After in stalling the piece in the bottom of the long steering post I can easily traverse a side hill due the fact that now i can counter steer enough to balance the sled. Instantly my ability to balance the sled comes back. Control and precision in my maneuvers are back.
This shows the steering post ready to reinstall in the sled.
This is the steering post before installing machined piece. It is the bottom end of the long post. It bolts to the lower right of the frame underneath and to the right of the throttle bodies. Not to difficult to get out, but must be removed so that the hole can be re drilled for the tie rod end to be reinstalled in the new arm.
This is the piece that extends the arm and increases the tie travel to turn the skis further.
Back side showing recess machined for the ball joint to be installed. I am seeing some of the ball joints coming loose from the factory because they weren't indexed right.
Installed and ready to be drilled.
I choose to modify this arm because I think it is the easiest and most consistent way to duplicate the dimensions. Zbros will be offering a complete replacement steering post that accomplishes the same thing. We could offer a new bell crank, this would require airbox and throttle body removal and add much more work to the process. Another way would be to relocate the holes in the spindles closer to the center pivot. There is no good way to be consistent with this hole location outside of removing the spindles and jigging them in a mill. I believe I have come up with the easiest method with the arm extension. I have been riding this for several weeks and know that it is strong enough and that it works.
Because I have limited time and am away most of the time I suggest that anyone interested purchase this directly from the machine shop. Contact Mountain Valley Machine at 435-563-3632 or their web site www.mvminc.biz. Ask for the Rasmussen steering arm extender. Sells for $95 and includes all hardware needed for installation.
I have tested this on the lay down style post like the 1100t uses. It seems to make the steering feel more twitchy on the trail. I get this feeling anyway with the laydown steering post. It does improve the turning radius and also helps to balance the sled, but the real problem with this steering geometry is that it is not ergonomically correct for stand up mountain riding. Arctic Cat is offering an accessory vertical steering post upgrade. I wonder when mine will come!