October 23, 2013

SnoWest ProMOD: Jared Sessions' Pro RMK






This is not the first mod Jared Sessions has built. And it won't be the last. But it just might be the coolest.

We sat down with Boondocker ‘s Jared Sessions and Rocky Young to talk about this ultra-unique 2013 Pro RMK.

SnoWest: What all did you do to this sled?

Jared Sessions: First, I started off with a 2013 Pro RMK 163. The first thing I did was add a Boondocker turbo with intercooler, 2860 GPX turbo upgrade with the TiAL stainless steel exhaust package.

I put a custom ArcticFX wrap on the full hood and tunnel. I did something a little different. I also put a tunnel wrap on the underside of the tunnel on the first build of this sled, to help shed some snow and carry less weight.

I put the Dan Adams' Next Level Clinic riding bars on there, with stock grips and controls. It has a Skinz front bumper, Skinz running boards, Skinz rear bumper, Skinz seat, and a Skinz headlight delete.

To keep the horsepower under control with the belt-drive system, I put a C3 belt tensioner on there with modified stock gears (we machined off the outer alignment ring on the top gear to prevent belt damage). I put knee grippers on the console, so I can keep my downhill descents under control. Get myself a little extra traction and a little more control of the sled.

I changed my shocks internals and put all high flow internal pistons with a Fox valve stack to get a better ride. All topped off with the Renton Coil titanium springs and Starting Line Powder Pros to make the thing turn.

For my traction end of the thing, I put a Camoplast 3-inch X3 track on there. Probably the second biggest cheat you can put on a sled besides a turbo. 

All these parts that I put on there, were powdered coated by Ace Powder Coating. Then I added a Patrick carbon primary clutch cover. That was all on the first build of this sled.

SnoWest: So there’s two parts to this sled... The first build and then a crash and rebuild. What’s the story to that?

Jared: Interesting story. Rocky and I were up in the mountains, testing. Rocky had never been on my sled yet. I was a little apprehensive to let anybody else on it, since it was my baby but I wanted him to feel what I was feeling with power and tuning. I swapped, I hopped on his Ski-Doo. He hopped on my Pro.

Rocky:  I think I was trying to get to ride it because it was so awesome. So we're in Sheep Creek, and it's just me and Jared, and Jared is like this runs awesome. I got on it and I rode around just a little bit and it did, it ran really good. He was right, it was awesome.

I went to just make a little line up, kind of a spot through the trees, not really too steep but it was going to get steep. There was a branch hanging down, so I moved my right hand so that the branch wouldn't hit me in the hand. I knew it was going to hit the handlebar, and I was just going to grab the throttle after the branch went past the handlebar.

Jared: This isn't a bush branch. This is like a dead piece of pine tree.

Rock:  Yeah, a big pine tree with all that junk hanging down. The handlebar hits the branch, and the sled just takes off. I'm only holding on with one hand, and I'm standing on the opposite side of the sled, really just standing there on the running boards with both feet.

When the sled goes to full throttle, it stands up, and I stepped off because I obviously couldn't hang on. The sled goes up and it just does this cool S-turn, through the trees, in a wheelie, full throttle, and then it hangs a right and it goes across the hillside. I can kind of see it through the trees. It was going like somebody's on it, and it's just full throttle across the hillside. Then it starts drifting down the hill, and disappears.

When we got to the sled, the throttle wasn't stuck, but the rest of it was in pieces. Just smacked a tree.

Jared: A dead tree branch stuck in the throttle. The sled grabbed a handful of throttle, throws Rocky off the back, does a ghost ride side hill, pretty impressive side hill. Then, head-on into a tree at probably 70 miles an hour.

It was a little scary situation for me because I'm over, away from the side, and all of a sudden all I see is snow flying out of a tree so I take off, thinking something bad's happened. I run over there, thinking Rock’s in a tree. 

When I got there, I had no idea. I saw a really crazy side hill. I'm thinking, "Maybe he took a face full of snow and didn't see a tree and just T-boned it at full throttle."

I go flying over there, and all I see is sled piled in the tree. I see stickers plastered all over in the tree branches, so I'm just looking for bodies laying out the other side. I look around there, yell his name a few times, and there Rocky is, 100 yards back behind me in the trees, just giving me the hands in the air like, "I don't know what happened." For me, for a minute, it was seriously a scary moment because I didn't know what had happened or where Rock was for probably a few minutes anyway.

Rock: Jared, my son Wyatt, myself and Tyson Thomas, Justin Thomas, and Chris Thomas went back up there with a 2,500-foot spool of rope, a snatch block and a toboggan. It took a while to get it out--that’s another story in its own. What Jared didn't tell you was he had a tether for the sled back at the shop. It's something we always add. But it wasn't on in time for this one.

Jared: After a day and a half, with a little extra help getting the thing drug out of the mountains, the next big challenge was deciding what to do with the sled. We decided that this was the opportunity to start over and rebuild the thing again, from the ground up.

It was all the way apart. What I did is just took my time and ordered all new parts and then I custom powdered coated everything, bulkhead, tunnel, steering hoop, spindles, every component that could be powder coated. I just wanted to carry as little snow around as I could because powder coating is a great way to shed snow and ice.

While I was in there, I added a custom water to aid cooler that Boondocker is now offering with their new turbo kits and custom cold air intake with SLP high flow air intake to go on the hood. Then, for some of my tuning and gauge displays, I added a Bully Dog GT 200 display.

SnoWest: So, when you say you're taking your time rebuilding this, you really built it in a day, didn’t you?

Jared: Yeah, I guess I took my time. I assembled the thing in day, but it took me a few days to get all the parts gathered up and powder coated. I had most of the parts gathered up. Jo McKnight had an open house at Action Motor Sports. He called down and asked Rocky if we had a sled to display. Rocky told him that I could have this sled ready that afternoon.

It might have had a bulkhead, tunnel and steering hoop on there, so I pretty much busted tail for a full day. I built the thing from the ground up and was able to take it, mostly completed, to the open house for Action.















































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