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Old 01-01-2008, 02:45 PM   #1
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My ZL 600 and Z440 each have over 4,000 miles on them. The slide rail wear strips are beginning to look a little thin up near the front. I located replacement strips on the web at Babbitt's online.

Can a regular dude like me with modest mechanical skills and an average set of tools replace the wear strips. If so, what is the procedure? Can I screw anything up?
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they are really easy to do takes me about ten min to do first lift the back of the sled then take some wd 40 and spray down the rails then lossen the track up then you will need a philips # 3 screwdriver and a 7/16 wrench take bolts out of the rails take a punch and pound slides back a couple inches then with a visegrips slidhamer or visegrips pull the slides out through the windows spray down new slises with wd and slide them back on and reinstall bolts and tighten the track thats about it note make sure slides are same length if not cut the off to match old ones
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Old 01-01-2008, 03:07 PM   #3
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Thank your for the excellent response! I will order the slides tomorrow and put them on this weekend. How many miles can a person expect to get on a set of slides? I ride mostly on lakes and groomed trials.
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Old 01-01-2008, 07:30 PM   #4
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IMO OEM slide last longer than AM....how long they last will depend on what kind of snow/dirt you ride on/in.
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Stroke summed up changing them pretty good, its a fairly simple job. Just a tip when cutting the new slides cut them on a angle so they dont catch the track when it spins around.
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Don't do what they say

take the skid off

Obviously 4000miles on original sliders to me means you have not changed bearings,inspected shafts,welds etc etc

Get aftermarket graphites they are $2-5 more then the reg ones and well worth it
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Don't do what they say

take the skid off

Obviously 4000miles on original sliders to me means you have not changed bearings,inspected shafts,welds etc etc

Get aftermarket graphites they are $2-5 more then the reg ones and well worth it[/b]
I'd agree with this ... removal of the skid allows you to accomplish a lot more. However, knowing you labeled yourself as having "moderate technical skills" the removal of the skid can be a pain in the butt. At the very least you would want a 2nd set of hands to help with the skid removal & re-assembly. The task itself is pretty simple ...

Loosen your track as much as possible.
Remove the torsion springs from the blocks on the rail (be careful when doing this)
Strap down the suspension while it's compressed
Remove the 4 bolts on the tunnel which hold the skid in place
Pull the skid out

Once you've done it you realize it's not so difficult. But it takes some getting used to the first time or two.

If you're confident in the maintenance of the skid, I'd just pull the sliders through the window as previously noted and put off the skid maintenance until the end of the season.
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