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Old 01-19-2020, 09:32 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Put your shock settings to factory spec as in O M. and ride it.
I find that both of my AXYS pro s front ends darted badly. Put as big a shim in as will fit back side of ski rubber.
Buy a sleeve of idler wheel bearings and replace as needed.
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Old 01-20-2020, 03:49 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Youíll be happy with the XCR Switch.

Iíve owned 2 Pro S sleds. 1 600 and 1 800 LE. Awesome sleds but if you ride with any aggressiveness they bottom out easily. Iíve also owned 2 2016 Pro X sleds. Coming off the Cornering of the S, the X is scary tippy. Very difficult to rail through a corner.

I currently own an 18 XCR 800 Switch and an 18 XCR 800 Rush. Love both these sleds. Bottoms out a couple times a day but rarely a hard hit that goes through your spine. I set the low and Hi shocks at around the 3rd or 4th click. They rail in the corners as well. My opinion is the XCR is the perfect aggressive riders trail sled.
Did you not feel the tippyness with the stock XCR sway bar? I did, put an S bar on it, major improvement, IMO.

Iím looking for an Assault as a third sled. Never driven one and canít give an opinion on the stability in the corners, but want for the occasional UP off trail ventures.

Here are the issues Iíve had.

18 XCR Rush 800: Blown apart Jackshaft bearing at 2700 miles. There was almost ZERO grease in mine when I got it, I all but filled it before my first ride.
18 XCR Switch 800 Primary clutch developed wear grooves in the sheaves where the belt hits the clutch at idle. It has the extended warranty. Dealer told me clutch is a wear item and not covered. I feel it didnít have the correct spacing since new. I happen to have a new clutch in my shop so I just replaced it. Also 5 of the 8 idler wheel bearings failed and I replaced. My inside idlers were almost out of grease and pushing the seals out at 2000 miles - cleaned and repacked, so far so good another 600 miles on the same bearing. Of course I did ALL the skid bearings at 2000 miles for piece of mind.

I also bought the North Star Performance drive shaft bearing kit that you can use to grease the drive shaft bearing. When I installed the kits there was water trapped in the seals of the original bearings. I feel North Stars kit saved me a bearing failure that was destined to occur. This is on my TO DO list this week.
I'm over 2600 on my '18 XCR switch now, and I have to say, its the best sled to date - for my style of riding.
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Old 01-21-2020, 01:15 AM   #43 (permalink)
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Did you not feel the tippyness with the stock XCR sway bar? I did, put an S bar on it, major improvement, IMO

I never thought to put a Pro S sway bar in. I guess I always thought the XCR had the same sway bar as the Pro S. I’ve found the dial adjustment settings on the shocks give me enough control to keep the sled very stable in the corners.
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Old 01-21-2020, 10:28 AM   #44 (permalink)
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I never thought to put a Pro S sway bar in. I guess I always thought the XCR had the same sway bar as the Pro S. Iíve found the dial adjustment settings on the shocks give me enough control to keep the sled very stable in the corners.
The XCR has the same bar as the Pro-X you said was tippy. Obviously the shocks are better, but I found it to still not corner flat like I wanted, until I put the Pro-S bar on.
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Old 01-21-2020, 01:40 PM   #45 (permalink)
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I guess I can see the sway bar from the S benefiting the stability of the XCR.
The biggest tippy factor the Pro X has, from what I can tell, is the 2 inch higher stance in the front end. A sway bar from the S would not remove the tippy X factor. You would have to get the 2 inches shorter shocks from the S or the XCR. Or a shock rebuilder can shorten the stroke..
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