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Ski-Doo Unveils Several Changes for 2005
Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP), Valcourt, Quebec, announced changes to the production units in its 2005 lineup. The new Mach Z will used a HPV roller secondary clutch with a double helix cam. This clutch is said to give improved back-shifting and allows the belt to run cooler. The Mach Z also will ride two inches lower, due to a shorter shock stroke, and will come with internal drivers only.
The Summit Highmark X package will use a 162-inch track rather than a 159-inch track. The Highmark X will also have a new, lightweight mountain seat. RT-chassis sleds will have a 3.7-liter oil capacity, rather than 3.5 liters. The GTX Fan and Expedition will get HPG rear shocks. Engine updates include: No pipe temperature sensor on the 1000 SDI; new chrome/ceramic pistons rings on the 800 H.O. PowerTek engine; new cylinders, pistons and chrome nitrate piston rings on the 600 H.O. and 600 H.O. SDI engines; and molycoated pistons on the 380 fan.

New Store For R.U. Outside
R.U. Outside, based in Driggs, Idaho, plans to open a full-fledged retail catalog store in Logan, Utah, this month. The company, which sells gear for active outdoor enthusiasts, has moved its call center to Logan, and will move some of its warehouse operations to that location, as well. The company previously had all its call center and distribution operations based in South Dakota.

Woody’s Challenge changing
International Engineering & Manufacturing Inc., makers of Woody’s-brand traction products, will sponsor its annual Woody’s Challenge as a grass drag rather than a ice drag. The event is known for it’s large, $5,000 purse to the winner. The event will be a part of American Snowmobile Drag Racing Association’s ISR/Woody’s World Series of Grass Drags at the Birch Run Expo Center, Birch Run, Mich., on Oct. 15–17. The class competing for the cup is Pro Stock 1000. The event change was a marketing decision, said Woody’s Larry Tiede, and was based on where the company felt it could get more exposure.

Two-Stroke Meets EPA Requirements
The US Environmental Protection Agency has certified 2005 Rotax engine with PowerTek engine management as compliant for its 2006 regulations. PowerTek is standard on the premium Ski-Doo MX Z, GSX and GTX models. The PowerTek system consists of a throttle position sensor, electronic RAVE exhaust valves, and a knock sensor. Other Ski-Doo engines certified as 2006-compliant are the Rotax 2-Tec two-stroke SDI engines and the 4-TEC four-stroke engine.

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