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I have jumped some before but not anything TOO big. I was wondering if anyone has any pointers on keeping your machine level in the air. I hear that to bring your front end down you can grab the break and to bring the front end up you can give it some gas, how much does that really control it though? I mean, do you just tap the break and tap the gas or do you really grab the break hard. Any pointers for keeping control side to side? I am going to try a heel clicker this spring and kind of want to know if there is much to controlling it while you are in the air doing a heel clicker. That's it, thanks guys!

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I would be carefull with the break. It may not seem like it does much, but it realy does. If you "really grab the brake hard" you will be landing on your nose and flip the sled, depending on the height of the jump. Just a tap, tap, tap will do. I have not experemented with the throttle yet. I let off the trottle right before the end of the jump. That keeps it pretty level and you don't end up on your tail.


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I have noting to add, cause.. well cause I havn't left the ground. BUT

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I'm gonna just say "Practice". Practicing can teach you more than words will ever describe. Learning as you go is the best way for me. Start small and keep working your way bigger. Try new things. The best thing i can say is to learn to jump on a Light sled! It's amazing hom a big, heavy sled will throw you around unwillingly. Good luck!
 

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i take the jump, let off the gas untill i right after the peak height of the jump, then on my way down, i hit the gas again, it lestens the load on the suspension for a softer landing, never let off the gas when ur going up the jump!

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Arctic cat guy if you hit the gas at the peak of the jump and hold it how does that help anything the way i see it, Doing that will be harder on the sled cuz you will land a lot harder. Also that is really hard on your chain.
 

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hitting the brake isn't mandatory on every jump. this weekend my cousin and i were catching some big air, but the angle of the jump was perfect, and no mid-air adjustments were needed. the main thing is to practice small and get the feel of your sled and when you're comfortable move up.

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Using the brake isn't usually necessary like xc racer said, the only time you will ned the brake is if you hit the throttle really hard at the top of the jump. When you do mange to kick the front of the sled up just quickly hit the brake, if you have enough height and hold the brake your going to hurt yourself. If you going to do a heelclicker just hit the jump as your normally would. You only need side to side control if the jump isn't straight at the top or you hit it at an angle, otherwise the sled stays inline unless you shift your body to a certain side. Hit small jump a few times just to get a feel for hitting the brake, hitting the throttle on a sled doesn't really help to much, if you going to nose dive the sled jump off.



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oh btw arctic-cat-guy what kind of jumping are you doing, why would you give it gas while landing, that just rips up your landing, it wouldn't lessen the load on the suspension at all, might just rip up your track or break the chain, you don't land with throttle on a dirtbike or 4-wheeler do you? I know i don't.



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I agree that landing with the gas on is kinda not wise. It's very hard on not just the chain, but the track, the sprockets, the belt, the jackshaft, the drive shaft, the engine.......... it's after you hit the ground that you hit the gas. That's why you always see roost from sno-x racers, they hit the gas when they hit the ground, not before they hit the ground.



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thats kinda what i meant, i hit it a little after the pieak to kinda level out if i need to, and right when i hit, or right after, i dont like pin it from the peak of the jump to the landing, i guess i didnt make myself clear.....i cant eve think of how i do it now, been so long, right after i land, or right when i do, i give it the gas...

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Yea I broke my chain holding the throttle wide open when I landed during a sno-cross race!! NOT VERY WISE!! I was pretty excited cuz I was about to pass the leader so I held it wide open to get a run at him and the next thing I knew i wasn't moving anywhere!! Another thing, I like using the break a lot no matter what so then u can hit the jump wide open to keep speed and hit the break to level out instead of letting off before!! Its a lot more agressive aproach, but thats just how I like to do it!
 

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ya, i never held the throttle wide open and hit the ground, im not that agressive of a jumper either

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i jump the way sno-x's jump wide open till you leave the jump then brake then when you land nail the throtle and your off
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE id=quote><font size=1 face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id=quote>quote:<hr height=1 noshade id=quote>Originally posted by MegaMan:

I'm gonna just say "Practice". Practicing can teach you more than words will ever describe. Learning as you go is the best way for me. Start small and keep working your way bigger. Try new things. The best thing i can say is to learn to jump on a Light sled! It's amazing hom a big, heavy sled will throw you around unwillingly. Good luck!

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Yeah your so right. I went outside and practiced on keeping my sled level. Once u leave the jump its good to let off the throttle and then make adjustements from there. I havent been able to make adjustments cause I havent did any big jumps Im workin my way up and gettin the feel for how the sled will go. Cause my sled is heavy compared to me I only weigh 120 lbs. And I have a yamaha phazer 500 2001. I already wrecked it twice its not good to take things off the bat just work them up and get the feeling down. And about the heavy thing hehe that is tru but I mean I take weight training so I dont let it throw me around ot a extend where I am sore after every ride from using all my body weight into turns and etc. But just work on the little jumnps goin like 40-50 and work ur way up on the jumps. ALl u need is patience and its the best and most inexpensive way to learn.


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40-50mph is pretty fast for hitting a jump! I just get about 50 yards away from a jump and hit the throttle and hit it!!
 

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personally, i like to do like erick said, and give the brakes just a tap, i also have one foot forward, and one towards the rear of the sled, this gives me greater balance, and feel for the machine, tapping the brake just before lift off will keep your sled level through the air, and will give you a much softer landing, then i throttle after returning to earth. i also like to stand up whille im flying down the ditch full of fresh snow and drifts, my sled is haevy, and this seems to keep my momentum through the fresh powder, but everyone styles are different.

just like "chubbs" said, just a little tap tap tappy, and its all in the hips - yeah!

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