Testing the Top Gold dual-carbide runners from Qualipièces


by : Jean-François Leclerc
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Publish on : 2017-04-28
 

As a snowmobiler, I continuously seek for the best balanced riding of my snowmobile, mostly in matter of steering precision and handiness. The choice of a carbide runner makes a huge impact on these different aspects. Many products are offered to snowmobilers and it is not always easy to make the right choice. During the last season, I had the chance to test the Top Gold dual-carbide runners of 15 cm/6 in. from Qualipièces for Pilot 5.7 skis. So, I am happy to share with you my observations after over 3 000 kilometers with this kit of runners on a 2017 Ski-Doo MXZ TNT 850 E-TEC.

 

Qualipièces Top Gold dual-carbide runners B08-207-08

As soon as we open the package, we can see the top quality manufacturing of these runners on the joints, the materials used and the coating. It is very easy and quick to install the runners on the Pilot 5.7 skis; we only need to remove the nuts of the original runner and to replace this one with the new runner. With the dual-carbide runners, the snowmobile is slightly higher at front because the runner is not inserted into the ski like a single-carbide runner is.

 

Qualipièces Top Gold dual-carbide runners B08-207-08

In matter of performance on trail, there is no possible comparison with the original runner. The dual-carbide runner offers a precise steering with quite better grip. It represents a great advantage to have two 15 cm/6 in. rows of carbide in an angle of 60 °. With this type of runner, we must expect to adjust the snowmobile shocks for the performance we want.  Once you find the appropriate calibration for your type of riding, the snowmobile performance on trail is definitely improved. I never felt that the snowmobile would slide sideways in curves. On the contrary, steering was very precise and I felt the snowmobile firmly planted into ground. Also, I did not feel any darting all season long with this combination and this, no matter the trail surface. When I took off the runners at the end of the season, I saw only light wear on the runners, which proves their robustness and the quality of the materials used.

 

Qualipièces Top Gold dual-carbide runners B08-207-08

So, if you are looking for new runners to improve significantly the handling and balance of your snowmobile on trail, I recommend the different products offered by Qualipièces. Personally, it really improved my riding experience with the trial machine I rode all winter long, making me negotiate sharp bends with confidence and precision. Designed for extreme riding worthy of Formula 1 races, these runners are an excellent choice for any snowmobiler seeking for a top quality product that provides optimal control.

 

Jean-François Leclerc, test pilot for SledMagazine.com




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