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1996 Polaris Indy 500 SKS Suspension For A BIG Guy.

hi all. I am new to your forums but I have spent hours looking over it all. Tons of great info. I have a few question for you.

I am a big guy and i have a 1996 Polaris Indy 500 SnowKingSpecial. I am to big for this sled but I love driving it so much. The only thing I would like to do to make it more confertable would be to make the suspension alot stiffer. I have the adjustment block as high as they go, and I even have a 1/4 inch spacer between the spring and the spacer but its just not cutting it. the springs are over 10 years old and gettin very weak. I would like to give it a supension overhaul. I would imagine it will need new springs and shocks. I am not able to find really stiff springs that I need. Does anyone know where I can get them?. also a shock is a shock right, thats not going to help this at all?. so I can get OE shocks right?

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You can get heavy duty springs from the dealer or from aftermarket suppliers.

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how are the heavy duty springs raited?.. will they just say heavy duty or will they specify a weight that they can carry?..I dont like going to the dealer for this kind of thing, Its going to be VERY expensive there. do you recomend any place I can look?

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Done my brothers SKS last year. I think springs from the dealer were under $20 each. In fact the dealer was cheaper than Dennis Kirk aftermarkets. Don't know if they have specific weight ranges on them, you will have to ask. I will tell you this, they made a world of difference on his sled and replaced with the same spring that was on it originally. While your working on the skid be sure to check for stiff or seizes idlers/bogies. We used Kimpex gold shocks for replacements on his. Oh, one more thing I just remembered. If your springs have the offset to them going to the skid, you will have to get them from the dealer. We looked everywhere to find the offset and couldn't. You can bend the offset in but it is a PITA. If you do decide to try and bend do not use heat. Heat weakens spring steel.

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wow. I was expecting to spend like $150+ on new springs.. seeing as I need some tight ones.

Do you think I should replace the shock(s)?.. It has 3K miles on it.. but it was a light little guy that put like 2700 milea on it.
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When you take the sled apart you'll know if it needs shocks. They should move with a bunch of resistance in and out. If they slide easily, replace them.

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good advise.. thanks


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Can the valving by easily changed on FOX position sensitive shocks?? I have the slide out of mine and the rear shock moves pretty freely. Only about 1200 miles on the machine.
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Ok. I am ready to shop!.. gonna call the dealer tommorow.


I hear alot about this Xtra10 suspesion.. I do belive that the SKS has it. and thats about the only thing that makes a SKS diffrent than a regular indy, is that true>?. what exactly is xtra 10 (I have used the search and cant find an answer, and google).. How can I be sure i have it"

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ok. Well I have called 2 polaris dealers.. The only thing they can find I a standard or a medium spring. I dont think the medium is going to do it. I have tried a bunch of diffrent site and all I can find is medium. I found an add from a while ago that im sure are not still avalaable (Heavy duty rear springs Polaris Xtra10 at Snowmobile Fanatics - Forum) so this makes me think they exist. I just need to find them. Amy sugestions?
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Personal question but how much do you weigh? I am about 220 and put medium springs on my xcsp 500 and found that was more than enough. I did have to get my shocks rebuilt though. $30 a shock with parts.
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Like I said, Im a big guy. 350ish.. I know I dont belong on a sled but I love it! Same goes for bikes..


So yea, I do really need a HEAVY DUTY spring. and since I cant find them ANYWHERE.. how about a medium spring with very big spacer (adjuster).. that would make it tighter, but since the diamater is not there im sure it would wear out very fast.

this sled has the Xtra10 suspension, but so do alot of other sleds, so wouldnt any spring that fit a sled with Xtra10 work?.,or since this is a longer track does that make it diffrent?

For example. the thickest spring I can find for a 1996 Polaris Indy 500 SKS is a medimum and is .421 diamater (standard is .406)
But for the 1996 Polaris Indy XLT SKS I see that .406 is also standard, but for that sled there is a .437 avalable

both these sleds have Xtra-10 rear suspension but the XLT has 133.5inch track where the 500 has a 131inch. hmmm

BUT both these sleds come standard with the same exact item number of 7041463-067, so if the .437 fits a sled that came with the same item number that I had, then it should work for me!

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Well. I ordered .437 springs for a diffrent moedl.. and they fit fine. I really irriates me that they didnt list any .437's for my sled when the ones I got match the shape and offset of stock PERFECTLY.. grr. O well. the springs helped ALOT, it sits to high and hold me prety good.
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sounds great! i just ordered new springs and shock, cant wait to ride!!
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Well. I ordered .437 springs for a diffrent moedl.. and they fit fine. I really irriates me that they didnt list any .437's for my sled when the ones I got match the shape and offset of stock PERFECTLY.. grr. O well. the springs helped ALOT, it sits to high and hold me prety good.
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