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#1 RAB123

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Posted 30 March 2021 - 05:52 AM

hello , 

 

I just picked up a 550 exp , that I would like to transform into a low alt Summit style sled that I can use in and around the woods , all oriented for off trail , bush , tree kinda riding 

 

I'm thinking the fan exp on diet should be a fun sled at low elevation , not the greatest on gas but thats it lol 

 

I am searching for the following items ; 

 

upper and lower A-arms off a summit 

(names of who may make them , even more narrow than stock if possible )

 

Steering rods (aluminum tubes that attach to the spindle) off a summit 

 

Tachometer off any Rev

 

Steering post that does not use the plate to attach the handle bars

( is there a way to get the post more forward on these original Revs ? )

 

Handle bars that go with the above steering post and the riser block .

 

rear tunnel close off panel at like 10'' long off any summit .

 

names of where I could source a light weight rear tunnel mounted LED tail light 

 

Windshield and attaching hardware or just the attaching hardware

 

TRA clutch in good shape suitable for a 550 fan , I suspect i could any TRA as long as the taper fits , i am willing to be schooled in TRA identification and Classification of intended purposes .

 

Team Rapid secondary splined for BRP would be a nice addition as well 

 

A 550 Aeen pipe and can or either or ,,,,,,,,,,or any reputable can / pipe combo .

 

are there any aftermarket front bumpers to reinforce the front end ?

 

a set of running board braces specific to original REV 

 

How can I stiffen up the infamous Nun bulk head ?

 

Thank you for taking the time to read the list,

 

I appreciate your interest and look forward to your help 

 

Happy trails 

 

 

 

 

 

 



#2 SoloSldr

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Posted 01 April 2021 - 05:55 PM

Had one back then. Often underestimated. I thought it had a 36" front end. Horrendous single rate springs and shocks. By the third corner the Summits and Renes were gone. When we got to the playgrounds it would really shine though. I ordered it with 6.9 Pilots and it just plain worked. If you did 'stick it' volunteers always willing to help because it was so light. Always thought about motor tweaks if I blew it up but it just ran and ran. That vintage of the 550s were nice. Bought that instead of the Summit fan for the 3-up seat for family weekends and 16" track. Rail ext to 144", shim flap, clutch tweaks, measure shocks and look for 'take offs'. You could spend some money building it but it'll be fun.....



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Posted 04 April 2021 - 04:26 PM

Solo, 

 

what clutch tweaks did you do, mine has the PB 50 , I removed the ring gear and it has 4 shims plus the slug in each sliding shoe , 

 

Did you ever put a tach on it ? , I scrounged up a brp tach but I cant find the plug in there , I'm now wondering if the 2007 800r which had a tach and speedo in the same gauge would work ? or just get a tiny tach or similar just to Tune it and then remove it.

 

Do you know which of the original summit REVs were the most narrow in the front  , my exp is liken 41 inches wide lol 

 

Thanks for your interest 



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Posted 06 April 2021 - 01:53 PM

All Summits Revs should be 36" if I remember correctly.

 

From what I recall you cannot put a TRA on the 550.

 

You can push the steering shaft forward by drilling one new hole.  If you look at the upper mount you will see how it can be done, I do this on all of mine.

 

The 2006 Summit X models had the flat top style steering shaft and handlebars you want as did all 2007 Summit models and the 2008 Summit 600 model.

 

AAen pipe and can will have to be bought new from the manufacturer, these never come up for sale used.

 

NUN reinforcement plates are sold by a fellow dootalker on here wwracer and are well worth the money and time to install.

 

I wouldn't waste my time with running board braces, they never seem to keep the boards from bending.  Save your money and buy aftermarket boards made of tubing or add a set of boards off a Pro RMK like some others have done.


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Posted 06 April 2021 - 01:54 PM

https://www.dootalk....ulkhead-braces/


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Posted 07 April 2021 - 06:58 AM

Try these guys they have what you are looking for in complete front end A-arms, from watercross 29" to trail 42"

 

https://www.alternat...1-GEN-4_c79.htm



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Posted 08 April 2021 - 09:03 AM

what is the difference between a 2006 144 rear skid and a 2012 146 rear skid besides the possibility of the length ? 

 

it looks like the center to center distance is the same .

 

would one transfer more than the other ? 

 

does one have a more compliant ride ? 

 

does one weigh more than the other ? 

 

I have a chance for either or and am trying to decide .

 

thanks to all who have provided input and those who have shown an interest .



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Posted 08 April 2021 - 10:53 AM

what is the difference between a 2006 144 rear skid and a 2012 146 rear skid besides the possibility of the length ? 

 

it looks like the center to center distance is the same .

 

would one transfer more than the other ? 

 

does one have a more compliant ride ? 

 

does one weigh more than the other ? 

 

I have a chance for either or and am trying to decide .

 

thanks to all who have provided input and those who have shown an interest .

 

 

From what I recall there was no major difference till they went to T-motion and I thought that was in 2015?  All the skids prior to that were very similar with minor geometry changes that didn't actually add any value.


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