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Old 11-18-2006, 02:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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secret trick to getting skid bolted back in?

OK so i put new rear springs and slides in my sled last night. My problem is i have been fight trying to get the ski lined up to the tunnel bolt hole. The front bolts pirticulary. So anyone have any helpful tips?
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Old 11-18-2006, 03:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Tip the sled on its side, with skid in track pull rear idlers until track and skid are 90*, install front bolts. Push skid/track assembly back into tunnel, Tip sled back upright install rear bolts. If you leave the rear springs off the lower slides( no tension on springs) the rear bolts go in a lot easier.
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Old 11-18-2006, 04:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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get tw people lift it up and bolt it in, ive done 8 skids in the last month.
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Old 11-18-2006, 05:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I always start with the front and work my way back.
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Old 11-18-2006, 05:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I use a ratchet strap to compress the suspension! Goes in real easy! The hard part is getting it out..........one bolt comes out then the other spins the shaft, then your grabbing all 1/8" of the shaft showing with needle nose pliers!
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Old 11-18-2006, 06:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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They're only cosmetic, leave them out.
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Old 11-18-2006, 07:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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i always start with the fron olted in also. i have used a strap on the rear to compress it before i put it in, then release it to the proper spot and bolt it up.
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Old 11-19-2006, 08:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
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olskool 53 has it right- ratchet strap or come-along

I have used a come-along for years for this task. Attach one hook to ski post in front. Already have front bolts in skid. Attach other hook to appropriate point on skid. Pull on come-along bar with one hand and slide rear bolt in with other hand. Have done this by myself many times.

A cheap come-along costs about the same as the 12 pack you will have to buy to get friend to help you.
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Old 11-19-2006, 10:43 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Ione bolt comes out then the other spins the shaft, then your grabbing all 1/8" of the shaft showing with needle nose pliers!
Anyone have a fix for that? Last time that took me 3 times longer then getting the friggin track in
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Old 11-19-2006, 10:57 AM   #10 (permalink)
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OK i took seg's advice and unbolted the limit straps and that helped alot. Me and the Girlfriend, man handled it in to position and got the bolts in. Now to just adjust the tension correctly....uhhhhg
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Old 11-19-2006, 11:28 AM   #11 (permalink)
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OK, SS, we always though you were a little swishy, now you confirmed it!!
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Old 11-19-2006, 11:44 AM   #12 (permalink)
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HA there! i fixed it.
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Old 11-19-2006, 04:44 PM   #13 (permalink)
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You can do it yourself EASY! I've tried wrestling (didn't like it), and used a ratchet strap (PITA). Here's a better way!

Next time:
Jack the rear up high.
Leave the rear springs *uncompressed*.
Put in front bolts.
Lift rear into position and bolt it.
Compress the rear springs.

It's a piece-of-cake one-man job that way.
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Old 11-19-2006, 04:49 PM   #14 (permalink)
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You can do it yourself EASY! I've tried wrestling (didn't like it), and used a ratchet strap (PITA). Here's a better way!

Next time:
Jack the rear up high.
Leave the rear springs *uncompressed*.
Put in front bolts.
Lift rear into position and bolt it.
Compress the rear springs.

It's a piece-of-cake one-man job that way.

yea thats pretty much what i did. i used my cherry picker to jack it way up in the back. but the thing that did the trick was unbolting the limit strap.
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Old 11-19-2006, 09:12 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Anyone have a fix for that? Last time that took me 3 times longer then getting the friggin track in
The fix is to loosen one side most of the way out and retighten it a little more than finger tight. Then loosen the other side and remove it. The retightened bolt holds the shaft, but should be loose enough to remove easier.

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Old 11-20-2006, 06:04 AM   #16 (permalink)
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If you don't have an air wrench/inpact driver, take a longer bolt with a locking nut on it. Turn the bolt in enough to hold and use the jamb nut to hold the shaft. Remove other bolt, loosen jamb nut and remove long bolt.
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