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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-27-1999, 10:44 PM
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Tracks for the steep and deep?

Does anyone have any real life experience on the new Polaris 144" X 2" track? I would like to know the best situations for using the following tracks:
Polaris 136" X 1 3/4"
Polaris 136" X 2"
Polaris 144" X 2"
Camoplast 141" X 2"
This information will help me to determine which one to use on my '99 RMK 700.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 10-27-1999, 11:00 PM
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Re: Tracks for the steep and deep?

Mark. I only have experience with the 136 polaris tracks. the 2" track is not worth a damn. it is heavy, slow, and it trenches. the 1.75"
track is much better. i ran it on my 700 and it seemed to do better than my buddy's 2". as far as the 144 and 141 i can't make many
comments. my friend ran a 141 on his 700 last year and when it came to highmarking we were neck and neck,ONLY because i ran a
single pipe. the 141 definately was mush better. don't know much about the 144 other than i have one ordered for my 800!!! anthony.

post #3 of (permalink) Old 10-28-1999, 12:48 AM
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Re: Tracks for the steep and deep?

Mark. are you the one with the 4 place trailer for sale? If you are, I'm interested.

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Re: Tracks for the steep and deep?

What were the riding conditions like that you are comparing the tracks to? Light & fluffy or more heavey snow?

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post #5 of (permalink) Old 10-28-1999, 09:42 AM
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Re: Tracks for the steep and deep?

Mark,
Xtreme Polaris in the Denver area did a comparison test of the 136" tracks and the Camoplast. They had three identical 700's with four feet of fresh snow on Rabbit Ears Pass (Steamboat area) and started in fresh snow, climbing until they were stuck. The Polaris 2" went 376 feet. The Polaris 1.75" went 658 feet. The Camoplast 2x141 went 983 feet. Unfortunately, nobody knows what the new 144 will do. The 2" was hyped up last year as being the best to have and now it seems like it may not be so, at least in powder. Personally I would wait and see what the jury has to say about the 144. The Camoplast has proven itself and I'm putting one on my sled right now.

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Re: Tracks for the steep and deep?

Mark. snow conditions were both in 2 feet of powder and in spring snow. both were in CA where the snow is usually heacvy and wet. do you have the trailer?

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Re: Tracks for the steep and deep?

Hi Powerderbound.I had a 700 RMK with a Polaris 136 X 1 3/4. I then swicth it last year to a Camoplast 141 X 2. There was a very noticably differnce between the two in the early season deep stuff. after the snow Firms up the 141 still does better but it is much closer to a 1 3/4 X 136 than early on in the season.

In my opinion The 141 does very well in the deep powder, but it seems that after the snow firms up the paddles tend too bend back and you get less traction but still comprobale to the 1 3/4 X 136. Just my opinion though.

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post #8 of (permalink) Old 10-29-1999, 01:47 PM
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Re: Tracks for the steep and deep?

Doesn't Polaris make two models of 136"x2" tracks? I thought I saw the part numbers listed in SnowTech last year. The difference between the two was supposed to be the rubber compound with one track having a softer compound than the other.

The 141"x2" Camoplast is supposed to be a soft compound track - I wonder which 2" Polaris track was tested.

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Re: Tracks for the steep and deep?

Yes that is true Polaris does make a soft and a hard compound 2". I purchased the soft and replaced a blown up Bighorn on my XLT. In soft powder it definitely is not as good as the Bighorn or the Camo but in heavy spring snow seems to work ok. If I had it to do over again would probably go to the Camo.

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Re: Tracks for the steep and deep?

When I pulled my 2" off last night I checked the part number and it is the soft compound track. I was also surprised to see that Camoplast is the manufacturer for both the 136"x1 3/4" & 136"x2" polaris tracks.

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