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Does anybody have a web site I can go to to learn about the rear suspension on my sled? I just bought it and have not got a book. It seems like the rear shocks may need to be rebuilt, but what about the springs? What about the big shock near the front of the track? When ther is any weigh on the sled, there is no bounce back on the rear.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Electric 23 @ Oct 28 2008, 04:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
It seems like the rear shocks may need to be rebuilt, but what about the springs? What about the big shock near the front of the track? When ther is any weigh on the sled, there is no bounce back on the rear.[/b]
Shocks do need to be rebuilt regularly to perform properly. If not, they can wear faster and corrode internally from water contamination if left too long.

Springs also sag out over time. If you weigh more than average or carry heavy loads, you can choose stiffer springs. There should be plenty to pick from for your skid.

The front skid shock spring should be set as light as possible. It is really just there to control front skid movement, not to support weight. Carrying nearly all the weight is actually the job of the rear springs.

Have a look at the rear lower shock mount #28 in the pic below.

Is #28 touching the track or very close to it? If it is, you need to remove the skid, flip up the lower rear shock mount nearly 180 degrees, and re-install the skid. Now it should stay up. If you ride with it down, it can damage the shock, potential damage to other parts, and the track may also receive some damage.

Brown's Leisureworld is a nice place to start, you can find all the expanded parts views and parts numbers for your sled.


The shock mount arms of part #28 must be in position as in the pic above while installing the skid. If it swings down, problems and damage to parts. I don't know if this is the source of your problem, but it is something to check and make sure it's good.

Problem with online parts sites like Brown's is that it really isn't any form of instruction, or shop manual that you can learn procedure from.

If you can purchase a shop manual online, e-Bay might be your best bet.

Other than that, you could try asking questions here, there are lots of knowledgeable folks that know the answers at ArcticChat.

Another bit of hope... If someone has factory shop manuals that cover your sled or overlap with similar models/engines, they might even be able to scan some pages out of the manual for you.

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