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A Pictorial On The Studding Of My Track

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Old 09-22-2007
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Default A Pictorial On The Studding Of My Track

This is a pictorial on the studding process I used to stud my track on my 2003 Polaris Edge X 600 121"


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These are some of the tools that I used to Stud my track.

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The first thing that I did was to put the backing plates into a bucket with water. This helps with the instalation and to get the proper torque without damaging the backing plate.

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I used a Sabber Marking Template to make tha track stud pattern for 96 studds.
I like this pattern due to the 32 scratch lines that in makes.

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It's easyer if you mark the entire track first.

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When Drilling out the stud holes, make sure that you use a proper and sharp track cutter.

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Be aware of what's behind where your drilling, you dont want to drill into your suspension.

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Im using Accord (SnowStud) 5/16 studs with 60 degrees of carbide and a 1" head.1075

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1" Nylon Backing Plate. Remeber to keep it wet when installing.

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Locking Nylon Nut, Never reuse a locking nut, there a 1 time use only.

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Install the stud thruogh the the track from the back.

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Install the wet backing plate over the stud.

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Install the Lock Nut.

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Only snug the nut down, don't over tighten.

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Use a torque wrench to tighten to the manufacturers spec's. Torque spec's are differant for metal backers.

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Now repeat 95 more times and your done.


I hope you enjoyed my visual run through of the installing of studs in my sled!

Thankyou
PolarisRich

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Default Re: A Pictorial On The Studding Of My Track

So what is the purpose of keeping the plastic backers wet?? to help slide them over the stud or??
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Default Re: A Pictorial On The Studding Of My Track

When you torque down the lock nut on to a dry nylon backing plate it will cause damage to the nylon plate( friction) this damage may cause the backer to fail and break.
The water acts like a lubricant wich reduces fiction and stops the damage to the backing plate. This is one of the best ways to reduce premature failure of the plate.
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Default Re: A Pictorial On The Studding Of My Track

Nice writeup. Cant say as I am looking foward to doing that 192 times but such is life. Nice job.
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Ahhh I see now! How durable are the plastic backers??
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I've been using them for a few years now and I haven't lost or broke one yet!
So I would say there durable.
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You know if you were lazy like ME you'd just buy a sled with the holes in the track already!! LOL I might have to throw some studs back in the original rug and try to run some ice drags this year!! If I do at least now I know the plastic backers should hold up, but then again you ride like a Sally so I don't know.......LOL
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Default Re: A Pictorial On The Studding Of My Track

Very good write up!!

I will add an addtional trick.

Fill a small container with dish soap and dip the drill bit into it after every couple of holes.
Acts as a lubricant and helps the plugs slide through the bit alot easier.
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Default Re: A Pictorial On The Studding Of My Track

That's another good tip with the dish soap!
I had a hell of a time keeping the cutting tool unpluged. It was a cheep cutter, where the plud was supposed to fall out of the side of the bit the hole wasent cut on an angle it was strait across. This caused the plugs to get stuck all the time and I would have to dig them out with a screwdriver. The soap mite have helped out whit that!
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Default Re: A Pictorial On The Studding Of My Track

Yep, Nice write up, great pics, better then most how to books

Keep up the good work.
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