Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Cleveland, OH
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Sled: 05 Pantera 550, 91 Cougar
Thanks, ZRrr, I will try what you have suggested.
Overall, I really like the Pantera 550. It is a two-up, standard length track (for a two-up) I think it is 136 inches. There are times when I think it would be nice to have the top end of the 600 EFI, like when I am in the middle of a lake. It tops out at about 90 mph or so if given time. On wooded trails, etc. it is quick enough to keep up with most of the sled traffic, and let's face it, like most sleds out there, it is fast enough for me overall to splat myself if I make a mistake.
I bought the two up because my wife seemed sort of interested in the sport and gave me the green light to buy new (I made it seem like her idea). It is a bit heavier, but it still handles very well for a two-up sled. The real payoff is in the chop on trails that haven't been groomed for a while - it is awesomely smooth and in control in the rear.
The steering seemed a bit stiff, but probably because I had it set up with 6" semi-agressive Woody's carbides and no studs in the rear. I am thinking of getting a pair of C&As or running doolys this coming season. I have heard that the C&As are a huge upgrade over the stock skis on the ZR type chassis. Anyone have an opinion about the C&As?