It's easy to overlook your shocks and track while cycling through your sled. But, overlooking can really cost you some big bucks and smooth rides this winter.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
While you have the skid out, check the shocks in it. Cycle the shocks through to see if they make any squishy sounds. If the shocks are making hissing noises as you cycle them up and down, it's time to either rebuild or replace them (depending on which ones you have). While you try to convince yourself that you could get away with a lower ride quality, keep in mind that shocks can also completely let go, or worse, FREEZE! If they let go, they will spray shock oil everywhere and you will get a very bouncy and dangerous ride. If they freeze over, it will be like you're riding a brick.
It's pretty easy to overlook the obvious, but the track is not something you want to forget! Taking your sled over a few rocks during a spring climb is a great way to rip lugs free of your boot and greatly weakens the track. Same for studs that have pulled through, which is easy to do on the outside of the clips. If your track lets go, usually it busts in half and lays on the ground as you roll over it. No track = no brakes and that's not cool to find out when doing 45 mph heading down a 30% grade. To inspect, move the lugs back and forth and see if you have any ready to come loose. If studs are about to pull through then it sounds like you have to replace a track then half your work is done while your skid fram is out of the sled.