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Thinking of a track upgrade

Discussion in 'SideWinder Trail Talk' started by Boston RX1, Feb 23, 2021 at 3:45 AM.


  1. Boston RX1

    Boston RX1 TY 4 Stroke Master

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    Location:
    Laconia, NH
    I have a 2018 Sidewinder LTX with a 1.25" track. I would like more bite. I have a Cobra 1.62" track on several other of my sleds and I flat out love that track. I was thinking of putting one on my LTX. I always studd. Any thoughts on how this track would hold up or if there would be something better? Looking for real world experience.
     
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  3. actionjack

    actionjack TY 4 Stroke God

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    2,413
    Location:
    Westminster, Maryland
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2017 SideWinder LTX-LE
    I have 3600 miles on an Ice Cobra and it looks new. Would use again. Would also consider a 1.75 Backcountry track because we are riding more off-trail now.
     
  4. CooperT

    CooperT TY 4 Stroke Guru

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    750
    Location:
    Fergus, Ontario
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    2018 LTX DX
    2016 RTX SE
    I’m also thinking about a bigger lug track for next year. Even on a viper the track just spins in loose snow, I’d like it to get more traction on the heavier snow days. If I do, it’ll probably be a 1.5” ripsaw ll. Good tracks, but the 1.25” just doesn’t have enough bite
     
  5. Chris Rose

    Chris Rose Expert

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    Location:
    Powassan ONT
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    2017 sidewinder stx-DX with TD/Max 16 stock muffler
    WEBSITE:
    chrisjrose2018@@gmail.com
    My sled came with the 1.6 Cobra and I put 102 I grips on it and like it much better than my previous sidewinder with the 1.25 track with 192 studs. No problem with the 1 ply track. If you want ultimate top speed, this isn't the best choice.
     
  6. Richard Hodgins

    Richard Hodgins Veteran

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    Location:
    Ottawa ontario
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    Yamaha powered CAT
    I just went through all of this on mine. I had 1.75 Backcountry stock on my Cross Country 9000. It was a great track for 11000kms but started showing its age. Hooked like crazy, still cornered well and was very durable. Problem is Camso doesn't sell this track on its own. The aftermarket Back country are 1 ply not 2 ply that come stock on factory machines and no silent bumps. The 1 ply wont hold up well.

    I also tried a hurricane 1.75. Hooked well but blew lugs off all over the place. I thought it would be more durable being 2 ply, but not the case. Got 3oookms on that one.

    I have also been through 2 different cobra tracks on boosted sleds. 1.6 and 1.325. They hook but don't last and aren't durable. My 1.6 blew up on me at about 100mph. The 1.325 delaminated on me as well. Its fine for lower speed cruising.

    The latest track I put on is the Ripsaw II 1.5. Am very impressed with this track! Full 2 ply and so far really durable. Quiet track and hooks up almost as good as he 1.75 track did. Its night and day better than a 1.25 Rip2. Honestly, for our sleds there isn't much else to choose from. I was also contemplating the Storm 1.5, but it doesn't seem durable either.

    Ripsaw II 1.5" is the track of choice for these sleds!!!
     
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  7. max rolph

    max rolph Veteran

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    Location:
    horse shoe valley
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    998 turbo
    my sled had the cobra on when i got it and had several lugs delaminate, bought the 1'ripsaw and the 1.5 2ply STORM... this by far is the best trail track... yes it wil scrub 5mph off top end but it gets there soo much faster and bites soo hard... the lugs do not flex over and will not delaminate on trails.... now i do not know how good they hold up on bare ice but i think if you just dont go over 120 youll be fine. ive had mine at 127 on trail... no issues. seriously makes you feel like you have 50hp more.
     
  8. Fast

    Fast TY 4 Stroke Guru

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    Location:
    Ontario
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    2019 srx,2006 apex gt,96 storm hot to go
    Check out the storm 150 amazing track great for on and off teail
     
  9. VX1R

    VX1R Lifetime Member Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

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    Location:
    Inver Grove Heights, MN
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    Current Riders:
    2021 SW SRX
    2018 SW LTX-LE
    Vintage Riders:
    1980 Enticer 300 Twin
    1984 SS440
    1986 Excel 3
    1986 Inviter
    1996 Phazer Mt. Lite Mod
    1998 Phazer Mt. Lite
    I know...These are rookie numbers, I need more sleds!
  10. 1nc 2000

    1nc 2000 Lifetime Member Tim Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

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    Location:
    Marquette, MI
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    Yamaha FX Nytro RTX SE
    I ran the 1.75 backcountry track for just over 7000 miles on a tuned winder for trail riding.
    Off trail it would go straight up a steep hill with the skis in the air until I let off. Never got stuck with it.
    Now I am running g the storm 1.50 2 ply with 144 studs. Liking this track. Can power thru the corners with part throttle and goes where pointed.
     

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