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I've read many of the posts about reinstalling skids frames. I've just finished doing my fourth one this fall and three of those were by myself.

I use pretty much the same method as other people have mentioned, hoist the rear end from the ceiling, use a ratchet strap to compress the suspension, but something I haven't seen posted is spreader clamps. I'm not very strong, have to use leverage alot :D (I always say at work that leverage is a girl's best friend!), and I've been using spreader clamps to do a couple of things. For one, I can never get the front bolts to come back far enough to line up with the holes. I put a spreader clamp between the drive shaft and the wheel shaft for the front bolt and I can push the shaft back and position it exactly where I need it.

The other place I use it is sometimes the tunnel is a little tight to get the suspension back in. In my daughter's sled that I did the other day, (took me less than half an hour by myself), there is a sheet metal patch repair where the front hole is and I couldn't get the shaft past the edge of it until I spread the tunnel slightly.

Since using the spreader clamps I don't have to lay the sled on it's side anymore to line up the front holes; good thing, 'cause that's really hard for me to do by myself. (Except when I'm riding up a snowbank! :nervous: )

Just thought I'd pass this along.

Jacqui.
 

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I just did mine again. I always just threw it in, no suspension collapsed, or nothing. Just threw it in, wow what a pain in the ### :0: Then i discovered new ways such as compresing the suspension and stuff. MUCH EASIER.
 

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Jacqui, what are spreader clamps? Don't forget I'm a dumb toolie :D :D
 

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If you unlaod the rear torsion springs you dont need any straps or crazy stuff. Just lift the suspension, line up the bolt holes and tighten. Reattach the spring to the slide block and its done.
 

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Originally posted by revrnd@Nov 29 2002, 01:30 AM
Jacqui, what are spreader clamps? Don't forget I'm a dumb toolie :D :D
I like to do woodworking, that's why I have these. They're those clamps that you can use one hand to tighten, and you can reverse the one end so that you are spreading instead of compressing something.

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I doo the same as you TT670. I simply remove the torsion spring blocks from the slide rail.
Thanxs for the tip Jacqui, Those spring clamps look very handy.
 
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