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I have a chance to head out west next week for a little fun (anything is better than here).  My problem is that my dealer couldn't get a 1.25" track in and installed before I head out.  I am a very comfortable working on a sled but have never done a track swap.  I have been very impressed by all the tips and tricks I have read on this forum...soooo can anyone give me the inside scoop on the best way to go about this.  My track will be here tomorrow.  Thanks.
 

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What kind of sled and does it have reverse ?
 

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Can't believe I forgot the info, 02' Pantera W/ reverse.  I have no doubt the gear case is the challenge.  I appreciate any help you can give me.
 

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Well, let me see if I can explain this as easily as I can do it.

1st.- Take the bolts out of the side of the tunnel that hold the Rear Suspension to the Tunnel.
2nd.- Take the caps off of the rear Boggie Wheels and loosen the Bolt (you have to hold one side steady while turning the other)
3rd.- Loosen the track adjustment bolts as much as you can so the suspension "Shrinks".
4th.- Take the suspension out.
5th.- Take the Secondary Clutch off so you can easily get down to where the Speedo mounts.  Take the 3 bolts out that hold the speedo and that sides Bearing in place.
6th.-Go to the chaincase side and drain the fluid out before you go tearing the case apart.  There should be a bolt on the inside of the tunnel that you can drain the oil out.
7th.- Get the Chain Case Cover off and start disassembling.  Try to remember how it all came apart, and only take off what you need to to get the bottom sprocket off so you can get to the shaft.
8th.- Push the drive shaft towards the secondary side, it will fit in that side so it can "Fall" out of the chaincase side.

There, you should now have your drive shaft out.  Take your old track and set it to the side and get the new one ready.  Be sure to look at the Lug Side of the new Track to see which way they reccomend it spin.  Whey, hopefully that will be enough to help you!!!  Good Luck!
 

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Catrules2000,
Thanks for the detailed post!!!  My apprehension is gone and I am ready to let'r rip.  If all goes well I should be slamming the slopes in MT next week
.  Thanks again.
 

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Also for riding at higher altitude you will need to do some minor clutch and carb. jetting changes.
 

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This sounds desperate... I am not really sure all I know is that they have snow, my friend has a open spot on his trailer and if I don't put some miles on soon I'll go crazy.  I know it has the word Falls in it, I think Big Falls, but after seeing your loc. maybe it is Great falls.  

I didn't think I could get the track changed in time to make the trip.  If the stars align just right I should.  I am going to talk with him tomorrow so I will find out more then.
 

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Ya, don't forget to change your jetting!  
Another little trick is to put your track on backwards.  This will give you allot better "bite", BUT! you won't be able to stop as good on hard pack.  I have studs on my sled to help stoping, and with the track on backwards I can get the little .75" track to hook up MUCH better that way.
Just something to think about as long as you have it off anyway....
Have fun riding in MT!!
 

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MRCat, not a problem, glad I could help.  Have fun on your trip and let us know how the snow is out there!  Let us know if you have any other problems or questions about the Track.  It is really quite simple once you have done it a couple of times, good luck with your first time!!!!!!!
 

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Hey MRCat, where in NW MN are you from?  That's the area I grew up in and do most my riding.  May have even passed you on the trails
 

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Thanks for the tips.  I am going to pick up the clutch weights on my way home and the sled is EFI...so no jetting required
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Phazerhater,  I live in Bemidji but sled mostly down by Lake George/Itasca.  I have only been down there once this year(no friggin snow) Great trails!  Where do you ride?
 

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Hahaha!  My home town is Park Rapids and I ride all over Itasca, Nevis, Menahga, DL, and head through Lake George to Bemidji.  It's a small world!
 

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Thought I'd post a track replacement update.  The whole process was pretty close to Catrules2000 had described.  The only problem I had was it took about an hour more to remove & replace the Battery and reverse assemblies.  Man what a pain.  The only suggestions I would add are:
1.  See if you can get someone help you
2.  Do it in a heated garage
3.  Let the new track relax for a day or 2
4. Better yet, buy a 12-pack bring it to your friend ask him to help you and see if you can use his heated garage:D

Phazerhater,  I don't think I'll see you on the trails this year but may next(Lets hope we don't have another year like this).
I am off to Cook City MT yee Ha!!!!!
 
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