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XLT steering- EZ steers

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I ride a '95 XLT Special which was darting on the hard-pack trails last year.
Pre-season, I re-aligned the skis (steel w/skins) and added a set of the plastic easy steer
tips, which did help with the darting this past weekend. However, the sled still
steers very hard (even w/front springs set light and limiter straps out). I've been considering a set of EZ steer carbides (I have 144 studs) but don't know much about them. Anyone have any experience with this type of skag and what to expect?

Thanks for the input,
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Polaris makes a twin-carbide keel that attaches to the bottom of your ski. There are two wear bars made out of square steel, with carbides in each bar. They are then attached to a piece of host steel that you bolt to the bottom of your skis. These should do the trick, although I think they are between $60 - $75 a pair.

They would be a MUCH better alternative to the Polaris EZ-Steer carbides. The problem I have with Polaris EZ-Steers is the fact that your rod is less than half the length of a "normal" wear rod, and the max carbide length you can get is 4". Plus, you have the problem of the front of the steel insert that plugs into the front hole in your ski is the first thing to contact the ground, and I've had trouble with that wearing out before my wear rods do.

I've not tried them, but my advice would be to try the Polaris dual-runner carbides. They look fantastic, and should all but eliminate your darting.

As far as easing steering effort, if your limiter strap is as long as it can be, and the preload on your front shock in your skidframe is set light, you may not be able to do much more. Put on some weight, or put a rock-box on the back of your sled! :)
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My ignorance but what is a limiter strap and where is it? Im new to this but my xlt is hard to steer also.

I don't care where we go, let's just ride....
Limiter strap(s) are on the skid. Undercarriage near the front of the track. They are rubber compound and they limit the track angle as you apply power. By tightening the strap(s) you effectively transfer that power and thus weight onto the skis when you nail the throttle. This helps on the trail to keep the front end from lifting and keeping positive weight allowing you to turn.

For us in the deep powder we like to loosen the straps so the track steepens and lifts the front end out of the snow so we can ride 'on top' better.

That's my understanding anyway.

I think.... therefore I sled
Two '94 Indy XLT SKS
Yeah try the twin carbide keels. My xlt did the same thing, but i also had a bent trailing arm. So that was my problem
Hard steering can also come from the condition of the heim joints and steering post too. When you lift the front of the sled off the ground it may feel easy to turn but that is because the components aren't loaded with the weight of the sled either. My buddy punched my sled and bent the trailing arm so I replace that but even the spindle (shaft that connects the ski and the steering arm through the trailing arm) was bent and wouldn't turn very nicely. New bushings and spindle in the trailing arm made a huge difference in my case.

I think.... therefore I sled
Two '94 Indy XLT SKS
Well i have a 94 xlt sp, that i had put plastic skis on, and i wore out the skags on mine and it was very hard to turn. So i went to the nearnest polaris dealer andjust got regular polaris 8 inch carbide. i also have 96 studs. i think 8 i to long but it shure turns reael nice now

Ride Polaris!
Thanks everyone for the responses- I'm going to try the Polaris twin carbide keels and see how they work out. My sled steers fine with the front end off the ground, but when riding twisty trails, I really have to muscle it around, which can get kind of tiring after 50+ miles.
I didn't realize how hard mine was to steer until I drove a couple of friends sleds which the steering was almost effortless. Mine can only get better.
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