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2015 New York Shootout

25 YEARS OF FAST
RELATED TOPICS: 2015 | POLARIS | ARCTIC CAT | SKI-DOO | YAMAHA
Close, really close!

That was the theme of the day at the AmSnow and Dynotech Research 25th annual New York Shootout in Woodgate, N.Y. in the thick of the Adirondack mountains. Just fractions of mph, horsepower and seconds separated the hottest new sleds. We tested nine new 2015 stock sleds on a fast track with abundant snow and perfect conditions. Extremely consistent acceleration runs were made by of all the stock sleds, and the corral of modified and lake race sleds from several aftermarket companies. Local dealers D&D Powersports, Fun Unlimited and CJ’s motorsports prepped the stock sleds and all used Stud Boy traction products.

This is one of the most exclusive events in the Northeast and companies like Boyesen, Spectro Oils, DynoJet, Stud Boy and more support this event because of it. Plus we’ve got independent dyno data too from Dynotech! Check it all out here!
STOCK SLEDS

120 Hp stock Sleds
The sleds consisted of the Arctic Cat XF 6000, Polaris Axys Switchback Pro S 600, Ski-Doo MXZ 600 E-TEC and the Yamaha Viper R-TX. We chose to run the Viper along with this group per ISR rules and following racing guidelines that allow this machine to run with the 600s. Also, the dyno numbers proved that although many argue this is a “700 class” machine, it was only pumping out 126.6 horsepower which was fairly even with the other 600s in this class. The 4-stroke also is at a slight weight disadvantage versus the 2 strokes.

The Cat powered out 124.6 horsepower on the Dynotech Research independent dyno, the Polaris 600 Axys scored 121.8 horsepower and the Ski-Doo E-TEC at 118.9 horses. It is important to note that all the sleds were ‘out of the box’ so the break-in time had not been achieved. Each of these machines, especially the Ski-Doo, will most likely make even more power. Readers can tune into the Real World Shootout in our March issue to see acceleration numbers AFTER break-in, but in order to eliminate any cheating, the best way to keep a level playing field at the early-season New York event is this method. In addition, for full disclosure the Cat and Polaris were the crossover (137-inch) versions.

Both the Cat 600 and Ski-Doo E-TEC 600 garnered 94.33 mph on their best stock ¼-mile runs which was amazingly similar. It was a direct injection versus dual-stage injection showdown with the Polaris 600 right on their heels at almost 90 mph. However, Yamaha has done their research this year, and while the horsepower out of the fuel injected 4-stroke Viper is still down compared to the same engine in the former Nytro chassis, there were solid improvements in top speed over last year. At 96.15 mph, the Viper was fast in the ¼-mile and got some bench racing points for use by the hundreds of spectators that filled the stands.
Each sled is given two box stock runs and then time is allotted for the dealers to make small clutching and other tech changes to gain some speed and only .75 seconds separated the elapsed times in this class. Many of the runs were within hundredths of a second of each other and the first runs of the three true 600s were within just a few tenths of a mph of each other. Yamaha’s Viper had the best elapsed time in the group completing the course in just 12.849 seconds.
With just a little work by the veteran dealerships including D&D Performance, Fun Unlimited and CJ’s Motorsports each one of these 600s broke 91 mph. Gains could be seen from each of these sleds throughout the acceleration runs. Not surprisingly, the Viper still had the top speed of 95.74mph, but each of the true 600 sleds showed 2-4 mph differences in top speed and picked up several tenths of a second in their elapsed time. This proves that the performance tuning market is not dead by any means, and solid dealers and set-up can have a large effect on performance. See the chart for all the stock numbers!

150+ stock sleds

Three of the best running 800 sleds we have ever had at the shootout made up the 150 horsepower class including Arctic Cat’s ZR8000, the new Polaris Switchback Axys 800 Pro S, and Ski-Doo’s venerable MXZ 800 E-TEC. Polaris dispelled any rumors that its new 800 machine would not compete as the new Axys showed the top box stock ¼-mile mph at 100.89 mph and the quickest elapsed time of 12.050 seconds. These performance stats are also more impressive considering that the Polaris 800 pulled the fewest number of ponies on Dynotech’s dyno at 145.3 hp and was a longer track 137-inch sled. This is two years in a row that Fun Unlimited and Polaris 800 sleds have shown extremely well at the New York Shootout, despite lower power numbers. This sled is tuned well and is SUPER lightweight.

Power numbers from the Cat and Ski-Doo were 153.7 and 156.4 respectively. These numbers are in line with past dyno numbers from Dynotech. If you are curious as to the entire dyno curve and all the exact numbers from each sled, you can see the entire dyno sheets at dynotechresearch.com. The 800s certainly showed why people pay a bit more for these smoking fast machines as box stock the Cat went 100.66 mph in the ¼ and the Ski-Doo went 99.55 mph. Take a look at the full acceleration runs in the charts to get the entire story of what sleds were fastest in what sections of the ¼-mile acceleration run.

It is important to reiterate just how close these 800cc sleds were in both top mph, throughout the acceleration run, and in elapsed time. With only 1.24 mph separating these sleds at top end and a half-second difference in ET, most of the runs were within a sled length of each other. At 100 mph that is difficult to do and shows that rider size, aerodynamics and more could play a large part in which buddy of yours will have the edge in top speed.

Furthermore, looking at last year’s 800cc class times and speeds you can tell just how fast the track was this year. Only one run from the stock sleds last year broke 100 mph last year and this year we had several.

Turbo stock sleds
In addition to some great-eights, D&D Powersports was also able to get hands on a couple new stock turbo machines! D&D snagged a brand new Yamaha Viper with the Yamaha-approved low-elevation turbo kit installed on it, as well as a new Cat ZR9000 turbo stock sled. The dyno curves on these two machines were remarkably similar considering very different engines and turbos. One engine here is a triple and one is a twin, one is dealer installed, and one installed at the factory, as well as a myriad of other differences. The Viper with its MPI-made turbo kit pulled 175.3 ponies on the dyno and Cat’s ZR9000 with its Suzuki motor pulled 174.1 hp on the dyno.

On the track it was a war between these two big power stock machines. The Yamaha Viper took the overall top stock mph award with 109.22 mph in the ¼-mile. However, not to be outdone, the Cat was quicker and garnered the top stock elapsed time finishing the ¼-mile in just 11.771 seconds. In the dealer-improved runs for these sleds the Yamaha was just .33 seconds quicker than the Cat finishing the ¼ in just 11.331 seconds. The Yamaha pulled a faster mph in the improved run as well, but just over a mph separated the two. Again, the word of the day was CLOSE!
 Stock 120+ HP 2-strokes
 Sled  H.P.  Torque (lbs./ft.)
 Arctic Cat XF 6000 Sno Pro  124.6  80.9
 Polaris Switchback 600 Pro S  121.8  79.8
 Ski-Doo MXZ TNT 600 E-TEC
 118.9  79.1
 Yamaha Viper RTX  126.6  80.5
 Stock 150+ HP 2-strokes
 Arctic Cat ZR8000 Sno Pro  153.7  101.2
 Polaris Switchback 800 Pro S
 145.3  104.0
 Ski-Doo MXZ x TNT 800 E-TEC  156.4  98.2
 Stock Turbo 4-strokes
 Arctic Cat ZR9000  174.1  123.0
 Yamaha Viper turbo  175.3  90.5
MOD SLEDS

Hold onto your helmet!
With some of the fastest naturally aspirated and turbo-charged sleds in the business, the track was lit up for the fans by 12 Mod sleds. The machines this year included both Trail Mods and Lake Racer sleds.

Obviously the big Lake Racer machines were what lit everyone’s hair on fire and got both the pits and the spectators excited. The Lake Racer sleds were only allowed to run 500 feet, but that didn’t stop us from seeing speeds over 130mph in that short distance. Mod sleds from D&D, Bikeman Performance, Speedwerx and BCM Performance/Mike Hills made up the group.

These aftermarket monsters are split into four classes: Trail Mod Pump Gas, Trail Mod Pump Gas with Boost, Trail Mod Race Gas with Boost and Unlimited Lake Racer, with the Trail Mod classes taming 660 feet of track and the Lake Racers rumbling down 500 feet. Each Trail Mod sled is within acceptable trail-riding limits and can be used on a majority of U.S. and Canadian trail systems.

The team from D&D Powersports out of Lowville, N.Y. took care of business in the Pump Gas Trail Mod class with their Riot Kit on a Cat ZR8000 posting the top E.T. of 6.658 seconds and earning the ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ award. The Speedwerx crew took home the hardware for the fastest MPH in this class with a run topping out at 99.12 mph with their modified version of the ZR8000.

It was a clean sweep in the Boosted Trail Mod class for D&D Powersports. Only the sharpest sled minds in the crowd noticed they took the ZR9000 that had been run in the Stock Turbo class earlier in the day and slapped on their SlingShot ECU flash and modified muffler to run with the aftermarket mods. It gave the sled enough extra oomph to earn the best E.T. at 6.955, fastest MPH at 101.81 mph and that class’ ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ award. Most impressive was the improvement over the stock runs. A new ECU flash and modified pipe added nearly 10 mph and was 0.30 seconds quicker down the 660-foot track than the stock sled!

In the Trail Mod Boosted Race Gas class the boys from Bikeman Performance who got to bust out the brooms. They took the quickest E.T. with a run of 6.017 and the best MPH at 113.9 mph, along with the ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ in this class.

The no-holds-barred Lake Racer class brought out a stampede of high-horse machines to light up the first 500 feet of track. Again, it was D&D Powersports flexing their modification muscles with a show-stopping contribution owned by Kevin Zeterskie who came all the way from Northern Alberta. It was worth the trip as he saw Glen Hall pilot his sled to 131.20 mph in just 500 feet! Needless to say, they took home the quickest E.T. in 4.384 seconds.

The Lake Racer class does not feature a ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ award as it takes silly amounts of bucks to make a stupid-fast amount of bang! But one thing is for certain, we all left with grins wider than any of the Great Lakes!
Fastest of the Fast

STOCK 120 HP CLASS
Fastest ¼-mile Top Speed: Yamaha Viper RTX, 96.15 mph
Quickest ¼-mile ET:
Yamaha Viper RTX, 12.849 sec.
Best Avg. Mph:
Yamaha Viper RTX, 95.945 mph
Best Avg. ET:
Yamaha Viper RTX, 12.706 sec.

STOCK 150 HP CLASS
Fastest ¼-mile Top Speed: Polaris Switchback 800 Pro S,
100.89 mph
Quickest ¼-mile ET:
Polaris Switchback 800 Pro S,
12.050 sec.
Best Avg. Mph:
Arctic Cat ZR8000 Sno Pro,
100.55 mph
Best Avg. ET:
Polaris Switchback 800 Pro S,
12.133 sec.

STOCK TURBO CLASS

Fastest ¼-mile Top Speed: Yamaha Viper RTX w/turbo,
109.22 mph
Quickest ¼-mile ET:
Arctic Cat ZR9000, 11.771 sec.
Best Avg. Mph:
Yamaha Viper RTX w/turbo,
109.85 mph
Best Avg. ET:
Yamaha Viper RTX w/turbo,
11.554 sec.

NOTE
The snowmobiles run at this year’s Shootout arrived at DynoTech Research’s dyno testing facility straight out of the crate. It’s important to remember that these sleds have also NOT been put through any manufacturer recommended break-in period. Machines will see varying degrees of performance changes once break-in is achieved.

SPECIAL THANKS

Our sincerest thanks to all who made this event happen this year including Studboy, Boyesen Reeds, DynoJet Power Commander, Jim Czekala and DynoTech Research for their efforts to dyno test all stock sleds, the Otter Lake Fish and Game Club and Spectro Oils, Koz Racing for track preparation, all the dealers, and driver Nick Pryputniewicz for keeping all our stock sleds out of the trees!
New York Shootout Mod Sleds

Trail Mod class – 660 Feet
Speedwerx
Pump Gas All Motor, Best MPH
20195 Greystone Ave., Forest Lake, MN 55025, 651-982-6020, www.speedwerx.com
2015 Arctic Cat XF 8000 Cross Country (sled sponsored by Speedwerx, Arctic Cat, Boyesen; Owned and Driven by Ron Gilland) Mods: Stock engine w/ Speedwerx Stage 2 Exterminator kit, ceramic Y-pipe, Boyesen reeds, Dynojet Power Commander V, 1-in. track w/ Woody’s 1.630-in. Trigger lake racer studs. Performance Parts Estimate: $2,100 Best Acceleration Run: 8.943 sec. ET, 99.12 mph

Bikeman Performance

920 Pine St., St. Croix Falls, WI, 54024, 715-483-3003, www.bikemanperformance.com
2014 Arctic Cat XF 8000 (sled sponsored by Bikeman Performance, Stud Boy, Boyesen, Curve; Owned by Kerry Shilts, Driven by Kyle Shilts) Mods: Bikeman 940 Big Bore kit, 1.5-in. Studboy trail studs. Performance Parts Estimate: $4,650 Best Acceleration Run: 6.827 sec. ET, 98.90 mph

Bikeman Performance

Race Gas w/Boost, Best E.T., Best MPH, Best Bang for Buck
920 Pine St., St. Croix Falls, WI, 54024, 715-483-3003, www.bikemanperformance.com
2015 Arctic Cat XF 9000 (sled sponsored by Bikeman Performance, Stud Boy, Boyesen, Curve; Owned by Kerry Shilts, Driven by Kyle Shilts) Mods: Stock turbo engine w/ Bikeman trail exhaust and ECU flash, 2-in. suspension drop, 1.5-in. Stud Boy trail studs. Performance Parts Estimate: $1,200 Best Acceleration Run: 6.017 sec. ET, 113.93 mph

Bikeman Performance

920 Pine St., St. Croix Falls, WI, 54024, 715-483-3003, www.bikemanperformance.com
2014 Ski-Doo 800 E-TEC (sled sponsored by Bikeman Performance, Stud Boy, Boyesen, Curve; Owned by Kerry Shilts, Driven by Ryan Keith) Mods: Bikeman pre-production 880 custom kit, 1.5-in. Studboy trail studs. Performance Parts Estimate: Call for price Best Acceleration Run: 7.446 sec. ET, 90.36 mph


D&D Powersports

Pump Gas w/Boost, Best E.T., Best MPH, Best Bang for Buck
4527 State Route 410, Lowville, NY 13367, 315-376-8013, www.ddracing.com
2015 Arctic Cat ZR9000 El Tigre (sled sponsored by D&D Powersports, Stud Boy; Owned by D&D Powersports, Driven by Glen Hall) Mods: D&D SlingShot ECU flash, stock exhaust modification, 1.5-in. Stud Boy trail studs. Performance Parts Estimate: $800 Best Acceleration Run: 6.955 sec. ET, 101.81 mph

D&D Powersports
4527 State Route 410, Lowville, NY 13367, 315-376-8013, www.ddracing.com
2014 Ski-Doo 800 E-TEC (sled sponsored by D&D Powersports, Stud Boy, V-Force Reeds, Team Reeds ; Owned by Casey Downs, Driven by Dylan Roes) Mods: D&D port and bore combo on stock Arctic Cat pistons, billet changeable domes, V-Force reeds, performance Y-pipe, stock pipe mod, Dynojet Power Commander V, Team Reeds clutch combo, 1.5-in. Stud Boy trail studs. Performance Parts Estimate: $4,100 Best Acceleration Run: 6.850 sec. ET, 92.21 mph

D&D Powersports
Pump Gas All Motor, Best E.T., Best Bang for Buck
4527 State Route 410, Lowville, NY 13367, 315-376-8013, www.ddracing.com
2014 Arctic Cat ZR8000 (sled sponsored by D&D Powersports, StudBoy, Curve Industries, Z Broz, Spectro Oils; Owned by D&D Powersports, Driven by Dylan Roes) Mods: D&D Riot Kit, 1.5-in. Stud Boy trail studs. Performance Parts Estimate: $800 Best Acceleration Run: 6.653 sec. ET, 94.34 mph

D&D Powersports
Best Engineered

4527 State Route 410, Lowville, NY 13367, 315-376-8013, www.ddracing.com
2014 Arctic Cat XF7000 (sled sponsored by D&D Powersports, Stud Boy, Daddy O’s, Curve , Wiesco Pistons ; Owned by Demeet Moustakas, Driven by Dylan Roes) Mods: IHI Turbo ,Intercooler, wiseco low compression Pistons, Head Port, 1.5-in. Stud Boy trail studs. Performance Parts Estimate: $6,500 Best Acceleration Run: 6.073 sec. ET, 112.78 mph

LAKE RACER CLASS – 500 Feet

Bikeman Performance
920 Pine St., St. Croix Falls, WI, 54024, 715-483-3003, www.bikemanperformance.com
2012 Arctic Cat XF1100 (sled sponsored by Bikeman Performance, Stud Boy, Curler Rods, Wosner Pistons; Owned by Kerry Shilts, Driven by Kyle Shilts) Mods: Bikeman custom head work, Curler rods, Wosner pistons, stock ECU, 650 Bikeman injectors, Studboy lake racer studs. Performance Parts Estimate: Call for price Best Acceleration Run: 4.623 sec. ET, 119.68 mph

D&D Powersports

Unlimited Lake Racer – Best E.T., Best MPH
4527 State Route 410, Lowville, NY 13367, 315-376-8013, www.ddracing.com
2013 Arctic Cat XF1100 (sled sponsored by D&D Powersports, Stud Boy, Curve; Owned by Kevin Zeterskie, Driven by Glen Hall) Mods: Pistons & Rod combo, cams, D&D Race Intercooler, Vi-PEC engine control, STM Clutch’s, larger Turbo & injectors, Full Lake race only Motor build, Stud Boy lake racer studs. Performance Parts Estimate: $18,000 Best Acceleration Run: 4.384 sec. ET, 131.20 mph

D&D Powersports
4527 State Route 410, Lowville, NY 13367, 315-376-8013, www.ddracing.com
2007 Arctic Cat Crossfire 1000 (sled sponsored by D&D Powersports, Stud Boy ; Owned by Tony Kozlowski, Driven by Glen Hall) Mods: D&D 1200 big bore with Boondocker turbo, D&D turbo pipe and Y-pipe, Vi-PEC engine control, STM chaincase, Stud Boy lake racer studs. Performance Parts Estimate: $9,000 Best Acceleration Run: 4.841 sec. ET, 110.84 mph

BCM Performance/Vertical Technologies of NY
Horseheads, NY, 607-738-5989
2013 Arctic Cat XF1100 (sled sponsored by BCM Performance; Owned by Michael Hills, Built by Boyd McGary, Driven by Graham Coombs) Mods: Stock Arctic Cat chassis, Precision 5558 turbo, Falicon Trued and balanced crank, Carillo rods, Diamond forged pistons, BCM Performance head mods, large intercooler, BCM Performance exhaust, STM billet 4-arm primary helix, Custom BCM Performance clutching, Vi-PEC ECU w/custom BCM Performance mapping, 144-in. Proline Performance King of the Trail rear suspension, 144x14x1-in. track with chisel studs from Fox’s Discount Parts. Performance Parts Estimate: Call for price Best Acceleration Run: 4.730 sec. ET, 105.39 mph
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