My main objective was to create a sort of backdate xp chassis sled that could hang with current Cats, Doos, and Polaris in any condition or elevation. I strived for the fit and finish to resemble that of the g4 chassis while retaining the shell of an xp.
Back in 2012 I purchased a 08 renegade that had been crashed, blown up, and already taken apart. At this point in time, I was 16 years old with an insane snowmobile obsession and a great deal of free time as my brother had just left for Michigan Tech. With some financial help from my parents and motor building know how from my neighbor, I was able to convert my collection of parts into a running 800 ptec renegade in just under three months. As you can imagine, the first iteration of Taz was a total basket case with blown out suspension, dilapidated clutches, awful steering geometry, and a subpar choice of skis. Either way, it was a running sled in a current generation chassis and I was stoked for two years. In the summer of 2014, I decided to make some changes to my clapped out sled and the second phase of Taz took shape with a 146 summit skid, 2.25″ track, s36 kit, green and blue B&M fab powder boards, DJ clutching and a wrap. The primary objective of this transformation was to ride the Upper peninsula backcountry with my brother and some of his college buddies. From 2014 to the spring of 2019 I basically left the sled in this configuration with the exception of changing tracks, skis, deleting the headlights and oil injection as well as adding some floats up front. The one component that never failed to fail was the old 800 ptec. From electrical gremlins, to carb issues and fouling plugs, that motor was a constant source of grief. After pulling Taz out of the woods on our last ride of 2019, a buddy recommended that I buy an 850 so thats what I did. This puts us at Taz v.3
The custom fabricated e-module that centralized the 850 motor require the most about of thought and creativity. I ran into numerous fitment obstacles as there is very little space for a vast collection of components. For example, the primary must perfectly align with the secondary while the tune pipe must fits in conjunction with the steering post. Additionally, the xp plastic is not bulky enough to accommodate the g4 oil tank which meant the xp oil tank had to be utilized despite occupying the same space as the ecu and coolant lines.
Taz is a one of one that will likely never be replicated or duplicated. I am stoked to have turned a crazy idea into reality with a bit of ambition and dedication. Yes, there are sleds that will outperform my retrofitted collection of parts and that doesn’t bother me. This sled isn’t a generic iPhone that will be traded for next years model. Taz is a special unit and I wouldn’t exchange it for the world.
In general, the sled is quite discreet as it retain the general appearance of a stock xp. With that noted, people occasionally catch onto the g4 features which initiate conversation. Throughout the building process, I received some incredibly generous compliments on Dootalk and that was really cool to see.