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When Should A Track be Replaced

I just bought a used 2007 F8 with 2300 miles on it. The track has a camoplast 1" factory track. Upon closer inspection of the track I have noticed that about 20 lugs are missing. Most are on the outside and and only a couple on the inside. A few of the outside ones are down to the metal bar. And most of the missing lugs have the thread exposed. The rest of the track is in nice shape. All the clips are tight and none are missing. The track shows no sign of rot, dry cracks, or other abnormalities. I checked with a few local "pros" and got varying answers from "your sled is going to blow up" all the way to "that happens all the time". The problem is I really would like to stud the track and don't want to waste my time if the track isn't any good.
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personal opinion,... wait till you replace the track. doesn't sounds like it's in the greatest shape, it might rip soon, or it might not depending on how you ride it.

if you wait till you can replace the track you can get bigger lugs too, for more traction!

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I'd wait till you get a new track. No use polishing a turd.
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I just bought a used 2007 F8 with 2300 miles on it. The track has a camoplast 1" factory track. Upon closer inspection of the track I have noticed that about 20 lugs are missing. Most are on the outside and and only a couple on the inside. A few of the outside ones are down to the metal bar. And most of the missing lugs have the thread exposed. The rest of the track is in nice shape. All the clips are tight and none are missing. The track shows no sign of rot, dry cracks, or other abnormalities. I checked with a few local "pros" and got varying answers from "your sled is going to blow up" all the way to "that happens all the time". The problem is I really would like to stud the track and don't want to waste my time if the track isn't any good.
Do not stud a questionable conditioned track....Unless you want to be replacing heat exchangers.
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Thanks for the advice. I may have scored a studded track with 120 miles on it for $400. Pretty much the the cost of the studs, baking plates, and nuts. My next post will probably be in the "How the heck do I install a track" thread.
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Thanks for the tip. The track that I found for 400 was not studded correctly. Likely I contacted woody's and found out that the track was under studded by 51 studs. So the quest continues. It's a shame to have to replace this track.
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$400 is too much anyway.
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you should be able to find a new one for 450.00 get a deeper lug+ forget the studs unless you ride on ice+lakes most of the time
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studs help a lot in all trail situations I have found! especially for acceleration and stopping! the only place they won't help is in loose snow trails or powder

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I sled in the Belgrades Lakes region of Maine. My house is lake-locked to the trails. Ice and lakes are my daily riding ritual. Wouldn't consider going without studs. After talking to a lot of pros from track repair places to new track sales reps and bunch of people inbetween I have decided to go with repairing my track and studding it with 153 studs. Here is my thinking after all this investigation. My track was damaged by some idiot tearing it up on pavement. All of the damage hasn't been exposed to continued riding. All the threads showing are still in tact. Most of the lugs are on the outside where I won't be putting studs. In all I am missing about twenty lugs all in one section of the track. My plan is to use a 3M rubber repair kit only to seal off the the threads from damage. Once I stud the machine the lugs will have a lot less pressure be putting on them and it shouldn't affect the performance of the track. The track is has no tears, no clips loose or missing, and is still soft. I will post more about this. My next post could be one of two things ......"Track repair worked" or "how do you replace a heat exchanger/"
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