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#1 Yamdoo

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Posted 05 May 2021 - 06:50 AM

Anyone running their BC on the trails with the front end set at 38"?

I have the quick adjust but it's not so quick to adjust so I've been running my front end at 40" for the past two years.

40" on the trail really feels so much like my Renegades did at 42", albeit a little more tippy but not much more that I care.

Of course when I get off trail I really wish I had it set at 38" and it takes some serious persuasion to move my ski so I'm thinking of just leaving it at 38".

Looking for feedback as to how much different it is to run trails at 38" as opposed to 40".

I understand that 40" is preferred for the trails and hate my buds RMK set at 37(?)" inches if I get on that for the trail run.



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Posted 05 May 2021 - 07:17 AM

I removed the quick adjust and just run mine fixed now , I run it at 38'' most of the time trail and off .  Thinking next season i will just split the spacers and run at 39'' all the time 



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Posted 05 May 2021 - 08:05 AM

I ran mine at 38” all the time this year, but don’t ride a lot of trail. I swapped with a buddy who had the quick adjust set to 40” on a trail and the difference was noticeable enough for me to order the quick adjust for my 2022.

What kind of issues are you guys having with the quick adjust? I know they can ice up and be difficult to move at the end of the riding day for the trail ride back to the trailer. Best thing we found to do, was one rider gets on one running board and pulls on the handlebars to lift the ski. Other rider then adjusts the quick adjust with the ski in the air. Once the clip is released, it’s easy enough to bang the ski back and forth to clear up any ice or snow.

#4 Yamdoo

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Posted 05 May 2021 - 08:30 AM

The quick adjust is a great idea but here's the two issues I run into -

1) The black plastic that snaps down to set your skis either wide or skinny has a tendency to pop up (release) at times. I find this happens mostly on very cold days. By the time I realized it my ski has moved some and it is a pain to get the ski back to the correct width and snap the black plastic back down. I'm concerned I may snap it one of these times by imposing pressure and having to kick it down when it is very cold (below zero)

2) When I want to adjust the skis from wide to skinny the skis do not move easily so it takes persuasion in the form of a rubber mallet banging on a block on wood laying on the ski so as to spread out the impact point. It's a matter of tipping the sled on it's side and then hammering my ski into the position I want.

 

I had the dealer install this option so when it goes back to them for its summer check up I'll  be asking them what to do about it. I don't want to make the ski move too easily as when the black adjuster does pop up I don't want to have one ski running wide and one ski running thin depending on which way I am steering.

I've actually considered just putting a spacer on each side (like my bud's RMK has and hemidoo is considering).



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Posted 05 May 2021 - 11:59 AM

I've run mine all 3 ways and decided 39 seems about perfect.
Having the skis centered under the spindles just seems to work better.

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Posted 05 May 2021 - 04:02 PM

I should have saved my money and bought 1" spacers like you.



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Posted 05 May 2021 - 09:09 PM

you have to remove some material from the rubber piece to get it to slide without so much force needed. i have also had the plastic clamp pop up while riding which is not good. im thinking of joining the others and rigging up the 39 setup for my new sled next season and be done with it. 

 

to answer the OP question. me personally i do find the 38 on trail to be a bit nervous feeling at times. but i have my limiter strap out one hole from the longest setting always so not much ski pressure might be amplifying the nervous feeling lol



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Posted 06 May 2021 - 06:19 AM

I've ridden all year on my BC at 38" in northern Labrador. No such thing as groomed trails here. Whether 2 up(both on and off trail), or by myself on and off trail. No issues. Tried the 40" front width and absolutely hated the way it handled.

Have limiter strap set to 2nd hole from full loose, front shocks set to 4 on preload, rear shock on 4, torsion springs on 2. Its the only way I could get the front end to feel right.

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Posted 12 May 2021 - 12:05 PM

Anyone have part numbers for the polaris spacers?
Rsz 10857197 1566995900215982 5756400057286185657 O

 


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Posted 12 May 2021 - 12:49 PM

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Posted 16 May 2021 - 07:23 AM

I put the new style rubber ski stop. I believe they are from the freeride.
They are shaped like a T. The allow the ski to slide and lock in easier

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Posted 20 May 2021 - 07:44 PM

38" full time. I have the quick adjust and never feel the need to go wider. It is a great front end at 38 for everything.


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Posted 10 June 2021 - 08:47 AM

I've found that it depends on snow conditions. Loose, new or deep snow is very manageable. If you ride hard pack or get on some set up trails, it will become more twitchy and lift thr inside ski.




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