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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-31-2012, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Rough night for the Cat....

This was suppose to be a quick little uneventful winter night ride in little ol New Brunswick Canada... If I had known what was gonna transpire, I would have stayed by the wood stove in my neighbors garage drinking my beer waiting for them to return.

*Less than 2 mins in I hit a hidden stump (under snow) coming off our lake and ripped my LH upper control arm from the frame... strapped it up and limped back to garage for quick repair.
*Back out on trails all is good, then heading for home my buddies Honda 350 broke, being the biggest there I was nominated to haul him out.... all was good until I stripped the rear RH hub, and axle (cause was a broken cotter pin allowing the axle nut to back off). So we used a small log logged into the rear upper arm to use as a "ski" to limp myself out with help from an AC quad giving me a little tug as needed.
*Then it happened, the front slid off the trail and the RH front wheel struck a tree ripping the upper control arm from the frame... F***
*A huge storm was heading our way so it needed to get home that night, and there was no way to get a recue truck where we were. (luckily we were not far from home though at this point) We strapped the front up AGAIN and a couple guys took the hub and axle back to the garage and cut the axle put the stub and screwed bearing in the hub and welded the nut to the shaft end. Came back to us and installed the hub with no axle so it would free wheel allowing the ol Cat to limp carefully back home..... 3hr trip turned into an all evening affair getting back home around 02:00 am.

Long story I know but thought some of you would enjoy it! Happy Wheeling in the New Year!!
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-31-2012, 09:35 AM
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This was suppose to be a quick little uneventful winter night ride in little ol New Brunswick Canada... If I had known what was gonna transpire, I would have stayed by the wood stove in my neighbors garage drinking my beer waiting for them to return.

*Less than 2 mins in I hit a hidden stump (under snow) coming off our lake and ripped my LH upper control arm from the frame... strapped it up and limped back to garage for quick repair.
*Back out on trails all is good, then heading for home my buddies Honda 350 broke, being the biggest there I was nominated to haul him out.... all was good until I stripped the rear RH hub, and axle (cause was a broken cotter pin allowing the axle nut to back off). So we used a small log logged into the rear upper arm to use as a "ski" to limp myself out with help from an AC quad giving me a little tug as needed.
*Then it happened, the front slid off the trail and the RH front wheel struck a tree ripping the upper control arm from the frame... F***
*A huge storm was heading our way so it needed to get home that night, and there was no way to get a recue truck where we were. (luckily we were not far from home though at this point) We strapped the front up AGAIN and a couple guys took the hub and axle back to the garage and cut the axle put the stub and screwed bearing in the hub and welded the nut to the shaft end. Came back to us and installed the hub with no axle so it would free wheel allowing the ol Cat to limp carefully back home..... 3hr trip turned into an all evening affair getting back home around 02:00 am.

Long story I know but thought some of you would enjoy it! Happy Wheeling in the New Year!!
...glad you managed to get back before the storm. Something ain't right looking at the picture with a stick for a ski and the front wheel crazy lookin' too!
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post #3 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-31-2012, 10:15 AM
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just wasnt your night,every now and then we will take off for a little ride.but have never got into the mess you did.i think when you did get back to the garage i would have just stayed up and drank beer till morning.your the 2 or 3 person thats had that cotter pin break.i think i will check mine.

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Thank you for sharing the pictures. Glad you made it back ok. Keep us posted on your repairs.



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...glad you managed to get back before the storm. Something ain't right looking at the picture with a stick for a ski and the front wheel crazy lookin' too!
The stick broke when the rear end came back down after hitting the tree which busted my upper control arm... Up until the other night (Dec.29) I have never broke while out on a ride in all of my years. Guess my luck ran out that night! hahaha
As my best buddy says, "Wheel em, break em, repair them and repeat"! LOL
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one time or another everyone has a bad outing or two..........

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Indeed!!! LOL
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Way to stick together and get everyone back home safe. Lots of trouble but I bet you will never forget this ride.

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Glad you guys made it back in one piece. Man I feel your pain on the hib nut. I had that exact same thing happen about 6 months ago on the right rear. Except we were 2 miles down a rocky trail. It took 6 hours to get far enough out for my buddy to hook my trailer to his Rhino and get back in there to me. I've never heared the end of that crap! A Rhino pulling out a Prowler on a trailer! Blah..Blah..Blah...

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I think that nut backing off and breaking the cotter pin seems to be a issue.

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