Belt Deflector (Product Improvement Plan)

YETI DEFLECTOR RECAP OF WINTER OF 2016, AND IMPROVED DESIGN FOR 16/17

Last winter, chances are I talked to you, and or your dealer about the YETI belt drive deflector. I want to thank you all for your patience as together we discovered that our new deflector was not up to the strength that we designed it to be.

You all were great! Most of you were all having so much fun riding your YETI’s that if you broke one of these deflectors, we just send you a new one (or two, or three) at no charge (customer paid shipping) to keep you rolling, and you all understood that a new product might have an issue, thank you for your patience.

When you purchase a high end product you expect support, and that is what we did, stand behind our product even when it is expensive and painful. We kept sending deflectors, while in the background kept testing and redesigning them.

By the end of the season, we gave away around 350 of them or $28,000 worth of deflectors to keep you, our customers happy not an easy thing to do in our first year of production, but that is what we do, provide support.

All that stated, this was our largest failure of last winter, and again we appreciate your patience, and even though we sent out all those parts, we still had lots of riders who never broke one.

What did we learn?

- The deflector was produced in the wrong material, after we traced it back to the supplier ( there are 6000+ types of material to produce this part in, we learned a lot)

- The way we fastened the deflector to the chassis using taper head M3 fasteners caused stress in the part as the taper head forced it’s way into the plastic taper, if you look at the picture below, when you hit a solid object, the stress went into these tapers and created a crack right to them due to the stress they were already under. Corrective action: We eliminated these fasteners and changed to a flat head with no taper.

- The incorrect material had no cold weather additive or strength, it was brittle. See the photo below. Corrective action: We changed materials and tested repeatedly.

- The bottom lip of the clear cover would flex a bit in certain snow conditions and force snow past the seal causing the belt drive to fill up with snow, and then break the belt if too much snow got in there before you noticed.  Corrective action: We added a protective lip to lock the clear cover in place and add more strength.

-The o-ring seal would come out some times upon removal of the cover. Corrective action: We have removed the seal it is no longer needed, and changed the design.

- Some customers forget to tighten their tensioner arm bolt (the 17mm nut) in the centre of the tensioner wheel. Corrective action: We have included a 8mm jamb nut to go on the end of the tensioner arm bolt. 

- The failure of this part lead to our Product Improvement Plan. To us this means our original part did not meet our expectations, and because of this we will supply to each YETI customer with a serial number one new deflector and fasteners free of charge (customer pays shipping).

Then on top of all that, because we really want to make the best design possible for all our riding enjoyment, we added 1.5mm to the floor of the deflector, and then 2mm to the entire walls and outside thicknesses and in our final revision we added 3mm to the very bottom on the deflector too. The load from impact on this part is transferred into the bearing plates, the 3mm fasteners only hold the deflector to the carbon.

In the end, we have produced, and tested this part for 6 months, on rocks, curbs, logs etc, and we have not shattered one, we have cracked them, but not broken one that would leave you on the hill requiring a change. Watch our video to see a strength test of this part.

HOW get your NEW DEFLECTOR KIT

We are going to ship each Canadian YETI dealer one new Deflector for each YETI that they had ordered last season on September 30th, 2016. We are providing these parts at no charge, the customer only has to pay shipping. 

Your dealer will contact you and arrange to get your new deflector to you.

If you do not hear from your dealer, or you get missed, you can goto our new YETI online store, that will be open later this month, you can order your new deflector kit there. You will need your YETI serial number to order it.

The part number for the new Deflector kit is YAPI2076, an (8) piece kit, includes a new deflector, 6 new titanium fasteners, and a 8mm jamb nut for the tensioner arm.

Select your part, proceed to the check out, you will then select your dealer that you wish to have it shipped to, then you will need to enter your payment info to pay for the shipping, and complete your order. It will get shipped to your dealer, and you can pick it up there.

If there is no dealer near you, choose the option at the bottom of the dealer list ( no dealer near me) and we will ship it to you directly.

If you paid for a deflector last winter, send me an email with a copy of your receipt, and we will provide you a credit on account here, or a second deflector at no charge.

If you have any questions, please click on the “ASK YETI” tab on the screen and fire me an email. 

There is an installation video at the bottom of this message.

Thanks for your business, we are here to help! 

YETI SNOWMX BETTER HIGHER FASTER


Material test photo.

Deflector hammer smash test. Parts were left out at -28 Celsius overnight, the original design was tested on both parts here in January of 2016, only test here was new material.   The Deflector shown on the right received 5 blows with the hammer to completely shatter it.  The Deflector shown on the left received 15 blows with the hammer and only one chunk was broken off, though you can see the dents in the material and the places the hammer hit.  After this test we proceeded to enhance the design and the thickness of the material, which again improved the strength as shown in the video.

Deflector hammer smash test. Parts were left out at -28 Celsius overnight, the original design was tested on both parts here in January of 2016, only test here was new material. 

The Deflector shown on the right received 5 blows with the hammer to completely shatter it.

The Deflector shown on the left received 15 blows with the hammer and only one chunk was broken off, though you can see the dents in the material and the places the hammer hit.

After this test we proceeded to enhance the design and the thickness of the material, which again improved the strength as shown in the video.


The taper head fasteners used in the original design, pre stressed the material causing a place for the impacts to crack to. This style of fastener is not used in the new design, this issue has been  eliminated.

The taper head fasteners used in the original design, pre stressed the material causing a place for the impacts to crack to. This style of fastener is not used in the new design, this issue has been  eliminated.

2017 DEFLECTOR DESIGN EXPLAINATION

How to replace your deflector video.


Second design Deflector test video.

This video demonstrates the strength of the 2nd enhanced design, even though through months of riding, and smashing on curbs we never broke this design, we still proceeded to the 3rd design and made it even stronger.

 

 

 

YETI Staff Ride Spring 2016

It was time to get the boys out to go riding and test different suspensions, strut rod set ups, front suspension arm set ups and on and on. So away we went to Sicamous and the weather was perfect, clear blue sky, the snow was still 9’ deep at the cabin and slushy, but great for the YETI Platform!

We all had a blast, learned a bunch of stuff, and got in some great riding!

Stay tuned as we start to release a ton of info about what failed this past winter, how to set up your bike properly, what is new and coming plus customer testimonials.

YETI Utility Can Shipping now!

We have finally received all the parts for the YETI Utility can! We sincerely apologize for the delay in shipping this most important back county accessory for your YETI SNOW MX. 

It is a long, long boring story, we ended up changing the material and the design of the mount 6 times in the last 3 months, the utility can was built in 10 different weights to try, the foam designs were tweaked, on and on we went.

The Utility Can assembly comes complete with 17L can, (4.5US Gal), foam mount including the drill template, rear injection moulded mount, quick pin release system, fasteners, lanyard and instructions. 

We at YETI are very sorry for the delay on this accessory, and we want you out there riding your YETI as far off the trail as you can go!  Thanks for your business, go out there and climb Higher!

 

Stay tuned for more exciting things from team YETI, we are only getting started! 

Final Utility Cans getting ready to ship

Final Utility Cans getting ready to ship

Boxes ready to be filled. 

Boxes ready to be filled. 

YETI MAXKEEL for Snow Hawk

We have had a lot of requests to fit our ski to a Snow Hawk. Jeff from Washington really stepped it up and offered to CAD draw his spindle and send us the required measurements, so thanks Jeff. Kevin from C3 got his Solid Works rolling a designed a nice billet MAXKEEL Ski adapter with 3 holes for the Snow Hawk spindle.  

We have shipped the new MAXKEEL/Hawk Ski to Jeff to test and give us some feedback.  

All you single ski Snow Hawk lovers stay tuned to see how this ski works on the Hawk.  

Here is a couple of pictures of the Ski. 

MAXKEEL with Snow Hawk mount

MAXKEEL with Snow Hawk mount

Three positions to mount your Hawk Ski

Three positions to mount your Hawk Ski

Great weekend with Vernon Snow Bikers, and friends!

After a long drive out there, waiting in the truck for 6 hours for the avalanche crews to clean up the highway, we finally made it out to Vernon B.C to ride Mable lake.

Friday we rode with Helmet from Helmuts Sausage Kitchen on his Husaberg 650 and his TS, and Kevin on a 2014 KTM framed CR500 with a YETI 129.

Helmut, Kevin with his CR500 YETI 129SMX and Jimmy

Helmut, Kevin with his CR500 YETI 129SMX and Jimmy

Jim Burrows, and Ryan Dixon enjoying new friends great snow and the Yamaha YZ450FX

Jim Burrows, and Ryan Dixon enjoying new friends great snow and the Yamaha YZ450FX

Saturday we arrived to a warm welcome from the crew from Vernon Snow Bikers and all their friends. Hat’s off to them for hosting a great event! They had their film crew up there, 50 or so Snow bikers, and sponsors helping out and a great prize give away. We can’t wait to see the video footage that they will put together!

A herd of YETI’s ready to go ride!

A herd of YETI’s ready to go ride!

Kris Robinson, showed up to ride, and had a great day! Great rider too!!

Kris Robinson, showed up to ride, and had a great day! Great rider too!!

Helmut setting up the BBQ! Great food, and great person!

Helmut setting up the BBQ! Great food, and great person!

Ryan giving Jimmy a few tips

Ryan giving Jimmy a few tips

Kevin Forsyth and Jim Burrows taking it all in!

Kevin Forsyth and Jim Burrows taking it all in!

Enjoying the fire, and friendship ( I totally forgot all the names, sorry guys). Had a great ride with the crew!

Enjoying the fire, and friendship ( I totally forgot all the names, sorry guys). Had a great ride with the crew!

Yamaha YZ450 FX and YETI 137. Deadly package!!

Yamaha YZ450 FX and YETI 137. Deadly package!!

Jimmy chilling out after the ride

Jimmy chilling out after the ride

Great friends, great time burning gas. Ian from Riders Edge was there our suspension expert, having a great day too! Vernon Snow Bikers put on a great event, be sure to come next year!

Great friends, great time burning gas. Ian from Riders Edge was there our suspension expert, having a great day too! Vernon Snow Bikers put on a great event, be sure to come next year!

2015 YZ 450F with the GYTR head and High compression piston. There will be an ride review coming from Jamie at YETI shortly, this bike is raising the bar, a long way!

2015 YZ 450F with the GYTR head and High compression piston. There will be an ride review coming from Jamie at YETI shortly, this bike is raising the bar, a long way!

Ryan, all smiley after a great ride! Blasting down the trail battling in 5th gear on the hard packed with our group, reminded him of ice racing! What a blast!

Ryan, all smiley after a great ride! Blasting down the trail battling in 5th gear on the hard packed with our group, reminded him of ice racing! What a blast!

Heading to Vernon Snow Bikers Ride Jan 30th

We are on the road to Vernon. Just stopped in Golden, the road is closed for avalanche control at the moment so we chilling out.  

Stopped by Argyll Motorsports to pick up a new Yamaha 450 FX complete with a GYTR High compression piston and head and special mapping.  

Looking to give full report on this bike over the next few days.  

Stay tuned  

Or see you on Saturday at the BIG ride.  

Check Vernon Snow Bikes Facebook page for info, hope to see you there!

A big ‘YETI thanks’ to Bill Elliott and Jimmy Westray, Yamaha Canada and TOBE Canada

The YETI team would like to thank “Wild” Bill Elliott” of NASCAR and Jimmy Westray for flying up to Revelstoke B.C from Atlanta, Georgia to come test ride the YETI Snow MX conversion kits.

We would also like to thank Yamaha Canada for supplying the 2016 Yamaha YZ450FX for Bill Elliot to ride and TOBE Canada for supplying the one piece suit.

And, a big “THANK YOU” to Jeff Rosner from Rozzy Extreme Rentals in Revelstoke for guiding us all around, and giving that Revelstoke hospitality to our southern friends.

We gave Bill and Jimmy the full Revelstoke Mountain experience holding nothing back going to Turtle the first day and Joss Creek the second. We were pulling some crazy lines through the trees and up the creeks trying to loose our southern friends, but they were always right there!

Both Bill and Jimmy are great riders and could throw down with any Snow MX rider in the land. We had a great time riding with them and look towards our next ride with them in Colorado.

Bill has a passion for burning gas, and lightweight high performance quality products we are looking towards seeing Bill and Jimmy riding a YETI shortly.

Jeff Rozner, Jimmy Westray, Bill Elliott

Jeff Rozner, Jimmy Westray, Bill Elliott

Randy Kaulp, Bill Elliott, Jimmy Westway, Kevin Forsyth

Randy Kaulp, Bill Elliott, Jimmy Westway, Kevin Forsyth

YETI CUSTOM BUILD PHOTOS FROM THE ALBERTA SNOWMOBILE SHOW

Enjoy these photo’s we took last night from the ASA show in Edmonton! There were around 15 YETI’s sighted there at the show, lots of excitement and many many positive comments from industry leaders and professional riders who are anxious to take delivery and go riding!

Bikes were built by Riverside Yamaha, Argyll Motorsports, Lethal Motorsports, and Twisted Shifter.

More to come, stay tuned.


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YETI SNOW MX ACCESSORY FUEL CAN AND MOUNT

Many months of design have evolved into the final YETI Fuel Can and mount system for the YETI SNOW MX carbon chassis.

The YETI SNOW MX Fuel can is 4.5 US gallons or 17 litres, mounted right up under the rear fender of your MX bike, keeping 27lbs of fuel as far forward as possible.

Utilizing a quick push pin release system, the YETI Fuel can, is released quickly in a few seconds and can be left on the ground allowing the rider to go tear up the hills without the extra weight. When you are ready to go traveling on, again, in a few seconds it is re-attached and away you go! Hauling fuel has never been so easy. NO tie downs, bungie straps, etc!

Keep your bike light and responsive by running the stock MX fuel tank your bike comes with and use the YETI Fuel Can to haul your fuel. 

The YETI Fuel Can does not touch the carbon fibre chassis, it locks into the YETI Fuel Can mount system, and into the billet YETI tunnel chassis plates.

The YETI Fuel Can mount, is also the start of the integrated rail system, that will be released next month.

The YETI Fuel Can and Mount have MSRP of $299. They will be in stock November 15, 2015.

NOTE: YETI Fuel Can will clear Boondocker Turbo systems. For reference, the large Mountain Addictions fuel can holds 3.3 US gallons, and their small can holds 1.5 US gallons.

Here is a quick look at the YETI SNOW MX accessory fuel tank, 4.5 US gallons, 17.0 Litres.