Originally posted by Snowcatr@Jan 29 2004, 04:16 AM
I've been really happy with the reliability & performance of my machine, so I'm leaning toward setting this one up, but I'm not sure how the quality on the tunnel & rail ext. would be. Long term reliability is an issue as well.
If you do a quality job on the conversion you'll have a quality sled when you're done.
Use new rails instead of rail extensions, and you'll eliminate the weak point from many conversions. The Arctic Cat kit looks really slick when it's done. The only thing they leave you to figure out is a way to move your tail light back to the end of the tunnel so that your tunnel can be used for a rack. (I'd suggest using a taillight rubber mounted on you bumber like the one from the on the switchback)
Other suggestions; gear your sled down. You'll need to get down to somewthing like 21/40. Not sure of the exact ratio you'll be looking for, but you'll want your theoretical top speed to be about 95mph.
You'll need to play with your clutching. If you're playing in the snow with your machine now then you probably already know that clutching for the powder and the trail are not the same.
I'd go with a 1.5-1.75 inch track. You'll still have a nice ride on the trails, and it'll be very good off trail.
The ZL600 is a sweet sled, and if you really like it there's no need to get rid of it. You can have a dependable powder sled for about $1500CAN. Less if you can find a used track.