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Get a Summerized Snowmobile Ready for the Season
Don’t end up stuck beside the trail with a broken-down snowmobile on your first ride. Be prepared. This article explains which parts of a snowmobile need to be inspected and adjusted, and provides details about which fluids should be changed and how to ensure the optimum performance from the clutches. The article also includes tips and photos to help diagnose and repair problems that owners might encounter early in the season.
Stud Your Sled for the Best Hook-Up
There are many studs and studding options for snowmobilers. Make your new snowmobile traction setup effective for your needs with this article about snowmobile studs. The story includes advice on stud quantity, stud type, stud pattern and maintenance tips to help make snowmobile traction products more durable and last longer. It also includes tips by traction company experts from Woody’s, Stud Boy and Fast-Trac.
Rebuild a Polaris P-85 Primary Clutch
The Polaris P-85 clutch is the most common primary clutch in snowmobiling. It’s a time-tested clutch that’s transferred power from the engine to the drivetrain of hundreds of thousands of snowmobiles. This article tells snowmobilers how to disassemble the clutch, inspect it, replace parts and reassemble it so this important component is reliable and performs flawlessly. Photos, charts and lists included with the article make this complex service easy to understand.
Easy Track Replacement for an ACT Diamond Drive-Equipped Arctic Cat
Like tires on a car, the track in a snowmobile will eventually need to be replaced. Swapping a snowmobile track has, essentially, been the same for all makes and models — until the Arctic Cat started using the ACT Diamond Drive system. We take the mystery out of replacing the track in a ACT Diamond Drive drivetrain and give step-by-step instructions, tips and tool suggestions about how to do it. This article also includes complete information about how to change the drive system’s gear ratio to gain more top-end speed or better corner-to-corner acceleration.
Dry Out a Sunken Snowmobile
If a sled was recovered from the bottom of a lake, swamp or river, would you know the first step to revive it? This article explains crucial actions that need to happen — QUICKLY! — in order to prevent severe damage to the engine, drivetrain and ignition system. There’s also useful information about how to dry out the seat foam so the pad won’t turn into a block of ice.
Don’t Get Burned! Select the Right Spark Plugs
What if your snowmobile fouls a plug and you don’t have a spare to make the engine run correctly? Is it safe to use one that’s different than what’s specified by the snowmobile manufacturer. This article explains the difference between spark plugs and how they affect and engine’s performance and reliability. Illustrations clarify snowmobile spark plug terminology and define characteristics of spark plugs.
10-Step Fox FLOAT Shock Service You Can Do
Fox FLOAT air shocks require regular maintenance in order for them to provide the best ride and handling on a snowmobile. This article lays out all of the steps required to disassemble, clean and lubricate the shocks, which will reduce friction and prevent air leaks so they provide a smooth ride. Ten large photos make the service easy to understand.
Set-Up a Trail Snowmobile For the Mountains
Going to the West but you don’t have a snowmobile that was specially designed to run in the deep mountain snow? Fortunately for you, many trail snowmobiles can be adapted for use in the backcountry of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and other Western states. This article explains how to prepare the clutches, drivetrain, fuel system and chassis for deep-snow riding. Riders need to be prepared, too, so there’s also information about how to stay comfortable and safe for mountain snowmobiling.
Rebuild a Vintage Snowmobile Carburetor
This article covers the steps required to service a carburetor in a vintage snowmobile, specifically, the Walbro WF series pumper carburetor that was commonly used on early snowmobile engines. Parts for those old carburetors are readily available, but the intricate nature of the device might prevent some vintage snowmobile enthusiasts from digging in, but this article includes detailed instructions and photographs to make the job easy to perform.
Adjust Belt Deflection
Proper drive belt deflection is key to achieve the best performance from a set of snowmobile clutches. In order to maintain this adjustment, it should be checked every 500 miles and adjusted if necessary. A belt that is too tight will rub on the clutch sheaves and suffer wear; if it’s too loose the engine will bog. This article provides detailed instructions to adjust snowmobile belt deflection on Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo, Yamaha and TEAM Industries clutches.
Replace Snowmobile Piston Rings
This article covers the steps to disassemble the top end of an engine and replace the piston rings. New piston rings might be necessary if an engine is hard to start, power is reduced or there are more than a few thousand miles on the snowmobile. Replacing snowmobile piston rings might seem like a daunting task, but step-by-step instructions and photographs in this article help make it a repair that many snowmobilers can do.
Replace Leaking Exhaust Gaskets
Leaking gaskets on the front of the engine cylinders that makes an oily, greasy mess under the hood plague many snowmobiles. If the leak is really bad, it can cause engine damage. This article explains the necessary steps to replace both the exhaust Y-pipe gaskets and variable exhaust valve gaskets — both can leak — to improve the appearance of the sled and increase its value.
Bleed Snowmobile Brakes
Do the brakes on your snowmobile feel squishy when you squeeze the lever? This article explains how to replace the fluid in a hydraulic snowmobile brake system so you can get back on the snow and enjoy the a well-performing brake system. Brake fluid breaks down and attracts water over time, leading to reduced performance and the risk of a failed system. Revive your snowmobile brakes by bleeding the brake fluid.
Diagnose and Repair Snowmobile Electrical Problems
Half the battle of repairing a snowmobile electrical problem is diagnosing the failure. This article explains how to systematically find the cause of a snowmobile electrical problem so you can make the repair and get back out on the snowmobile trail. Common electrical terms are also defined and photographs show the proper method to test electrical components.
Preparing a Snowmobile for the Off-Season
Preparing a snowmobile for off-season storage is one of the most important parts of preventive maintenance. Without going through a summarization procedure, an engine might not run well in the fall and the suspensions won’t ride as smoothly. In some cases, engine wear will be accelerated and could lead to seizure, which is an expensive repair. This article covers all of the components that need to be prepared for storage and offers tips that help snowmobiles last longer and look better.
2010 Ultimate Snowmobile Buyer’s Guide
This is THE comprehensive guide to everything about snowmobiling for 2010. This 68-page resource includes tons of specs, information, photos and opinions about the 2010 snowmobiles from Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo and Yamaha. There is also extensive information about jackets, bibs, gloves, helmets, not to mention aftermarket hard parts like exhaust systems, skis, traction accessories and clutching modifications.