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Skinz Concept Front End Review for Proclimb

Skinz front end is really a game changer in steep sidehills and downhill pow turns. The stock front end spindles are just set too far back. While in most riding aspects you don't notice any short comings with it, you do if you get it on a steep sidehill or steep downhill pow turns. The stock front end will grab more, which on steep sidehills can wash the rear of the track out and make the sled try to climb back uphill. This is from how far it's set back. Stock, on down hill pow turns it can right side you over the sled if you get too aggressive with it. The skinz front end corrects these short comings dramatically. I no longer see these issues. It holds a line better on a sidehill without wanting to climb up hill. It makes downhill turns a lot smoother and easier. The sled is even easier to get on its side and hold it there too, even on flats. Without feeling twitchy or odd even on the trail. I have non kashima coated evol R's that Tom's snowmobile built and revalved for my 14 BDX front end along with his SIK kit in the rear. Even on the shop floor the skinz front end on my 15 feels and shocks move so much better over my 14 bdx front end. Same on the mountain.
The skinz spindles are 1.5" shorter than stock. Not anywhere near as short as the BDX spindles. But it's the 3.5" forward that make them work so much better. Especially with the shocks. I rode the 15 skinz kit with evol R kashima front shocks along with the stock rear suspension last weekend. But will be putting on Tom's SIK kit in the rear of the 15 as well today and trying it out new years day. I  like that I can have the exact camber I want on the skis, compared to the odd positive camber that I have to deal with on the BDX front end. I have my ski stance on the wider setting on the Skinz and it's still only 36.5" wide from center of skis.  Skinz kit is a couple pound lighter than stock.  Has a better turning radius than stock too.  The BDX front end has less of a turning radius over Skinz and stock.

 

Tom Kussard first to legally ride in Colorado

 Riding buddy Tom Kussard was one of the first to get on the snow in CO with his new T3 163 Doo.  The snotel got past 12" so he decided to get 20 break in miles on.  Too bad it will be almost gone by this weekend.  Hopefully it starts snowing soon, cause I don't remember any year since I started snowmobiling in 2004 that was this dry the first week of November.  
 

 
 

'14/'15 Season is almost here!

Got my new '15 Proclimb M8000 153 ready for the snow.  Thanks to Matt and Jerry at Front Range Arctic Cat for getting me into yet another sweet sled this year.
BDX/Cat boards with narrowed panels
Polaris Gripper skis
Skinz knee pads & windshield pack
TKI belt Drive
Diamond S quiet Ti Can
Foam, idlers, and rear flap removed
120-310 Speedwerx primary spring
Arctic Cat Proclimb front bumper, Hood vents, black windshield
HCR steering post with RSI 3" Risers
Late Nov ETA on powerclaw 3" track with 7t drivers 
 

 


Tough last ride of the season

 
Snapped the jackshaft on my 14.  20 miles from the truck.  Horrible tow out.  Jason got destroyed with ice, snow, and dirt.  Probably the last ride of the season unfortunately. Had a great time jumping for awhile though.  See ya this fall!
 

 
 

May 12th. Deepest late season day ever

 3 ft in the Snowy range.  Hit it perfect Mon am with Mac Grant (Wyoboy1000), Eric Gangestad, Matt Beck from Front Range Arctic Cat, and Tom Kussard. I bent both rails today on a landing.   Too good not to go hard today.  Live it.  Love it.  Doesn't get any better!!!
 

 
 

 
 

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