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#46 02summit800

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 06:23 PM

when you want to do the bars PM me. I took my 01 mxzx 440 and swapped out the stearing stem, post, linkages with a 04 polaris proxr. It moved the bars about 8 inches foward, 6 inches up. Works great for boondocking / off trail and makes it a whole different sled.

8 inches forward? The post would come through my hood then!
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Posted 25 February 2010 - 07:16 AM

yup. thus the need for an aftermarket hood. The steering post basically comes through the hood where the normal highbeam/oil light is on a stock hood

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 01:34 PM

yup. thus the need for an aftermarket hood. The steering post basically comes through the hood where the normal highbeam/oil light is on a stock hood

I, and I'm sure many others, would love to see pictures of this setup. This is a thread for ideas on modernizing the zx, not a build thread for my sled. The more info the better.
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Posted 25 February 2010 - 03:12 PM

when you want to do the bars PM me. I took my 01 mxzx 440 and swapped out the stearing stem, post, linkages with a 04 polaris proxr. It moved the bars about 8 inches foward, 6 inches up. Works great for boondocking / off trail and makes it a whole different sled.

Need to see the pics. Sounds like a great idea.

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Posted 25 February 2010 - 04:27 PM

Funny that you have done this cause I was already drawing up some specs for the exact same idea. I bought a Rev rear support frame the one that the steering column attatches to and was going to make it run right about where you stated right between speedo and tach. I already have the seat 4" taller and going to also move tank forward as well and take out foot rests and have flat surface for feet. Also move the left and right side plastics where knees are and pull cord are forward as well and re-route pull start near steering column like the 600RR.

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 11:13 AM

Got a big storm Friday, so I got in 3 god days of riding on the new seat. Because we got so much snow, everyone was out and the trails were whooped. I have bad knees, and a few hours of riding used to kill them for the whole week after the ride. Well, after 3 days of riding my knees feel great! Amazing what 4 inches of seat heigth can do. I need to get those bars moved forward though to get the full effect. I also switched from the mountain skis to the new Ski-Doo snowcross skis, they are awesome. I need to raise the front skid shock up a notch or 2 because it is hard to turn the bars they dig in so well.
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Posted 01 March 2010 - 06:26 PM

Well, as I said before, I hated the black inserts on the side, so I redid it without anything on the sides. I like it better, but I am going to add those aluminum inserts later.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 11:20 PM

Big progress today. I was able to staple the cover on using my regular custruction stapler. It was tough though. About 1 of 5 actually sunk in, and even when it did, it didn't sink all the way down, I needed to finish them off with a small hammer. It was tedious and took forever, but I succeded in doing it myself without having to go to an upholsterer. I learned that it was easier to staple like 10 in a row, then pull out the ones that didn't go, then put in another line. Wasted a lot of staples, but they are cheaper than having it done somewhere. The hardest part was up front wrapping the material around the curved part of the zx seat frame. I got it done without any wrinkles though.

Anyway, today I finished the functionality side of it, from now on it's just making it pretty and getting the led taillight on. When I got the cover on and the seat mounted, I went for a test ride. Wow.........wow. Awesome. I instantly noticed that my natural seating position was totaly different. To feel stable with the old seat I had to cram my legs under my body way back on the running boards. Now, because I am sitting much higher and more forward, the natural place my feet fell was up in the stirups! I NEVER rode like that before. I used to ride about 50/50 sitting down and standing up, now it's more like 80% sitting down, and when I do have to stand up, it's MUCH easier to pop up into the standing position. With the old seat, it was like I had to haul by body up out of the seat. That helps with fatigue too. The rev seat also seems easier to quick lean left/right/left/right when hauling butt through the tight woods trails we have here.

There's one thing I did notice though, because I was sitting farther forward, my arms were kind of cramped. And when I turned, I had a vunerable feeling because the end of the handlebar was close to my ribs. But, this isn't really bad news. Actually good news. This proves that I am sitting farther forward naturally, and when I move the handlebars up an inch or so, it will be perfect.

Here's a pic of it, as I said, I still have the trim work to do, but you can get a feel for how it will look. The shorter seat also makes my longtrack look LOOOOOONG which is cool.

When you say you used a normal construstion stapler.. Can you describe it more? Im about to do this and putting the cover back on is the only thing i'm not sure on. Could you take a picture of the stapler? Also, how big were the staples you used?

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 05:48 AM

One of these generic ones is all I used.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 09:09 AM

And I tried 2 different kinds of staples, both 1/4" deep. The flat ones did not work, the pointed ones did. They were like this.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 01:41 PM

looks good without the inserts actually. cant wait to see what you come up with for behind the seat. now, is that just a regular rev seat with out the plastic trunk piece in the rear?
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 04:21 PM

looks good without the inserts actually. cant wait to see what you come up with for behind the seat. now, is that just a regular rev seat with out the plastic trunk piece in the rear?

You know, the more I look at it, the more I like it plain too. May just end up staying that way. Yes, it's just a regular rev seat minus the plastic trunk.
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 03:26 PM

Started building the rear filler piece. Here it is just sitting in place.

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 03:29 PM

I'm going to put the led taillight dead center in the middle, it'll look good. I am looking for something to trim the top edge, like fender bead or something. As soon as those 2 things are done, I will deem the seat done and move onto the handlebar relocation. The seat didn't turn out 100% perfect by any means, but it does what I want it to do, doesn't look TERRIBLE, and I did it completely myself.

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 10:43 PM

I'm going to put the led taillight dead center in the middle, it'll look good. I am looking for something to trim the top edge, like fender bead or something. As soon as those 2 things are done, I will deem the seat done and move onto the handlebar relocation. The seat didn't turn out 100% perfect by any means, but it does what I want it to do, doesn't look TERRIBLE, and I did it completely myself.

any update on your build?? i would love to see how that spacer works out!!!




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