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    Ice Age Elevate options for Ascender / Alpha

    There are several threads about this modification on Snowest, some guys are just dropping the rear skid and adding elevate spindles to raise the front end - BDX has recently come out with a taller spindle as well. The intent is to make the Ascender chassis even more capable on the snow. My story: I repurposed a Kmod skid from my 1100T and installed it into my King Cat, and found the front end to be more planted then I'd like due to the increased ride height in the rear. So, looking into the elevate spindles I couldn't justify the price tag, so I ordered Riot spindles from my Cat dealer which are longer then the stockers. The spindles bolt on, keeping the same caster angle, but the tie rods would contact the lower a-arms at full extension with the bars turned. Ended up making a set of spacers and purchasing a set of tie rod ends that didn't have a stud, so I could just use a bolt of the proper length. After some ride time, I can say that Cat should have done this from factory, or every Ascender chassis owner should consider this mod or change the spindles to the Elevate kit, as it makes a great sled even more nimble, and improves the handling a bunch. FWIW, the materials I used were less then a 1/3rd of the cost of the Elevate spindles...60157284075__0CE58872-2DCB-4ADB-A834-EBB5C2268E19.JPG
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    Re: Ice Age Elevate options for Ascender / Alpha

    Watch those rod ends VERY closely. The extra length on the bolt creates a lot of prying force.
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    Re: Ice Age Elevate options for Ascender / Alpha

    Thanks for your input, I've been monitoring them for sure. No signs of loosening up, and the spacers are a tight fit on the bolt, wide enough that they cover most of the spindle mounting surface, perfectly flat so they can't shift, either. The heim joints I used are much heavier then the OEM cat ends,I didn't use cheap bolts either. I feel the weak point will be the tie rod tubes
    Furthermore, if you are the kind of guy that does a lot of ditch riding, doesn't do a lot of your own maintenance on your sled and do pre-ride checks, I'd strongly recommend spending the extra $$$ and going with the aftermarket kits, as they leave less chance for potential failure
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