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Old 08-16-2006, 03:45 PM   #1
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I have a 2005 Pantera 550 that has been a great sled so far. One thing I have noticed compared to my brother-in-law's 2002 Panther is that my track spins more when I am loading and unloading. My rear end is also more prone to sliding out on ice, etc. under power. I compared the two sleds and it seems like his rear suspension is adjusted for more weight (preload?) in the front of the skid. His suspension has an adjuster strap to make adjustments. Mine doesn't. I'm not sure why this is, maybe something to do with the coupling on the newer sleds? Anyway, I would like to adjust more bite into the front of the track. Anybody know how to do this?

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Old 08-18-2006, 05:16 AM   #3
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Yeah, that might be the way to go. My dealer had the same suggestion without looking at the sled. Still, my bro-in-law's Panther doesn't have any studs and it zips right up into the trailer. I measured the amount of floor between the end of his skis and the beginning of his track touching down and it is a few inches shorter than mine.
You'd think there would be a way to adjust the front part of the skid, just like the previous versions had.
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Is your Pantera a two up long track?
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It might be pivoting on the front partion of the rear skid. Your front skid spring might be tightened up to much. Lift the skid off the floor, loosen the adjusting collar so that it is just snug against the spring. Enough to hold it in place, but not too loose. According to the schematics for your sled, you do have limiter straps as well. They may need to be shortened slightly. Again, not too much, just a little bit. Schematics show the straps having a couple extra holes for shortening, maybe try the next one. You will have to adjust the spring again after you shorten the strap. This should change the pivot point of the rear skid, puting more weight towards the back. It may make your steering a bit heavier in feel. Idea is to balance the two. How does your steering feel as it is right now?
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THis is a good topic for me to pay attention to because my pantera is really soft in the back and loves to hold the skis off or just barely touching when I am 1/2 to 3/4 throttle but I weigh a little more than most guys 275# so just keep the suggestions coming thanks for starting this post!!! 2004 pantera 600 p.s. how do you like the 550?
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Thanks, ZRrr, I will try what you have suggested.

Overall, I really like the Pantera 550. It is a two-up, standard length track (for a two-up) I think it is 136 inches. There are times when I think it would be nice to have the top end of the 600 EFI, like when I am in the middle of a lake. It tops out at about 90 mph or so if given time. On wooded trails, etc. it is quick enough to keep up with most of the sled traffic, and let's face it, like most sleds out there, it is fast enough for me overall to splat myself if I make a mistake.

I bought the two up because my wife seemed sort of interested in the sport and gave me the green light to buy new (I made it seem like her idea). It is a bit heavier, but it still handles very well for a two-up sled. The real payoff is in the chop on trails that haven't been groomed for a while - it is awesomely smooth and in control in the rear.

The steering seemed a bit stiff, but probably because I had it set up with 6" semi-agressive Woody's carbides and no studs in the rear. I am thinking of getting a pair of C&As or running doolys this coming season. I have heard that the C&As are a huge upgrade over the stock skis on the ZR type chassis. Anyone have an opinion about the C&As?
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