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Old 02-01-2012, 12:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everybody just looking for some guidance on how to tension my track. I took the skid out to grease everything and check everything out and I'm gonna put it all back together this weekend.

I've read everything from hanging weights on the track to leaving it loose enough to move by hand. All I know is that before I took it apart I could barely spin it by hand. I'm just looking for the best tension to run it at

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Old 02-01-2012, 08:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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IMO ...I'd adjust the track loose... but not so loose that the track drivers ratchet..
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I usually start out with about 1.5" of "free hang" between the track clips and hyfax.
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You can leave a track on an extra 10 skid looser than normal. With the sleds rear hanging...I generally leave it so loose i can easily squeeze my index finger and middle finger together between the hyfax and middle section of the track....and i've got fairly large fingers.
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the manual says measure 16 from center of bogey out towards the front of machine and hang a 10lb weight from track then measure between 3/8" to 1/2" from top of track to under side of sliders.

you could go here and look at the online manual if you don't have one.

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The manual says that for issues of manufactures liability. Believe me you can go nearly to the point of track ratcheting as others mention and be fine. Just use some commonsense.
Seen some dealers leave the track so tight you could play it like a banjo....its all about liability. Leave it a bit loose and you'll be rewarded with better fuel economy and performance.
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The manual says that for issues of manufactures liability. Believe me you can go nearly to the point of track ratcheting as others mention and be fine. Just use some commonsense.
Seen some dealers leave the track so tight you could play it like a banjo....its all about liability. Leave it a bit loose and you'll be rewarded with better fuel economy and performance.
X2, I just didn't want to be the guy to say it again. LOL.
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:38 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I just set mine up how the manual states to do it, but then again it is a new track and should stretch a little. I will check it after about 100 miles and if it isn't ratcheting, might even back it off a little more.
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