When it comes to preseason service, let’s face it, most of us aren’t doing what the book says. Even if you’re following the book, you may not be doing enough. Your annual service will change every year depending on your mileage, this is why it’s great to just drop the sled to your local dealer. You can drop it off, ask for the service, and they take care of everything! But if you’re going to service your machine on your own, don’t just ask your buddy what he does. Pull out your owner’s manual and service your machine based on your mileage.. Don’t be afraid to add some extra TLC for your specific needs in other words, if 500 of your 1000 miles were pinned, your machine may need more TLC. The owners manual is designed to help you get the most of your machine by showing you what needs to be done in 500 mi intervals as well as the pre-season checks. IF you really wanna dive into the work, pick up the service manual which is the more detailed version of the owner’s manual. It contains the step by step explanations to repair and maintain your sled bumper to bumper.
Unfortunately there’s Some things you can’t do, like shocks! If you’re an aggressive rider on or off trail, your shocks take a pounding. Even if your riding two-up a lot. When you’re shocks start to fatigue, you’re going to notice! The smallest change in your shocks will change your machine’s behavior immediately. The way it rolls, the way it steers, even the way you float on the powder. Now is the time of year to get your shocks rebuilt, refilled, or have that bent shaft replaced. We have few folks here on the island that do great work at great prices. Mark Murray has been at this stuff on the island for years and has always been my go too. Fast work, quality work, and fair prices are top priorities for Mark and he caters to anywhere on the island! He’s the shock guy. He can be reached at (709) 683 – 1940. Give him a call, see what he can do for you and get your machine handling the way it did out of the crate
Another item that you won’t see in your owner’s manual is your injector maintenance. Because of our short season, even with fuel stabilizer, you’re injectors can still develop a varnish like coating on them. Fear not, as you don’t need to replace your injectors with every issue. A lot of companies are now offering injector servicing for about 40 dollars per injector! It’s a great way to freshen up your injectors to have them firing at the top of there game. Injecteur Precision in Quebec are the closest crowd to us and they have to be some of the nicest people I’ve personally dealt with for anything!
Lastly make sure your ski/suspension alignment is on point! As bushings wear and shocks soften, the geometry of your suspension changes. The change can affect your handling, and for the amount of work it takes, you don’t need that in your life. Pre-season servicing is the best chance your machine is gonna have at being that reliable beast in the back-country. Don’t let a neglected sled cause you to miss blue bird days in the white room! Get your tools out and let the garage therapy begin!