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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-28-2008, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Long Track vs. Short Track

I know that you pretty much have to have a LT to go mountain sledding of any type....but are there any disadvantages to a long track? The riding will mostly be in pastures and ditches......

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They probably aren't as maneuverable on the trails but I'm pretty sure the real use for long tracks is in deep snow (which happens to be in the mountains) because it gives you more surface area and more track to push you along. I don't think it'll mater in fields and ditches. Probably just on tight trials.
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The only reason I ask is because a neighbor is looking to get rid of his 01 RMK 700 144"

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anything 136 or bigger, my king was shorted to 136 from 153 for better handling and I can go anywhere a 162 can go and prolly more lol in some places and we ride at 10000ft and up. I definatly kick all there buts on trails as with the 136 I can turn way better.

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How much is he selling it for? How many miles are on it? And how much snow is usually on the ground where you live? And do you go off jumps very often?

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When he told me he wanted to sell it, I looked it up on KBB and it said a little over 2500 and he said 2500-3000 would sound about right.....We have a pretty crappy snowfall here in central SD. Hopefully we will get a couple more snowfalls before spring. Before it all melted here we were riding on i'm guessin a foot or less.....I'll jump approaches in the ditches but everything else is pretty flat ground. If we got alot of snow I might have some drifts to jump.....but its been pretty bleak around here....

I spose a long track could be tough to turn around in a ditch....(i dunno if it has carbides or not) I literally just put some woody carbides on the XCF so i'm hopin that will improve the steering drastically.....the XCF has been pretty tough to steer in low snow spots....

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I have a long track and like it a lot , when we have deep snow and big drifts I go first or we dig out the other sleds a lot

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The RMK will feel like a bus when compared to an XCF....

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When he told me he wanted to sell it, I looked it up on KBB and it said a little over 2500 and he said 2500-3000 would sound about right.....We have a pretty crappy snowfall here in central SD. Hopefully we will get a couple more snowfalls before spring. Before it all melted here we were riding on i'm guessin a foot or less.....I'll jump approaches in the ditches but everything else is pretty flat ground. If we got alot of snow I might have some drifts to jump.....but its been pretty bleak around here....

I spose a long track could be tough to turn around in a ditch....(i dunno if it has carbides or not) I literally just put some woody carbides on the XCF so i'm hopin that will improve the steering drastically.....the XCF has been pretty tough to steer in low snow spots....

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The biggest thing to watch out for is burning up your hyfax if you are riding a large-lug track in low-snow conditions. A friend of mine burned up a brand-new set of hyfax in about 80 miles by riding his mountain sled (I think 2" paddle track) on icy trails.

Also mountain sleds are usually narrower and the suspension is intentionally make less stable so it is easier to tip from side to side when maneuvering through deep powder. They don't handle as well when riding on trails.

If you are usually riding ditches this may work pretty well for you. The 144 isn't insanely long so you should be able to turn it pretty well. I have a 136" and I love it on the trails. I will never go back to a 121" sled.

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Long Track

Agree with Dave. Long track, (137" vs 121) on trails, is the way to go. The shorter tracks get tail happy (loose) in my experience.
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