I am putting less and less faith in your 500/701 comparisons and thoughts, considering now what we see is your idea of "Fun," because it's quite a bit different from my definition.We decided it would be more fun to replace rear axle bearings and seals.
I sure hope @dirtyrider doesn't see this post .[emoji32]Got to see a cool thing thing this morning. Right out the gate we passed by The Sinks, where the middle fork of the Popo Agie River flows until it disappears into a large cave, then re-emerges a quarter mile away at The Rise. That flow should happen pretty quick at that distance, but the US Geological Survey done in 1983 showed the dye they put in took 2 hours to pop back up. And there is more water rising out of the other side than went in, as well as warmer.
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We pulled out of there and the 690 died, dead, nothing. Spent some time troubleshooting, fuses, relays, replaced spark plug, nothing conclusive. Thought we had no spark.
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We weren’t far from truck so I doubled back and got the truck. Went back to Lander, some guys from a local shop got some intel and helped us troubleshoot further. Stator checked good, spark tested good with a cool tool. Fuel pump does power up, compression 40, that raises eye brows. We gave up, nephew moved all his stuff over to the kawi. Hit the reset button at Lander Brewing Co where his good friend David is the brew master. Now we snagging supplies for camp cooking tonight and heading into the Wind River Range. The show must go on.