I've been pretty pleased without studs, just wondering if it will be worth the extra weight to have studded. I'm thinking that cooling should get better on the hard pack for this time of year, that's pretty much the biggest advantage I see at this point.Before you run out and stud it, why don't you try it without. You can then either leave it that way, or go ahead and stud it.
My vote? No, don't stud it.[/b]
Funny, on my SKS I boondocked the majority of the time and never pulled out a sled. On my Dragon I've mostly been in the ditches and trails and I've pulled out studs.on a trail sled stud away ,on a boondocker I say no as the risk of a pullthrough in those conditions spinning track over unknown terrain is just asking for problems[/b]
I was having the same discussion with myself and in the 500 miles I put on my '07 SB (just picked it up in the middle of Feb) the only conclusion I could come to was to wait and see. With the trail conditions we had early in WI (very icy) I can see the arguement. But with the late snow and the amount we had when I put the miles on, I don't think they woul have helped very much. I get the argument about rotating mass but on the flip side braking on glare ice is a nice feature. I'm gonna ride some more next year and make up my mind then. Only takes about 2-3 hrs to stud so downtime shouldn't be too much of an issue. Good luck. These personal prefernece decisions can be tough!!Just bought a '07 600 HO Switchback CFI, 144" track, 1.25" lugs, liquid cooled. Looking for suggestions on the use of a studded track for this sled. Anyone with Pros or cons on this issue would be much appreciated.
Michahicks, I haven't seriously considered the Ice Ripper, though I do have a friend (Flash700 on SNowmobileworld) who was talking about getting one for his FST. It seems to offer alot of advantages, I'm just a little worried about the hook up. I supposed there's nothing to stop you from throwing a few additional studs in as well.Newfie, when you do your 136" thing you'll be buying a track. Are you considering someting like the Ice Ripper that's prestudded with the car tire studs? That's the perfect answer/best of both worlds as I see it. Low rotatng mass, no maintenance/track durability issues, and covers the icy corners/stops from a safety perspective. I'm convinced it'll work for me. Just waiting for an excuse to try one out on something....[/b]