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Old 09-06-2012, 09:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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steering problem

My son has an 1996 xlt and it is very hard to steer. I have tried adjusting the shocks and have the limiter strap as loose as it will go. My next steps will be less aggressive carbides and rebuilding the fox shocks. Anyone have any other suggestions.
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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With the front of the sled off the ground, do the handlebars turn the skis easily? Sometimes the heim joints get corroded and don't allow the front suspension to move easily. Make sure that the zirk fittings on the steering column (there should be two of them) are lubed, as well.

Less spring pressure will also give easier steering, as will the shorter carbides you mentioned.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I had the whole steering system apart last winter and cleaned and greased everything. I am thinking more spring/shock and carbides but I will check all the other stuff again. Gives me an excuse to take everything apart again. lol
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If you lift the sled and the skis move easily, you won't need to disassemble again, especially if you did it last year. It's just one of those things to check. I have seen the grease on a few sleds get so old and crusty that you could barely turn the skis with the front of the sled in the air! Cleaning and lube are amazing things
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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How would you go about cleaning the old lube out of there. My steering is very stiff with the skis in the air so I am sure it is the steering shaft but I do not see how the shaft would separate to be able to clean it out.
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steering shaft doesn't come apart but what I just did on the machine I'm redoing is to remove shaft and stick in bucket of solvent and work the mounting plate from side to side until it turns freely. I would also recommend checking the steering arm (the part where the steering rod attaches and the tie rods go from there out to the ski linkage. The older chassis did not have a grease zerk on that part and the busing and bolt through there was heavily gunked up. A good cleaning was all it required after I got the center steering block out of the chassis.
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Thanks for the info. I have removed it this morning and it is now soaking in parts cleaner. I hope it takes care of the sticking.
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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My buddy had that same issue with his '00 XCR8 - it was a toughie to get to the steering grease nimple which is below the airbox, and under the motor kinda. With a long grease hose and one person to hold the grease gun and the other one feeds the hose to the nimple was a way how I did it. Once we got the grease in the steering .. it finally worked its way to loosen up better than it did before - WL

PS - I had to remove the airbox to gain the access to the steering nimple.
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