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Old January 13th, 2012, 07:45 PM   #1
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How many here have taken their quads out in the snow with their paddle tires?
What kind of experience did you have?

I'm thinking about trying it out tomorrow since we have a few inches of snow finally. I'm hoping I won't just dig through it all and stick the frame right to the snow and be stuck like I would with knobby tires.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 07:50 PM   #2
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I did it with my old quad, works well but it tears the paddles up a little bit. They started to leak a little bit of air after I did that. Definitely pushes you along pretty good.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 07:55 PM   #3
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I just took my polaris sportsman 800 efi out, started right up, put it in 4x4 and did great.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 08:10 PM   #4
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I did it with my old quad, works well but it tears the paddles up a little bit. They started to leak a little bit of air after I did that. Definitely pushes you along pretty good.
Would snow tear them up any more than sand assuming you don't dig down to the dirt?
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They are fine with about a foot of snow but with less I dug down to gravel and that is where it was rough on the paddles.
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Old January 14th, 2012, 08:35 AM   #6
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It'll work alright. Just use one piece paddles. Not skat trak that are glued on. I ripped a few paddles off my scat traks. I used my old sand sharks for the snow. It worked alright.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 08:40 PM   #7
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My quad (KFX400 with BBK, cams, a bunch of other stuff) has always sucked in the snow, I would try to ride it on occasion in the snow but it always got stuck right away. This summer I got paddles and left them on, it was really unstoppable. I could go into drifts 2 feet deep, stop, and take off like it was dry ground. I was blowing away my friends 660 4wd. I was a little nervous about tearing them up, I might look into some cheap paddles for the winter and keep the Haulers for the sand.
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paddles in snow are really fun
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The thing that stinks is that I'm jetted for summer at the dunes and I have 20w-50 synthetic oil in it. I probably shouldn't start the quad unless it's above 23 degrees.
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The thing that stinks is that I'm jetted for summer at the dunes and I have 20w-50 synthetic oil in it. I probably shouldn't start the quad unless it's above 23 degrees.
meh just leave the choke on.
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Every year I go to the I-500 up here with my raptor and paddles..


Great time for sure. Works great
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The thing that stinks is that I'm jetted for summer at the dunes and I have 20w-50 synthetic oil in it. I probably shouldn't start the quad unless it's above 23 degrees.
Mine is too, but when I put the airbox lid on it runs really good in the winter.
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My smaller 300 polaris xplorer does great in the snow, it's lighter but still has some power, pulled the 325 4-stroke magnum on a trailer through 8"+ of snow
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I have never ran paddles but I have put the tire chains from the lawn mower on a 2wd atv before it was a ton of fun that thing got around great
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Run Sand Stars on the back of my Raptor 660 and I can usually keep up with my buddys on there 4x4's.
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