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Old 12-23-2008, 01:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I did a search and came up with nothing so I'm asking. How do you align the skis on a Firecat? I heard you have to somehow hold the bars perfectly straight with a strap or something, then adjust the skis by turning the adjusters on the steering arms until they're straight. Do you just do this by eye? I also hear they should be 1/8" toed out?

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Old 12-23-2008, 08:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Take a long stright something set it next to the track and up by the skiis then just measure.
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Ski Alignment
NOTE: Track tension and alignment must be properly adjusted prior to checking or adjusting ski alignment. Ski alignment must be performed on a flat, level surface. Ski toe-out must fall within the range of 1.6- 6.4 mm (1/16-1/4 in.).

1) Turn the handlebar to the straight-ahead position. Visually inspect the handlebar for being centered and in the straight-ahead position. If there is slop in the skis, place a bungee cord on the ski loops to pull them towards each other.
2) Place a long straightedge against the outside edge of the track so it lies near the inside edge of the left-side ski.
3) Measure the distance from the straightedge to the left-side ski wear bar bolts in two places: approximately 18-20 cm (7-8 in.) in front of the spindle and 18-20 cm (7-8 in.) behind the spindle. Record the measurements taken for the left side.
4) Measure the distance from the straightedge to the right-side ski wear bar bolts in two places: 18-20 cm (7-8 in.) in front of the spindle and 18-20 cm (7-8 in.) behind the spindle. Record the measurements taken for the right side.
5) If ski alignment is not as specified, adjust the alignment of the ski(s).

Ski adjustment
1) Loosen both spindle tie rod jam nuts on the same side as the ski to be aligned. NOTE: One end is left hand thread.
2) Using a wrench on the spindle tie rod “flats,” rotate the spindle tie rod until recommended specification is attained. Tighten jam nuts.
3) Repeat this procedure on each side (if necessary) until ski toe-out is within specification.
3) Verify ski alignment by measuring across from the outside edge of the left-side wear bar bolts to the outside edge of the right-side wear bar bolts (without using the straightedge) in two places: approximately 18-20 cm (7-8 in.) in front of the spindle and 18-20 cm (7-8 in.) behind the spindle.
4) The measurement from in front of the spindle to the outer edge of the wear bar bolts (without using the straightedge) must not exceed the rear measurement by more than 1.6-6.4 mm (1/16-1/4 in.) toe-out.
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Old 12-23-2008, 01:44 PM   #4 (permalink)
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measure from each bar end to the center of each rear skid bolt, strap each grip so the handlebars are held straight. Lay a straightedge along an alined track as mentioned, do all the stuff as mentioned, but spend the extra couple minutes to have everything straight and the tie rod ends screwed in equal depths on all ends, having one tie rod threaded in all the way in, and the opposite end only threaded into the aluminum 5 turns is not only a bad weak spot, it just looks like your lazy. Experiment with what your sled/setup like for toe. Some sleds track alot better with the ski's only out a 1/16, others track better with 3/8" out.
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