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post #1 of 17 Old 12-21-2016, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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2016 ZR 8000 Limited 137" First ride udates!

I finally got a chance to put a few miles on my 16 ZR8000 after doing a few(much needed) mods! I know I've posted in a few threads some my mods but here is the list and my impressions in 1 thread/ based on 100 miles of mixed conditions(groomed and not groomed trails), Temperature between 15-25 degrees F.

Hope this Helps for people that may have been considering the same mods or have had "Pushing" issues like I did

1) 144 1.325" Gold diggers up the middle 1-2 2-1 pattern /doubles and singles.(About $300??/ I found Dennis Kirk to have best prices on these studs/ Backers search Ebay)
2) C&A Pro RZR's with 7.5" stud boy Shapers(Country cat seems to have the best price on RZR's?)
3) 4th wheel kit (arctic cat's)(#6639-621/$98.99)
4) Diamond S Titanium "quiet" can($460 with discount code from there Facebook page)
5) Battery Tender Lithium battery(EBAY-put in your current battery model# for replacement/ $160??)
6) Knee pads(A must if you like to ride aggressive at all!)(#5639-764/$41.99)
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Front QS3 ski shocks stock from factory set at #2 setting
Rear skid all stock from factory/dealer rear QS3 Shock set at #2 setting and torsion spring set at #2(I'm a 190 lbs)

My riding impressions when I first got this thing (All stock), was a nice ride on all trail conditions(137" skid is just PLUSH), but this thing just felt heavy and pushed in the corners with the stock ski's/ dual offset 4" carbides set up:-( . Plus, without the studs ,it was a handful in ICY or hard pack conditions.

Now with these mods done, handling in the corners is improved 10 fold! The sled just goes and turns where you want it to go with virtually NO pushing what so ever! Stopping and accelerating is night and day different with the Studs, so much more confidence inspiring! And it still rides just as plush as ever. I can't wait to get it up north on some Really good trails and put some serous miles on this beast!

Also it may just be in my head, but with losing just 30lbs, between the Can and the battery, it does feel lighter

Now the sound oh lord does this thing sound GOOD, I'm telling you at Idle, cruising or WOT, it sounds awesome, not obnoxious at all! (No chainsaw here, if you know what I mean) just good deep sound, expensive,YES but In my opinion, worth every penny!

At first I was a little disappointed compared to my 14 El Tigre 6000, but I think I found the sweet spot!

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Awesome to hear about the ride quality and handling. I just need to pick up some C&A's yet and play around with the QSAs some more.

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Awesome to hear about the ride quality and handling. I just need to pick up some C&A's yet and play around with the QSAs some more.
Yeah I need to spend some more time on this machine and play with these QS3's a little more as well! I had a couple of hard landings and even though it didn't "bottom out" the front suspension almost felt a little too soft at the #2 setting. I'll have to try the #3"firm" setting and see how that is. I just hope at the Firm setting it still corners as good as the #2 setting.

I'm kind of used to my El tigre with the Float 3's set at anywhere between 75 and 90 psi(about the equivalent to the #2 setting I'm guessing), factor that with the lighter weight and that could be why at the same spots the El tigre felt more stiff and planted

We'll just have to see :-)
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Glad your liking the 8000 more. Once you get some more miles on it I think you'll love it. It takes a little while to get used to the power band of the 800. Your Tigre will always be a better twisty trail sled, but the 800 should be more fun on the more open trails. Since you have both, you should be all set!!! The only other thing I would suggest at some point is a clutch kit.
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Glad your liking the 8000 more. Once you get some more miles on it I think you'll love it. It takes a little while to get used to the power band of the 800. Your Tigre will always be a better twisty trail sled, but the 800 should be more fun on the more open trails. Since you have both, you should be all set!!! The only other thing I would suggest at some point is a clutch kit.
The power band is very different compared to my 600! My arms are a little sore


A little more weight to throw around as well, but not too bad!

I was thinking about clutching but haven't really done any research. I know I don't want high rpm engagement though! I experienced that before and didn't like it! I like them clutches to engage at pretty low RPM's, easier load the sled on a trailer and move around at low speeds!
Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!
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The power band is very different compared to my 600! My arms are a little sore


A little more weight to throw around as well, but not too bad!

I was thinking about clutching but haven't really done any research. I know I don't want high rpm engagement though! I experienced that before and didn't like it! I like them clutches to engage at pretty low RPM's, easier load the sled on a trailer and move around at low speeds!
Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!

No experience with the Team clutches (yet), but I've read good things about the kits Speedwerx has for them. I've had a couple of their kits before in other sleds and they really ripped. I know D&D had a pretty good setup for the Cat clutches and I would guess they have something similar for the Teams. The Magnaforce weights from D&D are pretty slick.

You'll have to hit me up the next time you're planning to ride locally and we'll see if we can't hook up for a ride. Hell even if it isn't that local. lol
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No experience with the Team clutches (yet), but I've read good things about the kits Speedwerx has for them. I've had a couple of their kits before in other sleds and they really ripped. I know D&D had a pretty good setup for the Cat clutches and I would guess they have something similar for the Teams. The Magnaforce weights from D&D are pretty slick.

You'll have to hit me up the next time you're planning to ride locally and we'll see if we can't hook up for a ride. Hell even if it isn't that local. lol
Yeah, I'll definitely hit you up, always looking for someone to ride with. My buddy that I typically ride with doesn't like riding around here(Up north snob) I find myself either dropping at M140/ Napier(Quality Marathon) and riding to the local bars hoping to run into someone I know or hook up with one of my buddy's that live out that way.
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wheres that? I'm allays looking for another hidden treasure! That's how I found Harbor Springs,MI.
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I have the same ride as yours.
Only modification for now is an ice ripper.

I also found that the front is pushing a lot in curves. I'm on stock skis and carbides. Can someone recommend some carbides for my stock skis?
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