typically the air filter sits right under the seat. It comes in the form of a foam or paper filter. The method of cleaning the air filter depends on the type of air filter on the ATV. Wear all safety gear, that is, the gloves when cleaning your air filter, especially the foam and HEPA types. Some of the cleaning solvents, including toxins and other carcinogens, are harmful to your skin. Generally, there are three steps to clean an air filter. Each of these steps comes with proper care and should be taken seriously. Step 1: Cleaning ATV Air Filter Cleaning Paper Air Filter If the air filter on your ATV is the paper type, you can use only a combination of water and cleaning agents to clean it. Paper filters cannot withstand the harshness of abrasive brushes or compressed air drying. They are harsh on the material of this type of filter. To prevent damage to your filter and potential harm to your ATV engine, always go for thorough air dry on a paper filter. Cleaning ATV Air Filter Unlike the paper air filter type, the foam filter comes with a solid material capable of resistance to hard washing. Hence, rather than the easy-way-out kind of work you’ll put in when cleaning a paper ATV, the foam type requires some more work and steps. Yet, you can wash it by hand. Don’t use any soap or detergent. Don’t scrub the material. Use a safer, compatible, and recommended solution. Procedure: Get a bucket filled with water Mix with an appropriate cleaning agent Start to hand wash. This step requires serious care and caution. This is because any hand washing can cause unseen damage. Gently wring and rub out the dirt solution from the filter. Rinse with clean water Air-dry the filter completely. Do not put the air filter under any other unnatural drying device, such as laundry dryer, hairdryer, or heat gun. This tells you that it takes some time after cleaning before you fix the air filter for use on your dirt bike. Step 2: Cleaning the Air Box After cleaning the air filter, you’ve only completed one part of the process. The second part is to also attend to your ATV air box. The box is the part of your ATV that houses a lot of gunk, debris, sticks, and pebbles. It requires thorough cleaning so that it doesn’t return residual dirt and dust to the filter. Just as you clean the air filter, use a solvent with water to get rid of the dirt. Although you’ll need to exert some energy because it’s sticky, that shouldn’t discourage you from carrying out a thorough cleaning on it. To prevent the airbox from taking in a lot of water, solvent, or retaining residual gunk and debris, use airbox lid when cleaning it. Step 3: Oiling the Air Filter The last but not the least of the three-step cleaning of your ATV air filter is to oil the filter. Failing to carry out this step is taken as not cleaning the air filter at all. So, it’s essential. Don’t forget, after cleaning and air drying the air filter, it’s now a dehydrated item and will require that you lubricate it before replacing it to the engine. You can massage the oil around the filter, but don’t forget to put on your gloves. Alternatively, you can pour some oil into a bag while you roll the air filter inside it to cover all parts of its body. It is essential to ensure even oiling of the elements of the filter. Otherwise, it’ll affect the proper functioning of the material. The process continues with the wringing out of excess oil that may have found its way into the air filter. Allow the filter to air dry for at least 30 minutes until it gets gluey. Apply rim grease around the filter’s rim before replacing the air filter to the ATV. There’s an alternative way out of the air filter oiling procedure. Using a pre-oiled air filter will save you all the sometimes messy option of having to clean and oil the filter around. This means that as soon as your oil filter is blocked, you’ll need to remove and replace it immediately. Many riders prefer this type of air filter. If that suits your budget, why not go with it? Frequently Asked Questions Can you clean an air filter with brake cleaner? No, you can’t. I’ll say you shouldn’t. Break cleaners are too harsh and hard on the skin of ATV air filter. It’ll scratch away the excellent material that the filter is made of and wash them away. The result is that your air filter becomes useless. Instead, use the blend of mild soap and warm water to clean your air filter. The excellent air filter cleaner is the K&N. When drying the filter after cleaning, it’s not advisable to use compressed air. This is because it’s capable of creating tiny holes into the filter through which debris and dirt can enter and cause damage. Can you wash an air filter? There’s no direct answer to the question. It depends on the type of air filter your dirt bike or ATV is using. If it’s a paper or disposable air filter, you can only replace it. However, permanent or foam cleaners are washable and can be cleaned. The best way to wash your permanent reusable air filter is by vacuuming. The time vacuuming can’t correctly work when your filter has accumulated so much grime or gunk. Can I wash a HEPA filter? Sure, you can. But don’t use water on a HEPA filter except it’s the washable type. You can rinse this type of filter using cold water. However, a permanent HEPA filter should be cleaned by using the vacuum method. Conclusion You’ll be surprised by the amount of money you’d have saved by going the DIY way of cleaning your ATV air filter. There are things you need to do and put in place as a rider. It’s not just enough to ride; you need to listen to the sound of your ATV engine. Before and at the end of every trip, carry out a random inspection on your ATV to ensure that your air filter is in good condition. You can have as many as possible air filters in your garage. When installing the air filter, make sure you follow every detail of the procedure for doing that. Please let me say that the health of the air filter is the health of your ATV, and a sturdy ATV guarantees a fun ride.
  2. By far, the best smoked salmon recipe I have tried.
  3. I followed this recipe for our turkey this year and some of the pickest eaters said this was the best turkey "THEY EVER HAD" I will be using this recipe next year for sure. It was VERY VERY delicious. I used Apple wood chunks I stuck in the corners of the BGE that would smolder eventually and I cooked at 275 for about 4 hours. Every hour I sprayed with Canola Oil to help keep that skin crispy. I used the Killer Hogs A.P. seasoning and Zataranns Creole Seasoning.
  4. I have been researching Side by Sides and have some experience with owning a 2019 Can-Am 1000 Maverick Trail. We very much enjoyed our Can-Am but because of unfortunate events that happened in our life we had to part ways and need to get rid of debt as quick as possible so gave it away for way less than I put into it but it went to a good home in Montana. So notes I would mention in regards to the Can-Am Maverick Trail 1000 DPS I would mention that the 50" wide SxS, no matter what brand, is they are very tippy, especially with one person in the vehicle. Also with the Can-Am in the summer time it gets really hot and loud which I am assuming is because of the engine. The seat sits pretty low which wasn't any issue driving but came into an issue when you wanted to plow. You can't really see the plow when sitting down. Not the best vehicle for plowing with but plenty of power to push any amount of snow. I loved the long wheelbase and it just coasted over bumps. I broke my back in the military and driving the Can-Am 1000 Maverick Trail all day it didn't bother my back at all. If I ride an ATV for an hour and my back is in a lot of pain which is the main reason I went to a SxS is for the back support and comfort. Many ask me if I would go back to a Can-Am when I am ready financially to jump back into a Side by Side and the answer is no. Here in Michigan the amount of 50" only trails are very slim and we mainly go with groups which include mainly larger side by sides. I like many of the Side by Sides but after researching all the forums and the utility of a side by side I am leaning on the Honda Pioneer 1000-5 Limited edition mainly because I plan on using my Side by Side as a utility vehicle around our 9 acres but want to go with the groups on trails. No other Side by Side gets the high reliability marks as Honda in general and nothing out tows a Honda. Now its not going to win any races but reliability is very important to me. 2020 Honda® Pioneer 1000-5 Limited Edition, 2020 Honda® Pioneer 1000-5 Limited Edition PIONEERING PERFORMANCE. When it comes to side-by-sides, Honda’s Pioneers are the machines you can count on for work or play. What sets our top-of-the-line Pioneer 1000 family apart? Smart technology. Superior materials. Refined engineering. And something nobody else can match: Honda’s well-earned and world-famous reputation for reliability and overall quality. Our 2020 Honda Pioneer 1000 lineup is a perfect example. Task or trail, these great side-by-sides get it right the first time in terms of comfort, handling, hauling, and user-friendly features. You can choose from five models this year: The Pioneer 1000 and Pioneer 1000 Deluxe let you bring two friends or coworkers along, while our trio of five-seat Pioneer 1000-5 models let you take the whole team. Everybody aboard is going to enjoy the ride. Features may include: I-4WD The Pioneer 1000 Limited Edition showcases our exclusive I-4WD system. Think “I” for “Intelligent,” because that’s exactly what it is. An industry-first brake-traction control system for side-by-sides, it simplifies operation, increases drivability and optimizes traction. Using proven, advanced technology from Honda’s automotive division, you get the benefits associated with a locked front differential with none of the downsides. That means it maintains front-wheel traction even if one wheel wants to spin on ice or mud or if it’s in a hole. But at the same time, you get the lighter steering, better tracking at high speeds, tighter turning radius, and reduced kickback associated with unlocked front differentials. POWERFUL 999cc TWIN-CYLINDER ENGINE When you know the power you need is always at the ready, every drive is an enjoyable experience. And that’s precisely what you get out of the class-leading 999cc liquid-cooled inline twin. Using the same Unicam® cylinder head design found in our motocross bikes, it’s more compact in size, and it still delivers the kind of horsepower and torque you’d expect from a flagship model. 2000-POUND TOWING CAPACITY Call it 2000 pounds, or call it 1 ton. Either way, the towing capacity of the Pioneer 1000 is unsurpassed by any competitor. So instead of hopping on the tractor or taking out the truck, you can stay right in your side-by-side and tackle those bigger jobs with relative ease. CHASSIS AND SUSPENSION Prepare to go further than ever before. Our refined chassis enables you to tackle terrain others would shy away from, with larger tires, long-travel independent front and rear suspension and huge ground clearance. The rubber mounted engine and exhaust system insulates against excessive vibration, and on the 1000-5 model, self-leveling rear suspension compensates for changing loads Comparing them side by side
  5. So my 2013 Dodge RAM 3500 had an issue with the DEF pump and injector ($2500 in parts) so I had to get a rental since the repair was going to be roughly two weeks due to lack of parts. At first enterprise gave me a Dodge Journey.. what a serious piece of crap that was. I couldn't drive it more than a day and had to exchange it for something else, anything else. I paid for an upgrade (spoil myself) on the Nissan Armada. Never drove one before and figured this is the perfect opportunity to see what they are all about. This had more luxuries than anything I'm use to which included heated and air conditioned front and rear seats. It included a monitor in the back of the front passengers head rest for rear occupants to watch a video. It had 4 wheel drive and just about every option you can think of. Was awesome in the snow. No problem getting up and going with the V8 and great traction for accelerating. The only cons I could come up with are It could never tow my 40' fifth wheel Very much disliked the rear camera (difficult to see, I like my RAM camera way better) Remote start was spotty (difficult to use) Vehicle is heavy so stopping on icy roads was more challenging then a lighter vehicle. Would I recommend the Nissan Armada to someone looking for a luxurious Full Size SUV. Definitly! It's less expensive than the Toyota Sequoia and honestly I haven't driven the Toyota Full Size SUV and I really do like Toyota products. Currently Nissan has hit it out of the park with this SUV. It's small enough that it's easy to manuver in a busy parking lot and yet big enough 6 of us enjoyed plenty of room and creature comforts that the Nissan Armada offered for its passengers. Obviously everyone isn't the same. I'm a 6'3" guy and I liked the ride height, I really liked driving it from Flint to Detroit and back for work and if I didn't have the requirement to tow a large fifth wheel I could see myself sliding into one of these for my very own. A test drive might sell you on it... or do what I did and rent one for a week and see if you want to keep driving one after your rental is done.
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    2017 Nissan Armada Platinum

    Rental from Enterprise
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    Time for a Wood Stove

    Some more info. When I replaced our furnace I mentioned I wanted zones so I could get heat over to the two end bedrooms since they are freezing cold. The gentleman at Holland Heating and Cooling recommended a variable speed furnace (Tran XV95) this would be less expensive and how it works is the blower motor works on 220 and blows at full speed when the demand needs it (like furnace kicks on to blow heat or A/C) but when the thermostat registers you have reached the desired set temp then the blower motor goes to an idle mode where it is still circulating air but uses the low draw of a 12v system. Of course this hasn’t been working and I stopped by today to get more air filters the gentleman said the thermostat can’t be set to auto but instead needs to be set to on. I took a picture of the thermostat before I left the house and it was set to auto. So now the fan is set to on and we’ll see if it works as advertised. the reason this is important is when I get the wood stove installed on the 23rd I need the air to circulate from downstairs to all the house in the winter.
  8. My wife and I are freezing our asses off in our own home unless I crank the furnace up to 68 degrees which is crazy to think. I remember as a kid we were never cold in the house but we always had a wood burner in the home (most of the homes it was in the basement). It would get some warm in the house that windows had to be opened in the home in the middle of winter to let out some of the hot and let in some of the cool weather. So now I'm a grown up and freezing my ass off in this home that was built in the 60's I thought of applying the same thought process that worked when I was a kid. Get a wood burner in the basement. I originally wanted to replace the wood stove upstairs that came with the home since it doesn't put out a lot (or really any) heat. Especially since we spend most of our time in the living room upstairs but when they came out to look at what we have they pointed out that we should stop using it Immediately. Apparently whoever put the wood insert in trimmed the outside of it with wood trim which is charred on the back from burning from the heat of the wood stove. So in short, its about to start on fire like charcoal. To correct the hearth that is too short, all the wood trim, wood mantle, etc I'm looking close to $10,000 so probably not going to happen. My thought was to pull it out and put a gas stove/insert in its place so I don't have to do as much work. The company I talked to said they could pull the stove out for $400 but some serious cost to fix everything. That will have to be maybe next year. Since upstairs is a bust, concentrating on the downstairs which uses the same chimney so its directly below the living room. My thought is it would at least warm the wood floors in the winter and give the impression its warmer. And we do know that warm air rises so there is a good chance it could heat most of the 1800 sq ft 1960 home on half basement and half crawl (the crawl space is below all the bedrooms) I was bouncing back and forth between a Lopi and a Blaze King for manufacturers of wood stove. My parents has a Lopi wood stove and it was there favorite of all the brands they had but that was a long time ago before they started getting strict with emissions. Researching burn times and warranty information the Blaze King on paper is the clear winner so I chose a Blaze King Princess Insert which will get installed on the 23rd of January 2018 (brochure is attached along with manual) OM-PI1010A-E.pdf BlazeKingInserts_Broch.pdf
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    This is also worth watching to show the possibility of robots
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    Check out the top 5 Robots that you can own in your own today
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    Check this out. Shows you how to get groceries using robots
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    A must stop if you have a square body looking for offroad parts. They are very helpful and willing to answer questions on how they can help you achieve your goals. If you look around the internet at builds, they are usually getting many parts for there square body truck from DIY4x
  13. So if you are working with Legs (Drums) then you should give this a shot. Too dang cold in the middle of winter to cook them on the BGE so I'm forced to use the oven Place the chicken parts with the skin on in a plastic bag and pour the buttermilk in to coat. Squeeze the air out of the bag and seal. Massage the chicken and buttermilk with your hands to coat evenly and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes minimum up to several hours. Preheat your oven to 425°F. In a medium sized bowl using a whisk, mix together the flour, Panko, baking powder and 11 herbs and spices. Set aside. Place a 13x9” baking dish in the oven to get hot for at least 15 minutes (See Note 2). While pan is heating up remove the chicken from the buttermilk, shaking off excess, and dredge in the seasoned flour mixture (See Note 3), coating on all sides with one hand. Add the melted butter to the heated baking dish and arrange the chicken pieces on top with plenty of room on each side so they “fry” not "steam". Bake for 12 minutes, uncovered. Turn the chicken pieces over and bake another 12 minutes or until internal temperature reads 165°F. Remove from oven and allow to rest 5 minutes and then serve. Recipe Notes I use all parts of a chicken fryer (breasts, wings, thighs and legs). The photos show chicken drumsticks only. Avoid glass bakeware as oven temperature and adding of liquid (melted butter) is not something advised per most manufacturers instruction on care. When dredging I keep one hand for the wet part and the other for the dry part. This avoids getting clumpy fingers on both hands.
  14. Wow, Kert at DIY4x responds pretty quick to online questions. Seriously like less than 5minutes he also suggested moving the axle forward. But how? A. Drilling the Spring Perches B. Easy Inch Kit Pretty sure if I could move it just one inch forward I would be good but whats the best route? for my lack of confidence I lean towards the easy inch kit which is a plate under your springs that will offset your axle forward roughly an Inch
  15. Occasionally I have to rent a vehicle and when you go to the Kansas City Airport and rent from National you get a pretty nice selection. This week I chose a new 2017 Chevy Colorado. My sister has one and she likes it. Video Coming Soon
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