For a number of years we have resorted to using rubber tie down straps to help keep gear bags, gas cans and saddlebags well secured to our sleds. Sometimes it is the only tie-down method used, or was for a number of years. Then, as sleds became more sophisticated,... Read more

Cold Brake Handles

Tech Shorts January 2, 2009 0
It’s a fact – metal brake handles are colder than plastic ones. Ask anyone who rides various brands of sleds, and they’ll all tell you that a sled with a metal brake handle will suck the heat out of your left hand far quicker than a plastic one. Think... Read more
With the price of a barrel of oil up about 35% since March, it stands to reason that the prices we will be paying for two-stroke injection oil and four-stroke lubricating oil will be increasing for the coming snow season as well. Word is prices are expected to only... Read more
Polarized lenses in your sunglasses and goggles provide great benefits for your eyes while snowmobiling. Generally, people think of the need for good eye protection in the summer when the sun is higher in the sky, but as snowmobilers we all know how bright a day of riding can... Read more
One of the trick new features on the 2009 Arctic Cat M-Series mountain sleds is the latest in Cat’s deep snow track technology – the “Power Claw”. It has a 2.25 inch lug height with a center lug profile similar to the previous “Attack 20” pattern, but with “Finger... Read more
That’s right, a plastic rear suspension from AD Boivin, makers of the SnowHawk “snow bike” and the Expert X rear suspension. Called the ZX2, the rails and swingarms are all made of a plastic composite material, said to be very robust, very durable and free of “weldings”. The swingarms... Read more
It made sense to use a 4-post primary clutch for the higher-torque applications. Having four flyweights and towers would make the clutch stronger, and each flyweight could be lighter to provide the same amount of belt squeeze. So, Arctic Cat fitted their Jaguars and F-1000s with a 4-post primary... Read more
While most of us are aware of the EPA requirements to reduce carbon monoxide and unburned hydrocarbon emissions from snowmobiles starting with the 2006 model year, few have heard of, or are aware of the new “fuel tank permeation” requirements. That’s right. If you’ve removed the gas cap and... Read more
Long-time Arctic Cat riders have correctly pointed out that the new Arctic Cat 800 and 1000 laydown 2-stroke engines are not the first Arctic Cat power plants featuring two spark plugs per cylinder. This feature was also found on some of the Kawasaki-built engines from the early to mid-1970s,... Read more
Every year, a number of snowmobilers are surprised to learn how quickly gasoline deteriorates in their snowmobile. Either the sled doesn’t start after a “normal” period of storage, or it won’t idle (or run properly) after coming out of storage, or the sled doesn’t start as soon as it... Read more