I am going to replace the slides on my 1996 XLT 600. I need to adjust the track afterwards by applying 10 pounds of pressure per manual and get 3/8 to 1/2 inch of slack between slides and track. Here is the question, they want me to hang 10 lbs from track and measure the slack. My track is not that high off the ground to hang a weight. Can I instead put ten pounds on top of the track within the skid versus hanging below and accomplish the same thing?
You can do it that way, I use a dumbbell and stand it between the rails.
You will have better results if you set the tension to have 1" min of sag with the 10# weight.The factory spec is too tight which also costs you in rolling resistance.
The original owner of my Edge chassis sled snapped his driveshaft in under 1,500 miles. The dealer that fixed it tightened the track way too tight again. I've loosened that track more and more ever since I got it. I probably have over an inch of sag without any weight applied. I couldn't run my Wedge sled that loose without ratcheting, but I ran it way looser than the manufacturers spec. I never hung a weight on it either.