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Old 12-27-2009, 12:50 AM
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Mods to my 09 D8

I initially posted this on a different site. Some on that site said they liked the write up, and since I’m a happy new member here, I thought I might share my build here too. The old site locked my post, so I couldn’t edit it, so I made the changes before posting here.

As some of you know, I recently picked up an 09 Dragon 800, 163”. This sled is used, with 1K miles on it, but in nice shape. I decided to chronicle what mods I did, and why.

I started with a used, 09 D8, 163 : I wanted more power than my M7, the best local dealer is Skagit Valley, & they don’t sell ‘Cat. I’m not brand loyal, but I am dealer loyal.

Better Boards: OE boards suck for snow build up, this solves the problem. I believe in the powdercoat option.


Ch-Ex track : Works best in the snow and conditions in the areas we do most of our riding



FTX D&R kit : To clear room for Ch-Ex track with stock driver diameter. It’s a good kit. Straightforward install. The template you see in the first pic is supposed to be removed after your cutting and drilling is done.



Avid drivers : I prefer my drivers to have extrovert features, Avid has great customer support. I had heard stories of ice build-up in-between the center and outer OE drivers, and some negative issues that resulted. I didn’t want to deal with that, so I went with Avid drivers. After pressing the drivers in place, I painted my driveshaft. I think it looks cleaner, and hopefully, it will reduce corrosion.




SLP Anti-Stab kit : With the addition of extrovert drivers, anti-stab kits come highly recommended. I thought about making my own, but decided that the time required, it would be smarter to just buy one. Here’s an close-up pic of the test fit, prior to sending the skid out for powdercoating.


SLP can : Removes weight, and preserves warranty on update. Found one used, in good shape, so it was easy choice

SLP air horn : Opens up air restriction to air plenum. This can never be bad. The recommend to leave the interior of the plenum box stock, and I did.


to be continued.....
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:51 AM
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.... continued from above.

2 Cool Vents : I believe all sleds benefit from venting, and 2 Cool makes high quality vents. I chose dash vent for more air into the engine, shock and knee and side vents to get rid of the underhood heat for prolonged belt life. Here are completed pics of the vents I did.





Heat tape : I also removed insulation foam, and applied heat tape to the underside of my hood. I got the tape from Home Depot, and it’s made by Nashua (sp?). It’s about $17/roll, and I think I could do 2-3 sleds with one roll.


Powdercoat skid : I took the skid apart, and had the parts powdercoated. I got the idea from Jkinzer, in his thread about his gf’s sled, and asked him about it. He recommended it for both looks and function, reducing the amount of snow that collects in the skid. It does look cool, and I can say that in my first ride this year (wet snow) I had 1/3 the snow build up as the same sled my friend had. I was amazed. Thanks Jkinzer!



375/47* Polaris Springs: Did this mod after my first ride on the sled. It bottomed out a lot, and I’m a larger guy (210#s). Curt @ FTX recommends it, and it sure sits better than it did before. Unfortunately, it will be a few weeks until I can offer a ride test, I just had arm surgery.

Fly risers : Started with a block, but I needed more height, so I went with Fly. Since the caps have flat tops, I can convert to studs and nuts, rather than allen bolts, thus allowing stronger clamping force. Here are some pics of the risers with OE hardware, and then studs.






Studs in the risers : I could not find studs of the exact length and configuration I wanted, so I found grade 10.8 bolts (Fly risers use metric threads) cut the heads off, and chased the threads. I used 271 threadlocker to secure the studs into the risers, then flanged locknuts on the caps. By using studs, I can generate much stronger clamping forces. Works good so far.




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....continued from above.

Brake line adapters : Needed longer brake line with my super-duper tall risers, so I went with banjo conversions and a traditional inverted flare line, resulting in the lowest overall cost.



RSI bar ends and ODI ruffian grips : Personal preference


OE tether switch : Decided it was about time I started using a tether, for engine preservation since I fall off a lot.


Mountain Addiction track rack : Clean modular system for carrying extra fuel, and a tunnel bag is in the works. No pics yet, I’ll get them up when the parts arrive.

Took off stickers : This is good for at least 10 HP, right?


Muff pot : I’d rather have a muff pot than a hot-dogger.

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nice to see you bring your thread over polar...its a good one...
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thanks! Coming from you, that's a heck of a compliment.
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thanks! Coming from you, that's a heck of a compliment.
not me..I am just an average joe..if you was nice you would move the clutching thread over too......then I wouldnt have to...
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:45 AM
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Looks amazing for sure. Nice choice of componants all super-functional. Almost makes me wanna get a newer sled! But its easier to mod the tractor than buy new.....
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sweet looking sled polar ex. id like to do alot of those mods too but money just isnt allowing that right now.
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Is that clutching thread the one from Ron? All I did was copy and past to a word document that I created. Did all my editing on that, as well as installed the links from photobucket, and then did a large 'copy and paste' to this forum. As you can see, I had to split it up, but I had it saved. I learned that the hard way, after typing up a long post, and my connection getting dumped off of SW. I now do that on "Word", then copy and paste.

I'm still trying to get used to this forum. I believe I'm in the minority here, but I actually did like all the sub-sections over 'there'.

I've got a couple more to pull, the one on the actual D&R process only, as well as one on the Ram track bar retro-fit for the truck section, and the anchors for a sled deck, also for the truck section.

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thanks for sharing real nice build

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