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smokinram114
12-19-2011, 11:38 PM
im super bored sitting around n decided to share my "build" i wanted a backcountry but my dealership didnt have one and I wasnt waiting. I enjoy "building" my own stuff besides. With a professional Motocross background and the love for off trail riding I wanted a versitle sled I could huck and boondock. at the time no one offered one, so I basically built the freeride, before the freeride LOL

the day I bought it. JANUARY 2010 ski doo renegade 800r adrenline.

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first mods were to get rid of the grandpa windshield, white hand gaurds, white sly dog powderhounds, and put the 137x16-1.75 track on.

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the summer of 2010 it got a huge make over with white plastic and lots of powdercoated parts. snow studs studs from johnmaster.net which i powdercoated the backers green. also added a REV race sled snow flap

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finished

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that setup lasted only 36 miles dec 2010... I was screwing around at the pit stop bar in greenland. i wheelied off the snowbank in the parking lot and this happened. THE SLED NEVER LEFT THE GROUND. NEVER POWDERCOAT RAILS!! I have 3 other friends who have bent a set after powdercoating, one being timner on this board from the kessler boys.

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smokinram114
12-19-2011, 11:39 PM
so after the whole rail bending fiasco I opted to go with a set of Ice Age Mfg custom 7000 series billet rails that are anodized black and offset for 8" wheels. I also put in their axle and 8" billet wheels. the ice age rails are OBVIOUSLY strengthened where the factory ones tend to bend. since the skid was out and i the shock was bent i put a 5/8" shock shaft rear shock and RS torsion springs in. Since the rails were now black the white skis didnt look right. i added a set of CURVE XS in black and white loop to try out.
*NOTE YES I DID PUT THE FRONT ARM IN UP SIDE DOWN AT FIRST.. DURRRR ME!!

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I also removed the stock bars and added a Pro taper MX bend and fly risers. I always HATED! the stock control block on the handle bars these new sleds have. so I made my own harness out of the stock and a RS harness (lots of soldering!) and converted to the "RS" controls. making the "hot pipe" button the start/reverse much like the new freeride. I also swapped the white handgaurds for green ones and white deflectors.

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how it sits now for this year. not done with it yet.

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shoelessjoe
01-05-2012, 09:40 AM
Looks good!!!

Cat-ryder50
01-05-2012, 11:13 AM
You think you saved money by doing it yourself? I bet it was worth it either way though, sounds like a fun experience. I would love to have the money and time to take on a project like that, maybe once I am out of this damn college. ;)

timner
01-05-2012, 11:29 AM
Looks good Chris. You should bring that mud truck up for the Snodeo.

smokinram114
01-06-2012, 12:12 AM
thanks guys. its never ending, im always tampering. as far as saving money.. im not sure... i got some good deals "knowing people" in the industry but id say it is pretty close to just buying one done from ski doo. the one thing i have MUCH better then the freeride is my rails. that was the biggest chunk of change coming in at $740 for billet axle, billet wheels, and rails. i also have the race sled shocks in the rear skid where i believe the freeride has "x package" shocks. the center shock was custom built from a guy in NY off dootalk. dootalk timner dootalk timner dootalk!! HA HA (inside joke)

Jim i wish i was coming next weekend... I have class for Generac next week 11-13th. really really BS sa i was told this last tues.. had vacation booked for that weekend.. otherwise that be awesome HA HA

blutooth
01-06-2012, 12:11 PM
Darn, we were looking forward to seeing that wanna be Arctic Cat in action again! :p

smokinram114
01-06-2012, 02:20 PM
HAHA ya iv heard that one before!! so what.. i have an arctic cat with out the problems! :p errr should i say maybe my sled inspired arctic cat to try and copy doo? HA HA

smokinram114
01-06-2012, 02:23 PM
timner, i no longer have that mud truck... but one of these two should do eh?

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jimfsr
01-15-2012, 07:49 PM
Funny what a 350-400deg. bake cycle does to heat treated aluminum rails...annealing anyone?

7707
01-15-2012, 09:45 PM
Nice job !!! Way to make it your own. The colors will keep em guessin.