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Track Direction

"Dear Ralph" December 28, 2006 0
Dear Ralph: I have a 1989 Polaris Indy Sport GT. I just repaired the drive shaft, but I’m not sure if the track is...

Dear Ralph:
I have a 1989 Polaris Indy Sport GT. I just repaired the drive shaft, but I’m not sure if the track is facing the right direction. Can you give me any tips?
Dana Hodge
New Foundland, Canada

Most tracks will have a directional arrow molded into the rubber in the center that indicates the direction of rotation. If you flip the sled up to look at the bottom of the track, this arrow should be pointing to the rear of the sled (direction of travel). Or, if you lift the snowflap at the rear of the sled the arrow should be pointing up into the tunnel. Granted, you might have to rotate the track a full revolution to find this molded arrow.

If there is no arrow, you can still figure it out. The lugs should be oriented to provide the most traction during braking, not acceleration, for safety purposes. Looking at the track on the bottom of the sled, ask yourself if the track was locked up, which way would it catch more snow and stop better? That’s usually the way it is to be installed. Some riders think this is backwards, but having maximum control during braking and stopping is the priority.

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