Reconditioning a Lifefitness Elliptical
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We wanted to show you in detail how we recondition an elliptical. This pictorial will show how detailed the reconditioning process is.
We decided to show you the process on the Lifefitness 9500HR Rear Drive Elliptical. This unit is designed to run 16 hours a day in a commercial setting. It is one of our most popular models as it works both the upper and lower extremities. This picture shows the elliptical before we started work on it.
1. The plastic shrouds and covers for the entire unit are removed to get at the mechanicals. They are secured by phillips head screws. The inside shroud of the pedal arm is left on for the time being.
2. Now we are ready to take off the rear shrouds. The covers for the rear of the elliptical are removed but they cannot be taken off completely until the pedal arms are disconnected from the pivot for the front rocker arms.
3. Here is the front of the machine after the trim parts are removed. It has not been cleaned yet.
4. Here is the lower front before cleaning, showing the location of the battery. All of the rust will be removed and this area will be repainted.
5. The rear mechanicals are exposed and show the alternator. The elliptical has 4 electrical components, the console, which has all of the programming stored on its board, the battery, the alternator, the alternator control board, and the resistors. The alternator is similar to an automobile alternator.
6. The alternator control board is used to vary the load on the alternator. It is also mounted in the rear housing.
7. The unit has 2 drive belts, one for the alternator, left, and the main drive belt for the pedals (right).
8. This is a different unit that has a cracked belt. It will be replaced.
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