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Track Pitch: Back in the day snowmobile tracks all used a 2.52″ pitch and the standard was 121″ with a 136″ being used for deep snow and mountain sleds. How times change as we now have 2.52″, 2.86″, 3.00″, and even a 3.50″. Why the need for all these pitches?
The pitch is the distance between the bars or lugs on a track. A few reasons come to mind but like most things, money is the driving force. As you spread out the distance you have less lugs for a given length. A 136″ track has 54 lugs but a 137″ only has 48. This means 6 fewer fiberglass rods, less rubber, and fewer guide clips which all equal dollars saved. The track of course gets lighter (less components) and this is a big thing as manufacturers have all tried to one up each other on the scale for advertising purposes.
The longer distance between lugs does make the track a better deep snow performer as it allows some place for the snow to go before packing the lugs full. Think of car tires, snow tires use big wide spaced lugs and highway tires use smaller grooves and more rubber to grab the road. Today’s mountain sleds have long tracks and gobs of horsepower so this longer lug spacing lets these sleds go through the deep powder without becoming a huge slick.
For flatlanders this doesn’t hold as true as the longer distance allows the track to stretch or balloon more under high track speeds. This creates inefficiency in the drive system as the track leaves the drive sprockets and whips out in front of the slide rails. Polaris has always known this and you will notice they have kept their XCR sled with a 121″ – 2.52″ pitch track. Cat also went back to a 136″ – 2.52″ pitch track on their snow crosser this year and their top cross country racers are using the same setup to gain top end (I would bet next years Cat cross country racer comes stock with a 136″ track). Lake runners are in the same category, especially with the current crop of powerfull 800’s and the big turbo sleds. The 2.52″ pitch is the way to go for top performance and speed.
Secondary Clutch Rollers: The new ZR200/Sno Scoot are just like the other sleds, they use a plastic injected roller that flexes under pressure, has excessive freeplay, and binds/breaks under high loads.
We are now offering our fiber rollers for these models plus the Yamaha Sidewinder, Arctic Cat Pro-Cross, and the Ski-doo QRS clutches. From 9 horsepower to over 200 horsepower, our rollers have proven themselves to give better performance, longer belt life, and smoother shifting than the stock injection molded plastic rollers from overseas.
T32S Composit Tracks: The Composit T32S is the standard 1.25″ track with carbide tipped car studs imbedded in the lugs. Using a 2 – 2 – 4 stud pattern this track gives you extra ice traction yet without having to drill holes in your track. These small studs stand up to the abuse of car tires on winter roads so are durable enough for snowmobiles.
They are not intended for the racer who is looking to get holeshots on ice tracks or stick to the ice like an oval race sled. These studs work very well for the average trail rider who is looking for a reasonable cost method to give extra traction and better handling when encountering icy trail corners or crossing ice covered roads. A safe alternative to keep the sled under control and moving ahead when ice conditions seem to pop up quickly. Great for loading onto trailers and not sit and spin when the skiis come in contact with the trailer or ramp.
More Composit Tracks: We have now been a dealer for the Composit tracks for 4 years and they have been a great product. Their best features are the rugged 2-ply construction with full clips and open windows. Lug design and rubber compound not only give great traction but can take the abuse of low snow years like we have seen lately across much of the country.
Composit tracks do not use a complicated system of names and serial numbers that cause you to scratch your head in wonder. The track models use the lug height measured in millimeters. So a T28 has 1.1″ lug, T32 a 1.25″ lug, and so forth. Bigger number = taller lug. All tracks are 15″ wide so the only other factor left is the length. Pitch will take care of itself but that is a different topic. If you know the lug height you want and the length, you can find the track that fits your needs.
We carry a complete stock of tracks to fit a wide variety of sleds. Check them out in the Track Section.
Ride Tech Shock Work and Stage Kits: We get calls regularly with questions about improving the ride of a sled. Some of these have ridden the sled for hundreds or thousands of miles and are just starting to think about fixing the problem. It is great they are getting on board but it always seems strange as to why they would put up with a “bad” or “rough” ride for so long. Read through our Ride Tech section and you will see we can fix your problem.
We find very few models (from any manufacturer) that is a “great riding” sled. This is mainly due for the need of their engineering departments to save money and use the same parts in all models. In these tight economic times, all departments are short manpower and money. This means that testing time will be shorter and anything that will save money will be a necessity.
The magazines tend to relate how great a sled rides and then the next year when the new model is released, you will see them “remember” the weak points of the previous model. Odd this was never mentioned when they rode they first rode the sled? Such is the political publishing world of keeping your advertiser’s happy.
Our Ride Tech packages can do wonders for your ride as we can individually tailor each one to a rider’s style and weight. We feel we have the best handling packages available for the least amount of money. The only problem we have is sometimes due to mechanical design or parts availability, we cannot do certain things. If the leverage of the arms is wrong at a certain part of the suspension movement, we can’t change that. Our only choice is to try and make it the best we can at that point and then try to make the rest of the travel work better.
We ride them and know how they work. We have tested and re-tested to get the best ride possible. Give us a call if you have any questions.
Took my first ride on my F1000 Sno Pro with the Ride Tech Stage 2 setup and all I can say is “WOW”. Total transformation of sled, trails were extremely rough and the sled handled and drove so smooth it was awesome. Very happy with the results. John R.
The pipe you sold me works great! Thanks for all your help, I will contact you in the future for parts. William I.
I installed your Accelerator Clutch Kit in my 600 Rush. Awesome clutching as it increased my top end form 98 to 105mph, pretty cool huh? You guys do a good job. Frank A.