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Old 11-27-2010, 09:40 PM   #1
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New wear strips

Hey guys who here checks their wear strips? i didnt check mine last season until near the end to find them wore right thru to the skid!! i hit an engine block that was frozen in about 4 feet of snow. well i replaced them and im very happy with going to green from the stock black. also put some screen inserts on the front of the hood to keep the snow from packing into the engine compartment around my timbersled intake have to set up the power valves and put on running board mods and shes mountain worthy again!!
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Umm. Yeah I check my hyfax. I do it before every trip.
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Basic snowmobile maintenance. The green hyfax tend to fade overtime. Black stays black. For what hyfax are worth, change 'em once a year. You don't even have to remove the skid to do it. SnowTech mag just had a quick write up about doing it in a snap if your sled has reverse. Unbolt the hyfax (front) tap it so that it partially sticks out through the track window, and very gently/slowly run the track in reverse. The hyfax should come right out. They don't mention anything about getting the hyfax out of the tunnel, but that should not be that big of a deal. Just throwing that out there.
Not having reverse on any of my sleds, I'm still tapping them out. I also take the skid out, since the is no better way to fine-comb the rear suspension then to have it on the bench. Also makes it much easier to change parts and grease it. After taking a skid out and putting it back in a few times, you pick up on some tricks that make the job quite easy.


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Basic snowmobile maintenance. The green hyfax tend to fade overtime. Black stays black. For what hyfax are worth, change 'em once a year. You don't even have to remove the skid to do it. SnowTech mag just had a quick write up about doing it in a snap if your sled has reverse. Unbolt the hyfax (front) tap it so that it partially sticks out through the track window, and very gently/slowly run the track in reverse. The hyfax should come right out. They don't mention anything about getting the hyfax out of the tunnel, but that should not be that big of a deal. Just throwing that out there.
Not having reverse on any of my sleds, I'm still tapping them out. I also take the skid out, since the is no better way to fine-comb the rear suspension then to have it on the bench. Also makes it much easier to change parts and grease it. After taking a skid out and putting it back in a few times, you pick up on some tricks that make the job quite easy.


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Can you explain further? I can't understand how this would work.
Running the track in reverse with the hyfax sticking out would just bind on the hyfax, no? Or does it just YANK the hyfax off the rails?
I get it to the point where it's sticking about 3" past the track & drill a hole in it, then shove a screwdriver through it & yank. I don't loosen the track at all usually. When I put new hyfax in I toss a few pumps of grease in it before sliding on... comes right off next time!
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Can you explain further? I can't understand how this would work.
Running the track in reverse with the hyfax sticking out would just bind on the hyfax, no? Or does it just YANK the hyfax off the rails?
I get it to the point where it's sticking about 3" past the track & drill a hole in it, then shove a screwdriver through it & yank. I don't loosen the track at all usually. When I put new hyfax in I toss a few pumps of grease in it before sliding on... comes right off next time!
i was going to ask the same question but i thought he was being sarcastic! i hope he never heard of doing this from someone and haven't tried it himself yet....
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I think I heard that somewhere about using the track to remove the hyfax. I wouldn't do it that way myself, I usually just give it a few taps to get it sticking out past the end of the track and grab hold with a pair of vise grips and pull it right off. Dog
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You are all correct.
1) I've never tried it because none of my sleds have reverse
2) I read about this procedure in the latest SnowTech magazine. I didn't make anything up. Apparently, there are dealers who do it that way to save time.
3) As I stated, I was just "throwing that out there".



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Not really all that far fetched when you consider the instructions in the service manual that I cut and pasted below:

Using a pipe wrench and starting from either end,
hook the edge of the wear strip with the pipe
wrench jaw and twist the wear strip off the slide
rail. Move the pipe wrench 7.5 cm (3 in.) and
again twist the wear strip off the rail. Repeat this
procedure until the wear strip is free of the rail.
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Colored Hyfax wear faster then Black & White.
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Not really all that far fetched when you consider the instructions in the service manual that I cut and pasted below:

Using a pipe wrench and starting from either end,
hook the edge of the wear strip with the pipe
wrench jaw and twist the wear strip off the slide
rail. Move the pipe wrench 7.5 cm (3 in.) and
again twist the wear strip off the rail. Repeat this
procedure until the wear strip is free of the rail.
HA!! Thats freaking hilarious!!
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