Ok, so they are forecasting a blizzard. A pretty good one it seems if the weather forecasters are right. So what does this mean when you live in the woods of the Northeast? It means that we’ve got a gigantic playground out there waiting for us to play! While I’ve raced 2wd quads in many cross-country races, and the adrenaline is huge, there’s nothing that quite matches the fun of zipping all over town on an 4wd ATV in the snow. My trusty 2000 Wolverine 350 pictured here has been around 14 years, and even though I have some carburetor issues now (possibly a hole in the slider diaphragm), I plan to take her out for a thorough thrashing tonight! My carburetor issues affect me from 1/4 throttle to 3/4 throttle, so thats usually a needle issue, or in my quads case, the diaphragm controlling the needle. Not an issue in the snow though as I will be full throttle pretty much most of the time LOL.
Since I still need to be able to use the full range of the throttle at other times, I pop onto the big parts sites online to see how much this tiny piece of rubber is going to cost me, and I find its running from $103 to $160!!!! Are you SERIOUS?? Ok, immediately look for options. Perhaps a used carb on e-Bay. Nope, still $150-$400.. Then I see it. An “upgrade” carburetor, for the wolverine I have. It comes with the adaptors and new throttle cable I need to install it. No vacuum actuated crap either, it looks more like a carburetor from a 70’s motorcycle, where the slide and needle are connected TO the throttle cable and aren’t vacuum actuated. Oh, did I mention it was $66 with free shipping and 30 day return policy? Yup. Half the price of a single piece I need to repair my old carburetor (and if I really wanted to fix it right I would also probably buy another diaphragm that costs $43, so the total would be at least $146 minimum for 2 diaphragms). Hmmm.. Think I’ll try the old style “performance” carburetor. Seller says its specifically made for my wolverine, and since there aren’t many performance parts other than an air filter and I still have the stock exhaust on it, it should work right out of the box. Wish I had it now, but at least it should be here for the weekend.
Hopefully this simplifies things. Simple is always better.. Below are the pics of the carburetor I’m expecting. I’ll post a follow up once it’s installed..