I bought my sled at the beginning of last season... You remember... The one that never came?
Anyway, I never got to ride it except around the yard a few times. Today, I got to take it out for the first real ride, and I have some questions.
The sled seemed to want to dart on me on the packed trails. First one way, then the other. Not bad, but it got me to wondering if my skis might need to be aligned. Well, the owner's manual does a great job of confusion you on that one. The manual says:
"With handlebars in straight ahead position, and with vehicle weight
compressing the suspension, measure from the straight edge of the skis
at the center of the ski mounting bolt. The measurement between the
skis at point X should be 1/8″ to 1/4″ greater than at point Y."
So, I need to take a measurement AT mounting bolt, in front of the mounting bolt ("X") and behind the mounting bolt ("Y"). But, the only two measurements I compare to one another are X and Y? I need some clarification of exactly how to measure to make sure that the skis are positioned correctly.
For the suspension, I have the Edge rear skid (not the M-10). My torsion springs are in the highest position, but the skid bottomed out on me today a few times on bumps that weren't overly "bad". Total weight on the sled was probably about 325 because my step son was riding with me, and I realize that will play in. Since he'll ride with me a fair amount, I want to know what adjustments I might be able to do for a better ride for the two of us.
I believe I read somewhere that the "wheel" that the long arm of the torsion spring sits in can be moved. Is this true? Would I get more stiffness from the springs as a result of moving them? Is it worth doing? I've heard that the heavier gauge springs make it ride like a one ton truck, so that won't work.
I have to check to see what the RRSS is set at, but I have read that moving it toward the stiffer setting would help. How true is this? Should I consider moving the FRSS as well?
I will also have to check all of the pre-load settings on the ski shocks and the front track shock and see if I could loosen them a bit. Any input would be appreciated, and I know I know I know... Adjust one thing at a time, a little at a time, and ride it to see how it is.