Sled was performing poorly on the trail yesterday

Meyersnow

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I've got an 18 850 NA 165 with the expert spindles. My shocks are fox QS3 Coil overs all around. I was riding trail out of my favorite riding zone and I noticed it was rather darty and didn't want to hold a good line on the trail. Any advice what to do? Adjust the shocks on the QS3 a certain way? Adjust the ski stance by turning the rods? Buy durapro dampeners?
 

Thielio20

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Can you give more information? Flat trail? Just the skis were darty? Were you trying to hold sidehills? Was this happening before?
 

Meyersnow

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Can you give more information? Flat trail? Just the skis were darty? Were you trying to hold sidehills? Was this happening before?
Trail had bumps/woops. Normally the sled rode pretty decent. Didn't seem to be happening before. I have been adjusting the steering rods and even switched the skis to try and get a smoother ride. This all started when I switched out the spindles to the new expert spindles. Sled rides fine off the trail, on sidehills, and boondocking. This was just what I noticed on the commute back to the trailhead.
 

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I would check that toe out is at 1/8th of an inch. If ski rubbers are in good shape then run them. The stock skis have a deep and aggressive ski keel with a carbide it makes it a dart around in frozen conditions. Especially if there are any other tracks frozen in the snow. I would experiment with a bit more pressure up front on the ski shocks 1-2 turns of preload and see what that does for you. In spring conditions I usually add more spring preload on my sled.
 

Meyersnow

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I would check that toe out is at 1/8th of an inch. If ski rubbers are in good shape then run them. The stock skis have a deep and aggressive ski keel with a carbide it makes it a dart around in frozen conditions. Especially if there are any other tracks frozen in the snow. I would experiment with a bit more pressure up front on the ski shocks 1-2 turns of preload and see what that does for you. In spring conditions I usually add more spring preload on my sled.
Thank you. What is the best way to measure this? There was for sure other tracks in the snow. I also think my skis are toed in a little. I will also increase the preload over the next few rides to see how that effects the riding style. Thanks 02Sedona
 

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If you have the stock skis in it’s easy. There are triangles on the skis to use as measuring marks in front of and behind the spindle by about 6”. Grab a measuring tape and see where you are at
 
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