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Old 05-02-2005, 11:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 2004 Vertical Edge 600 with a 144" track. I am into taking the odd jump and drop and find that my suspension and/or chasis just can't take the beating I want to give it. I know, this sled wasn't made for real rough riding, but I have it and love it, except for the above mentioned.

I seem to notice a bit of bending on the front of the tunnel where the front suspension bolt is. I have Polaris fishbone braces installed and I have also fabricated a shock tower brace like that of a ProX. All the shocks are stock nitrex with the exception of the rear suspension, I have a RydeFX shock from an 03 RMK. I also have the heaviest springs that I could get through the local Polaris dealer installed.

I am just wondering what you guys have done in order to strenghten the chasis and rails. I can't drop a couple grand into shocks right now, but I may be able to get a set of RydeFX's off a buddy. Other than that, I'm open to ideas. Thanks.
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Old 05-02-2005, 04:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe you can re-valve your shocks, and upgrade their springs..??? I assume you cranked up your compression settings... I also went with the heavy springs on the rear, and found that they are way stiffer to the point I had to back off my compression adjustment, and what an improvement!!! Now I have some adjustability... Ahhh


Set up is important and till you get it dialed in can be a P.I.T.A. I ride the RMK 900 IQ set up so its a bit different..

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Old 05-02-2005, 06:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply Rideguy.

I have adjusted the heavier springs, however, they are two seasons old and I only put the Ryde FX shock in about 700miles ago. I'm guessing that since they have been on the highest setting for so long, that they are weak and need to be replaced.

I have been told that if you are into jumping and stuff, to get the shock revalved to above your actual weight. I don't know much about suspension geometry, and another guy told me to experiment with the position of the suspension components. BTW, I'm 6'-2" and 250lbs. Is it possible to revalave to this weight? I like riding agressive, but I hold back a bit because of the soft suspension. :help:
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Old 05-02-2005, 06:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i think they make rail braces so they dont bend on hard tail landings.
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Old 05-02-2005, 06:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Supplier? Website? Pics?
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Old 05-02-2005, 07:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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here is a link. http://www.purepolaris.com/Detail.aspx?Ite...&nPage=3&nSet=1
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Old 05-02-2005, 07:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Right on....too bad there's not a pic of it. May be something I could make. Just don't know what the darn things look like! Thanks for the link n2oiroc.
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Old 05-03-2005, 12:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Being 250lbs yourself that is going to really put the strain on the suspension, even with the heaviest springs and shocks. One thing I would do is decide what you don't need on the trip. Forget a heavy gas can if you know you won't need it, that should get rid of a few pounds. ANything you can do to lighten up that sled will definantly help.
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Old 05-03-2005, 07:08 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Gonna try to loose a couple pounds myself this summer! I know, 250lbs is a lot for any suspension.
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Old 05-17-2005, 03:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I ride a 03 Rmk 700 in Manitoba lots of hard landings I bent my rails like
pretzils had to make up braces too keep them straight
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