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Mountain Side Products-- offset spindles

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Another option for offset spindles for the Axys.

Just bought a set of the Mountain Side Products offset spindles after speaking on the phone with Charlie King. https://mtnsideproducts.com/

We bought two of the 1" offset spindles to try out. Our third Axys we'll leave stock as a basis of comparison.

They were packed well, labeled right and left and included instructions for proper Toe-out.
 

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I was really impressed with the quality of machining when I held these in my hand.

The warranty is even better. If you break a spindle in the first year-- Mountain Side Products will replace it!

Previous to installation, the ski widths measured 45" with the spacers on the narrowest setting (Skinz lower A-Arms) after installing the 1" offset, the ski widths measured 43".

Included a picture of a straight edge up the side so you can see that the ski is still outboard of the offset spindle.

I've been wanting to try an offset spindle to reduce the width of the sled without going with narrower A-arms and having to change shocks.

We have no snow in Tahoe/ Truckee right now but I am sitting in the passenger seat and typing this as Val is driving. We are heading to McCall.

I'll post a ride report after we take them out.
 

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Murph... Like we talked about... I'm really interested in what you think of OFFSET spindles in general ... above and beyond the quality of the units themselves.... a back to back comparison with another sled with stock spindles but same track and power. (changes in handling, and steering effort in diff conditions)

Looks good so far .... Hope you and Val get some good pow and fun times.

Thank you for keeping us in the loop with pics and updates.







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McCall snow conditions-- up high--couple feet of snow on top with set up snow underneath. Still had to be aware of landmines.

First ride impression:

On the trail ride out, no ill handling effects noticed even being 2" narrower. (Re-setting toe-out is crucial)

Watching Val put the sled on edge. It LOOKS like she is doing it with a LOT less effort. Watching someone who is 5'2" and 115 pounds pulling a 163 3" Axys on its side gives you an appreciation for the effort required. As stated, it LOOKED a lot easier-- granted the couple feet of fresh on top lent itself to pulling the sled over BUT it still looked easier.

I also rode with the offset spindles on mine-- It FELT pretty easy to pull over and keep on edge. Again the snow depth helped make it feel easy, but I'm pretty stoked on them after this first impression.

Will take the sleds out tomorrow for more "research". :face-icon-small-win
 

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So far. So good.

Soft snow on top of land mine navigation in McCall.

No setup/ hard snow tests yet— no complaints about that.

One spindle did take a good shot from Val— scuffed but no visible damage.