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Old 12-30-2012, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Plastic ski and spacers

I have a 97 Formula 500. I am looking for some insight on the proper installation of Camoplast skis. I have an abused sled and the previous owner used the wrong replacement parts for many things...
When I look at the schematics from Skidoo, it doesn't show any spacers between the ski and the spindle (Skidoo refers to it as a "ski leg".) My sled has a spacer on each side of the leg to make up for the gap. Is this right? I ask because there was a LOT of play in the skis prior to me working on it. It was scary to ride.

Could it be that he used the wrong skis (too wide for the spindle/leg) or are the spacers supposed to be there? I can supply a picture if you guy do not understand what I am trying to say.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Camoplast skis will fit most sleds, the difference is in the installation kit that has to be bought to adapt the ski to a specific sled. The installation kit comes with mounting instructions in the box. There should be some bushings where the bolt runs through the spindle and the mounting bracket.
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Is there a recommended amount of play between the spacer and the rest of the ski system or should it be a snug fit?
Also is there supposed to be a metal bushing that is installed on both sides of the ski for the bolt to go through???
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It should fit fairly snug, and yes, there should be two bushings, one on each end. It's designed so the bushings wear, not the bracket. The bushings should fit into the hole in the bracket and the bolt should then slide through. When everything is tightened down the ski should pivot up an down with little to no movement side to side. If your bushings are worn or missing you should be able to find replacements at your local hardware store.
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Okay thank you. I have just been a little confused because this sled seems like it was pieced together. There were spacers on both sides but they only go between the ski and the steering leg. They do not actually fit into the ski itself. It seemed to me this was incorrect because the hole in the plastic ski would be resting on the bolt and wearing down quickly.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Glad to help!
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I put a set of Precision skis on my '95 MX, it took two 1/2 inch locking collars on each side of the spindles. (different skis from what you are using but same issue)

I got mine from Fastenal. They have a huge selection, I was able to get them in Stainless Steel, as well as new bolts and locking nuts also in SS.

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