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Hi

I'm a new to hcs. I just bought a new FST Switchback and I'm trying to decide what to do about studs. I'm told that if I'm going to stud it I should put in tunnel protectors for sure. However I've also had people tell me to sawp the track for a pre-drilled one.

Any suggestions on what to do and how many studs to use would be very helpful.
 

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Welcome to HCS :beerchug:

It is easy to have your dealer predrill the holes for you with a pneumatic drill, or do it yourself. Make sure you use the bit meant for studs.
 

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Originally posted by maceng@Oct 16 2005, 11:24 PM
Welcome to HCS  :beerchug:

It is easy to have your dealer predrill the holes for you with a pneumatic drill, or do it yourself.  Make sure you use the bit meant for studs.
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It is a lot of work to change out a track, compared to drilling holes for your studs.

As mentioned, make sure you use a hollow-tippped 5/16" holecutter to drill the holes, get the correct length studs for 1.25" lugged track.

2875415 IQ Switchback Wear Strip Kit $90US is the kit you need.

Pick up a spare 3211099 belt, if you haven't already.

Your 144" track has 57 panels on it, so here's the math on how many studs.

studs
per
panel
2 x 57 = 114 total studs
2.5 x 57 = 142 total studs
3 x 57 = 171 total studs

I would probably start at 2 studs per panel, only in the center band. You can always add 1 more stud every other panel, at a later time, if you want more traction on ice.
 

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i agree with 114 as a starting point for most conditions. if your real agressive then more will be a good idea.
 

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Thanks for the Info guys, that'll really help me make a better decision

oh, any suggestions on which studs to use, i just had cheap ones in my last sled, but it was just a Indy 500
 

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I'm am trying the Klymaxx Track Lug Stud this year.

Has anyone else had any luck with them?
Not sure if i need the tunnel protectors, might just install them to be safe.

They Look good and installed fast. they are light weight.
Just lookin for a little scratch up an icy hill.


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Andrew, from the look of your age I am going to guess you are not a super aggressive ditch banger. I am running 114 studs in my 144" EXT, and was very satasfied last winter. You do not need alot of studs where you have more inches of track on the ground. Good luck with the new sled, I"ll bet it will be very impressive.
 

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Originally posted by dewydag@Oct 18 2005, 05:59 PM
I'm am trying the  Klymaxx Track Lug Stud this year.

Has anyone else had any luck with them?
Not sure if i need the tunnel protectors, might just install them to be safe.

They Look good and installed fast. they are light weight.
Just lookin for a little scratch up an icy hill.
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yes you need tunnel protection. no they do not work good. i wouldnt bother with those.
 
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