2016 AmSnow/DynoTech New York Shootout

This annual season kickoff event just keeps getting better!
Ole Barn restaurant Old Forge New York American Snowmobiler Shootout snowmobile track aerial
Photo by JJ's Outlaw Photography
A tale of two seasons. Last year at our New York Shootout, it was 55 degrees and sandy. This year was the exact opposite, as it was just about the most impressive start to the snow season we have seen in 20 years. We had an idyllic setting with more than a foot of snow on the ground, perfect 20-degree weather and light snow falling. The track and setup could not have been better if we had bribed the snow gods!
2016 American Snowmobiler DynoTech Research New York Shootout snowmobile
Photo by JJ's Outlaw Photography
The right spot
Each year, American Snowmobiler and DynoTech Research hold this perennial “winter kickoff” event in the snowmobiling mecca of Inlet, N.Y. (near Old Forge). The track is prepared by our resident expert, Heinrich Kirschener, and Chip and Cindy Sauer have one of the most pristine 1,000-foot snowmobile testing venues in the Adirondacks. Snowmobilers from across the northeast and around the country flock to the incredible Inlet area trails, which literally lead right to the Shootout grounds.

It’s a national-caliber event that you can actually ride your sled to, and for just a few dollars more, you can run your sled down the same track that the professionals use! After watching all of the newest stock snowmobiles and some of the most impressive aftermarket sleds, you can warm up at The Ole Barn restaurant and bar, or “run what ya brung” and find out how fast your sled is.

The New York Shootout also kicks off a huge weekend in this area of the snowbelt, which includes Snodeo in the town of Old Forge. Here, there are demo rides, vendors, a vintage show, and even fireworks! The atmosphere was a stark contrast to last year, the most awful snowmobile season ever (we don’t even mention it in the office anymore).
2016 American Snowmobiler DynoTech Research New York Shootout snowmobile Polaris 600 Rush Pro-S
Polaris 600 Rush Pro-S
Photo by JJ's Outlaw Photography
Important: We MUST note, as we do every year, the stock sleds are not completely broken in before the New York Shootout. Our Spring 2017 issue contains our Real World Shootout info, and that covers all the acceleration data of totally broken-in sleds. The change in performance of all the sleds, especially the Ski-Doo E-TEC sleds, will most certainly change by then. The E-TEC motors, in particular, have a programmed break-in period that restricts the motor significantly when we are talking about acceleration runs. The difference is amplified as you move up the power ladder, so the 600 E-TEC experiences less of a change than the 800. However, the new 850 does not have a ‘countdown timer’ like the 2016 sleds.

Independent Comparison

Like every year, DynoTech Research prepared each of our 2017 stock sleds for an independent and unbiased first review of their production versions. We test the 600cc (or 120hp) class, the 800cc (150hp class), and the turbo stock sled class. This year, we chose to add a fourth class for Ski-Doo’s new 850 motor. On the dyno, the 850 didn’t really compare to the other classes on an apples-to-apples basis.
2016 American Snowmobiler DynoTech Research New York Shootout snowmobile Ski-Doo MXZ TNT 600 E-TEC
Ski-Doo MXZ TNT 600 E-TEC
Photo by JJ's Outlaw Photography
After we dyno the sleds, they are put under lock and key until we run them down the 1,000-foot acceleration test track. Our own independent driver (engine builder Jason Owens) drives each of the sleds to control for rider variability. Each stock sled is allowed two runs down the track to get its best speed and elapsed time.

Following the stock runs, the dealers that supply the sleds are finally allowed to touch them and “prep” them with their own suspension, clutch, and speed setups. Next, the sleds are allowed two more runs to see how the small dealer improvements help. An average of the best ET and MPH from the totally stock runs and the dealer improved runs are then calculated.

120 HP Class

The 600 class sleds all dynoed within 3hp of each other, with the Polaris AXYS 600 Switchback Pro-S garnering the most horsepower at 122.7. The 600 E-TEC from Ski-Doo was extremely close on the dyno with 122.2hp, while the Arctic Cat C-TEC 600cc motor pulled 120.5hp. The peak torque number on the dyno testing of the 600cc class was greatest for the E-TEC (82.7 pound-feet).

These numbers are not exactly the same as last year, but they do reflect similar assumptions from last year’s dyno session at the New York Shootout. Last year, the Polaris 600 was the strongest on the dyno with 123.8hp, followed again by the Ski-Doo 600 E-TEC with 121.0hp, and the Arctic Cat 6000 C-TEC with 119.3hp.
2016 American Snowmobiler DynoTech Research New York Shootout snowmobile Arctic Cat ZR 6000 RS
Arctic Cat ZR 6000 RS
Photo by JJ's Outlaw Photography
But on the acceleration track, it was the Ski-Doo 600 that really stole the show with the fastest 1,000-foot speed at 85.54 mph and the quickest elapsed time (ET) of 10.679 seconds. The Ski-Doo also had the best average MPH, which (as we said before) is an average of the best stock run and the best dealer-improved run. The best average ET in the 600 class was seen on the Polaris Pro-S (10.691 seconds). The Polaris also was right on the heels of the Ski-Doo throughout the two best stock runs, and it had better ET numbers at several distances, but it fell off just slightly on the top end. Just hundredths of a second and a little more than 1 mph separated these two stock sleds at the finish.

150 and 160 HP Classes

The biggest surprise, or the most impressive acceleration showing of any stock sled this year, came in the form of the 800cc Polaris Pro-S, but let’s go to the dyno first. On the dyno, the Polaris pulled 156.9hp, while the Cat ZR 8000 was close at 154.4hp. By comparison, the new Ski-Doo 850 was almost 10hp more at 164.8hp. That is why we made the decision to pull the 850 out of the 800 class before running the acceleration test. In hindsight, this decision might have been premature, but we try to be as honest and fair as possible to every sled and manufacturer. Also, a precedent has been set by at least one racing organization; in the RMSHA, the 850 competes in the 1000cc class. This is always up for review though.

This year’s 800cc dyno results were not too surprising based on last season’s numbers. The Polaris 800 and Cat 800 came in a few ponies higher than last year, but the Polaris gained another hp on the Cat.
American Snowmobiler New York Shootout Chart HP horsepower torque
American Snowmobiler New York Shootout Chart acceleration speed mph elapsed time
The Polaris 800 carried that momentum to the track. Once on the acceleration track, the Polaris ran away with the best stock ET (9.759 seconds), highest speed (96.56 mph), best average ET (9.824 seconds) and best average speed (96.44 mph). Not that the Cat 8000 showed poorly by any means. Throughout the runs, there were places where the Cat’s speed was actually faster than the Polaris, but the ET was all Polaris 800. Joe Dispirito and the Sports Unlimited crew showed this sled can be super competitive.

The new Ski-Doo 850 ran 9.78 seconds at 95.54 mph, which was not ideal, but see the note about the break-in period for this sled on the previous page. The 850’s power is still impressive, and from our personal experience, its showing at this shootout is not reflective of the acceleration testing we have done numerous times for our comparison stories. We are not making excuses – just stating the facts from our own observations and tests.

Stock Turbo 4-Stroke Class

This tested two clutches. We put the new Yamaha Sidewinder L-TX up against its “brother from another mother”: the Arctic Cat ZR 9000 RR. Truly the big difference between these two sleds is that one runs Yamaha YSRC clutching and the other runs TEAM clutching. The same Yamaha 998cc liquid triple motor with the same turbo comes standard on these two sleds. With its new YSRC clutching, the Yamaha Sidewinder was clearly a small step ahead at this time.

In the 1,000-foot acceleration tests, the Sidewinder was faster (stock speed: 100.4 mph) and quicker (ET: 9.247 seconds) than the Cat 9000. The dealer prep by D&D did not change the ranking. Yamaha’s average speed improved to 100.89 mph, while the ET dropped slightly to 9.385 seconds. These numbers were mighty close to the ZR 9000, and just 1.11 mph separated the two at top end. Interestingly, Arctic Cat’s ZR 9000 consistently showed 1.5-2 mph faster than the Sidewinder at 660 feet in the first stock runs, but we see the Sidewinder really hit its stride over the last 330 feet.

As expected, these two sleds were almost identical on the dyno (again, they should be as they have the same motor). The difference in HP and torque readings was 0.1, so you can’t get much more even to start the day.
2016 American Snowmobiler DynoTech Research New York Shootout modified snowmobile Arctic Cat Howard's Performance Speedwerx
Howard's Performance/Speedwerx
Photo by JJ's Outlaw Photography
With the addition of bolt-on parts, clutching, tuning and the like, aftermarket sleds from D&D Racing, Bikeman Performance, BCM Performance, Team Howard’s and Speedwerx proved just how much speed could be added and elapsed time (ET) could be shaved. This is the Modified portion of the New York Shootout, and it’s fast and fun! Both 2-stroke and 4-stroke power adders were on full display at the Shootout this year. Many of the top 800 stock honors belonged to the Polaris 800 this year, but there was more Polaris performance to be had. The Bikeman/BCM Performance 2017 800 Switchback equipped with Bikeman’s Stage 1 performance kit, muffler and Y-pipe shaved a half-second off the 660-foot ET compared to the stocker.

Now a half second doesn’t seem like much, but it’s important to understand being 0.5 seconds faster than the next guy at 660 feet in a drag race is a good ol’ fashioned butt whoopin’!

D&D’s Arctic Cat 800 trail mod sled was equally impressive with its 2-stroke performance parts. D&D’s High Port Riot porting and Magnaforce clutch kit on the mod Cat 800 added 6 mph and cut nearly a full second off the ET compared to the stock Arctic Cat 800 runs.

Billy Howard’s 2017 Arctic Cat XF 9000 High Country is a known entity on the asphalt drag circuit, and at other AmSnow events. The sled cleared 130 mph in the quarter-mile at AmSnow’s Super Sled Shootout just a couple of months prior to the New York event. Now changed over for snow drags, the big Cat turbo sled showed what even minimal aftermarket mods can do to improve a stock sled. Sporting only a Speedwerx muffler and the adjustable wiegths from their Stage 1 clutch kit, it ran through the 660 mark at 96.36 mph and lowered the stock ET by nearly half a second.
2016 American Snowmobiler DynoTech Research New York Shootout modified snowmobile Yamaha Sidewinder D&D Powersports
D&D Powersports
Photo by JJ's Outlaw Photography
Boyd McGarry and his BCM/Bikeman  Performance Thundercat added a few more goodies of their own for any Arctic Cat enthusiast. A new clutch kit and a BCM-tuned ECU saw gains of more than 7 mph in 660 feet over the stock turbo.

Possibly the biggest performance enhanced crowd pleaser of the day came in the form of D&D’s Yamaha Sidewinder. With a tail-walking takeoff from the start line, the D&D Dial-A-Boost hyper sled easily set the fast speed of the day with a run of 109.22 mph and the fastest ET at 6.367 seconds through 660 feet. For comparison, this mod sled ran 660 feet while all the stock sleds ran 1,000-feet … so it hit a top mph that was over 9mph faster than the stock Sidewinder, and the stocker had 340 more feet to run!

The BCM crew had one additional bit of eye candy for the motorheads at day’s end. Their 360-hp, pump-gas lake racer took the track, blistering 500 feet in just 4.781 seconds at 108.17 mph. That was the quickest 500-foot time on the day by a half-second, and it was the only sled to break triple digits in speed through that same distance. It’s just one incredibly fast sled!

We understand stock sleds like the Yamaha Sidewinder and Arctic Cat’s 9000 engine series sleds are putting out more horsepower than consumer snowmobiles ever have. We catch ourselves asking each other, who really needs to spend more money on aftermarket parts to get more power? Well, we quickly come to our senses and the answer is, no one actually NEEDS to. However, we had the chance to demo D&D’s Sidewinder the day after the Shootout and one throttle squeeze on that sled, or any of these mod sleds, and you can justify spending almost any amount of money! Pure blood pumping exhilaration is what you’re buying!

On the ground level, this year’s mod classes perfectly illustrated the performance gains you’d see on snow in groomed track conditions. Total parts cost estimates for these mod machines ranged from $500 to $3,000. We can all appreciate the fact that a couple grand is a nice chunk of change, but the results prove you don’t always have to break the bank to see big gains!
2016 American Snowmobiler DynoTech Research New York Shootout modified snowmobile Arctic Cat Thundercat Bikeman BCM Performance
Bikeman/BCM Performance
Photo by JJ's Outlaw Photography
Performance Parts Tested
Howard’s Performance / Speedwerx
10 Ice Mine Road, Coudersport, PA 16915, 814-274-9800, Howardsinc.net
2015 Arctic Cat M 8000 HCR
(Sponsors: Howard’s Arctic Cat & Ski-Doo, Speedwerx, Arctic Cat, Blue Collar Racing, Woody’s Traction, Supreme Tool, Dalton Industries, One Stop Performance; Owner/Driver: Caleb Heitzenrater)
Mods: Speedwerx Stage 3 kit, Hypershift clutch kit, Stage 3 SPEC single pipe, Y-pipe and muffler, Power Commander fuel controller, 2-degree timing key, Boyesen Rad valves, High Flow air intake kit, stock head mod, Woody’s studs
Parts Est.: $2,499
Best Acceleration Run: 6.762 sec. ET, 94.94 mph

2017 Arctic Cat XF 9000 High Country
(Sponsors: Howard’s Arctic Cat & Ski-Doo, Speedwerx, Arctic Cat, Woody’s, Dalton Industries,One Stop Performance, Supreme Tool Inc.; Owners: Barbie and Billy Howard; Driver: Billy Howard)
Mods: Speedwerx muffler, Stage 1 Clutching adjustable weights only, Woody’s studs
Parts Est.: $899
Best Acceleration Run: 6.625 sec. ET, 96.36 mph

D&D Powersports
4527 State Route 410, Lowville, NY, 13367, 315-376-8013, ddracing.com
2017 Yamaha Sidewinder X-TX
(Sponsors: D&D Powersports; Owner: Demetreus Moustakas; Driver: Dylan Roes)
Mods: Tec 2 silencer w/ built-in DV, Power Commander V fuel controller, D&D Hot Shot trail ECU flash, D&D Dial-A-Boost adjustable boost controller (8-16 PSI), Magnaforce clutch kit, D&D fuel mapping, Stud Boy studs
Parts Est.: $2,200
Best Acceleration Run: 6.367 sec. ET, 109.22 mph

2017 Arctic Cat ZR 8000
(Sponsors: D&D Powersports, Arctic Cat; Owner: Nick Washburn; Driver: Dylan Peckham)
Mods: D&D High Port Riot porting, LTS head mod, Monster single pipe, D&D Y-pipe, XPR silencer, Magnaforce clutch kit, V-Force reeds, Power Commander V fuel controller/timing, Bullseyes air intake, Stud Boy studs
Parts Est.: $2,800
Best Acceleration Run: 6.650 sec. ET, 98.47 mph

Bikeman Performance / BCM Performance
165 E Sullivanville Rd, Horseheads, NY, 14845, 607-738-5989, bcmperf.com
2017 Arctic Cat Thundercat
(Sponsors: Bikeman Performance, BCM Performance; Owner: Heinrich Kirschner; Driver: Matt Luke)
Mods: Bikeman Full Velocity muffler, Bikeman Boss Stage 2 clutch kit, BCM tuning and ECU flash
Parts Est.: $1,450
Best Acceleration Run: 6.707 sec. ET, 102.98 mph

2017 Polaris 800 Switchback Pro-S
(Sponsors: Bikeman Performance, BCM Performace; Owner: Jamie Hitchcock; Driver: Matt Luke)
Mods: Bikeman Stage 1 performance kit (BMP Single pipe, BMP Programmed Bully Dog GT, & Stage 2 Clutch kit), Bikeman Full Velocity muffler, Bikeman Y-Pipe
Parts Est.: $2,130
Best Acceleration Run: 7.109 sec. ET, 90.73 mph

Bikeman Performance / BCM Performance

165 E Sullivanville Rd, Horseheads, NY, 14845, 607-738-5989, bcmperf.com
2016 Arctic Cat XF 1100
(Sponsors: Bikeman Performance, BCM Performance; Owner: Jim Krantz; Driver: Matt Luke)
Mods: P&E 5558 turbo, Big intercooler, ViPec tuning
Parts Est.: NA
Best Acceleration Run: 4.781 sec. ET, 108.17 mph
Photo by JJ's Outlaw Photography
The Yamaha Sidewinder L-TX stock turbo rips down the New York Shootout track in Inlet, N.Y.
Woody's Traction snowmobile studs logo
Woody’s puts traction to the trail!
The stock sleds at the New York Shootout are all trail sleds on purpose. American Snowmobiler has partnered with Woody’s Traction for years, and the company is adamant about providing the best and most correct product to the average consumer. We all want YOU to know that you are getting the best. That’s why Woody’s was the Official Traction Sponsor for all of the stock sleds at the Shootout. These sleds got Woody’s standard trail treatment: Gold Digger 60-degree carbide studs for the sleds with two-ply tracks, and Grand Master studs for the one-ply tracks.

What ply track you have is one of the first things you should determine when buying studs. Not all stud manufacturers have the wealth of available resources that Woody’s does, and its website has everything you need to figure out the exact correct package for your sled. Woody’s supplies studs as well as its support plates and nuts, ski runners, racing traction products, and even off-road tire studs and apparel or accessories. Even pro tools like templates and track drills can be purchased through Woody’s.

All the stock sleds this year had 1.25-inch lug heights on them, which meant we went with a 1.325-inch stud length. In addition, all the stock sleds were allowed three studs per bar. Studding was done per Woody’s specification charts. On most years (except warm weather years), the track at the New York Shootout is maintained to replicate hard pack trail conditions, just like what an average person would ride on … if they were right behind the groomer!  

The differences between stud counts on each of the Shootout sleds are only due to track length. We occasionally have the 137-inch version of many of these trail sleds, which obviously means more total studs, but the three-studs-per-bar rule did not change.  

For more on all your traction needs, from studs to installation to advice, visit www.woodystraction.com.
Van Auken's Inne Old Forge New York logo
Van Auken’s is the place to play
Old Forge, N.Y., is mainly a summertime burg, but when the Shootout is in town and Snodeo is happening, so is Wakely’s downstairs at Van Auken’s Inne. Each year, at least one of the snowmobile OEMs has a big party at this location, and for the last two years, it has been Polaris.

Owner Jim Moore and his son, Andrew, have new sleds available for rent, as well as a huge new drive-in gooseneck trailer full of anything that might be needed to fix a snowmobile. When you stay here, you and your sled are taken care of.   

If you like live music, then you must get here. The entire Moore family and the bands they bring in are top notch! You can ride your sled right to the front door, but we suggest parking it for the night if you really want to enjoy the party. There is a full-service restaurant and two bars on the premises!

Find the fun at www.vanaukensinne.com.
2016 American Snowmobiler DynoTech Research New York Shootout snowmobile race director FXR Racing Arctic Cat
Photo by JJ's Outlaw Photography
2016 American Snowmobiler DynoTech Research New York Shootout snowmobile FXR Racing
Photo by JJ's Outlaw Photography
FXR wants you to live!
… With its new FAST (flotation assistance safety technology)!

OK, it might be just a good headline, because nobody is going to sink on the track at the New York Shootout. However, everyone involved with this event is a regular rider. So when the folks at FXR asked us about sponsoring the New York Shootout, we weren’t sure what type of apparel was appropriate until we realized that most of the areas around this part of New York and throughout the Northeast, and really anywhere in the Midwest or Canada, can benefit from this technology. We ALL ride on frozen lakes in the winter, and in many areas it is more prevalent than others. FXR supplied the entire crew working on the Shootout with brand new FAST technology Octane jackets. (NOTE:  In addition to our driver’s race suit.)

Not only does FXR’s FAST-equipped gear help you float, but it continues to insulate even while wet! If you haven’t seen it, you can check it out in the very first episode of AmSnow TV.

While it is true that many people might not need this type of extra flotation, if you are riding on Big Moose Lake, why not have it? Especially if you aren’t really giving anything up in the form of warmth or jacket quality? For more info on the complete FXR lineup, go to www.fxrracing.com.
2016 American Snowmobiler DynoTech Research New York Shootout snowmobile FXR Racing
Photo by JJ's Outlaw Photography
2016 American Snowmobiler DynoTech Research New York Shootout snowmobile crowd
Photo by JJ's Outlaw Photography
Shootout dealer info
A special thank you to the following dealers who provided the stock sleds for this year’s Shootout:

Arctic Cat – Howard’s Arctic Cat
10 Ice Mine Road
Coudersport, PA 16915

Polaris – Sports Unlimited
5654 Horatio St.
Utica, NY 13502

Ski-Doo – CJ MotorSports
8711 Industrial Dr.
Boonville, NY 13309

Yamaha – D&D Powersports
4527 State Route 410
Lowville, NY, 13367
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