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ATV Tracks

With another potential snow storm on the way, I am considering putting tracks on my Ranger to keep fishing.  Just wondering if anybody has some experience with them and which tracks are the best, (Mattracks, Camoplast, others?)  Thanks!

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For the price of those track kits would you be better off picking up a used snowmobile?  Just a thought.

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Having had the opportunity to go with guys that have put them on, I was impressed! The track system kept the machine up and pullling way better than most sleds 10 years old and newer.

Simply put there is more surface on the snow to keep the machine up and also to get a load started.

In my lifetime I have seen fence row to fence row farming and the return of CRP and game to the landscape.Now we face again the prosepect of fence row to fence row again! Sportsman are our own worst enemy in that we fail to look forward and focus to much on the now!

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A snowmobile is a consideration but then I have an older machine to maintain and worry about reliability.  Plus Tracks could be used year-round.

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I have the camoplast 4s. They work great. I would go with the track's instead of a sled, just because if you don't want the track's on simply take them off, it just take's maybe 20 minute's to take them off. They  stack up in a corner of a building,don't take up much room. It's alot easier than pissen around with a sled. Just my 2 cent's. And a ranger like u have with track's u can puy everything in the box and go. It's a no brainer man.

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Not sure where you are located...but Action motor sports in Mandan has a ranger right now all decked out with tracks and about every other add on you can think of. You could stop down there for a test drive. Drove it the other day....pretty sweet machine.

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if you want to use them year round you would have to go with the mattracks there the only ones that can be used year round.  the others are like your snowmobile tracks with boogy wheels have to keep them cool with snow. 

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I have also been considering tracks but don't know which brand to get mattracks or camoplast. I would just be running them in the winter for pushing snow and fishing. I have a Honda Rubicon 500 i don't know is that enough power and for you guys with tracks what machines are you running and what do think for power. Any info is greatly appreciated.

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buddy has  set of mattrack on a 500 artic cat he says enough power, but he doesn't ride real hard anyway.  gettting a set of mattrack in the morning for my 650  arctic cat .  top end on tracks from what I've heard is around that 40-45mph which is fast enough for anything in my opinion.

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Have mat-tracks on two 700 Rangers.  Poor low range speed 12-13 mph at 5500rpms.  Burned up belts running in high in medium depth snow.  Would definately look at other track options

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Has anyone seen or know anything about the new Polaris Tracks.  According to their website you can maintain 80% of the ATV's Top end.

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I have a 2003 Honda Rincon 650 with Camoplast Tatou all season tracks. I have had them about a year, and they are great!!! Even though they are all season, I do not run them in the summer, no reason to. I usually have them on the ATV from September to early May. I use them for ice fishing, deer hunting, snow removal, etc. I have had it loaded down with gear, and two riders, and have been able to go through deep snow, brush, mud, deep water with no problems. The tracks are $3395 delivered to your door (no sales tax, no shipping charges). Check out atvtracks.net   (Look at their photos and videos)  If you want speed then don't buy them, but if you want to utilize them for hunting, extreme trail riding, ice fishing, snow removal, I would highly recommend them. I can load down my atv with gear and two riders and still get 35mph on the tracks. I shopped around for awhile, and decided on the Tatous based on performance reviews, and price. Mattracks are $5400-$6800, and are heavier. Tatous are about 71 lbs per track w/ mounting hardware. Mattracks are about 100 lbs per track. I would recommend a 600cc atv or bigger, even though they say a 500cc will do.

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I have had severals kinds  of tracks on atv's and the best bang for the buck right now is probably the all season tataus mentioned above.  The ride is the best on the mattracks with the shape changing suspension. Mattracks also sells a cheaper set now to compete with the tatous.  You lose alot of speed with the mattracks. 

Polaris 4 wheelers seem to burn up belts easily when running tracks.  There is snow everywhere when using them, so I would recommend a honda 4 wheeler (with the automatic transmission or the electric shiift)  - no belts-less maintenance. 

Last year we pulled some large fish houses off  the ice with an arctic cat prowler with a set of tracks and it worked great, and you can haul alot more than on a snowmobile. 

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My dad just put camoplast tatou's on his 750 Kawasaki and they are awesome.  Took it ice fishing last weekend and was mighty impressed with them.  It does suck the gas down quite a bit more but overall if you have the $$ to put tracks on, filling up a couple more times shoudln't be a deciding factor in getting them or not.

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I checked out the Camoplast tatou's for a Ranger and looks like their out of stock. (bummer)

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Hey icngrnbacks what do you think of that Rincon for power wise when you are pushing snow with the tracks. I got a Rubicon now and am due to trade and was concidering goin to the Rincon for more power when we get tracks. I really like the rubicon but people tell me i need more than 500 for tracks. So i just wondering what you think of it. Any info greatly appreciated.

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Fish slayer,  what do you want for you Rubicon if you sell it. 

I believe R&B motorosports has a set of tatou's for a ranger in stock.  They are in Jamestown, ND.  They also have a set of them mounted up on a ranger with power steering.  That set up is awesome.  The one drawback to tracks is they are tough to steer and the power steering is an incredible benefit.

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I don't know what i want for it and i guess i really don't know what it is worth. Its an 05 with roughly 8500 miles. I got ITP tires and rims on it but would like to keep them. So you would have to find some wheels for it. Its got a windsheild that i would let go with it but i got a warn winch on it that i would take off.

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Fishslayer, I like the Rincon for power and performance. I would recommend getting the 700 Rincon, with assited steering, if it is available. Assited steering would be nice when you are on dry ground, or in the bush using tracks.  Also, I would check out the 650 and 800 Can Am Outlanders. I talked with a guy when I was fishing on Lake Winnipeg last winter that had an 800 outlander with tracks and he said he was still able to go 40mph + with the tracks, so if you still want speed that may be the way to go. I can promise you that you will really enjoy the tracks. I have a 14 acre farm, and the tracks have made snow removal a breeze. I can pile up snow, all winter, and with the tracks I am able to push snow up and over the existing snow hills, if needed. I have a 60" blade on my Rincon, and it pushes snow with no problem. Also, the tracks have been great for hunting and ice fishing. I use them for hauling deer out of the couless on my grandparents farm, going where ever you want when you are ice fishing with all the gear you want to haul along with two riders, and for hauling bow stands and working up food plots.

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I can't stress it enough.  Pick a 4 wheeler that does not use a belt if you are going to put tracks on it. 

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i wouldn't worry about having a atv with a belt, i had a 04 sportsman 600, and 2 different grizzly 700's with mattracks on them.  ridden hard in deep snow, mud, sand, climbing hills, and never had a belt issue. also i have 2 freinds that have had tracks on there sportsman and grizzly and havnt had problems either.

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Icngrnbacks I didn't know they make a 700 I know they make a 680 but did not know they make a 700. I will have to check into that and does that Rincon have a low gear or is there just forward and reverse. I was looking on Camoplast's website they other nite and they said for ATV's with 300cc and up. Can a ATV with 300cc handle tracks everybody tells me nothing less than 600 and i saw in some of there video's they had at set on a Rubicon and from my seeing it handled them just fine but then again looks don't tell the whole story either. 

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I have a pair of camoplast's on my rancher and that is a 350 and it goes fine,

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Have 04 Rubicon, are you saying that it is probably not enough HP? Haven't researched them yet, just wondering. Is it rpm issue to turn them? Or would the low range on the Honda do the trick? Amount of snow last couple years,has me thinking heavily.

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SHEDZ it doesn't seem droggy or anything. What do you people think Mattracks or Camoplast and what is your reason. Any info is greatly appreciated.

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I accually bought them from a guy late last fall and he had them on a rubicon and i put them on my rancher i just had to drill a couple of hole's in the plate under the motor for them to work, Anyway i would say a rubicon would be big enough. I am thinking of getting rid of them and buying a set for my canam. As for my rancher, it isn't droggy at all. It is so geared down it has alot of torqe. It goes 40 or so with tire's and probley 20 to 25 with track's. If i decide to sell them i will message u in case u might be interested.  They have maybe a 100 mile's on them, perfect shape. I see more camo's then matt's that i have seen.

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750 Suzi King Quad/Camoplast combo (1.5" suspension lift):

Enough clearance to drive over a 5gal bucket (with the blade and mount removed):

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I have an 04 sprtsman 700, and I read in another forum that if I wanted to put tracks on and have a blade I would have to choose one or another, the blade or the tracks.  They said that with the tracks on I would not be able to turn without the tracks hittiing the blade.  Any INFO?

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The current plan is to add extensions to my blade mount frame arms.  A cut here, a weld there, little spray paint and I should be back in business.

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If you don't already have a blade there is once made for UTV's that hooks up to a front mounted receiver hitch, then a guy would just need an extension coming out of the hitch to get out far enough so as not to impede the tracks.

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fish slayer Said:
SHEDZ it doesn't seem droggy or anything. What do you people think Mattracks or Camoplast and what is your reason. Any info is greatly appreciated.

I can't say about the Mattracks but Camoplast's are unit specific so they're supposed to be geared properly for whatever unit you're going to run them on.

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Is power steering really needed or just another convience?

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FISH ON Said:

Is power steering really needed or just another convience?

IMO It would be nice in none snowy condition's. There harder to turn on dirt or grass.

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Fishslayer - the rincon is a 680cc motor but i beleive they call it a 700? You may be able to put tracks on smaller than 600cc? Just my recommendation to go 600 or bigger. Rincon is forward and reverse, no low gear, just 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

mrzogs21 and Horsager - I have a 60" Cycle Country blade with a push tube extension, which gives the extra room necessary for the tracks. I ordered the blade, push tube, extension, and the mounting bracket all made by Cycle Country. Works great.

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Wow.  5 grand for tracks, 5 grand for a fishhouse and another 5 for a 4 wheeler!!  Expensive but I sure wish I had all three.  What's the Powerball up to?

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Horsager Said:
750 Suzi King Quad/Camoplast combo (1.5" suspension lift):

Enough clearance to drive over a 5gal bucket (with the blade and mount removed):

I think you need to come over and "test" that on my driveway after the snow this weekend.  

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Anybody have any input or opions on tracks? I have been hearing of a few people with tracks getting stuck. Any of you people with tracks ever get stuck?

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Any track machine can get stuck like a 4 wheeler , snowmobile, dozer, trackhoe. They all will. Just got to use some simple common sense with any of them. Just because they have tracks dont mean there unstopable. Good luck.

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Mattracks are probably the most durable tracks on the market.  Camoplast and a few others are really good enough though if all your going to do is the normal riding, ice fishing and some pulling.  I doubt any of them would give you much trouble.  You just have to weigh out the things like speed, price and if you want to use them all season.  For anyone wanting to use tracks on dirt, in my opinion, need power steering.  For only snow its descent without.  I know talking to a guy that worked for DU.  They have had some problems with the durability of camoplast in mud when getting stuck and pulled out. 

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A person i know has a set of camoplast's and only have 100 miles on them and some bolt come out and raised cain in there and locked it up. I was kinda leaning toward the mattracks they look more durable than the camoplast's. Anybody else have input on tracks.

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We have a set of Mattracks on a polaris 800 at work and they are great. They get abused through sage and rock in the summer and snow all winter. VERY DURABLE.  We use them to cross the little missouri river which is like quick sand and they just float right across in places where tires would sink.  In the snow, we have go stuck two times so far and when you get tracks stuck, you are usually there for a while!! They do however throw alot of snow up but i think all tracks do. Havent yet ran a set of camoplasts so I cant say much about them..They do look like a good snow track tho

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Got a good friend who lives south of Sturgis
and loves his tracks.  He's got a big Polaris
and it goes about anywhere.  They have tons
of snow in the hills so he does need the tracks.

He said the only problem is when there is a
crust on the top and soft underneath.  His ATV
will get hung up every time, as would anything
else.  Other than that, He swears by them.

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