When I received my 2009 Ski-Doo MXZ Renegade 800R X sled last year it
quickly proved to be a very nice package right out of the box. Power was crisp
and seemed to come on very strong with out any help from any aftermarket add
on's. I experienced a few set backs right off the bat with a bunch of leaky
house clamps that constantly leaked engine coolant everywhere, but that was
quickly taken care of by the guys at U.P. Cycle & Sport with some new house
clamps. The big one was a seized motor with only about 100 miles on the clock,
and that sucked!!!!! Once again the guys at U.P. Cycle went to work and rebuilt
my Motor. I have no idea what they did during the build, but my gas mileage went
up to a steady 18 miles per gallon from the 12/15 that I was getting originally.
The rest of the year my sled went flawlessly, but in the back of my mind I
wanted a little more out of this sled.
So comes this idea for a project build sled! My sled has the 137" track and
that is what works best for me for my type of riding. The 120" track allows the
stock MXZ 800R to really haul, because of the less rolling resistance from a
shorter, more lighter track. What I was looking to get was 120" track
performance out of a sled with the 137" track. I was not asking much, right! I
wanted more performance but not at the expense of loosing any trail
If you look at the list of people below that participated in this build,
everybody added to this build with a product that just fit right, from the WRP
Seat to the PowerMadd Rear Mirrors.
The first thing I did was make a call to Rich Daly of DynoPort who has a
very good track record of working with the Ski-Doos, while maintaining trail
worthiness. With much technical help from the Mad Scientist, Rich Daly of Dyno
Port, we have put this project together! So, with Rich's advice we reworked the
carbs to his specs, added V-Force 3 Reeds, Chuckaroo Trail Heads, DynoPort
Y-Pipe, Big Volume Pipe,Trail Canister, and a full Dalton Clutch set-up. This
combination really woke up the sled. My mid range just seemed to come alive, and
made this sled rock on the trails. Is this the fastest sled, no way, but to me
it is the most fun that you can have!
I have been experimenting with both the MBRP & DynoPort Canisters and
find them both to work equally well for my application.
For engine coolant we went to Purple Ice from Royal Purple, and Engine Tech
for the thermostat cooling housing. For oils we chose Spectro because of their
superior ability to protect your engine and drive train.
After doing the engine I decided to go through and add some other goodies
that would give my machine some more zing and bling. My cvt belt of choice is
Dayco, and the only way to fly. This belt is formulated for high horse power and
higher heats then or regular belt. I also added extra cooling with the
installation of products from Holz Racing. On my sleds Holz is the only rear
tunnel rack that I choose to use.
Mountain Machine, adds more bling with their custom built bogies. Ski-Doo
white skis and handles added to this bling effect.
One of the things on my sled that was the first to be replaced was the
sorry excuse for a windshield. PowerMadd has the perfect solution with the Cobra
Windshields which come in a variety of height sizes to suit anybody's riding
style. I prefer the mid size shield for great wind protection, but still offers
a sporty look.
C&T Powersports not only supplied the necessary tools to do our
clutching work, but supplied the A-Arm guards to protect our a-arms while
riding. These actually help to give you front end lift while in deep snow, along
with the Ski-Doo skid plate.
WRP running boards done the job of stiffening up the tunnel, and took away
a lot of the tunnel flex.
Our preferred method of traction products is Woody's and is what we use on
all of our sleds here at ATVPT. I really like the fact that this company is the
only one that is recommended by Ski-Doo for your traction products.
U.P. Cycle and sport worked closely with me to do mechanical and also to
help with the Ski-Doo products segment of the build. Without their help this
project would not have went as smoothly as it did. Thanks go out to Karen,
Dave, Cody & Mike at U.P. Cycle & Sport of Iron Mountain.
CKX is our preferred provider for Snow Apparel, and Helmets. I have had
great luck with CKX and will be using their products for all my snowmobiling
adventures. Staying warm and being comfortable is half the battle. BCA covered
us for the most weather proof back packs in the industry. Without their back
packs our cameras would not survive this harsh Northern Michigan
Of course we wouldn't be doing any back country trail riding without our
Snobunje towing products and to carry that gear,
the Snobunje Tunnel Bags.
Finally to haul our sleds, R&R Trailer
provided us with the perfect way to haul our sleds around with their enclosed
trailer. I like the security and the way my sleds get to their destination
clean, dry and ready to ride.
All in all this was a fun project to do, and as you can see for yourself, this sled turned out nice................ My thanks go out to everybody that made this sled build possible for me to do and complete.