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Depending on who you talk to, putting a block under your rear bumper to lift the track off the ground is either useless, or as necessary as gasoline. I store my sleds inside a garage, which is semi-heated, at least enough that snow melts off the sleds. My feeling is that the tracks can sit on the floor, because concrete wont wrot them like dirt or anything. However, my new XLT has studs, so I dont know if its bad for them or the track to sit on the hard ground. I know when the sled was previously stored in a covered trailer, it sat on the tread. So should I or should I not block my sleds up??

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My thought is, that if it sits on the track rotate the track every so often. I think it is wise to move the suspension parts durring the summer months anyhow. I can see the reason of blocking. If you are leaving it in a garage I would think it to be wise to place a piece of plywood under the track, or invest in a set of rollers.
Concrete is very porus and water does exist especially when a big temperature change. You can see the wetness it becomes darker in appearance.

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I see your point on the concrete moisture. In the summer months, I definitely do block the sleds, for in some ways I figure an extended track is better for the springs than one holding weight all year. I really was just wondering if there was a reason to do it at night between rides. Also, I am still curious about what to do with the studs.

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

My thought is, that if it sits on the track rotate the track every so often. I think it is wise to move the suspension parts durring the summer months anyhow. I can see the reason of blocking. If you are leaving it in a garage I would think it to be wise to place a piece of plywood under the track, or invest in a set of rollers.
Concrete is very porus and water does exist especially when a big temperature change. You can see the wetness it becomes darker in appearance.

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Mine come to bed with me at the end of the day. It even has it's own Polaris pillow.

G/f is getting tired of the skis poking her in the a$$ all night though. LOL

Actually I leave mine on the snow overnight and after the weekend they get raised off the snow but they aren't under cover during winter at all. Don't have a large enough shed space.


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I am lucky to have a garage. Actually, its really a storage garage for the boats, as it faces the lake, and rarely sees cars. In the winter however, The Sleds get half of it (2 car garage with 1 door), and the Larson gets the other. The problem I have now is that I have 3 sleds, none with reverse, so trying to turn them around on 1 set of coasters is as much fun as licking a cold flagpole.

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

Mine come to bed with me at the end of the day. It even has it's own Polaris pillow.

G/f is getting tired of the skis poking her in the a$$ all night though. LOL

Actually I leave mine on the snow overnight and after the weekend they get raised off the snow but they aren't under cover during winter at all. Don't have a large enough shed space.


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well my xlt is currently on a snap-on sled dolly, takes me and 2 of my friends to get it on, an i can lift the whole sled to about chest height,(im 6'), has casters under it. but i also work construction, concrete will draw the moisture, in really humid weather, look out!!! one way to combat this is by putting 4mil plastic on the ground before you pour your new slab, sucks cause it slows curring time, but its worth it, keeping that floor dry> just a heads up ibn case anyone is planning to expand there garages, to make room for the sleds,
 

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oh yeah, bman, my girl made me put mine in the garage, wouldnt let me keep it in the house, same went for my golden retriever, he gaurds over the sled though, probably rides it when im not home(that bastard)
 

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good one XLT, I bet after the ride he doesn't even refuel!!

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well, i leave mine on the ground. The first time i move the sled the next day i either pick up the rear of the sled and drop it or i warm up the engine pretty good and use a good quick snap of the throttle to loosen the track. Over night i wouldnt worry about blockin them up, but if over a couple days i would pick them up to ensure that it doesnt freeze to the ground.
 

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I would think that it would only take a few hours in the cold to freeze up the track, so probably any time you ride you should break it free.

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

well, i leave mine on the ground. The first time i move the sled the next day i either pick up the rear of the sled and drop it or i warm up the engine pretty good and use a good quick snap of the throttle to loosen the track. Over night i wouldnt worry about blockin them up, but if over a couple days i would pick them up to ensure that it doesnt freeze to the ground.

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I believe you should block it up over night and spin it in the air before you take off, it's better for the belt and all the parts in the suspension. If you just try to go and it's frozen, you can burn a 70 dollar belt.



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Honest I would say block it is the best. Now even more honest I don't. I do this if the ground is wet and I know it is going to freeze and am not putting back in the trailer or garage. I have a 2x6 about 3' long I drive onto just to keep the track off the ground and a 2x4 piece for the skis. Nothing sucks more than to freeze to the ground and tear the track trying to un-stick it in the morning, plus a new belt.
My brother inlaw has a old car bumper jack that works pretty slick. Here again when i am tired cold and it is dark that is just too much work. Try to find pavement or hard surface to park overnight.
And it is a good idear to slam the rearend before you ride even if you stop for a short time to break up ice buildup.
I am sure others have this same problem with the new polaris heat exchangers over the track. You stop sit, the snow in the tunnel melts falls into the track freezes into hard balls of ice and sounds like you stripped a drive gear as it munches up.

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Well, boys, this last spring i had just put a new track on my sled, and so i left is kinda loose all summer, and YES, i did block it up because i think its good for the rear suspension to be relaxed. there is no weight to deform the track (sitting on the track for a while i suppose the cleats could get bent) and it wont rot because of moisture. I do store my sled in the shop during the summer and the floor is always dusty. Oh, yeah, DO remember to tighten your track before you ride!!! I did. it is so much better for the track to be tight wen it is being ridden!

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I bought a 10'x16' shed thats just big enough to drive into and turn around with the sled dolly.I always try to keep my machines up off the ground to let the springs relax.The old car bumper jack is handy for summer storage, but kind of a pain in the ass to use all of the time.I got one of those 2 wheel sled dollies with the big pneumatic tires to roll over the cracks in the old shop floor.
 

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during the winter i put the sled on the side of the garage...and ontop of a plywood box..... atfter long runs i usually pull the airhose out with the blower and blow out the track and brush snow off good and cover it...if there is any frozen parts we have this spray that de-ices things... safe for metals and rubber so i buy a few cans and every week i spray the slides before ridin to minimize chance of freeze... i hade friends in NY during that ice storm... their sled cover blew off and the sled was covered in 2 inches of ice alllll over..,. track suspension... BUMMER

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