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Get Rid of Heavy Steering and Darting


March 2011, Page 29 Heavy steering and Darting

When I don't fully understand a subject I keep quiet because I am in no hurry to expose my ignorance of the topic. SnowTech does not surprise me with this Ad or article, but does disappoint me. First they tell you how great the XP sleds handle in 2008, now in 2011 they inform us that XP sleds need help. What changed? In my viewpoint nothing that matters!!!

Because they point the reader to go to their Ski-Doo dealer for Woody's Dooly's, I question the inaccurate pricing information. 4"- $15.00 ea. over retail, 6"- $23.00 ea. over retail, 8"- $30.00 ea. Who gave them the numbers? Was this an ad, endorsement or a concession, by Ski-Doo, that their XP sleds need help?

Their solution, buy an expensive product that lets the sleds push in the corners, reduce MPG and Top-End.


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SnowTech Oct / Nov 2008, Page 103

2009 Ski-Doo MXZ Adrenaline

The 2008 Ski-Doo MX Z rough trail sleds built on the Rev-XP platform opened up a whole new world for snowmobilers with their astonishing light-weight and telepathic handling.

Now BRP is changing the snowmobile landscape yet again with the highly anticipated state of the art 600 H.O. E-Tech two stroke engine.

For 2009 BRP offers four distinct packages of their MX Z rough trail sleds. The "base" entry is the MX Z Trail, powered by the value-priced 500SS carbed two-stoke, ideal for economy-minded trail riders looking for great cornering, bump capability and value.

Then there is the mainstream bread-and- butter MX Z Adrenaline models for experienced riders who like bumps and want greater capability.

Next comes the MX Z TNT, for trail riding enthusiast who want the lightest and best-handling liquid-cooled snowmobile. Finally, there is the spring-only X package models for the very experienced rough terrain rider who wants race-proven technology.

How does a person know which one is best for them? Very good question. The models differ primarily in the engine choices, suspension / shock packages, and things like seat, handlebar and windshield configurations. As you move up the ladder, there are additional chassis differences in areas like the brakes and gussets, and in smaller detail items that help the machine withstand the duty anticipated.

All of these models share the new-for-2008 REV-X platform, what we all have come to know as the REV-XP. Its industry-leading light weight and driver-centered riding position delivers nimble handling, near effortless maneuverability and razor-sharp cornering. To quickly recap, the REV was introduced in 2003 and moved the rider to the center of the sled, what we now call "rider-forward". This proved to be popular due to the mass centralization and the bump isolation it provided. Problem was, the riders feet were still in the same place, due to the physical location of the mechanical components. Not soon after the REV was introduced and validated. Ski-Doo engineers went to work on the XP, which rearranged the mechanicals to allow the rider's feet moved forward just like the rest of the body. Eight additional inches of legroom were opened up, and a more sculpted tank enabled the driver to slide up in dynamic cornering or stretch his legs in relaxed cruising.

Add to the ergonomic work-over the sharply intersecting planes of facetized design, and the styling of the XP was aggressive and minimalist. It looked fast just standing still…..

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