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Cutting down the Track

Discussion in 'Apex Mountain' started by sledneck22, Dec 12, 2011.


  1. sledneck22

    sledneck22 TY 4 Stroke Junkie

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    726
    Location:
    Sparta, WI
    So I finally was able to cut the track down on my sled for more of a cross-over track. I have the original Stock Maverick on.
    What we did was use a hot knife, typically used for regrooving or cutting thread in tires. The wire on the knife gets super hot and we cut off 3/4" of the track. It left the flimsy stock paddles rock hard and no longer curl over. I am hoping this gives me many more miles on the track, helps save slide life and creates a more crossover style track. It made it easy to create a consistant paddle length.
    I will post an update throughout the season so everyone knows if this helps or hurts the life of the track.
     

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  3. Jojack

    Jojack Newbie

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    Location:
    Saskatchewan
    Sweet thanks man. Im thinking about making my MTX into more of a crossover sled too. Have you played with the clutch weights and springs on your sled?
     
  4. Crewchief47

    Crewchief47 Lifetime Member Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

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    Location:
    McGregor, ON Canada
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    2008 Nytro MTX 45th
    I got about 10,000 KM's (around 6,000 miles) out of my first cut down(1/2" removed) Maverick (08 Nytro). I'm starting to spit paddles now and most of the bases of the paddles are torn. There is a new take-off track sitting on garage floor for trimming with my OLFA knife.
     
  5. sledneck22

    sledneck22 TY 4 Stroke Junkie

    Messages:
    726
    Location:
    Sparta, WI
    Just an update. On the TY Ride this weekend I actually looked at how many miles I put on... 2400 miles on the cut track and not a lug missing and very very few starting to bend. This is running 5 psi boost now on very hard trails. It seams to make a difference!
     
  6. Woody255

    Woody255 Newbie

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    21
    Location:
    NW ON
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    Vmax4's
    Old post, but I sharpened the back side of a sawzall blade on the bench grinder to a knife-like edge. Installed the blade upside down on the sawzall. I laid a piece of 1.5" angle iron across the track which was used as a guide. The lugs cut like butter, and was left with a 1.5" rigid paddle. The entire process was less than 20 minutes total.
     

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