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My Preferred ProCross Sled Set-Up


1/24/2014 11:31:00 AM

Finding my happy face with sled set-up.

Note: This is a companion piece to THIS SET-UP story I posted earlier today.

Midway through last riding season and now again this season, I’ve worked to calibrate my ProCross-chassis Arctic Cats to handle exactly the way I want.

For groomed trails, I want more positive cornering, with less push and less inside ski lift.

Click to see my current set-up.

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ProCross Handling Tips: Find Your Happy Place


1/24/2014 10:53:00 AM

Arctic Cat Sno Pro model snowmobile

Snowmobiles come off the assembly with a mix of component choices and adjustment settings meant to satisfy a wide range of riding styles, conditions and riders. They work pretty dang well in most conditions, but they are not perfect for us.

I recruited the help of Arctic Cat suspension engineers for some suggestions on setting up ProCross machines for various riding styles and conditions.

If you're looking to tweak your sled to suit your style, these suggestions are worth experimenting with.

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TGIF: The Jan. 24, 2014 Edition


1/24/2014 10:06:00 AM

TGIF: Snowmobiles, pianos and life

I'm thankful that Aunt Ethyl bequeathed to us her Lawrence Welk signature organ.

I’m thankful Northwest Piano & Organ switched from sled dogs to iron dogs for moving equipment from their truck to customers’ homes.

I’m thankful we’re doing this in January instead of June.

And I’m thankful it’s Friday, January 24, 2014.  

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Team Arctic's Willmar, MN, Winning Weekend


1/22/2014 10:35:00 AM

Team Arctic Cat's Brian Dick. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Click to read the official Team Arctic press release from this past weekend of racing.

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Willmar USXC Download: Team Arctic's Weekend


1/21/2014 9:16:00 AM

Team Arctic's Brian Dick. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Team Arctic cross-country racers delivered another excellent performance, this time at the USXC lake event in Willmar, Minn.

It wasn't the usual win-everything performance, but 13 out of 20 is pretty awesome.

Click to read the lowdown.

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TGIF: The Jan. 17, 2014 Edition


1/17/2014 9:35:00 AM

TGIF: snowmobiles, police and 2-up comfort

I'm thankful the authorities will be here momentarily.

I'm thankful they have radio communication with the K9 unit and the horse mounted officers.

I'm thankful that all of us scofflaws have agreed to NOT crack any 2-up-riding jokes once the authorities arrive.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.

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Deer Collision: My Fear Comes True (for Someone Else)


1/16/2014 8:56:00 AM

I think about slamming a deer probably 30 percent of the time I spend riding my snowmobile on trails in the woods. Seriously, I worry about it A LOT!

From now on, I'm sure the guy in the video above will ponder the possibility of hitting deer a least 90 percent of his ride time.

Click to read more.

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Forget the SnoScoot: The Speedwerx Arctic Cat 206RR


1/15/2014 7:52:00 AM

Speedwerx Arctic Cat ZR 206RR

Recently, Speedwerx came out with a kitted Arctic Cat ZR120 sled featuring the Briggs & Stratton 206 motor instead of the stock 120cc engine, plus a few extra goodies.

Their calling it the 206RR Arctic Cat, as in “race replica.”

It's a turn-key option for families who have outgrown the performance envelope of the stock 120, or/and those intending to race in the 206 class.

Click for details as well as a video that highlights its performance.

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SHOF Raffle: Win This Sled, Ride with the Champs


1/13/2014 7:57:00 PM

Arctic Cat F5 Raffle sled for SHOF.

SHOF weekend

While I can’t guarantee that you will win the above 2014 Arctic Cat F5, I CAN ABSOLUTELY promise you that by participating in the Snowmobile Hall of Fame Raffle, that you will support a truly great organization AND have a chance at riding away on the F5.

I like your odds!

The raffle is just one way to participate in the SHOF. Better yet, I recommend attending the entire 2014 Induction and Ride with the Champs.

Click for more info

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TGIF: The Jan. 10, 2014 Edition


1/10/2014 8:41:00 AM

TGIF: Hey Baby, it's hip to be square

I'm thankful this thing has a Hemi.

I'm thankful that I bought the convertible option... otherwise I have no chance of hooking up with her.

I'm thankful I didn't wear that stupid "I Bang Ditches" T-Shirt that I bought at Hay Days.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.

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Staying Home with Dad: No Racing for P.J. Wanderscheid This Season


1/8/2014 10:09:00 PM

P.J. Wanderscheid, Team Arctic 4-time World Champion.

Yesterday the news came from P.J. Wanderscheid that he and his crew will not race at the upcoming Eagle River World Championships, or any other events this season.

The 4-time World Champion and his family made the difficult decision because his father, Dick, is locked in tough battle with Stage 4 lung cancer.

Click to read more.

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Thomas Sno Sports 2014 Arctic Cat Snowmobile Demo Ride


1/7/2014 10:47:00 PM

Thomas Sno Sports Demo Day

Thomas Sno Sports in Ogilvie, Minn., is hosting a 2014 Arctic Cat Demo Ride day on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

You can test-ride a new 2014 model 9000, 8000, 7000, 6000 and 5000-Series Arctic Cat, in ZR and XF flavors.

Click for more info on what is sure to be an awesome event.

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Tucker Hibbert's 85th & 86th Pro Snocross Wins Video Wrap


1/7/2014 10:40:00 PM

Watch this sweet video of Tucker Hibbert winning his 85th and 86th Pro National victories from the 2014 Canterbury ISOC race weekend.

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Christian Brothers Racing: Great Start to 2014


1/7/2014 10:20:00 PM

Christian Brothers Racing can boast the largest, most diversified team in snowmobile racing.

They can also boast about their awesome start to 2014.

Click to see a video recap and to read their press release.

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Record-Breaking Start of New Year for Team Arctic


1/7/2014 9:40:00 PM

Tucker Hibbert won his 85th and 86th Pro finals. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

In a 36-hour period, Team Arctic racers broke snocross win records, won 17 of 20 cross-country finals and pretty much made it a miserable start to 2014 for anyone not riding Cat.

Click to read the Team Arctic press release.

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Almost Didn't Happen: Brian Dick's XC Win in Detroit Lakes


1/6/2014 4:46:00 PM

Brian Dick en route to winning in Detroit Lakes. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Brian Dick’s Pro Stock win at the USXC cross-country in Detroit Lakes, Minn., almost didn’t happen.

Not because of the wicked pace of his teammate Zach Herfindahl, a miscalculation on sled set-up or a mental mistake that would have cost him the win.

Brian’s win almost didn’t happen because he almost stayed home to work on his other race sleds.

Click to read the rest of the story.

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Supermen: Hibbert Honors Morgan at Canterbury


1/6/2014 2:34:00 PM

Tucker Hibbert's "superman" nod to Blair Morgan. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

I’ll soon post the Team Arctic results and press release from the first weekend of racing in 2014, and it will highlight Tucker Hibbert’s historic win.

But the official press releases won’t tell what I think are two of the best stories of the weekend.

The first unfolded on Friday night at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn.

Click to read about it.

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USXC Announces "Mini" I-500 Cross-Country for 120s


1/3/2014 8:47:00 AM

USXC Mini I-500 cross-country race

How's this for cool!: A special 120-class 5-mile cross-country race will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Seven Clan's Casino/USXC I-500 event.

Dubbed the "Mini I-500," this event will introduce 120-class racers to true cross-country, with a mile-long race course featuring some ditch, field and woods.

Click to see the full poster.

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TGIF: The Jan. 3, 2014 Edition


1/3/2014 8:13:00 AM

TGIF: jumping my snowmobile on arcticinsider.com

I'm thankful that jumping a snowmobile over an measly automobile, with no landing ramp, was SO last week's news.

I'm thankful that Caeser's Palace was booked by that other guy who jumps stuff.

I'm thankful the PR department agreed to leave out the horses.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.

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Happy New Year


1/1/2014 9:43:00 AM

Happy New Year (on an Arctic Cat)

This morning, I raise my coffee cup to the New Year.

Wherever you are on the trail of life, and no matter where your tracks go, I sincerely wish you the best now and in the adventure that awaits.

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