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Talking Deep Powder Riding with the Grizz *Pic Heavy & Vid*

Once again we took advantage of the new snow and made way to Leslie Creek in the mountains behind our houses in NE Washington to ride. The ride averaged 3+ feet deep and the snow has no real base so its a dig dig at full throttle the whole way. We both have 30" Mudder Inlaws with 2" Highlifter kits. Lots of people always ask why we don't just get track and call it a day. Honestly, I like the challenge of wondering just how far we can make it and enjoy being out of the house. I'll save the tracks for when I get a new SXS and want to cruise in comfort. My buddy had a bum axle before we left and after we cleared the Kelly Hump, his tire hit a bolder and popped the axle which cut the ride short. I took a fallen tree top through my front left fender, just missed my leg, broke my side plastics and grazed down the side of my motor. Luckily, it did no damage to the motor, and I'll be replacing some not so cheap plastics. It's all part of the game, got to pay to play, and we ride the hell out of our machines so they are 2500+ hard miles. On the flip side, we never got stuck and had to winch out at all that day so that was a plus lol. As for the video, I apologize in advance. I shimmed the camera mount up before I left and it still is shooting a bit too low and not far enough ahead. Also, though the camera editing program is decent, I can't find a way to make transitions between the clips I put in there, so it jumps around a bit. It's shot in 1080p/60fps so you can turn down the quality if need be. I'll get it dialed in soon.









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Looks like you had a blast, thanks for sharing.

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Most people ask you about tracks.. I was going to suggest a snowmobile lol. Looks like a great day

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Most people ask you about tracks.. I was going to suggest a snowmobile lol. Looks like a great day
hahaha I know right?

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Awesome fun being had there, great to see. Thanks for sharing and passing the snow bug on to those of us who haven't seen much more than a dusting this winter, ha.

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Awesome fun being had there, great to see. Thanks for sharing and passing the snow bug on to those of us who haven't seen much more than a dusting this winter, ha.
Ya it was looking pretty poor with all the record heat at the beginning of winter, but then it's definitely came down and now we've been in a cold snap for about 2.5 weeks. I actually prefer the winter riding. No dust lol.

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Ya it was looking pretty poor with all the record heat at the beginning of winter, but then it's definitely came down and now we've been in a cold snap for about 2.5 weeks. I actually prefer the winter riding. No dust lol.
No dust and a clean machine at the end of the day, lol.

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That looks like a lot of fun thanks for sharing!!

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That looks like a lot of fun thanks for sharing!!
Thanks lol, we're all going again on Sunday.

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Looks like fun!

Per your mention of the tracks... was out trail riding on an annual New Years Day ride last year in the mountains. Conversation of tracks came up as there was a Rzr 1000 with tracks running the trails near us but without any fellow riders with their own machine/tracks. A bit later in the day, we came upon that same Rzr and he had sheared one of the track bolts on his left rear track that held the track in an upright position. That track had spun around out of position. They had the back end jacked up and were pounding away trying to get that track to spin back around into a working, upright position. We stopped and offered help but they said they had it under control. Turned out later they had to remove the track from the back left side, lower and strap the a-arm onto a log to kind of "skid" their way out on the trail back to his truck.

I mentioned about a conversation being spurred because of that Rzr 100 w/ tracks... my feelings were it would be very cool to have tracks as we were limited on where we could go with no tracks in the deep snow. To which an opposing viewpoint said the deeper you get yourself back into the snow covered trails, the worse your situation will be when those tracks break down. So, better make sure you are always riding with another OHV with tracks. That person's experience also noted that tracks frequently will shear off the bolt that positions the track upright. Sure enough, that Rzr sheared his bolt later in the day as I mentioned previously.

I've kind of lost my desire to buy tracks for my ATV since that experience. Tracks are certainly expensive but I was unaware of how much a hassle they can be too. Granted, I've never had tracks so can't base anything on personal experience other than seeing someone else have a major track related breakdown miles from their truck.

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Looks like fun!

Per your mention of the tracks... was out trail riding on an annual New Years Day ride last year in the mountains. Conversation of tracks came up as there was a Rzr 1000 with tracks running the trails near us but without any fellow riders with their own machine/tracks. A bit later in the day, we came upon that same Rzr and he had sheared one of the track bolts on his left rear track that held the track in an upright position. That track had spun around out of position. They had the back end jacked up and were pounding away trying to get that track to spin back around into a working, upright position. We stopped and offered help but they said they had it under control. Turned out later they had to remove the track from the back left side, lower and strap the a-arm onto a log to kind of "skid" their way out on the trail back to his truck.

I mentioned about a conversation being spurred because of that Rzr 100 w/ tracks... my feelings were it would be very cool to have tracks as we were limited on where we could go with no tracks in the deep snow. To which an opposing viewpoint said the deeper you get yourself back into the snow covered trails, the worse your situation will be when those tracks break down. So, better make sure you are always riding with another OHV with tracks. That person's experience also noted that tracks frequently will shear off the bolt that positions the track upright. Sure enough, that Rzr sheared his bolt later in the day as I mentioned previously.

I've kind of lost my desire to buy tracks for my ATV since that experience. Tracks are certainly expensive but I was unaware of how much a hassle they can be too. Granted, I've never had tracks so can't base anything on personal experience other than seeing someone else have a major track related breakdown miles from their truck.
That person seems to share my kind of luck lol.

I've come to realize a couple things in my adventures with the old grizz. One of them is I'm going to break something or break down. It's not because of the reliability of the machine, it's just because we push it to its limits and it's definitely no longer a stock machine... and the current mods are never good enough.

Another is we like the challenge of seeing how far we can go before it's time to go home, and that's either in the form of running out of fuel, broken parts or too deep of snow to continue. As we've shown, the snow has to be pretty damn deep before we call it quits haha.

Tracks definitely have their place. So do these rediculously large 30" paddle tires we have. I guess for the money ( and fun factor ), I'll get tracks when I buy a new sxs with a heater and all the rest of the gadgets and I want to cruise in comfort. For me currently with what I have, I like taking my grizz out as far as I can before I have to walk home. Granted we never go out alone and a late night buddy rescue call is always an option and has been used a lot, mostly from breaking axels or catastrophic failures.

These are some of the best times we have as friends and a lot of people say this and that about what they do, but we know when it comes down to it, we're always out there doing something crazy, never run into those people and we end up with some pretty good stories out of it by the end of the day.

There's nothing better than getting your crew of people together and going out on a day long ride. We usually go big or go home, sometimes it better to play it safe, but thats usually not us haha. :)

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