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Cutting down a 16" Wide Track to 15"

Discuss Cutting down a 16" Wide Track to 15" in the GENERAL DISCUSSION FORUMS forums; I've heard rumors that it is possible to cut down a 16" wide track to a 15" wide. Does anyone ...


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    Cutting down a 16" Wide Track to 15"

    I've heard rumors that it is possible to cut down a 16" wide track to a 15" wide. Does anyone have any first hand experience with this? I'm somewhat skeptical... wouldn't it be a high risk of flying apart?



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    Re: Cutting down a 16" Wide Track to 15"

    Quote Originally Posted by maierch View Post
    I've heard rumors that it is possible to cut down a 16" wide track to a 15" wide. Does anyone have any first hand experience with this? I'm somewhat skeptical... wouldn't it be a high risk of flying apart?
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    Re: Cutting down a 16" Wide Track to 15"

    A buddy trimmed down a bit off a 16 wide, no problems yet. I think it was a 16x174 and was going on a cat chassis.

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    Re: Cutting down a 16" Wide Track to 15"

    i saw a guy that used a table saw to cut 1/2" off each side. I believe he then took a torch to the edges of the track. seemed to work for him and he had no troubles.
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    Re: Cutting down a 16" Wide Track to 15"

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny View Post
    A buddy trimmed down a bit off a 16 wide, no problems yet. I think it was a 16x174 and was going on a cat chassis.
    Why didnt he put the 16 wide in a Cat?
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    Re: Cutting down a 16" Wide Track to 15"

    Quote Originally Posted by Longhairfreak View Post
    Why didnt he put the 16 wide in a Cat?
    what is the reason for cutting down the track

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    Re: Cutting down a 16" Wide Track to 15"

    We have done a couple so far, check out the 174 thread under the m series, there is pics. Its a big job to get the track inside out and you do need to use the right blade and a few other little tricks to do it right. If you look at our tracks you can hardly tell they have been cut.

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    Re: Cutting down a 16" Wide Track to 15"

    Quote Originally Posted by Dobir View Post
    why?
    It seems to be nearly impossible to find a 15 wide challenger extreme 153 x 2.5. Apparently M series cats won't accept a 16 wide so I've got a buddy that's looking at cutting one down.



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    Re: Cutting down a 16" Wide Track to 15"

    It doesn't make any sense to me to cut the width of a track. The flotation foot print is calculated as width x length. If you want the same foot print and cut the track down from 16" to 15" you would need to increase the length of the track.

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    Re: Cutting down a 16" Wide Track to 15"

    Quote Originally Posted by maierch View Post
    It seems to be nearly impossible to find a 15 wide challenger extreme 153 x 2.5. Apparently M series cats won't accept a 16 wide so I've got a buddy that's looking at cutting one down.
    What I have heard is guys that have made the switch are kind of pizzed off too much power loss due to weight increase of the camo vs the power claw. If you are staying with the 153 personally I think I would stick to the powerclaw.
    Just my 2c

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