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David Keeso (Argomag)

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Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 10:42 pm:   

Im not flaming you. I don't have the slighest clue as I said about what the cc is of an engine. I just know that a 28 hp engine will be a hell of a lot better than lets say an 18 hp engine that is used in the models today. With tracks, the ARGO moves a lot slower and doesn't have the same amount of power for other things. At full throttle, in deep snow, even just tapping the brake will kill all the power and then it takes a ton of time to get back to the speed you were at before. IF you are trying to turn the vehicle in snow, it takes almost full throttle just to move half way around. Unless you are on a flat road covered in hard packed snow or ice and you jam on the brake (this will throw you into an insane slide out that will allow you to to double turns) you have to almost release the brake, let it get some speed and then brake again. It can be frustrating if you are used to driving without tracks. Everything is slower, and in some cases, you don't have the traction you need. The advantage of running tracks (standard or super) is to keep you up in the snow. In deep snow, you still drive through it, but you are almost skidding along the surface. WHen you actually think about it, its hard to belive that the tracks actually pull you through the snow when the bottom of the vehicle is so flat that one would think it would just high center. In some cases, such as going up a steep hill, you can't always make it up the hill on the first try, you may have to run up and down a few times to pack the snow down a bit and get the snow that is in the middle (between the tracks) to pack down as well and still may require a running start to get up.

I'll add later, but more power is definatly better when you are using tracks. Make sure your charging system is up to snuff though of you will start to have other problems. I'll comment on this in another post.