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I am in the process of adding 03 MC bars and stretching it out from a 136 to 151 by using 144 rails and remounting the rear skid back 3-3/8" here are some pics of where I am.

The rear skid removed

Converted onto new 144 rails

rear cooler exposed. I need to cut and move rear cooler back 6-1/2" to match up with my tunnel ext.

I'll post more pics as I progress.
Man its great having all those summer toys out of the garage so I can work on my sled[:D]
 

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yeah that does look sharp!!
 

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Nice little project you've got there! You're gonna have one bad azz TCat when you're done. Keep the pics comin'
 

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What kind of paint did you use on the suspension rails? Is it going to stay on with the ice and snow? If you didn't do it professionally, where can I get some spray paint that will last?
 

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The 01 MC rails came from the factory green it looks to me almost like a powder coating really scratch resistant.

I had them weld in the cooler tube extensions today should get some pics in the next couple of days as I start putting things back together.
 

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Yeah the running boards are stock, they went to that design in 2000.
I have got the tunnel extension on and the rear bumper mounted back up, but my wife has this thing about finishing the fence I started before I finish my sled. LOL she has screwed up priorities. LOL
 

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Slipped away to the garage last night and got the tunnel ext finished and the track swapped out.
Tunnel extension

New track

Taking the drive shaft out wasn't a problem, but I would recommend having a spare pair of hands around.

I am hoping to get the rear skid mounted back in next week then I'll be able to post a completed pic.
 
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LOL, I changed out a Summit to a 151 and an RMK to 144. Your right! an extra pair of hands would be nice. Couldn't get the wife to help either, HUH?

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Nah, she keeps telling me its July what the F$%( am I doing working on my sled.
They just don't understand.
 
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Going from a 136" to a 151", your gonna love that. I rode a 144 all this winter and moved up to a 151 this spring. I was not sure about all that track length but I don't really notice much difference in handling with either track. I do like the extra floatation in the deep stuff. The only draw back with all that track is when you get it stuck and packed with snow, HEAVY. I am not a big guy and without help there is times that I cannot even lift the back end of my sled. I do have electronic reverse which helps at times but when you get it really dug in, I get two buddys to help lift!!!! I got stuck this spring in the heavy wet sticky snow and spent 20 minutes getting the dang thing out by myself. Ugg, by back still feels the pain.

I rode a 2003 900 Artic Cat this winter. Man what a sweet ride. I loved the suspension and 151 track. I bet your 1000 triple will tear up the deep stuff as good as the 900 did.

Looks like a fun project.

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If you wanna have the same weight problem in the back end go out and try a 96 Skidoo MXZ 583. It's only a 121" but it's a beast to lift. I don't know how the backend is so heavy. I even had a full grown man who does a lot of lifting in his farming work to try lifting it. His eyes got huge when he picked it up. One time I got stuck on a gentle uphill turn by getting sucked into the fresh stuff. Ended up gettin bogged right down to where if I stood on the packed trail the seat was at the sole of my boot. The only reason it got out was because I used all my energy to push it and, punchin it hoping to dig into something. We aren't really use to more than 8 inches being dumped in one day around here so it wasn't very pleasant getting off those packed trails with 121" tracks, .92" lugs, and 144 studs[:D] Sorry to get off track but I had to comment about the previous post about heavy backends. lol looking forward to seeing the finished project. Never rode a sled with more than a 121" track but I imagine it's great for boondocking.
 

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You would think with a project this size there would be some small problems. I found one!
Putting the fuel line back on is a B*&^% 1/4" hose on a 5/16" fitting. I'll get it but what a mother.
I did get the skid in and will post a pic tomorrow
 
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