Snowmobile Tech

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

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 »

Must-Do Snowmobile Maintenance

Andy Swanson
June 19, 2014

Despite that a snowmobile is well beyond its youth if it shows 3,000 miles on the odometer, with regular inspections and service it can perform as reliably and as well as it did when it was new. Here are six snowmobile maintenance jobs that must be performed before the next time it’s ridden.... Read more »

What’s Happening Now At Snow Goer

Andy Swanson
May 15, 2014

Working for a snowmobile magazine, it’s easy for people to understand what we do in the winter: We ride snowmobiles. But people often ask, “So, what do you do in the spring and summer when there isn’t any snow?” Riding sleds is seasonal, but producing a snowmobile magazine is a full-time, year-round... Read more »

Mountain Sled Track Length: How To Choose

Andy Swanson
May 15, 2014

There is an impressive number of choices for mountain sled tracks in terms of width, length, lug height, rubber hardness and lug profile, but there isn’t a guaranteed best mountain snowmobile track for everyone. By evaluating conditions where you ride, your abilities and more, you’ll likely end... Read more »

Spring Snowmobiling And A Weekend Of Firsts

spring snowmobiling

Andy Swanson
April 3, 2014

Skies were clear and the air was warm last weekend, making it easy to relax and spend casual time outdoors with friends. Last weekend three friends and I rode snowmobiles in the Minnesota Arrowhead Region. All of them — Jim, Tom and Nick — are fellow snowmobile club members in the town where we live,... Read more »

Snowmobile Off-Season Storage: How To Prep A Sled For Summer

snowmobile off-season storage prep

Andy Swanson
April 1, 2014

Spending about an hour in the spring to prep a snowmobile for off-season storage will keep it reliable and fun to ride well into the future, not to mention help retain its value. Without proper preparation and protection, snowmobile fuel hoses will harden, seat fabrics will dry out and crack, and rust... Read more »

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