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Hey guys,

Last year I replaced most of the components in the rear suspension of my 1995 Cougar. I can not find out how much to turn the preload spring for the front shock. A table in the manual says 3/4 to 1 inch of threads showing but I don't think it pertains to the front shock as the table does not say front shock. Also when I took out the skid both limiter straps were broken and the cross shaft was bent. Is the preload to heavy??



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All of the Cats I have owned I have had the spring basically all the way out (Softest) with just 1-2 Threads showing. Tighten it a little if you have too much ski pressure.

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Cat say's:
��NOTE: Read the following information closely
. If there are any questions, please contact
the Arctic Cat Service Department.
It is desirable to run with very light front arm spring
tension. When riding in 4 in. or more of snow, the
machine will be quicker if the front spring tension is
adjusted lightly.
If the spring tension is adjusted too stiff, the track
angle at the front of the skid frame is steep. This steep
angle prevents the snowmobile from getting up on
plane and slows down by 5 to 8 mph.
When riding in sticky snow (springtime or warm days)
or hill climbing on hard snow, it may be desirable to
stiffen the front arm spring tension. When this is done,
weight is transferred back quicker. The problem with
too much front arm spring tension is that the feel of the
snowmobile becomes very short. The reason for this is
the front arm becomes the pivot point between the
spindles and rear of the machine. With dominant
spring tension on the front arm, the suspension is basically
contacting the snow from a point below the front
arm to the skis or the spindle pressure point. This
makes for a very short and darting machine on the
trail. This is especially true when decelerating and the
center of gravity is transferred forward.
A good method for adjusting the front spring tension
��NOTE: On those models having a coil spring
over the front arm shock absorber, the spring tension
should be set as soft as possible when operating
on trails and in deep snow.

Hope that helps.
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