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Old 03-04-2019, 12:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Coming off a 2015 SBA that I lost in a divorce, I am struggling to carve with the IQ chassis. The SBA had gripper skis and the 2 inch track, so that part is the same on this 144 RMK. Both were/are 600s.

I have the skis set to 39 inches and yet it seems like a tank trying to get it to turn. With the SBA I kept a foot on each running board, shifted my weight and it just "turned". The SBA was 42.5 wide so you would think this would be easier.

With the IQ I am putting both feet on the same running board. I have tried a opposite foot on the running board with 1 hanging to the inside of the turn. I can make it work, but I don't think my knees are going to be able to take it even with braces on both. My upper body and arms are sore for days from a few hours of riding. It just takes a lot of work to get the thing on edge and it doesn't want to stay there...you have to keep working at it constantly.

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Old 03-04-2019, 06:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had a 2009 RMK 800 144 and 2 different 2011 SBAs. The Pro chassis is a little more nimble but I didnít find my IQ that difficult to ride off trail.
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The IQ chassis does take a bit more effort to get up on its side than the Pro chassis ever did. I remember in 2011 when the Proís came out, everyone was pulling them all the way onto their side because they were using the same effort as what they used for the IQ.
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Old 03-10-2019, 06:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That 2009 RMK800 is a pretty similiar sled to my 2011 RMK 144 600

Today I was able to carve my 2012 550 shift 136 in a manner that looks "just like it does on TV". 42 inch wide with 1.6 ice cobra track and WOT much of the time. You have to work like crazy to get that big hog on an edge but once you do it will stay there and all you have to do is shift your weight back hard the other direction to turn it. Heck of a workout for the shoulders and biceps.

I am thinking if I had my 2011 RMK 144 with 39 inch width in this snow it would carve 2x as easy.

Is the axys alot easier than the pro ride?
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