By Winston “Boss” McKannick
A BIGGER BLASTER?
I just purchased a 2000 Yamaha
Blaster 200, and I’m wondering if
I can put in a bigger engine? Is it
possible to swap the Blaster engine
with one from a Banshee or YFZ450?
Thanks for your advice.
While you can fit anything into
a Blaster frame if you have a big-enough wallet and hammer, neither
of your choices would be practical.
The Blaster frame is short and twitchy
with a hopped-up Blaster motor, so it
would be very unfriendly with a 350
twin or the 450 single. If you have
to have a bigger Blaster, look at the
240cc bore kit from L.A. Sleeve (P/N
NIKS240; 800-822-6005, www.lasleeve.
ID=2020). A Keihin 36PWK carb is recommended because the stock carb
can’t flow enough. This kit comes
with a fully ported cylinder so this
saves you money.
OUTLANDER 1000 DASH READINGS
I have a 2014 Can-Am Outlander
X mr with Fox gas shocks front and
rear. At around 200 kilometers, a
code appeared on the dash that
said “air fault,” and the front shocks
wouldn’t pump up. I took it to the
dealer and they couldn’t find any-
thing wrong. They gave it back to me
saying it was fixed. I have ridden it
once since then with no problems.
Can you offer any suggestions on
what caused the “air fault”?
Generally the X mr’s are plagued
with intermittent “air fault” messages.
If the problem persists, then there
very well may be a problem. The
transient “air fault” messages can
usually be traced to water getting
under the seat into the electrics or
moisture getting into the air system.
Disconnect and fill all electrical connections with dielectric grease. When
the connectors are reconnected, no
further water entry will be possible.
Spray WD- 40 or another water-dis-placing spray into the air compressor’s intake, and cycle the system to
surround any internal moisture.
I REALLY MESSED UP!
I really messed up this time! I
was painting my Raptor frame, but
I didn’t take the time to remove the
plastic. I got overspray on my head-
lights. I then tried to remove the paint
with spray carburetor cleaner. It
removed the paint, but it also fogged
the lenses. Now the headlights are
almost useless, and new lenses are
almost $75 each! Boss, I hope you
can help me get out of this mess I got
I take it we are always in a hurry
and don’t plan ahead? Remember, to
do anything correctly, it will always
take too long and cost too much
money! I think your only hope here,
Crystal, is to go to the Main Street
Napa Auto Parts store and purchase
a headlight restoration kit (P/N MMM
39008). Hopefully this kit will re-polish
your lenses so the light output will be
acceptable. Otherwise, Crystal, you
may have to either purchase new
headlight assemblies from a dealer
or used headlight assemblies from
a salvage yard. There is a technical
term for this. It is called “stupid tax.”
We have all paid into that fund!
MY CHOKE IS CHOKED UP AND
WON’T COME OUT!
I just purchased a used KFX700
V-Force. It runs good once warmed
up, but it is a bear to get started.
Doing a little detective work, I discovered the choke piston is stuck in the
carburetor body. I am afraid to put
too much force on the choke lever to
free the choke piston. Boss, do you
have a “trick” to get my choke piston
out of the carburetor?
SNOWFORCE VS. BRUTE FORCE
I hope you can help me with a
winter-riding problem. It seems like
every time I go riding with my 2011
Brute Force 750, I have to stop at
some point and clean the snow out
of the airbox. It is packed in there so
tight, my Force starves for air. I have
been told to install a snorkel, but I
don’t mud very much and am not
sure if a snorkel would really help
with snow. Any help you can provide
would be a great help.
A snorkel installation would actually help. However, since a snorkel
kit is obviously not in your future, you
have one other choice. Go to EHS
Racing (866-9972345, www.ehsracing.
com) and look at their Outerwears
covers for your airbox. They also
have complete replacement airbox
lids. Look here:
.html. My recommendation, son,
since you asked, is to install one of
their kits, plug the front airbox vent,
and replace your filter with a K&N
DID SANTA MAKE A MISTAKE?
I bought two new rear Razr tires
and rims for a Yamaha Blaster for
my kid for Christmas. The Yamaha
specs on the original tires were 21-10-
8. Razrs are not made in the 21-10-8,
so I ordered them in the size 22-11-9,
which is one size up. Well, they came
in and they look huge. What I would
like to know is, are they going to be too
big for the quad? Did I make a mistake
going up a size instead of down?
It is not all about looks, son! You
may have an interference problem
with the plastic heel guards. During
hard cornering, things flex enough to
have some 22-inch tires rub the heel
guards. Your stock tires are rounded,
and the Razr’s tend to be flatter—and
more aggressive. This combination
of taller gearing, more rubber on
the ground and a more aggressive
tread pattern may well slow down
your Blaster noticeably. It would be
better to return the tires and go with
the 20x11x8 versions. These have
been proven to work very well with