Members: Firtherr / Falcon
Sled: 2003 Ski Doo Grand Touring Sport
Issue: Spring Replacement
prior to reading this... see previous entry... Thursday, January 29, 2009 Day 2 "Firtherr breaks sping"
A little more background... after a detail review of Marks work, the replacement spring was clearly not Ski Doo BRP OEM.... Big John would have none of this and declared this spring must be replace prior to leaving Old Forge.
The job began by hoisting the sled approx 1-2 inches off the ground. A 10mm allen wrench was used to remove the upper suspension bolts. Both sides must be freed up before the bolts can be removed. If one bolt is froze, you wont be able to remove the second as they thread into the axle. At one point we held the axle with pliers to free up a bolt.
Working on one side of the axle at a time we removed a bushing, spring and boogie. Carefully we removed the spring clamp on the lower rail as there could be tension on the springs. The spring then came off. I would also suggest setting the spring tension to lowest setting before starting. Sounds like a no brainer, but we didn't. This is about the time Johnny got us a couple beers.
Installation was basically the reverse, install spring (make sure it is on correctly cuz I put the second one on upside down), clip, boogie, spring and bushing.
After both sides are complete the suspension bolts need to be installed. This is typically the tricky part. Using the hoist we made quick work of it.
While we were at it we greased the suspension... and don't forget the speedometer...
Lastly we tested the suspension and had a few more beers.
PS... we never did order the wings though...