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2019-2021 AXYS INDY XC Drive Chain Tension Adjustment

Required Tools and Supplies

  • Shop Rags
  • 15mm Wrench
  • 15mm Crowfoot Wrench
  • Torque Wrench
  • Safety Glasses
  • Nitrile Gloves

For more information on tools, read Tools and Fasteners Guide. Always wear safety glasses and nitrile gloves when servicing your Polaris snowmobile.

To adjust the drive chain tension on your Polaris INDY XC, follow these steps:

1. Park the sled on a flat, level surface. 

2. Remove both side panels by releasing the rubber strap and turning the two quarter-turn latches. Pull the panels out and lift up to remove.

3. Next, rotate the driven clutch counterclockwise to its end stop to move all chain slack to the tensioner side.

4. Then lock the parking brake.

5. Next, remove the three push rivets on the right side of the console.

6. If equipped with a battery, remove the battery for additional clearance. Always remove the negative cable first to prevent arcing. 

7. Next, loosen the adjuster bolt jam nut with a 15mm wrench.

8. Then finger-tighten the adjuster bolt until it can no longer be adjusted by hand. Then back off one quarter of a turn.

9. Next, retighten the jam nut with a 15mm crowfoot wrench, and torque to 21 ft-lbs (28 Nm) while holding the adjuster bolt.

10. If equipped, reinstall the battery, beginning with the positive cable first to prevent arcing.

11. Also reinstall the three push rivets on the console.

12. Then reinstall both side panels by inserting the tabs at the bottom and top.

13. Finally, secure the rubber strap and the quarter-turn latches.

Looking for information on replacing chaincase fluid? Read 2019-2021 AXYS INDY XC Chaincase Fluid Replacement.

For more information, see your authorized Polaris Dealer. To find a dealer near you, use the Dealer Locator.
Maintenance tips, procedures and specifications can be found in your Owner's Manual.
To find diagrams and replacement part numbers, use the online parts catalog.

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