With high gas prices, one of the questions many riders are asking is if they have to sue premium fuel. To answer that, we have to take into consideration the exact sled and engine set-up. If you’re running any form of higher compression, then chances are you need the... Read more

Safer Helmets

Tech Shorts January 23, 2009 0
Riding a snowmobile, though an exhilarating experience, can be a very dangerous sport. Riding a street bike could even be worse, because not everyone wears a helmet, and they crash on pavement. Most fatalities caused by riding accidents are caused severe trauma to the brain and the bleeding which... Read more
If you ride a snowmobile out into the backcountry, or if you venture out into the woods, how will people know where to start looking for you if you don’t come back? The National Association of Search and Rescue estimates there are over 50,000 search and rescue missions launched... Read more
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