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How Can I Make My Sled Faster Without Spending Too Much Money? Answered

Ok, I just got a foot of snow and I want to know how to make my sled faster for little money.

p.s. I have a flat bottom sled, not those complex things with like 5 skiis, just a plain old flat bottom sled well it is actually an inch of foam, then a thin layer of slick plastic

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mikeasaurusBest Answer (author)2009-03-04

They wax the bottom of skis and snowboards for enhanced performance, that would be a great place to start and it's relatively cheap too!

If you're looking for an even more budget way to do this you could always grab a can of cooking spray and spray away, reapply every hour or until you run out (I can hear the environmentalists screaming already..)

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I forgot to mention that, But I use car wax, and it helps. dang u are fast at responding

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Silicone spray the bottom, this may help. Otherwise, wax it! -PKT

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but wont it rub off while sleding?

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No, because it will dry within a few minutes. It pretty much the same thing as waxing, just slightly.... less? More? Try it out.

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ok, ill try it and get back to you

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AnthonyW44 (author)2015-11-15

Depending with it's made out of (if its wood or some type of plastic) try cutting grooves lengthwise across the bottom, should give you a bit more speed and stability.

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mcald (author)Thelonelysandwitch2010-01-23

i was just joking but if you sit closer to the back it will raise the front wich sould help

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Junk_Wizard (author)2009-03-06

an even cheaper approach... find some sort of cooking spray and spray it on the bottom of the sled, usually lasts a short time but does help... this also works for shovels that get snow stuck to them a lot.

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Yes, that's where the 'usualy lasts a short time' comes from 3-5 runs on a sled, its good for packing down the track if you discover an unabused hillside...

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ok, ill try it when it snows again, we just had 2 days of 70* weather and the foot melted.

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tesla314 (author)2009-03-06

As a kid we used to speed up our (metal) slide by rubbing it down with waxed paper. Might be worth a shot. Same idea as the car wax, but might be more likely to have it already.

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psymansays (author)2009-03-04

Get some used skis from a thrift store for maybe $10, and bolt them to the bottom of the sled. Skis will go faster than the sled will, in most snow conditions.

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