I am reaching out on this subject which I know was discused in part previously. 2012 800ETEC MXZX and I cannot seem to get the suspension set up close to as good as my 2009 XP was. My buddy has the same machine in 2012 600ETEC X and he is crushing me in the trails. He wieghs 160 pounds and I weigh 195 plus gear. with my 2009 and his 2009 we were about the same in all conditions and he admits I was faster than him most of the time.
I have tried center spring real soft and real hard. cannot find the sweet spot. Machine has picks down the cetner with 8 inch carbides center, 4 inch outside. Right now I am set up as follows.
front springs on 2.5 or so with clickers on 14
Cetner spring set up fairly loose so I can move spring with ease when strap at full length
Rear 2.5 or so. rear clicker on 12 to 14.
I also tried the rear cams on 1,2 and 3, not much help
Not sure what I am doing wrong here. Maybe the 1.25 inch track is hurting me compared the 1 inch I had before.
this machine does have the quick adjust. rear spring adjust kicks in with tension on the knob just past the "#1" position. my buddies 600 has tension before the "#1" postion. (heard maybe there are issues here)
I would love some advice. The only time I can ride this thing fast and controllable, is in loose snow conditions. bumps or no bumps does not matter.
With hard pack I have the following reactions.
Major darting, sticking in others ski tracks making turning unpredictable
very heavy steering and some ski lift but not terrible
front end drops hard when I tap the brakes
impossible to kick out rear skid.
So I wonder should I tighten center 75% crushing soft zone of second rate spring?
Run fronts on 3 or more?
set rear more around 3 plus?
My 2009 had the aftermarket X shocks (front and Rear) from the catalogue in 2010-11 season and it was awesome handling on rails. ran that machine on 3-2-3 as base setup. Same carbide set up with same number of picks down the center as my 2012.
We drive hard and fast.
thanks for any advice.
Sean LaheyMember Since 24 Sep 2003
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