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I trust stock OEM parts and factory tuning specs. I trust the engineers that designed the snowblower. Any changes I would make to the unit would be minor, and only after the unit has worked for a good year for me. I can't understand why so many owners believe they need to make major changes to the performance of anything, let alone to a piece of equipment designed to be a workhorse, not a race horse. I hope I'm not alone in this. Who likes stock - who doesn't. I am 1 vote for stock parts, stock performance. I get engine longevity. I don't understand the "why" of the performance enhancing methods. The dangers are risky.

Everything operated fairly well until I started working on it
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Which kind of changes are we talking about?

I did the impeller mod on my machine, I have been very impressed by the results. I see it as minimal risk (especially if out of warranty), and providing meaningful benefits.

I have my RPMs set to the high end of the spec, but still within the spec. I see no issue with that, and it helps maintain a higher RPM even as the governor sags. Improving your snow processing speed, and throwing distance.

I think speeding up my impeller and augers would be a cool experiment, but I don't really feel like buying a different pulley and belt to try it. Raising engine RPM is an easier way to do it, but I don't trust my engine with going above the RPM spec (Tecumsehs don't have a great reputation for connecting rod durability).

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I'm sure you had that unit a while before the impeller mode. These engines are thumpers. Long strokes. I'm glad you kept in in specs

Everything operated fairly well until I started working on it
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Yup, I got it when it was about 13 years old. It's about 19 or 20 now.

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I love it. She's lucky to have an owner who makes her work, but takes good care of her. BTW I'm also 20 yrs old

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i don't see any problem with using aftermarket parts or tuning or modding as needed to make a machine work better. at the end of the day all that matters is that you are happy with the machine and they way it throws snow.

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no after market and very few mod's, all to install grease fittings on other wise we get dry oi lite bushings ,
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Outside of replacing the lawn tires with XTrac on the older Ariens, as most mine are (4 out of 7), and using some new aftermarket carbs on a few, which when I received the machines they were froze (gunked/rotted) solid when I got them, as they work great and are cheaper than a carb rebuild kit. ($12-15)

I also have moved over to the Arnold Poly Roller Skids, as they are less then 20.00 a pair, and work way better than any of the metal ones … no scrape marks and the machines move so effortlessly now.

Outside of the above changes, I never had the need to modify any of my impellers or pulleys, or bump up any rpm's, as many here do, as my machines run fine as they were built.

BTW, my fathers Yardman 7100-02 from around 1970 is my go to machine for the deep heavy stuff.
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I trust stock OEM parts and factory tuning specs. I trust the engineers that designed the snowblower. Any changes I would make to the unit would be minor, and only after the unit has worked for a good year for me. I can't understand why so many owners believe they need to make major changes to the performance of anything, let alone to a piece of equipment designed to be a workhorse, not a race horse. I hope I'm not alone in this. Who likes stock - who doesn't. I am 1 vote for stock parts, stock performance. I get engine longevity. I don't understand the "why" of the performance enhancing methods. The dangers are risky.
Kinda defeats the entire premise of an aftermarket discussion board, or why anyone would take the time to type. What's the risky dangers of an aftermarket gasket?
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in the cases of after market gaskets, like if for a old TECH there is no other choice but they work which is what matters
as to the rest ,old saying, a seat for every backside, after market is the same, enjoy what you enjoy using.
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