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Old 11-05-2014, 02:22 PM   #41 (permalink)
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When I installed the shims on my '06 fusion, I must have got lucky. I cranked up the preload on the springs and dropped the jack little by little until I was able to get the bolt through. It took a couple of tries, but it was fairly easy.
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:32 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Thanks guys! Another thought that might be worth mentioning?

If you aren't swearing at me/the sled when reinstalling the skis after shimming, your shims aren't thick enough...

I've been putting a 2x4 on it's side a few inches ahead of the ski bolt to angle the ski up. Then con the biggest guy you can find into standing on the spindle while getting the bolt started (Regarding FARC members, YOU stand on it and have somebody start the bolt for you!). That's worked well so far, but I'll admit to using msz40's approach the first time. -Al
Been using shims for 10 years, work great. Ski install tip: grind the ski bolts to a point and drive them in like a nail. Nuts will still start.
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:48 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Shims are really the secret behind amazing steering without spending a dime. Why manufacturers haven't figured this out is beyond me. They could make a rubber mount that is thicker in the back...but they don't.
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