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Any ideas on how to lock up your snowmobile when you're at a rest stop? I was in Hulruy,WI over the weekend and 3 snowmobiles got STOLEN! This sucks! Any ideas would be great.
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The only guy we used to know who owned a Yamaha had his sled moved 3 times so they could steal an arctic cat or something else he was blocking. We always just remove our keys. THere are two common locks. Throttle locks and track locks. Track locks are big and doubtful you want to carry on the trail. No idea how well they work. THrottle lock would prolly be the way. SHould fit in your rear hatch and work good. THis won't prevent someone from coming up and loadin gyou sled on a truck just not driving it on the truck. Unless they break the lock. THere are also locks that go for the two skis to lock them together only problem is you have to mess with the skis each time unbolting steering and all(I believe) cause they have to toe in to lock together. I like the idea of removing the key and if you really want there is the old trick of installing a second kill swith down inside the sled so no one knows about it. That is a good one but 1 more kill switch is 1 more place for your wiring system to go wrong. By the way I am not knocking Yamahas and I bet the Viper will become one of the most attempted to be stolen sleds well at least will put Yamaha higher on the list of attempted thefts. I mean my dad owns a Viper and i love that thing! You can also change your avatar image to the viper from that SRX it should be in the profile options. Can thank me for sending the picture to use to Erick ;)

Edited by - Sled_Dog on January 02 2002 8:03:24 PM
 

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It's too bad that sleds don't have a stearing lock like motorcycles have. Personaly I don't like the idea of track locks, because if you forget to take it off or some one does try to take it, the track could get torn and they would give up and move to the next sled. I like the idea of locking two sleds skis together, but I wouldn't buy one of those contraptions that they sell for that. I would buy a Heavy Duty long shackle Master Pro Series Padlock for the job. It would take someone a long time to try and cut one of those off, a hack saw don't even scratch it. (I know, I'm a Locksmith :) )

 

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well.....make sure you're ridint w/ someone w/ a better sled....hehe....jk....u got the viper, kinda hard to beat if u wanna steal something, taking the key out wont help that much, those are like $3 if they really wanna steal it, ive seen throttle locks that go on the handlebar that lock on there so the throttle cant be pressed, i guess they can start it, or throw it in the pickup, but thats kinda hard w/ a couple of guys and no machine to help. you could wire it up so whoever touched it got a hell of a shock.....hehehe...you will only touch it once while its on...lol.....guess ur just gonna have to hope noone steals it, leave it where it can be seen by lots of people all the time, not in some dark alley.

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Ok guys, i have told this little theft deterrant once before, but i feel its worth saying again. On many sleds there is a fuel cutoff valve. Just turn it off and you shouldnt have anything to worry about. We had an attempted theft, but when the float bowls ran dry the sled quit, granted it was about 100 yards away, but it was still there. A theif isnt going to want to mess with a sled that doesnt run...they will move onto one that does. Besides all this, once the float bowls do run dry it takes quite a few pulls to get gas back into the float bowls....(i know, i've forgotten to turn the valve back on a few times
) and that takes time, something wich theifs have very little of. Hey it works for us and its only a small inconvienence to have to raise the hood and flip the switch.

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I also use a secondary hidden kill switch. Even the polaris dealer couldnt' figure out why it wouldn't start until i told them about it.
I like the idea of the fuel shut off.

My sled takes so dang long to warm up, it won't even move until it has been running at least a few minutes. I know, i've tried. It won't budge. But i would still have to hear it in order to stop the thief. I also used to have a spare hood that was solid Black and said 340 on it. On our big trip last year i put this hood on to deter theives in MI. I ride a 98' XCR 440 SP, so it worked great! Of course it looked pretty ugly, but it was a very fast 340........lol.
 

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Im goin to try an alarm with remote. You touch it, it goes off! I might even add the pager option!!! to catch a rat...

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I use a "Kryptonite" cable lock, about 3/4 inch thick and supposedly harder to cut through than solid steel. Either lock two sleds together or put it through the rear bumper and track windows. The thief will move on to the easiest sled to steal. (hopefully)

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Just buy a pit bull and teach it to sit on your sled when you are gone!


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I'm with zigmontm.

Buy yourself a cable (doesn't necessarily have to have a lock attached to it, you can always use a padlock or something), and either lock two sleds together, or lock your sled to a stationary object.

Bottom line, I don't care what you have for theft protection. If someone wants it, they are gonna get it. You can slow people down, though.

Get one of those bumper stickers that says "This vehicle protected by Smith and Wesson."
 

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I’m with mnelson, if someone wants your sled there going to get it. That’s what insurance is for. The cable locks work well but are a pain. I normal will just shut off the gas or take off one or more sparkplug wires, and always take the key and if you have one the ripcord.

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I had a Cobra link chain for my HOG, it weighed about 30 lbs though. I suppose I would go with the cable and lock the sleds together or to some other object, at least it would slow them down.

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<BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>Originally posted by TriumphoverU:

Ok guys, i have told this little theft deterrant once before, but i feel its worth saying again. On many sleds there is a fuel cutoff valve. Just turn it off and you shouldnt have anything to worry about. We had an attempted theft, but when the float bowls ran dry the sled quit, granted it was about 100 yards away, but it was still there. A theif isnt going to want to mess with a sled that doesnt run...they will move onto one that does. Besides all this, once the float bowls do run dry it takes quite a few pulls to get gas back into the float bowls....(i know, i've forgotten to turn the valve back on a few times
) and that takes time, something wich theifs have very little of. Hey it works for us and its only a small inconvienence to have to raise the hood and flip the switch.

Polaris is my way out - Other people just use a door.[/quote]
just one problem there. My sled has that but it is big plain as day and right under the hood. ALl you would have to do on at least a sled like mine is pop the hood and flip it really quick and off.
 

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The main thing is deterrent. As I stated before, I don't care what you do, if someone wants your sled, they are going to get it. I've had a sled stolen from behind a chain-link fence, that was locked down to the trailer, and also to other sleds via cable.

The dudes that stole it, drove into the ditch, cut open the chain-link fence, cut the locks, and picked up the sled off the trailer, and loaded it into the back of the truck, and drove off.

Locks, cables, fuel cut-off, all these things work in conjunction with each other to SLOW THE PERSON DOWN. Theft deterrent, that is all they are.

Pay your insurance premiums, do what you can to deter thieves, and hope it doesn't get stolen.

While I like my sleds, neither of them are irreplaceable. Insurance premiums are horrible to pay, but are worth every penny after a sled is ripped off.
 

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well sled dog, i will guarentee that when a theif is under your hood, he is not checking your gas lines, he is gonna pop off your ignition switch, fire the sled up and start to take off, by the time the sled begins to die, it is too late to turn the valve back on and still have the sled run. Once those float bowls are dry, it takes a while to restart.

Polaris is my way out - Other people just use a door.
 

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I'm with Triumph. Chances are, nobody is going to take the time to check the valve. If they have a trailer waiting nearby, it may not matter anyways. Perhaps they'll make it far enough to load it up.

You could always flip the valve whenever you stop, and run the bowls dry. Then, whoever tries to start your sled will wonder what the heck is going on. While you are at it, take the plug wire(s) off your plugs.

The would-be thief may simply go for an easier target.
 

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wouldn't want to steal mine anyway :). That is my theft deterant. Who wants a 1996 XCR 600 SP when I ride with 2002 ZRs, Vipers, XCs, and ZLs. Mine would be the last of the group to be stolen. And there is a large group so I am secure.
 

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I'd definitely go for the Polaris! :)

I'm going to Sno Jam tomorrow to test ride a Viper, a MXZX, a Blade, and perhaps even a Cat, although I'm not sure if I can bring myself to riding a green sled... :)
 
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