Snowmobilers are not exactly the kind of crowd that one would expect to approach about a subject like hand lotions, but we’re going to take a stab at it because of a product we’ve discovered that’s so good you need to know about it. If you’ve ever spent a... Read more

No Trail Map?

Tech Shorts September 25, 2004 0
Despite your best efforts at preparation, there will be days you find yourself in new territory or off the end of your trail map that you’re carrying. Our test staff has found this to occur more often than they’d like to admit, never knowing for sure some days where... Read more
Now that we have a couple of years under our belts with the new high performance four-stroke snowmobiles, one of the most profound differences that we didn’t originally expect or anticipate was the major difference in break in period. The four cylinder RX-1, for example, really doesn’t start to... Read more
One of the most frequently ignored areas of performance on today’s snowmobiles is the hydraulic brake system. Hydraulic brakes definitely reduce the amount of effort required to get a sled to slow down compared to the old cable-actuated systems, but they are not a service-free system. Which begs us... Read more

Plugged Pilot Jets

Tech Shorts September 25, 2004 0
Make no mistake, a bunch of us will be greeted by plugged pilot jets when we go out and try to fire up our sled for the first time this fall. Fuel related issues continue to be a problem when storing vehicles, snowmobiles included. Sleds (and engines that sit... Read more
OEM manufacturers and dealers would like you to think so, but it’s not that cut and dry. There is a very fine line here; while you may be led to believe that your machine’s warranty is void if any (unauthorized) modifications are made to it, the reality is warranty... Read more

Trailer Tire Wisdom

Tech Shorts September 25, 2004 1
Trailer tires for snowmobile trailers are NOT all created equal! You can find several tires of the exact same size, yet with widely varying load ratings and number of plies (internal layers). For example, a popular two-place snowmobile trailer tire (18.5 x 8.5 x 8) can be found with... Read more

Sled Weights

Tech Shorts September 25, 2004 0
Several astute SnowTech readers cried foul when a competitive snowmobile magazine proclaimed they were “the only magazine that’s ever gone to the trouble of quantifying weight for the enthusiast market” and that “no other competitor responded by either doing the same thing or implementing something similar”. SnowTech has for... Read more
One of the best analogies to the classic question, “Which is the best snowmobile for me”, is that snowmobiles are like gloves. Most of us all own numerous pairs of gloves of all sorts and types. And most of us would admit that, depending on exactly what we’re doing,... Read more
Snowmobiles equipped with detonation sensors, (knock sensors), both two-stroke and four-stroke, automatically compensate for various fuel quality and octane ratings. The ignition timing and in some cases amount of fuel delivered is varied to avoid damaging detonation. This also means that the engine will make more power when fed... Read more