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#1 MNmaverick90

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Posted 18 February 2021 - 09:21 AM

Seems to be about an $1800 upgrade. For a 5’7” 195lb guy do you think this is a worthy upgrade? 95 percent trail, 5 percent lake/ditch. Obviously no one has ridden on them but it does intrigue me. Any thoughts on whether or not this will be legitimate or a gimmick?

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Posted 18 February 2021 - 09:28 AM

Who knows until you can get a test ride or more riding impressions from the mags. For guys with deep pockets who upgrade regularly, it would be cool, but I doubt I would want it on a sled I keep for many years.

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Posted 18 February 2021 - 09:41 AM

If you watch the full presentation on it, it is pretty awesome.  When you are in the air and suspension is fully extended, the valving adjusts in micro-seconds for the upcoming hit.  Pretty amazing stuff for a snowmobile.


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Posted 18 February 2021 - 09:52 AM

In the Q&A video they demonstrated jumping and leaning hard into the front shocks with the smart adjuster on and off. Could see an immediate difference on shock compression. 

 

the systemhas to come with a lot of internal components, and how well will it respond or hold up in constant cold and bashed by snow/ ice... Really cool concept, only real world testing will prove it out



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Posted 18 February 2021 - 09:58 AM

I like the idea aLOT, nothing like hitting a setting, and going..... long straights with soft bumps, supple ride, next turn is a narrow railbed whooped, adjusts in 1 50th of a second, into a turn and sets that outside shock stiffer, lean in and brap out of it nice and flat.



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Posted 18 February 2021 - 10:07 AM

I think it is incredible technology.  I'm sure it will need refinement over the years, but I think as the years go by we will look back and think, "geesh, remember when we had no shock control at all?  Man, sleds have come a long way!"  


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Posted 18 February 2021 - 10:13 AM

^ I'm waiting for the hybrid, gas engine e generate, to the motor in the place where the drivers are now, no clutches, no chain case, no belts.......... inline motor for centered mass, and narrower.


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Posted 18 February 2021 - 10:13 AM

Sounds great, it’s been used in other platforms for years. Hopefully the bugs are worked out.



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Posted 18 February 2021 - 10:17 AM

What's the specs on the shocks themselves?



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Posted 18 February 2021 - 10:18 AM

$1800?  That's insane!  I don't think it's a worthy upgrade, especially for a trail rider.  You'd hardly notice the "upgrade" compared to a well set up sled already.  A gimmick that will likely fail due to broken wires, etc.



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Posted 18 February 2021 - 10:25 AM

I'm thinking of getting it. Only concern is ice build up in the tunnel. When a 12 lb chunk of ice comes off will it pull something off with it. Wires or cover or whatever. I would hope they thought this through.

Edited by 600 sdi rever, 18 February 2021 - 10:25 AM.


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Posted 18 February 2021 - 10:28 AM

$1800?  That's insane!  I don't think it's a worthy upgrade, especially for a trail rider.  You'd hardly notice the "upgrade" compared to a well set up sled already.  A gimmick that will likely fail due to broken wires, etc.

 

 

A lot of guys buy an XRS and take the shocks off and install a set of 2000 to 3500 dollar set of shocks on their sled. If this system is as good as those packages it's a cost savings 


Edited by jtssrx, 18 February 2021 - 10:32 AM.


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Posted 18 February 2021 - 10:31 AM

Gimmick 



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Posted 18 February 2021 - 10:31 AM

Some tech info



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Posted 18 February 2021 - 10:37 AM

I have the air ride suspension and I love it. I finally started to have issues with it after 8400 miles. Replaced some easy to replace parts and it is back in business. So durability might not be an issue but it is still a new item.

 

How often do you get the sled in the air and how "hard" do you "really" ride VS the over all cost would be the question. The same thing can be asked about the Launch option on the MACH Z How often are you going to really use it?

 

Remember the Arctic Cat SS suspension and now they have IACT. How well is that received with buyers and what is the durability of those systems? I don't know.

 

All of this trial and error leads to new innovations so we will see where it goes.

 

Its all cool stuff for sure.

 

Yellowjacket shared a great video on the new tech. I like the new shock setup after listening to the video


Edited by SKI-CAT-DOO, 18 February 2021 - 10:56 AM.

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