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    First time post - Saying Hi

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      March, 2014
    First time post - Saying Hi
    Posted by billkocken on Monday, March 03, 2014 8:11 AM

    Hi,

    This is my first post. I'm a relative newbie to the sport. My wife and I had a 2011 IQ LXT, which she bought for me (brand new) for Christmas in 2012 and a 1997 Indy 440 that we bought last winter. We do trail riding around our cabin in Aitkin County, MN.

    I am mostly interested in maintenance, preventative maintenance and improving the ride and handling characteristics of both sleds.  It newer one is 2 up, and I find that the ride is great, but it tends to push instead of turn. It's worse with 2 riders, but still bad enough with just one.  The other sled has 3500 miles on it and the rear suspension seems to bottom out a lot. It also is kind of darty. I'll be looking for help or hints along those lines.

    Bill

    Tags: Polaris
    • Member since
      February, 2011
    Posted by UnknownPoo on Wednesday, March 05, 2014 3:28 PM

    Bill,

     You will notice that this forum is more dedicated to Race snowmobiles.  Lots of great information and people here.    Glad to see you on some Polaris sleds.....  Check out Hardcoresledder forums too.  

    Most likely your touring sled could use more front ski pressure by increasing the preload on the front shocks or increase the rear torsion spring settings.  Since you bought this sled new the user manual show provide some insight.  Your Indy 440 might be darty due to ski alignment and mostly likely the rear shocks and springs could use some attention.  

    Mat

    • Member since
      March, 2014
    Posted by billkocken on Wednesday, March 05, 2014 4:21 PM

    Thanks Mat

    I have noticed a heavy focus on racing, and lots more activity of interest to me on hardcoresledder.

    As for my questions, the Polaris manual describes some of the adjustments, but it wasn't very helpful to a newcomer like me, but I am learning gradually.

    I think I'm going to do a rear suspension refresh on the old sled over the summer. I think it is just old and saggy.

    Bill

    • Member since
      February, 2011
    Posted by UnknownPoo on Thursday, March 06, 2014 9:52 AM

    If you have a particular question go ahead and ask.  I don't regularly check here but if I see it will help if I can.  Upgrading to an Edge chassis snowmobile is light years better than any old 99 chassis sleds.  

    • Member since
      March, 2014
    Posted by billkocken on Thursday, March 06, 2014 1:12 PM

    Thanks UnknownPoo,

    An upgrade would be nice. Maybe I can gradually convince my wife of that, especially if I "let" her drive that one. With the season almost over here in MN, I'll use the old sled another time or two and take the skid out over the summer and make sure everything is working and get the shocks rebuilt or replaced and maybe the springs, too.  I also have a broken grease fitting on the front. The threads it screws into are all beat up, so I'll need to disassemble and clean up those threads. It all sounds like a good summer project, as if I don't need more of those.

    Bill

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