Polaris 600/700RMK Track Swap

Nov. 01, 2005 By Dan Canfield
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The quest for more traction when playing in the mountains seems to be never ending. Current machines like the Polaris 700 RMK and Ski-Doo Summit X offer very good power and with their stock tracks they are pretty good goers in the steep and deep. The 700 RMK has a terrific track in the 1.75x136, but mountain riders have found that going to the Camoplast 2x141 gives some additional traction. In this little piece I'll try and give you the How-To of making this change. Later in the season I'll give a follow-up on just what benefit has been gained from making this change.

Changing tracks on the 1998/1999 RMK is not a difficult thing to do if you have a couple of basic tools and a little mechanical aptitude. Dealers in my area, Utah, are charging in the neighborhood of $850 to make this swap. By doing it yourself you can save almost half of that. Also a little tidbit is that the 1.75x136 Polaris track is in pretty high demand out there. You should be able to sell your pull off track in order to recoup some of the expense you incur making this change.

Before diving in to this track swap you need to do a little prep work. Obviously you're going to need parts. One of the appealing things about this is that it doesn't take a lot of parts. You're going to need the new track, a set of rail extenders to lengthen the rails from 136" to 141" and some chain case lube. You might want to have your grease gun handy so you can lube the suspension as you go.

You'll need some basic tools as well. Because the RMK is made in the U.S. all of the bolts you're dealing with are SAE. You'll need a basic set of wrenches, a ratchet/socket set, a set of socket head wrenches (allan wrenches), a pair of pliers, an exhaust spring tool (you can use vise grips if you're careful not to bang your knuckles), an oil drain pan, some shop towels or paper towels, some blue thread lock (loctite) and some cleaning solvent (brake cleaner works well). You're also going to need a way to hold the back of the machine up in the air. I've got a stand I built to do this, but I've also used a tie-down strap and suspended it from the ceiling of the garage before. Just something to hold the back end up while you work on getting the track out and in.

Take It Out
Put It Back


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