Ski Doo 2002
2002 Ski-Doo Overview
BOMBARDIER DELIVERS "NO COMPROMISES" 2002 SKI-DOO LINE
For the 2002 model year Bombardier takes the sport to the next level with numerous advancements to its Ski-Doo snowmobiles, including two new suspensions and a whole new platform. Nearly every model is improved for 2002.
- More ZX - Nearly all sleds for 2002 are built on the light-weight ZX platform.
- ZX-X Platform - More racing technology jumps to the MX Z and Summit X-package in the form of the all new ZX-X platform. The one-piece ZX-X platform, derived from the 2001 MX Zx 440 LC, is stronger and offers more rear suspension travel than the standard ZX tunnel. A steeper tunnel angle allows for 13 inches of vertical travel, the most ever on a Ski-Doo snowmobile. More track clearance under the ZX-X boosts the climbing ability of Summit sleds.
- Fan packages reborn - Fan packages are all new, making them sophisticated entry-level sleds. Each Fan-package sled is built on the light ZX platform, and each ride on new front and rear suspensions. It all starts with the ZX Platform. This computer-designed platform has set the standard for power-to-weight, fit and finish, ergonomics and sophisticated features. Handling takes a tremendous step-up with the race-derived ADSA front suspension. The rear is substantially improved with variations of the SC-10 rear suspension. These suspensions receive the same impressive advancements as the 2001 SC-10 improved Mountain sleds to deliver a more balanced and smooth ride. Each sleds suspension's is calibrated depending on the model. Engine performance is boosted by improved ducting, larger cooling fins, new tuned pipe and baffle.
- SC-10 III rear suspension - The SC-10 III is the next evolutionary step for the SC-10 rear suspension. Based on the fully coupled SC-10 II, the performance-oriented SC-10 III has been made more compliant in good and fair trail conditions. In combination with the ZX-X platform, the SC-10 III delivers 13-inches of true vertical travel. The move from a linear-rate to a rising-rate configuration makes this new skid more forgiving in moderate conditions, while still delivering maximum performance in the rough. Just like the SC-10 II, the coupling point is cushioned and can be easily changed trail-side. There's also a simple effective damping rate adjustment. Calibration differs depending on the sled.
- New SC-10 151, 144 mountain rear suspensions - The SC 10 144 and 151 are refinements of the 2001 SC 10 Mountain rear suspension that was widely praised in 2001. The front arm has been moved back and the rails' angle of attack has been reduced. Add in a rolled chaincase and a smoother transition from bellypan to suspension results in the sled floating better along the top of the snow.
- RER across line - Reverse is available in 80 percent of all 2002 packages - with 70 percent offering the zero-weight RER standard or as an option. No other sled maker in the industry has that.
- MX Z Renegade package - The first true hybrid sled for trail and mountain riding. The new MX Z Renegade package is the industry's first true trail/mountain hybrid designed for this purpose. The sled is equipped with the best features of the MX Z trail sleds and Summit mountain sleds. Debuting as a 2001 late season limited build Summit, the MX Z Renegade package is for riders who don't want to be categorized as strictly "mountain" or "cross-country" riders. This hybrid is the first OEM sled designed specifically to excel in both environments. It features the best features of MX Z and Summit sleds. The ZX platform, SC 10 II rear suspension and HPG TI shocks deliver a hot trail ride. A 136-inch track with 1.25 inch lugs, convertible ski stance, dual-rail precision skis, DPM carburetion management and mountain bars make the Summit Renegade a powder performer. Trails one day, deep snow the next? The MX Z Renegade is ready and willing.
- New mountain skis and off-set ski spindle - Advances were made in mountain sled performance and trail sled handling with two revolutionary new ski systems: the convertible ski stance with off-set mountain skis and the Ski-Doo Precision dual-rail skis.
The new convertible mountain ski stance and off-set skis redefine mountain sled handling on the trails and in the powder. An asymmetrical ski block enables a rider to change the effective ski stance between narrow and wide orientations. No alignment is necessary. The new wide mountain skis have their keel and carbide on the outside of the skis. This facilitates stable cornering on the trails but reduces effective ski width in boondocking situations.
Keel and carbides matter most in trail cornering narrow effective ski width aids in deep snow maneuverability, and wide ski decks improve flotation. The combination of these new skis and ski blocks means improved trail stability and powder maneuverability and flotation.
Convertible Ski-Stance - Mountain sled ski stance has always been a compromise. Wide 42inch stances are great on the trail to the mountains, but make a sled harder to throw around 'in the powder. Narrower 37-inch stances are awesome in the deep stuff, but are less than ideal in trail cornering. Bombardier's engineers have created a solution. In just a few minutes, a rider can vary effective ski width (and ski stance). The key is an asymmetrical ski-spindle. Reversing the spindle's orientation positions the skis' effective rail stance either wider or narrower. No ski alignment is necessary.
Off-set Mountain Skis - The same thinking that went into the convertible ski stance came up with revolutionary new mountain skis. Bombardier engineers started by going back to basics: ski runners are critical for cornering and stability; narrow outside-edge-to-outside-edge ski width is critical to powder maneuverability and individual ski width effects front end powder flotation. The result is a ski that combines the best of all three attributes. The ski runners are pushed to the outside, the skis are narrower on the outside and wider on the inside. The skis look unique and perform solidly.
- Precision dual-carbide ski - The Ski-Doo Precision skis completely change the cornering of the MX Z and Legend sleds they are equipped on. Each ski has two runners and twin sets of carbides - one on the outside of the ski and one on the inside. A full length arch between the rails keeps packed snow under the ski, also helping the sled hold its line. With twice the rails, twice the carbide, and the arched profile, the Ski-Doo Precision skis make sleds seem as if they're riding on rails around corners. Darting around may be a thing of the past.
- Variable Rate (VR) shock - Sophisticated comfort-oriented shock with innovative valving. This variable-rate shock helps deliver a comfortable ride on the Legend and Grand Touring GS & SE packages. It smoothes suspension motion in little ripples and mid-sized moguls with softer damping in the middle of the shock's stroke. In bigger bumps, when the sled needs more suspension action to smooth the ride, the shock provides stiffer damping.
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