Grand Touring 583, 1999
Jan 21, 2012
Handling problem: Severe darting on trails with grooves by other sleds.
Suspension mods/ payload
Service work – Worn bushing ('cushions') replaced at center steering arm and ski pivot bolts – ski toe-out alignment.
Upgrades – Bergstrom 6" Triple Point carbides – Ski Savers – shims.
Test conditions – Hard-pack trails – 1 and 2 riders – ski spring preload settings: #1 and #2.
Test results – Handling extremely responsive – no push – low steering effort – darting almost non- existant.
Additional Test Result:
Two newbies never drove a sled, (one age 51, drives BMW 645), (other age 21, drives5 series). Both are 'natural' drivers. They rent a 2010 GT 550F – suspension is properly adjusted – factory dual wear bars in good condition. Each guy rides it for 20 miles on groomed trails and off-trail over challenging terrain. Then each guy rides the 99 GT 583 mentioned above for 20 miles on the same trails.
Question: If both sleds were new in the showroom, which would you buy?
Response: Both say they would choose the 1999 GT without hestation.
"The 2010 drives like a good SUV. The 1999 drives like a sports car – responds immediately to every input – more fun to drive."
I could not be more pleased.
Thanks again Scott,
Bay City, MI
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