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Old 11-21-2012, 06:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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track install

so i decided that im not going to spend the $300 that my sled shop wants to install a track, could one of you please tell me how to install a track or send me someone where i will learn how? its for a 2004 polars xcsp 600.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the basics pertain to most all sleds, the specifics depend on the sled, and i am not sure if i have done your model, but heres some points to consider.

first is the removal of the skid. for starters, you need to loosen the track. you need to loosen the rear axle nuts before loosening the track adjuster nuts. arm yourself with a 9/16 end wrench and ratchet/socket combo. air or electric impact tools make the job alot easier.

take a look at your tunnel and you will see some bolts securing the skid. theres 2 up front and 2 near the rear. maybe more depending on the skid. get a good visual on these and document bolts, attachments, etc so you know how it goes back together. i work my way back to front when removing bolts.

once the skid drops, work it out of the track and set aside. there are a few tricks here but for now your getting a brief scenario.

now its time to figure out the driveshaft removal. more than likely the pipe and silencer needs to come out and the chaincase needs drained of its fluid and the cover removed. jump to the other side and remove the belt and secondary clutch. on the clutch side is a bearing carrier secured by bolts or nuts. it will be obvious.

on the chaincase side you will need to remove the chain and gears. pay attention here because the brake system can help you remove other parts prior to disabling the brake. some of the polaris sleds ran the coolant with the brake so be prepared.

this will give you a direction. study the task a bit and plan your route carefully. lots of knowledgable folks here to guide you with the specifics.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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you can also watch this video... he skims some, but the point is there. it is a fairly easy process. buy new bearings for both shafts while you are in there.

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Old 11-21-2012, 09:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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for a first timer replacing a track, you are probably talking 5+ hours of work... Something to think about. I'll about DIY, but $300 isn't THAT bad to replace a track.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ya was thinking probably 5 hours to do it. Thanks for information and video, probably going to pick my track up Tuesday and start the job Wednesday afternoon. Will let you guys know how it goes or if I need any help alon the way, any other info or tips would help to. Thanks
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks Yamadad4. That's going to be helpful come wednesday
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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For a shop to want to charge 300 bucks to install it, I'd be going your route too and avoiding them. Take a LOT of photos for reference. Those will definitely come in handy.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:35 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Now's a good time to inspect the rear suspension. Check the condition of the wheels, bearings. If the wheels move side to side, replace the bearings. Chunks out of wheel or cracked, replace. Check for any cracks and get those welded. Grease all the zerks. Replace the slides if they look at all being close to being worn out. Much easier to perform this maintenance when the rear skid is out if the sled.....

I need to replace my daughters track next week. Been a while since I replaced one. I know it's going to take some time. Snap some pix as you disassemble if you think you may have an issue putting everything back together......
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I've done tons of tracks on Edges... Pull the 4 bolts and drop the skid out. While it is out, go through it and tighten bolts, grease it, etc. Check slides. Take the belt off. Remove the secondary. Remove the 3 bolts that hold the speedo housing on and knock the bolts loose by tapping on them with whatever you got.

Go to the other side. Remove the chaincase cover. Put rags in the bottom or a bucket under the sled because you will loose chaincase oil. Loosen tensioner, remove chain. Remove bolt from lower gear and remove gear. Get someone to lift the rear of the sled up in the air as high as possible. Slide the shaft towards the clutch. The bearing housing might get in the way. Just move it and slide in further on the shaft. Pull the shaft out of chaincase and down. Slide out.

Repeat process to install.
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:05 PM   #10 (permalink)
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You should be able to swap tracks in a hour and half if you don't need to replace anything else. It's really easy and jhelery gave a perfect break down. Except i remove the exhaust can so your not fighting with that.
To reinstall skid I put sled on its side and put one front bolt in. Than roll it over on the other side and put other front bolt in than the rear bolt and roll it back over to other side and put last rear bolt it. It's a lot easier to roll sled over than fight with putting skid in with sled up right

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Old 11-22-2012, 01:43 PM   #11 (permalink)
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thank you everyone for the information, doesn't seem like a hard job after all, kind of looking forward to it now. will keep you guys posted on how its going or if i need any help when i start it. im studding the track and replacing the drive shaft bearings while im at it. and any other things that need replacing while im at it so i don't have to take it all apart to do it down the road.
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The speedo drive bearing is a standard bearing that you can get from farm and fleet for 8 bucks versus the 30+ from dealer. I run them in all my trail sleds an never had a problem


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You should be able to swap tracks in a hour and half if you don't need to replace anything else. It's really easy and jhelery gave a perfect break down. Except i remove the exhaust can so your not fighting with that.
To reinstall skid I put sled on its side and put one front bolt in. Than roll it over on the other side and put other front bolt in than the rear bolt and roll it back over to other side and put last rear bolt it. It's a lot easier to roll sled over than fight with putting skid in with sled up right

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I'll add to it... Agree on the exhaust removal. Forgot! Unhook the springs from the blocks before installing the rear suspension also. The Polaris Edge somehow sits perfect on the side.
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Can get bearings from Napa also or really any auto parts store. Just bring the old ones in.
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