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Old 03-26-2020, 10:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking to buy a 2019 T Cat but am a 100% trail rider and I see that many who do buy either of these 2 sleds often times put 1 1/4" or taller lug track on them and is it because they just spin way to much or just not good for a trail sled.
I will put a max 17 single tune and a can and a cold air intake on it for sure. I have a 17 cross country 137" 9000 with a 1 1/4" track ( not a 1 3/4") and have 4 studs per bar that Ive had for the last 2 years and did also put Pro4 primary and secondary clutches on it.
I have no problem changing the track and gearing out but was wondering why so many do ??
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I am looking to buy a 2019 T Cat but am a 100% trail rider and I see that many who do buy either of these 2 sleds often times put 1 1/4" or taller lug track on them and is it because they just spin way to much or just not good for a trail sled.
I will put a max 17 single tune and a can and a cold air intake on it for sure. I have a 17 cross country 137" 9000 with a 1 1/4" track ( not a 1 3/4") and have 4 studs per bar that Ive had for the last 2 years and did also put Pro4 primary and secondary clutches on it.
I have no problem changing the track and gearing out but was wondering why so many do ??
I’m very happy with my 1” track with 144 1.45 triggers on a hard pack trail it hooks up very good. 2 stock turbos mine has 1” ,buddy has 1.25 ,maybe it’s the gears but mine pulls him in all trail conditions.in the end does a 1/4” make that much difference?
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Yes, 1" will spin too much in trail IMO. Cat did it to increase top speed NOT because it was better all around. Most guys say a 1" track for normal hard-pack trail riding is worthless. 1-1/4" much better. I suppose you can nullify some of the effects of having a 1" track by adding lots of studs. Still not same as having 1.25" track if riding in loose or deeper snow as the studs don't help much at all in that condition.
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Also remember the new '21 Tcat now comes with a 1.25 track, so the SRX is now in its own class of top speed category. I prefer the 1.25" track for every application with exception of speed runs/radar guys.

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Agree, AND speed run/radar guys are usually running on ice or something close to it and usually have studs to penetrate surface. They usually aren't running on loose or semi-packed trail snow where higher profile tracks are better.
IMO, 1" track on a true trail sled to me is pretty worthless.
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I am looking to buy a 2019 T Cat but am a 100% trail rider and I see that many who do buy either of these 2 sleds often times put 1 1/4" or taller lug track on them and is it because they just spin way to much or just not good for a trail sled.

I will put a max 17 single tune and a can and a cold air intake on it for sure. I have a 17 cross country 137" 9000 with a 1 1/4" track ( not a 1 3/4") and have 4 studs per bar that Ive had for the last 2 years and did also put Pro4 primary and secondary clutches on it.

I have no problem changing the track and gearing out but was wondering why so many do ??
Because people that shouldn't buy a thundercat, bought a thundercat.
The Tcat should absolutely have a 1 inch speed track in it, as well as a lower ride height.
It should have also come with a higher gear ratio imo.
The regular ZR should be aimed at trail riders and have a 1.25

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I prefer the 1 inch.
The tcat or srx handles better
We have a 17 Ltd and 18 Thundercat and anyone that gets on my 19 tcat says it handles way better than previous two.
It’s lowered. It high speed corners better
I have had both and my 1 inch is better handling and hooking than the 1.25 where I ride.
I also run studs 1/2 past lug on it too and they have been great.
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I wonder why Cat switched back? Because in 17 and 18's they were 1.25. Then in 19 they lowered the sled and went to 1". In 2020, the sled is still lowered, new front end and tweaks to the rear and still a 1". Now for 2021, they go back to the 1.25". I am wondering because of the lowered front end, that maybe they seen a better gain bottom and mid with a slight decrease in top end because of the sled being lowered? Not as much of a loss compared to 17-18 to a 19-20? I have been trying to find a solid answer and I cant.
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I had a '12 Turbo with a 1" studded Hacksaw, and I loved the way it ran, rode and handled. It had taller gears & TD boosted,, stupid fast.
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I wonder why Cat switched back? Because in 17 and 18's they were 1.25. Then in 19 they lowered the sled and went to 1". In 2020, the sled is still lowered, new front end and tweaks to the rear and still a 1". Now for 2021, they go back to the 1.25". I am wondering because of the lowered front end, that maybe they seen a better gain bottom and mid with a slight decrease in top end because of the sled being lowered? Not as much of a loss compared to 17-18 to a 19-20? I have been trying to find a solid answer and I cant.
They switched because the people that bought them, whined about the track.

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