So, this season my son bought himself his first Skidoo. Its a pretty basic model - MXZ Sport, 600CARB with a studded track. Its a pretty basic machine but goes like hell and is really fin to ride.
The machine had completely worn out carbides when we got it - this was not a surprise as the old owner told us they needed changing. There was very little control up front.
First we went to the local dealer and the guy sold us some Round Bar basic carbides - 6 inch, they were only $80 for the set. We promptly installed them....and wow - what a difference...
...But not really a good difference - the sled Darted around like a cat on crack - Lake runs at 80kmh were almost impossible. This was the same for both him and I - he weighs about 150lbs, I m in the 220 range.
Trails were a little better, but still it wanted to ride the grooves like crazy, cornering was very trick as the steering felt very heavy and required a lot of force.
We ride north on Montreal in the Laurentians on club trails, they are groomed almost daily and its been cold so the snow is pretty hard in places.
We did about 4 3+ hour rides with these carbides and by the end of it my son could barely move his shoulders from the workout.
So We ditched those and bought some Semi-aggressive snow trackers. WHAT A DIFFERENCE!
The sled feels like it has power steering now, goes where you point it, slight productive slide in the corners and best of all NOT A BIT OF DARTING!
It feels like a different sled. I have snowtrackers on my renegade and have since I got it so I never really new how much better these were until i rode that MXZ without.
The Only complaint is that these things are expensive - over $250CAD for the set, which when you look at what they are seems a bit ridiculous...
Anyway, thought I would share my experience with members of the board in case anyone else is considering these. Have always received great advice here so time to give back a bit.