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Suspension on 96 XLT Touring Bottming out

Discussion in 'PSP News/Site Help' started by 06Sporty1200, Oct 15, 2020.

  1. 06Sporty1200

    06Sporty1200 New Member

    Messages:
    2
    Location:
    Rome NY
    Country:
    USA
    Years Snowmobiling:
    3
    Snowmobile:
    1999 Polaris Classic Touring
    1996 Polaris XLT Touring 600 Triple
    So… I have 2 older Polaris 2-up snowmobiles I purchased a couple years ago. I have a 1996 XLT
    Touring 600 Triple that is giving me some suspension tension:D.

    The end of the Torsion springs are bottoming out to the point that they are hitting the Bolt head and the nut on the other end of the 11” suspension bolt. I replaced this with new bolt/nut in the begging of last riding season and as you can see in the pics its smashed down again.

    Torsion Sprint is up on High putting it on low or Medium makes no difference they don’t seem to be bent or Broke they look the same as the ones on 1999 Classic Touring sled. There are 2 shocks in the rear the one is the front is spun all the way up. The one is the rear does not have an adjustment screw. (note* the 99 classic has adjustable shocks on both track ones)

    This 96 sled has higher ride high than the 99 classic and does spring back when you push the suspension down. But when I sit on the sled it goes down easy and is to the point that it hurts to ride it bottoms out so much on groomed trails.

    I have been researching this issue and getting mixed signals, if I spend the money to replace both the rear shocks will this solve my issue?

    I weigh around 230 but this is a 2-up sled it should be able to hold me with a passenger like the 99 does.

    Other than this suspension issue this sled runs like a champ for its age.

    Mention I am Newer to snowmobiles I have been riding and working on ATV’s most of my life but I have found my way around the sleds pretty well.
    sled.jpg IMG-1201.jpg IMG-1203.jpg IMG-1204.jpg IMG-1205.jpg IMG-1207.jpg IMG-1210.jpg
     
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  3. MrSled

    MrSled Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Messages:
    916
    Location:
    Weston, WI
    Country:
    USA
    Years Snowmobiling:
    29
    Snowmobile:
    SideWinder
    Shocks are shot and most likely the springs are bagged out from not having the shocks working properly.They need to be replaced.
     
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  4. Mike-DRH

    Mike-DRH Member

    Messages:
    45
    Location:
    Hastings
    Country:
    USA
    Years Snowmobiling:
    40
    Snowmobile:
    2019 Polaris Rush 800
    I think you have a big problem. The mounting holes in the aluminum rail for your front torque arm (picture #2) are elongated a ton. If the holes were up where they belong the end of the spring wouldn't hit the bolt, also in picture #2. You ABSOLUTELY need to remedy that before you do anything else.
     
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  5. MrSled

    MrSled Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Messages:
    916
    Location:
    Weston, WI
    Country:
    USA
    Years Snowmobiling:
    29
    Snowmobile:
    SideWinder
    most likely pounded out from not working correctly.
     
  6. Mike-DRH

    Mike-DRH Member

    Messages:
    45
    Location:
    Hastings
    Country:
    USA
    Years Snowmobiling:
    40
    Snowmobile:
    2019 Polaris Rush 800
    From what we see in our shop it's almost always loose bolts. Once the bolts loosen up it keeps pounding on the rail until it looks like the one in the picture. Every machine out there should have all bolts (not just suspension) checked at least every year.
     
  7. 06Sporty1200

    06Sporty1200 New Member

    Messages:
    2
    Location:
    Rome NY
    Country:
    USA
    Years Snowmobiling:
    3
    Snowmobile:
    1999 Polaris Classic Touring
    1996 Polaris XLT Touring 600 Triple
    Good Catch I did not even see that behind the wheel my other sled does not look like that. I am sure that has a lot to do with the issue.
     

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