Advanced......dat's how ah roll.
I ride my summit on trails and through the woods, and thruogh fields. We don't get much snow here. For 3 seasons my 2" paddles have held up just fine in these low snow conditions. My track has remained like new and I have done one set of sliders since sled was new. But last week I noticed one outer lug had a small tear in it. I did some looking around and I see that 2002 summits actually have 2" lugs on the outside, but only like 1 3/4" or maybe 1 7/8" lugs on the inside. For argument sake, we'll just say the inners ar 1 7/8". I've heard of guys that have had most of thier outer lugs tear out, but none of the center lugs tear out, and when they replaced the track, they got one that was 2" all the way across. I'd really rather not wait for them all the rip out, then spend huge money on a new track. My question is: can I cut down just my outer lugs to the same depth as the inner lugs? So, let's say the inners are 1 7/8", and I cut the outers down to 1 7/8" as well. 1 7/8" all the way across. I realize that in powder conditions, this would hurt my digging abilty. But we RARELY get more than 2 feet of snow at a clip here. I've never gotten even close to stuck on my summit. Things that come to mind: 1) I will lose some rotating weight. Not much, but every little bit helps. 2) I may save my track before all the outer lugs peal off. 3) I may help my slider life a little. A small plus, but still a plus. 4) This may or may not act like gearing down the sled a little. This is a plus for me. I really can't think of any negatives. I was thinking I could make up some kind of jig to make sure I cut every lug exactly the same. Anyone ever hear of someone doing this? Anyone think of any downsides to this? And PLEASE, no one tell me to get an mxz, or move to Colorado. I'm keeping my summit and not moving. I really think this could work, but if anyone can think of reason not to, I'd like to hear it now.