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Old 01-26-2012
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Default 1993 polaris indy 500 suspension

I am wondering if I can put a bigger shock in my suspension with out altering a bunch of stuff. A buddy has an 88 indy trail which the suspension sits higher than my indy 500. Everything seems to be the same in the under carraige. He measured his shock to be 15 inches bolt to bolt. Can I just throw in a 15inch shock in there to make my sled sit higher?
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well it depends the size of your current shock


measure them from eye to eye...


the indy trail should be 13 inch.

i put a 13.5 inch on my trail n it works n sits just fine...

as far as going 2inch more, i dont know if itlll fit....
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A longer shock will not give you more suspension. It would be a waste of money because you'd have a shock that can handle more travel, but same travel as stock shock. Then you may also limit the travel you have if the shock housing is longer.
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thanks for the info. Would I need to put an entire under-carriage in to make the sled sit "talller"?
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Correct.
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You need some drop brackets. They won't make your sled handle better, and it might make it handle worse, but your tunnel and running boards will be higher.

Here's some:
http://www.jokersracing.com/content-...mber_sled.html

You can probably find cheaper ones, or if you know someone that's good at fabbing metal, they could make you some really cheap. You could also get ones made that will jack up your sled so high your friend with the '88 won't believe it!
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93 wedge...check inside the tunnel and you may find some holes in your braces you can drill out to drop the suspension one hole. if you have the skies with the low bridge work you could look for a tall set.
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Never had any issue with drop brackets...
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I almost suggested drop brackets but it changes the whole range of motion. Didn't know if I should lol.
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I almost suggested drop brackets but it changes the whole range of motion. Didn't know if I should lol.

Can you explain what you mean Mud?

on an Indy the brackets just hold the suspension in place and the actual suspension itself has the same travel and compression, basically just giving the tunnel more ground(snow) clearance. Not being a smartass actually asking a question
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If you put a drop bracket on then the rear of the suspension is lower than the front which will give more ski pressure. Now if you could lower both the front and rear then I could see everything remaining the same, but he still gained no amount of travel at all(But probably lost ski pressure so now his skis are in the air most of the time). He may have gained an inch of ground clearance, but that doesn't change travel, only raised the center of gravity which combined with less ski pressure just doesn't sound like a fun ride in the twisties.

Did that make sense? lol That is always the way I looked at suspension drop brackets anyways.
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But while lifting the nose heavy sled with the track only, you are also tilting the sled as you did not lift the front end. This puts extra pressure on the front of the track. Worst case... Skies and back of track loose pressure on hard surfaces like ice. Extreme tilting just the track to much can cause the front slide rail tips to grab the track when you hit something that causes the track to deflect in, like a rock.
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He may have an X-10 under there instead of the original stock skid too which will account for the longer shock.
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I just reread the original post. If your friends 1988 Indy Trail sits taller than your 93 Indy500 suspension something is wrong. Like OCR just said, he could have swapped a newer suspension into the Trail, or you need a spring replacement in the Indy500.
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I will have to check out the spring. The shock it self still seems to have life in it. When I look at both under carriages they seem identical except for angle of the rear brackets. A bolt goes through this bracket allowing movement. The indy trail's bracket is vertical with no "gap" allowing no more room to sit higher. The indy 500 has room to move up. Once I remove the shock I can pick the sled up closing the gap in the brackets making the sled sit the same height as the trail. When I re-install the shock it pulls that bracket down making the gap extend. That is why I thought maybe a longer shock would do the trick. Hopefully that all makes sense......
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you can put 1 1/2 taller shocks in the front of your sled and turn out the rodends on the links.
As for the back you could proably get an extra- 10 skid for the price of a new shock plus a hundred bucks.
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The other option is to cut your tunnel and add a small drop bracket,,it may not be taller but it will look like it is.
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Ok. Got it figured out. No need for new shocks or springs. For some reason the track was mounted on the tunnel. The bolt that attaches to where the spring is, was mounted on the side of the tunnel. I removed that bolt and dropped it into a bracket that sat on the bottom of the tunnel, making it sit higher. Success
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How does it handle now? Does it happen to steer differently? Do you primarily ride trails?
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There isnt any snow around..... I have been itching to get out and try it. I will be using it to ride some trails, a little bit of ditches, and to mainly pull the fishouse which entails using trials. If we ever get some snow, Ill let everyone know!
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