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Old 01-01-2018, 03:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After 600 km's.

1. Never ending pull.
2. Love the QS3's. Handles great.
3. Not the most PC term but the acceleration is retarded!

I didn't even look at the speed I was more concerned with rpm setting up my clutch as I was hitting the rev limiter running a new set of weights. Dialed in and good to go. Now that's its broke in and we have ice on Lake St. Claire I'll see what the top end looks like this week.
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sled has no competition
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Old 01-04-2018, 05:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've rode sleds my whole life and I can honestly say this sled scares me. After just one weekend riding it I gained a huge amount of respect of it's ability to get me in trouble.
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I rode one for some miles last year and I was impressed how linear it was . Was right by my 800 2 stroke till about 70 then it just took off and left me . I enjoyed the ride. Nice sled.
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Old 01-05-2018, 06:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Took my new 50th LTX-LE out for first ride in PA today. Still breaking it in, but, OMG. The suspension is awesome, takes the bumps like magic. And it pulls and pulls even though I'm not able to really rock it yet. Can't wait until those 300 miles are done.
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Wait till you're into triple digits on hard pack and the tuners get twitchy. Uncomfortable.....I switched to skidoo 5.7's. see for yourself and let us know....
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Old 01-05-2018, 10:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Wait till you're into triple digits on hard pack and the tuners get twitchy. Uncomfortable.....I switched to skidoo 5.7's. see for yourself and let us know....
My junk Tuners never seen the snow. Curves from the get go.
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Old 01-06-2018, 09:19 AM   #8 (permalink)
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What mods have you guys done?

I put on the 6.9 Pilots and it turns as easy as my Apex with EPS. Got the install from the FAQ's on TY by Rockerdan, they handle great. Still fine tuning the shocks. My tuners never saw snow.

I also put 144 1.375 Woody's studs.

Replaced the Tri-hub with one from J+T products and added a 4th wheel from them too. Saw too many pics on TY of trashed stock tri-hubs.

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Hey, Fred.

Just put on 5.7's, med height windshield, studboy 1.5" & tunnel protectors . lol. I don't know what else to do? Pretty happy at this point.
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I did the windshield too. We ride a lot in Quebec and the stock windshield is a joke.

I'd really thing about replacing the tri-hub. If you look on TY forum many, many picks of the cheap Cat aluminum axles breaking. J+T products was solid and looks much less likely to break. It's a bit of a pain in the ass to install, you'll need 2 guys to pry the rails apart, but very much worth it.

I'd also suggest a Turbo Dynamics belly pan protector. Goes under the clutches. Many pictures of a blown belt punching a huge hole in the belly pan and Yamaha doesn't cover it. It's about 120 bucks and looks like it could save your machine from extensive damage if a belt blows.

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