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How to remove trailing arm bolt from Polaris Sleds (IFS)

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Default How to remove trailing arm bolt from Polaris Sleds (IFS)

This is to help you with removing the trailing arm bolts from a Polaris Sled with IFS. This will especially help if you are stuck with a 1997 Polaris where (in my opinion) they used the wrong thread lock, leading to snapped off bolts.

Before you remove the trailing arm bolt, the bolt which attaches the trailing arm to the snowmobile frame, apply heat to the stud. It is welded to the foot rest and can be accessed from inside the hood. You only need a cheap hand held torch from your local hardware store to heat it, does not need to be red hot. I personally use map gas, it is a little hotter.

I have not twisted off any more bolts since doing this. It works well with older sleds that may have rusted in bolts.
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There are also 2 different types, type 1 (older) that threads directly into the mount. The newer style (style 2) doesn't thread into the mount but uses a nut on the inside.
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There are also 2 different types, type 1 (older) that threads directly into the mount. The newer style (style 2) doesn't thread into the mount but uses a nut on the inside.
Ya, I should have mentioned that. The newer style which are tipped in have just a bolt and nut, which I have never had an issue with.
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Yep, you break one and no big deal, pop the bolt out. Slide a new one in, thread on a nut and off you g0. Old style? Hammers, air chisels, busted bolts and knuckles.

My only point was that everyone should look and see what they have before thinking it's a bigger endeavor than it really is.
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read this post a frickn week to late. LOL
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Much less chance of having an exciting evening would be to use a heat-gun. Give the mount a few heat/cool cycles and she'll give it up no sweat.
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im of the opinion after breakn two this year(old style) and buying two new mounts that every year just replace the ones (bolts) from year before. its 3.80 from the dealer for two. thats a drop in bucket. i had to ride twenty miles with left side broken and trailing arm brngied up to keep it from dragging. I dont wanna do that anytime soon. the old style sucks when ya snap the bolt or it breaks!! i think it was like 4 hour project after i gathered all that was needed in the goat rope. soooo beeee it
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Is there a way to change out the old style to the new, or is a guy stuck with what he's got??
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UW it seems if something were easy in my life i wouldnt know how to act hahaha. i dont mind the difficult things, when the rxl broke the left side, it was do to one of the previous owners having put a softer bolt in and it sheared/broke. On the way home from my pops warehouse, i broke the right side, so i got a crash course in trailing arm bolt/mounting braket replacement and or repair. I figure $3.80 is a cheap price to pay for peace of mind. I know ive pissed more away on far stupider shit in my life
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I too have pissed away way more money on way worst shit, but is there a way to up date the old style to the new style or am I stuck with what I have?
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You could always make your own mounts, shouldn't be too hard.
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I'm sure I can make my own mounts. I was just curious.
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ya know UW, now that im thinkn, i bet if ya are good with a drill and just barely over dill the hole, we'd have the "new style" trailing arm mounts? what do ya think of them apples, i just thought of that. what the hell is wrong with my mechanical mind for not thinkn of that sooner What do ya'll think, will it work or do i need a new mount? all i own is "old junk" but them 3 holes runn well
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^^^^Definitely on to some thing there, going to investagate your theory. I'll be in touch.
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