If you asked we couldn’t tell………..until now!
Throughout the 16-17 season, SledMagazine.com had the “sworn to secrecy” opportunity and pleasure of testing, giving feedback and offering final design input on a simple and affordable product that is now available to all.
On rides near and far we concealed a competition proven technology that was being specifically engineered and adapted for use on snowmobiles.
Over the past 4 years BiteHarder of Laconia New Hampshire has become very well known for their high quality, common sense product line of Carbide runner and stud sharpening tools as well as innovative related accessories.
Once again BiteHarder has taken their goal of affordable performance enhancement and developed another high quality product that can benefit every snowmobiler.
Simple and affordable are 2 of my favorite things when it comes to performance enhancing snowmobile products. And this new product definitely qualifies.
Suspension tuning spring rubber technology has long been a part of the auto racing community. Beneficial fine-tuning results in suspension travel and spring rate have been proven effective in gaining increased performance and control.
SledMagazine.com is proud to have been a part of BiteHarder’s prototype program.
BiteHarder calls their new product Polytune Rings, their recent new product release follows.
BITEHARDER® has just announced the release of its latest product – Polytune™ Suspension Rings, providing snowmobilers a simple and cost effective way to tune their suspension for improved performance and safety.
Polytune™ Rings are a split 360 degree ring of proprietary (patent pending) Micro-Cellular Polyurethane (MCU) material, designed to easily fit between the coils of your suspensions springs, allowing you to easily adjust your spring’s rate.
A “coil over” suspension, commonly used in the powersports industry, consists of a coil spring surrounding a shock. The shock controls the damping (compression and rebound) of the springs loads. Most “coil over” suspensions allow for shock damping adjustments, but spring rates remain a constant.
“This aftermarket application is quite simple. By adding a high tech material like our Polytune™ Rings to your suspension’s spring, you change its characteristics to a more progressive rate, allowing for faster suspension reaction times when needed, but also maintaining a compliant ride without sacrificing comfort.
The results speak for themselves. Your skis stay firmly planted on the snow, you maintain flatter handling in the corners, and see overall improved rough trail performance (particularly in the bumps). This also results in less rider fatigue at the end of the day”, explains Glenn Welch, President of Welch Manufacturing Technologies, Ltd., BITEHARDER’s parent company.
Welch says, “Suspension tuning devices have been standard equipment in the motorsports industry for many years including NASCAR, Monster Energy Cup Series, Formula One, ARCA Racing, Sprint Cars, and others. With BITEHARDER’s Polytune™ Rings you can now achieve this same type of tuning for the powersports industry”.
Many of the OEM’s are introducing costly systems that work to stiffen shock damping, but do not address the need for adjusting spring rates. Spring height adjustments can be made but these start to limit the amount travel your suspension provides. Polytune™ Rings allow you to maintain your suspension’s travel and adjust your spring’s rate, all for under $20.00. BITEHARDER Polytune™ Rings may just change the way the powersports industry looks at suspension tuning.
Polytune™ Rings come in soft, medium and hard tuning densities to perfectly match your riding style. They are also available in four different heights to fit your springs coil spacing. Currently, the only color available will be black. More color choices will be added in the future.
For the 2017/2018 snowmobile season BITEHARDER’s Polytune Rings will be available directly from BITEHARDER.com, and retail for $19.95/pair.
Flatter handling, firmer handlebar feel, better bump control and greater adjustability. That’s what SledMagazine.com experienced by using the BiteHarder Polytune Rings. Is there any snowmobiler who does not want those things?
For complete information visit BiteHarder.com.