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Old 11-29-2019, 07:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well I bought my 11 year old Grandson an Evo last year and it seems like a good trail sled for kids, however we do alot of off trail riding so I made a few adjustments using materials I had already and purchasing a set of Kimpex gas shocks and a used (like new) yamaha 136"x2' track on Kijiji. So the total build cost 300 dollars Canadian (about 50 bucks US as our dollar sucks) and about 20hrs labour. This thing should rock now!

1st Off I built rail extensions and a dove tail for the new track. Extensions are 1/4" T606 aluminum cut out with a skill saw and the slot for the shaft was done with a router. The dove tail is 100 Thousands of an inch aluminum and I made a jig to bend the sides down and trimmed to fit with a skill saw (using a wood blade cuts aluminum easy)

I cut some of the paddles off the track to make it work better ( This is a yokohama track and had way too many paddles too close together, that's why nobody liked this track and I got it for 150 bucks)

I also built a little hook for towing toboggans as the kids like to do that.

I also had the original tunnel bag off my sled (I put a bigger one on mine) so I put it on the back so he can pack some gear.
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Old 11-29-2019, 07:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Then I raised the handle bars 2" using a block of UHMW and cut the bottom on a bit of an angle to stand the bars up more.

Then put on an old Arctic Cat handle bar bag I had so he can put his hat and camera in it.

Then I installed a tether so if/when he falls off it will shut down.

I have an old throttle flipper that will open the throttle wide open, but its too far for his little hands so I will install it later when he gets bigger. For now, I heated up the original throttle flipper and slowly bent it out. Its has more throw now but still not wide open. It should just have a little more power than stock.

I got grandma to sew me a strap with two loops on the ends, then slipped a hose over it and double zip tied it to the bars for a mountain grab handle. Its soft so if he hit it with his head or chest it will just bend.
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Old 11-29-2019, 07:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Next I took the gas shocks I bought for 250 bucks (Stockers are Hydraulic) and made some bushing out of UHMW to slide over the shocks so I could use the stock springs as they are real short. With these shocks it now rides smoother and sits almost 3.25 inches higher in the front so it doesn't drag in the snow like it did stock.

Then I put the mountain skis off my Cat (I run different skis on my sled) on it as the stock skis a crap in the powder. Because the saddles are wider where the spindle mounts in, it is now 1/2" narrower than with the original skis in the narrowest setting. I modified the original hooped to bolt to the Cat skis.
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The other thing about this sled that sucks is the running boards in the powder. They just pile up with snow and freeze on. So I made some inserts out of 100 Thousands of an inch aluminum, cut out square holes in the running boards and ground down the dimples that were left and riveted in the new inserts. Now the snow falls through and is very easy to just wipe your feet and the boards are clear.

I also made plates for where the front and rear bolts for the skids mounts to the tunnel and welded them in, then drilled new holes 2 1/8" lower than stock so the entire sleds now sits way higher and goes better in the powder. Its still lower than my Cat, but its way better.
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Old 11-29-2019, 07:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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So I know some will say, why not buy an RMK Evo, well, they didn't have them last year and some of the things I have done are better than the new RMK EVO, plus I paid less for this sled (Got a real good deal late season) and for 300 dollars, some spare crap I already had and my time, this is a Great Little Sled Now !
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Badass man! Very nice work! Lucky Kid
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great thread! I much prefer to read about such low budget builds over "money no object" builds
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I wish I was your grandson ! Awesome build ! Nice shop! You will be able to teach him how to build and fix his sleds. You've done a wonderful thing by creating a Sledder for life
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