DIY Watercraft thread

wrtmani

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Back like a bad habit...

Hey all, trying (sigh, again) to get something in focus on my 1050 project....

Asking the "Been there, did that (until I found something better) crowd.

Looking to see what improvements could be made to a stock Xtra-Lite skid for these machines. Have a 2001 136 skid that I originally bought to put on my XLT, but have long since given up that idea. I picked up a set of brand new factory 144" rails to swap onto this skid. Also ended up finding a 144 x 2.4" Polaris track in almost new shape. This is what I have to work with, so this is the direction I'm focusing on. I realize this is an aged suspension that doesn't have a whole lot of adjustment but is there things that could be done to make this skid usable for this type of application? I plan on replacing what I can as far as shocks/different springs and new bearings/bushings/shafts etc to help it, but are there any other "old school" mods that could be done? I have a long ways to go yet on the motor side of things, but certain events have made me want to go from an incomplete chassis under a tarp to something more...

Any build threads on here, old archived stuff you might have in a moldy notebook somewhere, rusty memories from the cobwebs of your minds are greatly appreciated.

Thanks again for any advice/criticism/ridicule you might have to offer! I'll gladly accept it!!
 

joshkoltes

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Not sure what the question is, but sounds like your on your way. Being you'll be taking the rails off you can justify removing every nut and bolt to inspect all things. Look at the welds on the front arm they usually are broke or distressed at this age.
You didn't tell us what this application is. Are you trail, lake, cross country, mountain climbing, mountain touring, drag strip, hill climb races, or just take it out for a bit to dick around like I do?
Do you want ski lift or not
 

wrtmani

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Looking mainly to a "put a grin on 'yer face" play type sled... Kind of a crossover feel to like you said dick around with...not looking for a steep and deep chute climber. Some ski lift to be expected but kept within reason...if that's possible ..LOL
 
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