Thanks and sorry. ~Phil
At long last I have aluminum skis back in stock. I didn’t order a great quantity of them because they sell so slowly. This is understandable because their use is limited to vintage projects, oval racing, water skipping and smooth trails. Always use ski skins with them. (Place skis over skins and trace the edge. Trim to marks for flush fit.) Skis do not come with runners.
A pair of IFS skis weigh only 7.5 lbs--a weight savings of 11lbs! Stock IFS skis weigh 18.5 lbs. Fits 1980 to 1997 Indys.
Leaf skis weigh a feathery 5lbs. a pair. Use stock springs. For Polaris sleds: Colts, Chargers, TX and SS.
Always use plastic skins under aluminum skis. Aluminum is soft and will wear rapidly over gravel and can dent (or break) slamming rocks and stumps. Ski skins increase the overall strength and will decrease breakage and wear factor. I trail rode skinned aluminum skis on my Velocity Indy (see my toys section) without a single problem. If you are going to use these for ice racing you can probably run them without skins but avoid gravely pit areas. I’m sure you will add vertical stiffing for cornering.
Mount steel fender washers on both sides of the ski mount and check bolt tightness periodically. Use Nylock nuts and LocTite on the mount and runner bolts. The aluminum mount hole of the skis can wear particularly if the bolts come loose. Steel washers will retard wear. Even though these skis with skins are suitable for trail use, you don’t want to do major air or go ditch banging with them. If you abuse them they will die in time.
All prices are for raw aluminum finish. Polishing available (see below).
|Polaris IFS skis||$345||$315|
|Polaris leaf skis||$325||$295|
Order in raw if you are going to paint cheater skis. Order unwelded in raw aluminum if you are going to polish them yourself.
Finish One Polish
Oxidation removed. Surface is bright but subtle bending marks remain. Bottoms not polished because you are going to use skis skins. Parts are polished before welding.
Finish Two Polish
Oxidation removed. Surface is very bright but subtle bending marks remain. Bottoms not polished because you are going to use skis skins. Parts are polished before welding.
Finish Showroom Polish
The skis come to you gleaming and completely stunning. All bending marks are removed. Bottoms are also polished because these skis (and your sled) are for static display only.
Runners & Carbides
Here are runners/carbides for my aluminum skis.
SnoStuff Part numbers:
- 510-204 Standard round bars
- 515-204 Hardened round bars
- 505-204 4” carbides
- 506-204 6” carbides
- 507-204 8” carbides
Aluminum skis can kill you if you use them super aggressively and surpass their capabilities.