Snowmobile Forum banner
1 - 12 of 12 Posts

·
Registered
1995 Polaris XLT Touring
Joined
·
702 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Well the latest chapter in my XLT restoration saga... I was just siphoning out the gas and getting it put away for the summer, and noticed something that i hadn't since the last rip this year... Tunnel damage around the mounts for the rear torque arms. The tunnel and footboards buckled. I had hit a bad bump at about 50mph one of my last times out but I think I would have noticed this kind of damage, but maybe hadn't if the paint hadn't chipped off.

I'm guessing two things: this is something not really worth repairing since it would be really difficult to straighten out and reinforce, and not worth it on a nearly 30 year old sled, and secondly, not worth going through the trouble to find a whole new chassis and swap parts, though I know where I may be able to find something (@islandsledder lol)

My best bang for buck is probably start parting out all the good parts I know are on it and try to reinvest in something newer... Ugh.

Water Tire Automotive tire Hood Wheel

Tire Automotive tire Hood Motor vehicle Wheel

Tire Wheel Water Automotive tire Tread
 

·
Registered
1995 Polaris XLT Touring
Joined
·
702 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Oh boy! That tunnel will not last long on another bad bump. You need a newer suspension for that bump ! Time to part it out or keep as a backup sled (that you really couldn't count on)
Yeahhhh it wasn't even a jump or anything like that... Just a random drift dip in a field that had frozen over.

Really not the way I wanted all of this to end.
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
19,276 Posts
Well, that bites. You've done a ton of work on it, sorry to see it go to waste :(

But if you get into the next generation of suspensions, you will be very happy with the ride quality :) (silver lining??)
 

·
Registered
1995 Polaris XLT Touring
Joined
·
702 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Oh I'm well aware of the benefits to going newer!

I need to look at it this: I really bought the older machine to learn and hopefully have a bit of fun riding along the way. I learned more than I wanted to and now I'm just try to recoup some of my cost.

Guess we'll see how next winter looks for me!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
27,125 Posts
I have repaired worse!
Grind out the rivets on the inside backer plate.
Remove plates and then cut a 4 x 4 to fit inside of tunnel
The wood will give you some back up to beat the alum flat!
I used old alum street signs, and just make the plates bigger and pop rivet together!
Then I just added running board stiffeners!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,487 Posts
That luggage rack should get a pretty penny even from someone here in the states. I would be putting stuff on eBay as a last resort. What sucks now about that place they hit you hard for fees. I sold a South Korean Amplifier up there for 400 bucks plus 40 in shipping and they hit me 60 bucks at 12.5% selling fees. Pissed me off to no end. But now they do direct deposit in one day to your bank without fees and not to paypal anymore either which is nice but damn the fees suck. So facebook marketplace, craigslist up there and at last resort eBay
 

·
Registered
1995 Polaris XLT Touring
Joined
·
702 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Yeah I've never gone the eBay route before. The shipping from here and the fees kind of make it prohibitive to me, especially for big stuff, but if I move most of the big pieces I may throw some of the small pieces up on there just on the off chance that someone's looking for a coil pack for example...
 

·
Registered
1995 Polaris XLT Touring
Joined
·
702 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 ·

The last brappp....
Secondary and chaincase came off today.

It was way more fun putting together with the prospect of riding than taking it apart to sell off... But $500 in the next sled account so far is a plus!
 
1 - 12 of 12 Posts
Top