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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-03-2000, 12:14 PM
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Getting the most out of a \'98 500 RMK

I bought a '98 500 RMK last year and have been regretting it ever since. The handling and ride are great but the engine and
performance!!!! I know these are designed as mountain sleds and I am from the prairies(elev. ~1600') but I really thought it could be
set up to run around here. Stock it comes with smaller(34mm) carbs and lower gearing. Is it possible or is there any advantage
to putting 38mm carbs on it like the regular 500's. What about clutching or perhaps a slightly larger gear?? Basically the standard
500 Indy blows away my 500 RMK. Maybe my best option is to sell the RMK. Any thoughts/suggestions?? Thanks.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-03-2000, 11:21 PM
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Re: Getting the most out of a \'98 500 RMK

I can almost say for certain that your jetting is too rich and your clutch is set up wrong for your elevation. We run into this problem all
the time in Alaska because we also ride at fairly low elevation. Set up your RMK as a comperable Indy 500 and things will be better.
You still won't be running with the short-trackers because of the significant more amount of rolling resistance due to your paddle
track. Buy your self a Heelclicker clutch set-up and change your jetting and you'll be running with them with ease.

If you can't buy what you want, BUILD IT!!
post #3 of (permalink) Old 03-05-2000, 11:35 AM
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Re: Getting the most out of a \'98 500 RMK

Thanks for the input Frankenstein, you're help is appreciated. I'm pretty sure the jets could be one or two sizes smaller.
The clutching is something that I'll probably get some help with, but I know it could be better. You're right about a long track with
the same engine size not being able to keep up with a short track, but this RMK is severly lacking 'snap'.

Thanks again for the info.


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