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Old 02-25-2005, 02:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been looking at finally upgrading to a 600 switchback from my current 1997 xlt sks. I see that it is only available in the IQ chassis for 2006. I really liked the look of the 04 and 05 sleds, but am not sure of the IQ. Anyone have any experience with it? What are your thoughts?
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Old 02-27-2005, 10:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I also plan on going IQ and FST - two big questions.
For me I am not as worried about the IQ as I am about the FST.
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Old 03-01-2005, 08:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've been looking at finally upgrading to a 600 switchback from my current 1997 xlt sks.* I see that it is only available in the IQ chassis for 2006.* I really liked the look of the 04 and 05 sleds, but am not sure of the IQ.* Anyone have any experience with it?* What are your thoughts?
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I love my 900 switchback. The only thing that would be nice would be a coupled rear suspension. The front is awesome.
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Swenny, Just curious if you are making a suggestion that Poo should offer a coupled suspension or if complaining the suspension is not coupled? You must have knew that going into it, especially if you had an 04 SB. Having it not coupled gives it the better off trail performance, but can suck on the whoops. It is like having the all around best rifle for Elk and Whitetails - doesn't exist right now. Just my thoughts - Craig :beerchug:
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I love my 900 switchback.* The only thing that would be nice would be a coupled rear suspension.* The front is awesome.
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Beerchug: I see that you are an SKS rider and I'm thinking of switching from an XC to a S/B. Can you explain in more detail the effect of the uncoupled suspension and what they means for on trail and off. thx
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I just saw the 06's and I took a long look at the 600 H.O. S/B. It seems to be a real nice sled. One thing that I found that was entirely unexpected was the fact that the 600 has a radiator in the nose just like the bigger sleds, I guess that will solve the hardpack overheating issues. It got me thinking about weight though, so I picked up the front end. It's pretty light, easily as light as my 05 EDGE 600 S/B. Also, I didnt really care for the racing color scheme until I saw it in person. It looks pretty good IMO. Another change I wasnt expecting was, on the S/B's and RMK's, they went to a larger rear idler, looked like about a 7" wheel. Even though the sleds were very nice, I am having a hard time getting over some of the features that I dont need, like the adjustable steering and the radiator, dont need it or want it. I'm still very pleased with the 06's, but I wanted a 600 S/B based off of the IQ440, maybe next year.
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Swenny, Just curious if you are making a suggestion that Poo should offer a coupled suspension or if complaining the suspension is not coupled?* You must have knew that going into it, especially if you had an 04 SB.* Having it not coupled gives it the better off trail performance, but can suck on the whoops.* It is like having the all around best rifle for Elk and Whitetails - doesn't exist right now.* Just my thoughts - Craig :beerchug:
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Yes, it does not do the best in the woops. Actually, the 04 that I have has a M10 installed. It is my wifes sled. I knew what I was getting into when I got the 900. I wanted the longer track, cause I know you hook up alot better.

As for the difference between the coupled and uncoupled. With a coupled suspension, the rear of the suspension is coupled with the front so when you hit a bump the rear reacts also. They work together. Without the coupled, you get bucked when the rear hits that bump.
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Yes, it does not do the best in the woops.* Actually, the 04 that I have has a M10 installed.* It is my wifes sled.* I knew what I was getting into when I got the 900.* I wanted the longer track, cause I know you hook up alot better.

As for the difference between the coupled and uncoupled.* With a coupled suspension, the rear of the suspension is coupled with the front so when you hit a bump the rear reacts also.* They work together.* Without the coupled, you get bucked when the rear hits that bump.
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Swenny, you are right about the coupled versus the uncoupled suspension,

Another option for someone looking at a Switchback type sled in 2006, would be to start with a Classic 700/FST/FS. It comes with a 128 inch M-10 and a 1.25" track. It would not be a big job to extend the tunnel and then put on rail extensions to go to 136" or even 144" track.

The 2006 Classics come with the RMK style body and windshield. They have wide front ends (42.5), but could be fitted with the spindle setup used by the IQ Switchback, that uses spacers on the ski mounting bolt, next to the spindle, to adjust the ski stance from 41 to 40 to 39. Electric Start is standard on the 700 engine in the Classic.
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