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Old 01-31-2012, 07:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1998 Polaris Indy 500 broke ski skin-should I replace with plastic skis?

So I peeled back the front 12" or so of my left ski skin the other day as I was crossing a small stream and the metal ski went above the edge of the ice and the skin went under. Is this common? Has anyone else ever broken a skin?

If I end up just replacing the skis with plastics, can I get just any skis or do they have to be model specific? Are there sizing guidelines? Who likes skegs?

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Old 01-31-2012, 08:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Plastic skis are a very nice upgrade from the metal skis. I have a couple indy 500's and an XLT all 97 & 98's. That is the FIRST thing I did after I bought them. Shaves weight for sure, and depending on what skis you buy the handling is much improved, even just with the stock OEM plastic skis.

Any plastic skis from the 98-2005 Polaris sleds will work, maybe even some of the newer ones...not sure. 4" carbides would be fine for an unstudded track.
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Thanks warp, I appreciate the advice.
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I use SLP Ultra Lites on my old Indy's. They are increasing hard to find.

Any of the polaris Plastic skis from around 2000 will fit. The colored skis were recalled because of cracking. The black ones were good.
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Edge chassis skis are a direct bolt up also and a huge improvement over the steel ones.
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Buy another ski skin or ride without the ski skin, save some $.
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Old 02-01-2012, 06:25 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I always liked the steel ski's with the skins for some reason. To me, they seem to bridge the stutter bump/whoop sections a lot better than plastic ski's. I had plastic ski's on my 05 F7 and I thought they sucked as far as feeling every little imperfection in the trail.
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Thanks for all the input everyone
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Update:

Was in another ditch and got the right side ski on another piece of ice. WTF! I was able to smash out the ice and prevent any real damage to the skin. I'm tek-screwing the tips of the skins to the metal skis to solve this little problem....

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The tip of the skin is supposed to be riveted to the ski.
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