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Old 09-14-2008
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I've had a 1999 XCR-800 for three years. I am selling it this year and will build up my 2000 XCR-800.

I have an EDGE skid from a '04 500, and it currently has 144" extensions on it. I have been really thinking of going to a 136" track.

I have two decisions to make: one will be the length, the other will be lug height. I am agonizing over whether or not to go all out and slap a 144"x2" Challenger under there, or a more practical 136x15x1.25" all studded up. I know it will be a missle with a 2" tall lug. If there is snow, it will fly! The reality of around here though, snow can sometimes be more ice than anything. And going across ice without studs is a drag. I know from experience.

So whatcha posers think?
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I know my 144x2 barely moves on ice. I tried to race it across a lake to see where my top end was and I ended up getting so much track spin that the sled started to go sideways around 90mph on the dream-o-meter.

Why not get a 144x1.25 and stud that?
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the difference on the ground is only about 4" but yeah, why not a 144/1.25 with studs??
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I have a 144x1.25" on the '99 right now. I think the 144" was one of the reasons I could only get 101 mph out of the '99 when I tried a speed run, some of that might have been a lack of snow, but there it is.

In deep snow the 1.25" is ok, but doens't have the ability to keep the sled on top of the snow. You know how it feels to get on step with a boat? Same thing with the sleds. My Ultra SPX SE would jump up on top of the powder and just go, with the '99 XCR it jumps up and slowly falls back into the powder as the track spins, hits the ice, jumps back up on the snow, falls back in....it is an annoying and odd sensation. There is a slough couple miles long downriver from here, it usually gets plenty of fluffy snow in there as it is in the lee side of a bluff, I could drive through there at 85-90mph doing that odd routine. My Ultra would just ooze across the top.

I can get a 144x1.5 or get a 144x2" and cut it to 1.75" and stud that, but that would also involve smaller drivers and pulling the driveshaft.

Besides, there are always the cooling issues with the longer track. I can probably work those out though.

Oh well....
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if you stick with stock drivers on the xcr, you can go with a 1.5 but probably not any studs.
you are in a sticky spot, most paddle tracks dont ever see ice, and most studded machines dont see deep powder. studs take away some of the ability of the paddle track. and they rob speed as well.

after seeing a cobra 136 track work, I guess i am impressed with it.

talk to that cbr1 guy on snowmobile fanatics, he has about the best pricing i have found, his retail is about 100 dollars cheaper than my wholesale. maybe he has a solution??
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I think I can go to the 7-tooth drivers which will give me a total increase of .925". Since the stock track is .91"...I could run a 1.75" track with 1.87" Saber studs no problems.
9-tooth = 7.10"
8-tooth = 6.3125"
7-tooth = 5.25"

I'll have to call Avid Products and ask them if they'll mill me a pair of 7-tooth no-slips. Then I'll buy a Predator Lite.
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if you are getting custom drivers made, look into the camoplast single ply, the 144 in single ply is almost as light as some 121's
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