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1 1/4" studded 1" paddle track install clearance issues. Ideas?

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Old 11-24-2009
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Default 1 1/4" studded 1" paddle track install clearance issues. Ideas?

Hello. I have a heavy modded 650 BB Indy. I bought a great used 1" paddle track with large 1 1/4" Woodies carbide studs. Should this fit okay? It looks as if I will have minimal clearance and some time down the line the heat exchanger got chopped up by the small studs on the current track. Its been tig welded back together. I believe that to be due to a loose track. I will make sure its snug.

Has anyone ever moved a front heat exchanger back some into the belly or removed and bypassed the front exchanger? What about removing it and adding in a radiator somewhere. Even if I need to fiberglass it into the hood or make a metal shroud. Would that be ok? I guess anythings possible. A radiator might be the way to go. I do intend to ride this sled everywhere this winter. Providing we get any freakin snow... If not then this will be one heck of a grass dragger with this track! I gotta get this track on this sled somehow. Its bad.
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Try a U-Cooler - big time cooling.
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I eliminated the front cooler on my Indy400 and noticed no difference at all. There are nosecone coolers that you can still find available. They would be a worthy replacement if you eliminate the front cooler.
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Looks cool, but they are like 400 bucks and will be installed right over the track and studs... I dont think I would be comfortable putting 400 bucks in harms way. Is there any other ways? Im thinking of cutting the frame up there and seeing how well I can tuck it in there, if at all. The dang steering shaft is right there. I wonder if I can move that any? Not sure yet because the motors right there.... Hmmm. I am sure that most of the cooling comes from that front exchanger. What about routing to the back of the tunnel and making it a little bigger? These cooling pumps are probally designed to only move so much coolant. I dont want to add 8' of rubber hose up under the seat becasue it would take a long time to circulate that coolant. I guess I need to get the sled up in the air and get wrenchin. Is there any other cooling tricks? I wish they would have made this fan cooled....
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You could use smaller drivers too.
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I just may be able to squeeze it in there without destroying the heat exchange. Ill have too keep the track on the tight side. How tight is too tight Maybe Ill make some sort of protector plate or shield for it. Maybe a 1/8" plate of stainless steel with holes drilled in it. Hmmm. Gonna be tearing into it very soon. We have a possibility of some snow tonight finally! Only a inch of slush but its a start!
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OH YEAH PLENTY OF CLEARANCE!!!! WOO HOO!! I was worried for nuthin. Now I gotta bolt the motor and pipes in, switch carbs and get some damn snow!!!



Oh the studs measure 1 1/2 inch from the track to tip. I have at lease an inch of clearance.
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Wow you have more clearance then I have. I had to cut the track down to 1.25 and it's still tight using 9 tooth drivers.
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