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Default 13.5 miles without a swaybar.

I did some mild raging this afternoon just to see how things would handle sans swaybar.

The ditches are full and rough as shit. The nearest trail is about 10 miles away, so I didn't get a chance to rage on anything flat or predictable. The fields are blown off, so riding those just wasn't an option. Because of that, I just raged around in the ditches, and along some tree rows.

At first, I couldn't tell any difference at all except when I was at a standstill. I can stand on the boards and rock that thing around with all kinds of no problem. After a few more miles I made the following mental notes.

-The ride isn't as bad as some would like to say.
-I will definitely put the swaybar back in.
-It was kinda fun.

While I don't exactly have a very good comparison, I did feel like the sled stayed squished to one side or the other after you had hit a bump with that ski. Things rode pretty mushy in comparison to what I had figured it would be.

Then I found a little corner where some mile-roads intersected a curving highway and did wheelies up into a mini-field until there wasn't anything left to play in anymore. Then I practiced a few mini carves. Having accomplished that, I raged down and through a few ditches until I couldn't hold on anymore. My shoulders are pretty much trashed.

I figured I would've been able to hold on for a lot longer than just 13 miles. Hopefully it's just a "get better with more riding" sort of thing.
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Did you crank the tension on the springs when you took the swaybar out?
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Not by much at all.
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When I removed the sway on my rxl I had to crank the tension for cornering, it was a little skeery on trails lol. I loved it every where other than the trail though.
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There aren't trails within 10 miles of me. I never made it above 35 (I think).
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I've put 200 miles and now I'm gettin sick lol. I've been inside trying to get better so I can hopefully go riding tomorrow lol.
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I've got a rapidly developing chest cold...That also cut the ride short.
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Stay out in it and kill the cold that much faster.
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That usually works pretty well for me, but as sick as I am now, I think that would do more damage than good.

Woke up this morning and it felt like Harry was sitting on my chest...or all of me? I absolutely hate going to the doctor, but beings as I am gurgling at each breath and not really able to stand up for more than a minute at a time, it might be time to go in now.
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So where is the "proof of ride" pictures anyways?
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That usually works pretty well for me, but as sick as I am now, I think that would do more damage than good.

Woke up this morning and it felt like Harry was sitting on my chest...or all of me? I absolutely hate going to the doctor, but beings as I am gurgling at each breath and not really able to stand up for more than a minute at a time, it might be time to go in now.

Uh, gurgaling while breathing is a sign of fluid in your lungs, AKA pneumonia. Go to the doc soon.

On another note, you need to crank up the pressure on the front springs when you remove the sway bar. You shoulda seen IBS's sled right after he removed the sway bar and before he did the springs.
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So where is the "proof of ride" pictures anyways?
Sorry Mud...I don't really have a good "comealong" camera. The camera I do have is about the size of a brick, and doesn't work regularly since I took it along snowboarding and fell down a mountain (multiple times) with it. I'll see if I can snap a picture or two with the cellphone of my tracks.
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Go To The Doctor
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I did some self medicating by means of shower and small amounts of alcohol. Then, coughed a shitload of crap out, so I'm only wheezing and tired now. The doctor is in until 9pm, so I have time to bide.

If I went in now, I would confidently place a 20 dollar bet on what they'll tell me: "You've got a cold. Get rest, drink plenty of fluids, and don't share things like your toothbrush. Come back if it doesn't improve in three days, or you develop a fever over 102."

Then they'll charge me 320 bucks just to look at my throat, squeeze my neck, listen to me breathe, and tell me that I have a cold.
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Here's a little test. When you breath in can you feel something vibrating in your chest? Not in your throat, but deeper, in your lungs.
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Very faintly, yes, but nothing near what it was a couple of hours ago.
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Well you are in MN. Just go walk into a clinic with no ID and say you are visiting from England or Canada and you think you have pneumonia but you don't have insurance. Or better yet say you are the daughter of an illigal mexican alien, they'll be sure to treat you for free then.
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Well you are in MN. Just go walk into a clinic with no ID and say you are visiting from England or Canada and you think you have pneumonia but you don't have insurance. Or better yet say you are the daughter of an illigal mexican alien, they'll be sure to treat you for free then.
Just tell them I'm south African and speak some Zeezletitese.
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i loved my sled without a bar! easy to tip and roll, just need to crank the springs up like the others said, then also need to use more lean in on the corners. at the same time use a steady throttle or slowing down. hard throttle will want to roll you.
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I did notice that I had to do some majorly aggressive weight transfer in order to make it turn. Beings as my feet were useless for holding on anyways, I did a lot of playing around to see what turning methods worked, and what didn't. Being the goofball that I am, I was thrilled to hang my weight out away from the sled as much as possible to see what would happen. It made me feel faster.

Sticking out my foot is not a good way to transfer weight to the front end for cornering. It is however, possibly one of the easier ways to break an ankle or a leg, and makes me feel cool.

When pretending (I'm not quite to the skill level of attempting yet) to carve, it's important to let go if the sled wants to snap back down on the other ski. Hanging on with short arms will launch you over (and partially into) the handlebar end that is opposite from the direction you were carving. Failure to let go may launch you right off the sled like a flailing lawn dart, and you will land on your head as the cars pass by on the highway.

Be careful to not do this and get hung up on the bars while or before performing a lawndart, especially if you have studs. I got a really up close and personal look at my track and skid. That's a really good way to run over your very own face.

I'll play with the springs some, but since the swaybar is only 45 bucks, I figure it's worth putting in. Really, it's been pretty damn fun playing around with the different pieces of the sled missing.
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you just have to ride like we did in the 70s with no carbides. Ass was never on the seat in a corner.
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