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track adjustment

How tight do all you keep your tracks i was always told but the sled up on a stand and with 20lbs on the track it should sag about 1 inch is that right


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Use a 16 lb weight, but the sag is correct.

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You want it just tight enough so that the track doesnt ratchet on hard acceleration, but on my sled its 1/4-1/2" of sag 12" ahead of the rear axle.
Im not as scientific about it as some of you guys are. I dont pull on the track with a fishscale or put weights on it. I just have the back of the sled up on a bumper jack and just gently pull down on the track with my finger. Polaris suggests 10 pounds and I know about how much 10 pounds is.
I personally dont think that track tension is all that much of a critical adjustment. My father and brother run their tracks really loose (Im talking over an inch of sag).

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You can go that loose with antiratchet drivers.

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Yeah just enough to keep it from ratcheting! Oh and don't go too loose with the anti ratcheting drivers either, I had just put them on the ZRT and had to remove the rail tips in the field because they hit and I poked the track window and ruined the track!!
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Whatr are some tips to adjusting the track?

Can i just tighten the bolts? or do i have to loosen the wheels first?
Any setp by steps?
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You MUST loose the rear axle bolts (the ones that hold the rear wheels to the axle) in order for the axle to move.
Also, make sure adjust the tension bolts evenly.
Once you get the track tightened up and get all the bolts tightened back up, make sure you start the sled and run the track around a few times, then measure how much of the track is sticking out on either side of the rear axle wheels to make sure that your track is aligned correctly. If it sticks out more on one side than the other (as long as its within 1/8" its fine), you have to redust the tension adjuster bolts to get the track straight.
What I typically do is measure how much of the adjuster bolts are sticking out, get them so that they are pretty much even and usually the track is straight.

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What about adjusting the articulated tracks? I have a '97 Yamaha venture with the
156" track and the articulated part always seems to be off the snow and when the track spins it hits off the bottom of the snowmobile. What is the procedure for adjusting this part of the track to make it stay on the snow? Is the track too tight?
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You want it just tight enough so that the track doesnt ratchet on hard acceleration, but on my sled its 1/4-1/2" of sag 12" ahead of the rear axle.
Im not as scientific about it as some of you guys are. I dont pull on the track with a fishscale or put weights on it. I just have the back of the sled up on a bumper jack and just gently pull down on the track with my finger. Polaris suggests 10 pounds and I know about how much 10 pounds is.
I personally dont think that track tension is all that much of a critical adjustment. My father and brother run their tracks really loose (Im talking over an inch of sag).
what about 3 1/2 or 4" of slack what would that do?????
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Can I get some advice too?
1995 ZRT 800 track adjustment...seems everyone just says hang the weight ..and tighten to specs..
However, my trac is studded to death and the guy I bought it from said DO NOT run this trac loose or the studs will take out the cooler..?
So, Is there any logic to this?
thanx!

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What is ratcheting?

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That's the "sound" and slip of the drive sprocket jumping the track......they are spinning, but not engaging very well with the track

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oh OK thanks
now i know whats wrong with my in-laws sled.

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96 XLT touring....also 1 inch sag or???? would look up manual if i had one. i know different models require more or less sag. any help would be great.
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Can I get some advice too?
1995 ZRT 800 track adjustment...seems everyone just says hang the weight ..and tighten to specs..
However, my trac is studded to death and the guy I bought it from said DO NOT run this trac loose or the studs will take out the cooler..?
So, Is there any logic to this?
thanx!
Yes, that faster the track turns, it tends to "balloon". More weight from studs just makes it more so.

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OK..I understand the centrifcal force at work....and I need to compromise...Loose is better for "power" and tight is better so not to take out the tunnel and cooler....Would there be a rap sound if it starts to whack and grind on the tunnel? (Or would that be too late? )
Trying NOT to go to the University of hard knocks here.
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Ok so since you are talking track tension I am guessing that the plastic from my Hi -fax on my grouser bars is sure indication my track is a little tight.
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30lbs @ 1 1/2inch of sag, I have 4 sleds and their all adjusted to them specs. I have had no probems at all.
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