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Old 09-14-2019, 10:02 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Since the 1.6 Ice Cobra came out, I haven't used traditional studs, and probably won't again. I studded all of my sleds before this track came along. It gives you traction in icy corners and when you are crossing pavement or trying to load the sled onto your trailer. It doesn't come with all the extra rotating weight and the hassle of drilling and studding the track. Since Polaris doesn't offer the Ice Cobra, I order mine with the 1.6 Cobra, which comes with the holes in the lugs. Then I order the studs and install them with a tire studding gun.
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Old 10-15-2019, 10:41 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I have the 1.6 Cobra and after a couple icy rides I studded it. Glad I did.
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In the past 4 years there were 2 days it would have been nice. Other than that how they tear up the driveway , the trailer, and everything else I'd prefer not.
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Old 10-17-2019, 05:16 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Put 2,300 miles on 2019 SBA 144 with 1.6 cobra track last season. Even mix of trail and deep powder riding to include icy conditions. Never felt like studs were needed.

Depends on the average trail conditions where you ride though
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Old 10-17-2019, 09:09 PM   #15 (permalink)
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The best setup is to take a 1.60 cobra and convert it to an Ice cobra by adding the ting lug studs with a tire studding tool. I did this to my 2018 and will do it to my 2020. Easy job, no drilling the track, hardly had extra weight and it gives you the bite you need in an icy corner or crossing a bare road.
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Since the 1.6 Ice Cobra came out, I haven't used traditional studs, and probably won't again. I studded all of my sleds before this track came along. It gives you traction in icy corners and when you are crossing pavement or trying to load the sled onto your trailer. It doesn't come with all the extra rotating weight and the hassle of drilling and studding the track. Since Polaris doesn't offer the Ice Cobra, I order mine with the 1.6 Cobra, which comes with the holes in the lugs. Then I order the studs and install them with a tire studding gun.


Where did you get the studs?


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Brand new 850 assault with the 1.4 track should I stud it or not? Iíve always studded every snowmobile Iíve ever owned, thanks
If you always had studs and decide not to just be cautious on hard pack snow covered roads the ass end will come around fast. I had studs for 10- 12 years then the last three with out, first time out I was going down our road tapped the brake to turn and jump on the bank like I always did next thing I knew the sled did a 180 hit the bank and ejected me off. A bit of a learning curve, this year I put on a 1.6 cobra and 141 studs 3 per row, I miss the pull on hard pack surfaces.
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Personally I always stud my sleds....you hit an icy corner which happens a lot up in Ontario where I ride. I studded my 2020 Assault!
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Old 10-22-2019, 10:26 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Personally I always stud my sleds....you hit an icy corner which happens a lot up in Ontario where I ride. I studded my 2020 Assault!
Its just better all around. Better stopping, less sliding in icy corners, better acceleration. I have thought to myself several times in the past that i would try to forego the studs and then one icy ride i am kicking myself. I even tried the pre studded rip 2 and still not the same. For me its more about safety than anything else.
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When you learn to ride on short-track 70's sleds with cleats, a modern un-studded track is no problem. I've done more than one 360 on icy roads with absolutely no warning whatsoever.

If you're used to studs, I'd at least have studding as a backup option. You can always pre-drill the track now while it's warm and then stud this winter, saving you roughly half the time and less-frozen fingers.

Either stick with what you're used to, or understand that you'll have to learn to drive all over again. My experience with 140"+ tracks is that studs aren't really necessary. But, that's just me - I enjoy driving Mustangs in the winter.
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