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Old 05-11-2019, 08:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What are you guys using for length on your 1.25" tracks? The reason I ask is I just put a tune on my sled and don't want to add more studs but want to go with a longer stud than my current 1.4's.
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I run the woodys 1.325, 144 down the middle all on double backers. I personally feel the double backer setup hooks much better than singles and the strength is exceptional. I have had 3 boosted cats and did same with all. Hooked great on trail and never bent any. This is what I run currently on my 18 tcat boosted at 270 and found it to hook very well, no complaints. I don't know how many studs you're running currently or where they are placed but I would say try it first before you make any changes..
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I run the woodys 1.325, 144 down the middle all on double backers. I personally feel the double backer setup hooks much better than singles and the strength is exceptional. I have had 3 boosted cats and did same with all. Hooked great on trail and never bent any. This is what I run currently on my 18 tcat boosted at 270 and found it to hook very well, no complaints. I don't know how many studs you're running currently or where they are placed but I would say try it first before you make any changes..

My set up with 144 at 1.4 length. I figure running a 270 tune a little extra bite will be needed.
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I wouldn't change a thing personally, try it as is. This is assuming you run mainly good hard pack trails or rail beds most of the time. I personally find the sled handles a bit better with this amount of studs, you can get a slight kick of the ass end on corners. Also, these are already light up front on skis so adding more studs you're probably going to see more push by adding studs.
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I'd run it first too.

Long studs just flex and loose traction anyway. I've never been a believer in long studs or too many studs for that matter either.

I run 192 1.45" Megabites mostly in double backers and feel its too many on a trail sled with the Rip2 1.25". I've been thinking about removing some from the outside belt even running the big tunes. What I have now actually hooks too good.

Traction lines and placement is the more important than qty or length.
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1.575 Megabite works well. I would say the most durable and the longest you would want to go for trail riding. Also, anything longer than about 9/16th above the lug you need after market tunnel protection. 1.575 woodies is exactly 9/16th penetration. I am not sure about the other stud brands.

Just a heads up if you haven't ridden with long studs like that, it will hook better in a straight line, but you will lose the ability to kick the rear end out in turns and slide the sled around. I am torn between running longer vs shorter studs in my sled. It is more fun to ride aggressively, IMO, with the shorter studs, using the throttle input to steer the sled. But my sled with the 1.575s hooks so nice in a straight line. Everything is a compromise right.
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280HP tune. I run 192 studs all in center belt. 1.25" RipSaw 2. Double Stud Boy ProLite backers with 1.630" Stud Boy Lake Racer carbide studs. They've never hit anything in tunnel. No protectors. Run track the correct tension and they won't hit.
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