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    Have a 98 Bearcat 550 Widetrack. Steers well on packed trail and shallow or hard snow, but in deep light mountain powder, it floats on top OK, but it doesn't want to turn, just plows straight ahead when turn skis.
    Any advice on suspension set up? Front shocks are preloaded with 1" of threads showing below the collar and front track shock is set on soft preload as recommended in the owners manual.

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    Suck up the front limiter straps on the slide rails, install 6" carbide duelly wearbars & get off the seat and hag it out there in the turn.

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    Stand up and hog her over. It's a big sled, but I've seen it work really well in the right hands in deep snow.
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    stand your ass up... grab the bars and pull... then turn the ski some the other way and cut through it.. big sleds in REAL deep powder will have both feet on one side and our hand clamped on the throttle... don't let go when your face is used as a shovle and giver hell!
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    more gas....
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    pull my finger....

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    Yup.....yah gotta muscle em around. You have the flotation and traction.....but that ole bearcat prob weighs close to 700 lbs.........

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    Post if u want to go right

    turn to the left a little , "hang to the right" and pound that gas...
    WHEN IN DOUBT> THROTTLE OUT.......

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    Thanks all;

    I will do - for right turn ---turn left a little, lean to right and GO. Should be exciting, the BEARCAT weighs over 700 lb with 15 gallons of fuel on board. My last machine was a '91 Arctic Super Jag 440 fan, only about 400 pounds with 156" track, and 8" wide ski skins. It would float on top of about everything, including deep powder snow overtop a cattail swamp.

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    A Bearcat 550 is really never going to handle like an old SuperJag..it's a bit wider and a BUNCH heavier. However, a 550 Bearcat will tow a hell of alot more.
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