One of PB’s build for the 2017 season. Check this for all the details.
Click on the photo below to see the build…(it will start a presentation with audio, additional photos etc)
I feel like Wayne when he finally got the guitar he always wanted. I hope I can play (ride) it well enough to do it justice in the mountains. If I get stuck or can’t conquer the line, it likely wasn’t the machines fault.
Sled: 155 Axys RMK
- Turbo: Silber external wastegate turbo running 5-7psi wastegate spring for 6-8psi. 4 PSI spring kept for pump gas.
- Fuel: 25-50% AV gas.
- Track: 2.6″ OEM 155 track.
- Suspension: Walker Evans 5/8″ needle shocks from an Assualt revalved and sized for Axys RMK by gassshockrepair.
- Source Innovations Bolt on Coupler
- Front End: Alternative Impact 39″ front end (stock width)
- Rack: Cheetah Factory Racing iRack with two double ski brackets, dime bag and ski boot carry bag.
- SCS Wrap
- Additional Modifications: SLP dash intake vents, ODI grips
- Rider Weight: 200lbs in normal clothes. Rider Height: 6’2″.
Possible Upgrades: I still may go to aftermarket suspension at some point, just to compare. Second to that, maybe an aftermarket skid, 280 conquer track, antistab kit, different drives, stronger drive shaft, better belt drive…the list goes on. But for now, I’m very happy with what I have.
Some might be surprised by the 155 length. Having had 163s in the past, I decided to downsize this year. I did this partially as an experiment and partially because I knew I would be adding some level of coupling to the rear skid. What is coupling? We’ll cover it more extensively below, but the idea is to use both the front and rear track shocks together to control weight transfer. In theory, this should help keep the front end down when I need to climb something big. On the contrary, if playing around, jumping or making a sweet #wheeliewednesday edit for the boys, I can uncouple the skid with the turn of a block. Best of both worlds…on paper anyway.
A few words on ski-access sledding…
Deep down I really want to buy a helicopter. Problem is, my bank account is short by about 6 zeros (on the right) to make some ex Soviet era bird a reality (neighbors would love it, I swear). So, until I IPO some tech company, rob a bank or win the Powerball, this will be the closest thing I get to a helicopter. At least when it comes to where it can go, power to weight and the fuel it burns.
The goal of this sled was to build one of the best technical mountain terrain snowmobiles you could build while still on some kind of budget and to access the best ski terrain this side of AK.
Key word here is “ski- access“, not sled-ascent based skiing. Though I may be the only guy on the planet equally as excited about a good touring setup (skiing) as I am a turbo sled, the point of this sled was to get to striking distance of any mountain I see on Google Earth and tour from there (yes, walk up the mountain to ski back to the sled). In my neck of the woods this often means banging through ditches, tight trees and unknown ravines on the way to top notch ski terrain. If I were living in Golden or Revy, my opinion on this matter might be different as access can often mean “ride to the top of your line on old mining roads”. In the Wyoming, Idaho, Montana area we’ve found its generally a lot more efficient to access the line via the ole’ legs while leaving the buggy at the bottom. At least if its something really worth skiing in the first place…