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Old 01-08-2009, 11:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2001 Polaris 500 Classic Touring Xtra 12 Suspension Set up

I have a 500 Classic Touring that my wife and kids ride and I require some assistance in setting up the suspension (Xtra 12). When trail riding the sled tends to fish tail quite excessivley. My wife weighs approx. 100 lbs and my children are lighter. I'm 250 lbs and it tends to do this for me as well, it's kind of like riding a greased pig and plays you out in a hurry. More weight lessens the problem but does not eliminate it. I had new 6" carbides on it and the track is not studded, I suspected that this was part of the problem so I put the stock 4" carbide easy steer rods back on it.
This sled has the extra 12 suspension and the Torison spring preload, front track spring preload and front shock spring preload are all on the softest setting. All other settings are in the factory postions.
What would be the best set up starting point to eliminate the fish tailing with a light rider? On the extra 12 suspension what effects does changing the front track preload have on the suspension? I assume that the rear torison spring adjustment is for rider weight and travel. How does increasing and/or decreasing the front spring preload affect handling? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-02-2009, 12:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Muchco
My wife's 98 XLT touring (Xtra 12) is doing the same thing. I have not figured it out yet but if I do I will let you know or you find out the answer let me know.
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