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Making skids behind auger housing

I own an Ariens Hydro Pro Rapidtrak 28 EFI. Mod nr 926338.

My driveway is mostly flat, but it is made from loose gravel. I am having three problems with the supplied skids. When the temperature is high and the gravel is not frozen the skids dig into the gravel. There is not enough flotation.
When the temperature is low and there is solid ice on the ground the skids get hooked on cracks and bumpes in the ice.
The third problem is not the skids themselves but rather the placement of the skids. They are aligned with the blades that actually cuts through the snow and ice. When trying to go over solid piles of snow the skids acts like skis and skis right over the stuff. The same goes for tire tracks after the car. The snow is hard packed and the snow blower just skis over them. The cutting blades do not have any chance of getting in contact with hard packed snow.

I have seen the placement of the skids on the big Hondas and Yamahas. They are behind the auger housing. They are resting on an area that already has had the snow removed. I believe this configuration makes it easier to remove hard packed snow.

Has anyone made modifications on their Ariens to allow fitting of skids behind the auger housing? Would it be possible?

I have ordered a set of Armorskids from snowblowerskids.com. They will remedy the first two problems, but i suppose the third problem will be bigger with them.
Do anyone have experience from ordering skids from the website? I have not heard anything from them after placing the order. Its been a couple of days. I am used to getting an order confirmation of sorts when ordering stuff. Are they known for not sending an conformation?
(I am not planning on putting the Armourskids behind the auger housing. Two different projects).

I live in Norway. English is not my native language. I apologize if the sentences or wording seems a bit wierd.
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As far as you skids I would try a take a piece of heavy gauge metal and extend it back behind the auger housing. Offset the metal piece so it is now in back of the housing and mount the skid to that.

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I have Armor Skids on my Platinum 24 ( non tracked). This year I have them mounted with more skid towards the back and the front of the skids start at the front on the auger housing. I ordered from the company directly but I remember contacting them directly to verify that I was orderong the right model. It wouldn’t hurt to send them an email to confirm your order, they were very responsive to emails.

See attached... the front is towards the right. I haven’t had enough snow to see if the skids rise up less with them mounted this way.
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I have Armor Skids on my Platinum 24 ( non tracked). This year I have them mounted with more skid towards the back and the front of the skids start at the front on the auger housing. I ordered from the company directly but I remember contacting them directly to verify that I was orderong the right model. It wouldnt hurt to send them an email to confirm your order, they were very responsive to emails.

See attached... the front is towards the right. I havent had enough snow to see if the skids rise up less with them mounted this way.
The problem with your setup is you have no protection to the front of the bucket.These skids were designed to protrude the buckets edge so the skid would ride up say on an uneven sidewalk. In the picture the bucket will hit the uneven sidewalk rise.
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That could actually work. Would you suggest I mount the metal bar to the the original holes on the side of the housing?
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I have Armor Skids on my Platinum 24 ( non tracked). This year I have them mounted with more skid towards the back and the front of the skids start at the front on the auger housing. I ordered from the company directly but I remember contacting them directly to verify that I was orderong the right model. It wouldn’t hurt to send them an email to confirm your order, they were very responsive to emails.

See attached... the front is towards the right. I haven’t had enough snow to see if the skids rise up less with them mounted this way.
I was planning to mount them as far back as possible. Thanks for the picture. Have you made modifications to the skids. It looks like you have made notches in them. Is that for quick setting of desired hights?

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I have Armor Skids on my Platinum 24 ( non tracked). This year I have them mounted with more skid towards the back and the front of the skids start at the front on the auger housing. I ordered from the company directly but I remember contacting them directly to verify that I was orderong the right model. It wouldn’t hurt to send them an email to confirm your order, they were very responsive to emails.

See attached... the front is towards the right. I haven’t had enough snow to see if the skids rise up less with them mounted this way.
The problem with your setup is you have no protection to the front of the bucket.These skids were designed to protrude the buckets edge so the skid would ride up say on an uneven sidewalk. In the picture the bucket will hit the uneven sidewalk rise.
The skids were also designed for floating on gravel. They will still do that with that setup. In my driveway i do not have much other than loose gravel so there is not much that can damage the bucket. I am hoping the city will make sidewalks someday, but for now sidewalks is not a concerne for my snowblower.
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That could actually work. Would you suggest I mount the metal bar to the the original holes on the side of the housing?
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“ These skids were designed to protrude the buckets edge so the skid would ride up say on an uneven sidewalk“

It just looks like it in the photo, from a side view you would see that the skid is slightly ahead of the side of the housing.
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Why not take thick flat stock along the side of the housing drilling holes to match the holes for the skid shoes then mount the skid shoes at the rear of the flat stock behind the housing. Another bolt can be drilled at the rear side of the housing to add support to the flat stock.

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