Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Florida -and- Michigan
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Sled: 95 ZR580 97 ZRT600 99+2x00 ZR440 SNO-PRO
09-10 Mileage: 1500+
08-09 Mileage: 2000+
07-08 Mileage: All sleds 2000 miles
06-07 Mileage: 600 on the '99 Sno-Pro, 600 on the ZRT, 200 '00 Sno-Pro
When was the last time you took the skid out and inspected it? I'd say, remove the skid. It is fairly easy, and will allow you to do your work effortlessly. While it is out, you could replace all of the 3/8" fasteners with quality grade 8 bolts from Home Depot. Also, check out all of your idler (bogey) wheels, repair/replace where necessary. Also check out all of the bushings and repair/replace where needed. Remove/replace the bolts on the side rail and look for "oval" bolt holes - if found, remove the slide rails and have them welded (or replace them). While the skid is out, you may want to replace your springs as they tend to "soften" over time and they are fairly inexpensive.
On the Hyfax; I replace them each season, but remove the skid to do this, it is just so much easier to remove/replace. Also replace the skid frame rail caps as well. Make sure to pick up new mounting screws for the front of the Hyfax as they are typically worn beyond serviceability limits.
Good luck and have fun!
1995 ZR 580
1997 ZRT 600
1999 ZR 440 Sno Pro
2000 ZR 440 Sno Pro (VForce reeds)
2000 ZR 440 Sno Pro (Boysen reeds)