lightweight 503

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thoght it would be a good idea to build a lightweight hawk to go with the big dog,
to start off I have installed a 37 lbs timbersled skid in place of the 62lbs rough riding turd they come with
 

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Time to trim some plastic! Get that unit under 400. Are there angle differences in the tip of the rails from stock hawk skid to a sled skid?
 

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Not sure I under stand what you're saying but stock rails are junk! They were too short. This skid has nice approach angle. I have evol shock so you can really get a plush ride with excellent bottom out resistance. There just isn't a easy way to strip more weight off of these things without sacrifice durability.
 

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Any other ideas where to shed weight Les ? It's probably been talked about over and over. Hood maybe.
 

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Im talking about approach angle. Might just be my eyes but a stock hawk looks steep while your TS skid looks like it mellows out the angle.
 

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I do think approach angle is better now. As far as weight not sure where to go next. The body work is heavy but not sure how to keep strong and lose weight. I think some modified frame plates can save few pounds
 

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progress

so today i am showing the installation of UFO for round slide carbs to drasticlly improve throttle responce.
second is the install of some cyclops led bulbs into stock headlight housing
very easy mod. use a dremel to cut out back of headlight just a bit and install.
 

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gauge

got the 503 equiped with a good ol trail tech vapor. want to see what kind of track speeds this bad boy can make. has a cylinder head temp sensor also. cant wait to do some testing.
 

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Different

It's hard to compare the 2. The bikes are easier to ride for most and easier in slow technical areas. The hawk is more drifting style.
I guess after riding a yz300 smoker I would say that's it's similar to my hawk style of attacking the terrain. Don't be a quitter or ***** and get after it and a hawk will be the funnest thing out
 

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When you weighed it how much fuel was in it? Im running a 700 rmk engine in a fanner frame with a 151 holz skid and 1 gallon of gas im at 440. Which after looking at sheetmetal fabs 800 sno thingy We weigh pretty close to the same.