Snowmobile Tech

This is the spot for the best snowmobile how tos and technical advice from the pros at Snow Goer Magazine.

Wishes Come True

Andy Swanson
January 12, 2015

Happy mid-January. It’s hard to believe we’re already two weeks into the new year. The snowmobile season has gotten off to a slow start for many parts of the Snowbelt, but here are some snowmobile-related things I’ve experienced, seen and noted in the past five days: This 14-year-old’s... Read more »

Skis, Studs, Warm Windows And Cool Christmas Colors

Woody's studs

Andy Swanson
December 31, 2014

Happy New Year! I escaped for Christmas and my grandma’s 90th birthday party (90!) this past weekend to continue prepping and installing aftermarket parts on our 2015 test sleds this week. Recent work at the SG shop includes: Bolted a set of C&A Pro RZ skis on our 2015 Ski-Doo MX Z TNT 600... Read more »

Studding MX Z TNT 600 E-TEC Demo Sled

Andy Swanson
December 24, 2014

Support for tall studs is integrated into Fast Trac backer plates. “If you can’t ride snowmobiles, you might as well work on ‘em.” That’s what I tell people who wonder why I’m working on sleds during this stretch of foggy, misty, drizzly weather that we’re... Read more »

Shoei VFX-W Helmet First Impressions

Andy Swanson
December 22, 2014

I wore my new Shoei VFX-W helmet for the first time this past Saturday and Sunday. To prep the high-performance motocross-style helmet for snowmobile use, I removed the liner and put a piece of duct tape over each of the six vent holes to help keep my head warmer, and then retrofitted a breath box from... Read more »

Prepping Snow Goer Demo Sleds For The Season

Andy Swanson
December 19, 2014

Every season, just about every one of the Snow Goer demo sleds needs a little adjustment to the handlebar. Every winter the four snowmobile manufacturers set us up with demo sleds to ride all season. We use them for travel stories, evaluations, product tests, how-to stories and more. I spent today at... Read more »

The Science Behind The Fuel Snowmobiles Burn

By T.J. Krob
December 17, 2014

EDITORS NOTE: For the 2014-15 season, Snow Goer magazine has added a new element to each issue called “Snowmobile Science.” Authored by trained engineer and mega snowmobile enthusiast T.J. Krob, Snowmobile Science takes readers behind the scenes for a scientific look at the sport of snowmobiling.... Read more »

New Custom Oakley Prizm Airbrake Goggles

Andy Swanson
December 16, 2014

Oakley’s customization feature lets customers choose components to design their unique set of goggles or glasses. Yesterday I took advantage of a cool opportunity to have a custom set of snowmobile goggles built specifically for me. Oakley, an iconic eyewear brand based in California, offered a sample... Read more »

How To Replace Polaris Pro-Ride Reed Cages

Andy Swanson
December 11, 2014

Worn reed petals can cause hard starting and poor throttle response. If your sled’s two-stroke, reed-inducted engine is irritable or has more than 2,000 miles, the reeds might need service. Polaris Pro-Ride reed cage replacement might seem daunting, but it’s actually pretty easy. Here’s how to... Read more »

Understanding Torque And Horsepower In A Snowmobile Engine

By John Prusak
August 21, 2014

Fifteen years ago this month, the late, great Phil Mickelson penned this Tech Professor column for the August 1999 issue of Snow Goer magazine. It explains the difference between torque and horsepower, and the only ways that more performance can get gained out of an engine. Its lessons are still as valuable... Read more »

How To Replace Snowmobile Track Clips

July 17, 2014

Snowmobile track clips typically last for the life of a track, but in some cases the metal sliders or guides might need to be replaced if they’re bent or cracked after striking a rock, stump or other hard object. Too many miles through abrasive, low-snow conditions can wear down the clips and even... Read more »

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