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Offline Rotax_kid

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« on: January 17, 2005, 01:37:06 PM »
Thought I should post a quick rip about some of the stuff we\ve been farting around with in the shop a while back but never got to it.  Fom called me over the weekend, and that kinda gave me a kick in the ass that I should have done this a while back.  

1) SLP Powder Pros
 I've had them on both a 04 121" Doo X, and a 136" 'gade, both sleds are impressive with the skis on them. However, the 136" feels more at home with these skis.  The longer track seems to stabilize their agressive nature a little more than the shorter tracker does.  Their on the 121 right now and that's where they'll likely stay for time being, because there is no ski I've tried on the REV that bites quite like these do.  They float, they never seem to wash out, the bite is always there, and when the do get a little loose, it's pretty predictable.  Their a mean looking set of skis, and that does translate into more steering effort.  Darting is there, definately more than the Precisions, but not out of line compared to other single keel skis.  I'm running about 5/16" of toe out, and darting isn't too bad, but I have plans to build a frame jig soon where I can pull the shocks and take a look at the camber.  I think a slight degree positive (outward) would make things slightly more stable too.  Suspension settings are completely different from stock or whenever the heck they were.  At this point, I'm essentially completely backed off the front end, wound down in the front skid shock well over half way down the treads, and have the rear coupler blocks set at 2, with minimal coupling.  Thi isn't the way I want to do it, if this is what it needs, I'll get a stiffer center shock, I don't belive in preloading the crap out of a spring to get ride height.  These are the closest skis I've found to be perfect for the REV, but they still aren't for the weak armed, Sunday Drivers, or Tourers.  The effort is worth it in the corners though.
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Performance - 9/10
Value - 7/10
Looks - 9/10 (look purty)
Install - 10/10 (my mom could do it)

2) Dynamo Joe S6X Clutch Kit
Limited miles on this setup, but boy does it rock.  G-tech batteries were low, however, we picked up 4/10's in 660, I'm pretty happy with that.  I'm positive that I can gain more with some fine tuning, as I haven't completely diale din my pin weight yet.  I'm running Joey's kit with a purple secondary, 24.5g of Dalton Stainless adjustable pins, and standard BRP belt in standard compound.  Backshift is awesome, throttle always seems right there, I can't justify a roller secondary with this setup anymore.
Performance - 10/10
value - 9/10 (Helixes/pins are friggin expensive, but for this kind of money it's pretty tought to pick up 4/10's!)
Looks- 9/10 - that helix machining is sexy
Install - 8/10, I hate the compression keys they use to hold the helix don

3) HJC CLX4-Cell
 Nice helmet, fits really well.  I kinda wish the chin area would have some sort of balaclave built to it, little too much air seeping around in there, but can easily be fixed.  Spy Blizzards fitin the opening like they were made for the helmet.    Paint is top notch, decals look like theyhave litle chance of tearing off
Performance - 8/10
Value - 7/10
Looks - 9/10
Install - 6/10  (My melons too fat)

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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2005, 01:49:40 PM »
All my riding buds put powder pros on the REV X 121's this year and don't know how they ever kept up with the precision skis. They love teh powder pros and have ton more confidence now. Ski alignment is important when switching to a more aggressive ski.

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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2005, 02:22:56 PM »
Local guy put a set of PP on his "03 rev. Almost made the sled impossible to ride. Way too aggresive. What did you guys do to make these work on a rev?
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2005, 11:14:59 AM »
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Local guy put a set of PP on his "03 rev. Almost made the sled impossible to ride. Way too aggresive. What did you guys do to make these work on a rev?
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It shouldn't be anything scientific. Just makes sure your toed out around 1/4" with bungie between skis.. I rode them and didn't notice much for darting. They felt great and hooked up in the turns.

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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2005, 12:02:19 PM »
Not a fan of the powder pro's for trail riding, mine are sitting on the garage wall. For hardpack the precisions are excellent and I don't know why anyone would want more steering presure for no other apparent gain.  Perhaps I'm just week armed Sunday driver tourer. :)

I bought them because I was un-happy with the precisions in powder and they are way superior in this regard. If the proportion of riding I did was more offtrail I'd leave them on, but 95% of my mileage is aggresive trail riding which the precisions work better than any ski I've ever tried.

I'm keeping them for my future renegade/switchback purchase to see if they balance better.

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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2005, 12:30:35 PM »
i rode my bro's sled with the precisions, very nice ski for hard pack trails...  at least until you are following another precision equipped sled, the you get some slight darting but nothing disconcerting...  great trail ski though...  the big downfall to them is in the deep off-trail stuff and in the loose crud, they seem to pack full of snow and just PUSH like a woman in labor...

i'm pretty happy with ppro's on mine, they bite a heckuva lot better than the stockers, float like an SOB and only downside, for me anyway, was the increase in steering effort, but wider bars will cure that for me...
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2005, 01:14:14 PM »
Got a set of PPs on the way.  I'll provide a back to back comparison report against the SLTs with 6" Shapers.
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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2005, 01:15:32 PM »
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Got a set of PPs on the way.  I'll provide a back to back comparison report against the SLTs with 6" Shapers.
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The Slt's didn't work worth a darn on my REV, not enough keel.  I'd be interested to see how the setup fares for you
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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2005, 01:17:49 PM »
I'm thinking the same thing.  The SLTs are a great trail ski on the Edge.  I don't think they're aggressive enough for my 136 ripsaw though.  I have to run mundo ski pressure and take a beating through the bars as a result in the frozen mogulled corners.
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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2005, 01:19:55 PM »
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Not a fan of the powder pro's for trail riding, mine are sitting on the garage wall. For hardpack the precisions are excellent and I don't know why anyone would want more steering presure for no other apparent gain.  Perhaps I'm just week armed Sunday driver tourer. :)

I bought them because I was un-happy with the precisions in powder and they are way superior in this regard. If the proportion of riding I did was more offtrail I'd leave them on, but 95% of my mileage is aggresive trail riding which the precisions work better than any ski I've ever tried.

I'm keeping them for my future renegade/switchback purchase to see if they balance better.

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They feel a fair bit better or calmer on the 136" Don, I had them on dad's 05 'gade and they felt natural on it.  By the sounds of it, by the time I get home in two weeks, he'll have a set bolted on the front of his as well.  I'm out at 5/16" toe out.  Tracks not too bad, but I'm still spoiled by the Precisions and their power steering feeling.  I'll let ya know what I find out, but I'll be shimming the front end with spacers to play with camber in/out and see what I can gain from that
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« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2005, 01:26:20 PM »
Item number 4) for review - SLP REV pre-filter
 Made of some sort o funky slippery material, it repels snow and water quite nicely. Does it have an effect? Haven't had the pow to try yet, only flatland, in trails, there is never any snow sticking to it, unlike the foam filter that it stock.  I'm assuming that thisd could eliminate hanging snow from entering the air box when following another ride.  $18/CDN for peace of mind.  Anyways
Performance - 7/10
value - 8/10
looks - mmm..that black feels like a silky ?? against my skin..but there's only foam underneath..dammm 9/10
install - pull filter, slip it into the sock, put it back in it's place...even a porn star could do it by the sounds of it  9.5/10
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« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2005, 01:32:58 PM »
Item 5) HMK Highmark Pros
 Where do I begins with these, their a nice color, black.  Their warm and pretty comfy.  However, WTF kind of boots needs a break in period?  These things are friggin stiff initially and almost made me return them for something a little looser.  They have broken in, however, they are still a stiff boot, feels like your walkingin a ski boot, which is nice on the sled, I feel alot more confident that I won't roll my ankles..on the downside, I feel stupid walking anywhere downtown because all it is is "clunk...clunk...clunk.."  These things are huge as well, I wear a 14 shoes, so need a 15 boot and their massive.  Kids run for cover when I come a walking for fear of becoming part of the undersole.  Surprisingly, these boots are warm, they look sparse, but are quite warm.  Any temps below -20C I'm wearing dress socks because that's the only thign I don't sweat in in these things.  I'm quite impressed, workmanship is decent, fit is nice and snug, and now I look like I hangout as a wannabe on HCS al the time.  What isn't there to like about this?  
Performance - 10/10 when not walking
                    5/10 when walking
                     Advice - be lazy, ride, don't walk
Value - 4/10 - since when are boots workth more than some people's sleds?
Install - 6/10 - they fit tight are are sometimes a %(^*^ to get on
looks - 8/10 - I feel like a pimp in these things
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« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2005, 01:41:41 PM »
This is a good thread idea...  I think I'll partake.

Sportech chrome hand guards:

These work well for keeping the finger tips warm, but they create a bit of a vortex that blows cold air up your glove from the backside.  You have to make sure if you're wearing a glove with gauntlets instead of cuffs, that you have the strap cinched up nice and tight.  I can't count how many times they've blocked my hand from those little whip-like branches though.  Looks-wise, I kindof like 'em on my sled anyways.

Performance: 6/10.  Nothing takes the place of handlebar gauntlets when it's cold.

Looks:  7/10  The chrome isn't a perfect match and you kindof feel a bit like a poseur, but they work.

Value:  8/10  I got them at the MKE show for 35 bucks.

Install:  9.5/10  Even Marm could do it.  Install was very easy.
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« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2005, 01:45:56 PM »
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This is a good thread idea...  I think I'll partake.

Sportech chrome hand guards:

These work well for keeping the finger tips warm, but they create a bit of a vortex that blows cold air up your glove from the backside.  You have to make sure if you're wearing a glove with gauntlets instead of cuffs, that you have the strap cinched up nice and tight.  I can't count how many times they've blocked my hand from those little whip-like branches though.  Looks-wise, I kindof like 'em on my sled anyways.

Performance: 6/10.  Nothing takes the place of handlebar gauntlets when it's cold.

Looks:  7/10  The chrome isn't a perfect match and you kindof feel a bit like a poseur, but they work.

Value:  8/10  I got them at the MKE show for 35 bucks.

Install:  9.5/10  Even Marm could do it.  Install was very easy.
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« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2005, 01:47:04 PM »
TempaFlow

What can I say that hasn't been said about this product already.  It works great.  My mileage is better than last year even with the longer track and the plugs are a perfect mocha color in all temps.

Performance: 9.5/10  If there was a way to keep the thing from leaning out when you stopped and it warmed up, it would get a 10.  The added engine performance in warm temps is awesome.

Value:  9/10  I think I paid 120 or so for it.  It should be about break even after 2 seasons of use due to the fuel economy savings.

Installation:  5/10  The directions that come with the unit are not as clear as they could be.  The install itself is rather easy with Flatslides.
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