Do you ride with your teather?

Tether?

  • Ride with Tether cord

    Votes: 101 37.5%
  • Ride with it sometimes

    Votes: 73 27.1%
  • What's a tether cord?

    Votes: 95 35.3%

  • Total voters
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Hurricane Tim

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So the Teth Air must be like the security system on my Harley Ultra Limited. The key fob activates the system, and when you get like 50 feet away from it, it won't run.
 

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Funny you say that because a Yamaha dealer in Saskatchewan (hardest province to spell but easiest to draw) is buying them for turbos as the insurance provider will not insure turbos unless a imobilization device is installed. Thanks Robertson Yamaha!:D
 
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Take an old style cord and clip it to the exsisting cord, then make a choke loop and slide over wrist. Can't get any easier to use, lots of length, never accidently pulls off.
 
Good posts. I have never worn mine on my snowmobiles. I always wear mine in my bass boat as the concept is a little different, engine in gear, idling, or wot without a hotfoot.
I've always figured on a sled its not needed. If I fall off it will coast to a stop. The stuck throttle is an option I have almost forgot about. I thought most snowmobiles have a sensor that can detect throttle sticking or something and retard it off.
What got my attention is a couple of the stories told here about a snowmobile flipping upside down and opening the throttle and the guy sliding into it or being pinned under it. That got me thinking
 

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Good posts. I have never worn mine on my snowmobiles. I always wear mine in my bass boat as the concept is a little different, engine in gear, idling, or wot without a hotfoot.
I've always figured on a sled its not needed. If I fall off it will coast to a stop. The stuck throttle is an option I have almost forgot about. I thought most snowmobiles have a sensor that can detect throttle sticking or something and retard it off.
What got my attention is a couple of the stories told here about a snowmobile flipping upside down and opening the throttle and the guy sliding into it or being pinned under it. That got me thinking
The throttle safety switch does not know the difference between a thumb pushing the throttle or snow jammed under it unless it rocks over to activate the switch.
 

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Do you ride with your teather cord attached to your jacket or do you leave it on the sled twisted up? Whats your reason for your answer?
Last ride I rode with a Tether.One between my A arms and buddys rear bumper
 

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Never had one on my last sled, think went upside down and pinned the throttle had to roll it over with the track ripping to get it shut off. New one has one so I figure its there might as well wear it. Doesn't hurt anything and its not in the way.
 
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I got back and forth but I really should. A few years back got bucked grabbed a hand of throttle as my leg went into the track...had I had my tether on I wouldn't have a plate in my ankle.

Some friends of mine switched to these, seem to work really nice. Thinking of doing the same.



http://www.motosport.com/atv/product/PRO-ARMOR-PRO-SERIES-KILL-SWITCH/?id=110310
Glad you like it! I designed that kill switch back in '04.

I ride with my tether, but being 6'4", that damn thing is always getting wrapped up on my bars when boondocking. I will have to try the wrist thing, but that Teth-Air looks like the answer.
 

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Any tether, corded or wireless is a good idea. There are some advantages with the wireless.

Firstly it is automatic, anytime you start the sled, it is "hooked up" with the cord, you (or your forgetful teenager) must consiously take the cord and attach it.

Secondly you must disconnect the cord evertime you move away from your machine. The Teth-Air simply shuts down the motor when you walk away and if started by someone else, it shuts off within 1 second.
 

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Always wear it

I use a 2" dia. key ring on the end of my backpack buckle strap. This makes a large target for my teather, on which I have a medium sized caribiner. Both caribiner and ring are large enough to operate with gloved hands, and the key ring since it is on the end of the strap is visible with helmet on. (belly is not in the way) You are more apt to use something if you make it easier to use. I have had moisture and connectivity problems with xp chipped teather, so chipped end is left sealed.
 

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I have been riding with a pro armour tether for 4 years and reallyl ike it. Never had a issue with it yet. I ride Doo but the plastic ears on the Doo tether scare me. Last weekend we were riding and when we rolled a suck sled the snow would engage the electric start button and start the sled upside down. It happen several times. Needless to say all of my buddies had there tethers on before the end of the day. One guy almost got his arm in the track when we rolled it over and the snow grab the throttle after the snow started it. Definitely a scary situation. Always ride with a tether. Just like wearing my beacon and air bag. Never leave the trailer without it.

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I finally put a tether on mine a few months back, just a generic rubber plug type, and it was one of the easiest things I've done to my sled. Not a Doo, but I have a pigtail right behind the ignition switch – unfortunately not the same type as the tether, but all I had to do was pull the spade terminals out. Granted, the horror stories aren't a strong likelihood, but there are enough that I'm not comfortable saying "not gonna happen to me." I found the best place to clip it to is the bottom main zipper on my snow pants (yup, right down there). Can't say I've done enough riding to say "never," but so far it hasn't gotten tangled and/or shut off when it shouldn't have.

I think we're all big boys though, so make your own risk decisions here. Just like a helmet though, it can only work for you when you use it, and you never know when you'll need it. One of the worst spills I took was Christmas morning several years back. I was just going to tool around on some fresh snow for a half hour or so – I took off and somehow managed to tag a culvert just fifty feet from where I was parked. Pretzeled a trailing arm and I flew over the front. Was an easy fix on the sled – might not have been so easy for me if I hadn't been wearing my helmet.
 

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The latest Cordless Teth-Air is now known as the Laser Phantom Teth-Air. It also has the roll over protection so if you get pinned under your sled it will shut down. This condition has happened way more often than the sled running away at full throttle.
 

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The latest Cordless Teth-Air is now known as the Laser Phantom Teth-Air. It also has the roll over protection so if you get pinned under your sled it will shut down. This condition has happened way more often than the sled running away at full throttle.
Is the Teth-air plug and play?
 

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Is the Teth-air plug and play?
100% for the Polaris and Cat but only 99% for the Ski-Doo as they do not have a tether plug for us to plug in to. For the G4 you need to connect one wire to the black/yellow wire of the kill switch. We provide a good quality Scotch-lock connector for that or you can skin the wire and solder. You do not lose the function of the stock tether if you wan't to just use that as a security key.

The other wiring just plugs into the OEM harness as does for Polaris and newer Cats.

Chris
 
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