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Old 02-12-2007, 11:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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picks or no picks?

What are your thoughts on track picks? Yes or no?

I like the added safety on icy slopes etc. but some guys don't like them. I guess I am just looking for any opinions you all may have.

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Old 02-12-2007, 12:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i personally will never ride another sled without picks. the differnce is absolutely amazing. all the power in the world is noting if you cant get it to the ground. and then once you get all the power out of your sled, you need all the stopping power possible. people say "if you're a responsible rider, you dont need picks." but what fun is bein responsible?
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Old 02-12-2007, 01:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It depends a lot on the trails that you ride most often. I agree that they are as much or more a safety improvment as they are a performance improvment. Also, the amount of studs will change based on your riding styles. I would recommend visiting Woody's website to see what you think you might need.
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Old 02-12-2007, 02:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Picks are a must in my opinion. I don't like my track sliding around on the trails. However, They do absolutely NOTHING in deep powder.
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pics help with ice and stopping. add weight, and rob top end and HP. its all in how you want to ride, what conditions you ride in. i have ridden both, both can be ridden safely. its what you feel comfortable with
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Old 02-12-2007, 05:29 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have one sled with picks, one without them. They definitely help with traction on hard pack, but in deep stuff they don't make a difference.
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Old 02-13-2007, 07:11 AM   #7 (permalink)
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depends on your riding conditions. I mostly ditch bang and field run so I really don't need them, if you are a trail cruiser or lake runner I would suggest it.
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Old 02-13-2007, 08:08 AM   #8 (permalink)
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depends on where you ride....around here I think they are a must trail can get very icy and there are some hills your not going to make it up without them. I've ridden with and without picks and prefer to ride with them
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Old 02-13-2007, 08:29 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I have heard that studded tracks are hard on the snowmobile. Is this True?
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Old 02-13-2007, 09:11 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I have heard that studded tracks are hard on the snowmobile. Is this True?
The rider is what makes the picks hard on a sled. I like to ride hard but smooth. Meaning, I let the clutches do the work . Not the engine. If you like to gun it all the time and spin your track constantly. It will rip out studs (possibly taking out a heat exchanger if not found),wear the track out faster, and put undue strain on the engine and clutches.Etc.........
I also don't like spinning the track cause it washes out the trails ,and creates those hated studder bumps we all despise so much.However if your in the deeper snow, your track is gonna spin constantly.Thats the only way your gonna move,so you have no choice.But its snow. Not a dirt and rocks.So it wouldn't hurt anything.
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Old 02-13-2007, 01:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I agree - I like the picks - gives added assurance and confidence on steep, icy slopes. Also aids in maneuvering on the trails as you hammer it through the woods when there are icy spots. In my opinion it is all about the handling, not so much top end speed.
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Old 02-15-2007, 05:56 AM   #12 (permalink)
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The only serious drawback with studs, I've found, are trails that outlaw sleds with 'em. It's a biggy where I'm from. There's only one groomed trail that's close and I'm not aloud on it.
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Old 02-15-2007, 06:19 AM   #13 (permalink)
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studded definately....
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