I wanted to have a modern chassis but be as simple in my mind as possible. It had to have a durable chassis (as I like to hit stuff a lot), a simple reliable engine, few electrical circuits, parts that can be easily obtained. It also needed to run on pump gas premix.
I Snow Checked this machine in the spring of 2008 and I was convinced that it was going to be a pull and go machine. I fought with the CFI-4 engine, fuel delivery and electrical for a few years after a recall and EFI updates. I just couldn’t get it to perform and be reliable so I made the decision to quit throwing good money at a bad problem and forfeit every dollar I spent so far on an engine swap. Keep in mind that this sled was financed and I was still making a payment on it. Well life happens a severe lower back injury, I started my own business, marriage and a family. So I decided to part out the machine and felt really bad about it to the point where I really didn’t look at my snowmobile for two years. When I was moving my business to its current location I recruited the help of some of some friends that I used to ride with. My friend Alex saw the chassis sitting behind the old shop and asked “is this thing coming too”. Nothing more came of it that day, a couple of months went by and Alex out of the blue says to me “you know that chassis would make a good mod project” and started sending me little clip videos here and there of when I was riding it. At this point it was a little more than two years after my back injury I was feeling really good and ready to get back on. Alex randomly sent me another clip and that was it the next day I dragged what was left of my Assault in the shop to start working on it.
I built an entire custom wire harness using the factory color code with up sized quality copper wire. I used a few accessories that need 12vdc power and by mixing a voltage regulator/rectifier from a electric start Edge chassis and capacitor from the IQ Raw chassis I was able to get good clean 12vdc without the weight of a battery.
The entire build, I had the idea of what it was going to look like right from the start. I drove anyone that dared talk to me about it nuts trying to explain the little details. So when it was finally done it was a good feeling to have an idea turn into something that I can touch and ride.
“What is it?” or “nice IQR” are most common there have been lots of compliments and some negative comments going into its fourth season on the snow.