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TekVest by Klim Review (Jim Tucker)

What’s the one piece of safety gear you can’t leave home without? Is it the helmet shield or goggles? Is it the snowmobile suit for its warmth and protection? Is it the helmet, the big daddy of all protective gear? It just ...Read more

Published on March 14, 2014 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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SAE Snowmobile Challenge 2014 Winners Announced (video)

The 15th Annual SAE Snowmobile Challenge was held at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI on March 4-8, 2014. This year 17 Universities registered for the event. The members of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association – Arctic Cat, BRP, Polaris ...Read more

Published on March 12, 2014 in Education, Environment, News & Updates
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Gearheads Build Snowmobile Racer (Jeff Miller)

American ingenuity, two words that have lost some meaning in the last decade or so. For years Americans came up with ideas for things, you could sit back and marvel at what they thought up in their heads. But with ...Read more

Published on March 9, 2014 in Guest Columns, News & Updates, Vintage
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Polaris Introduces 2015 Snowmobiles (video) (updated)

Polaris introduces nine new 2015 RUSH and Switchback models built on the AXYS snowmobile platform. (see updates at bottom) ALL-NEW AXYS CHASSIS The foundation for the AXYS platform is an all-new chassis. This all-new chassis is built from the ground up ...Read more

Published on March 3, 2014 in General Announcements, News & Updates
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Starting Your Snowmobile (Randy Toth)

Starting your snowmobile may seem like a very simple and safe operation. It generally is, but occasionally this simple act can turn embarrassing, costly, or even deadly when “Sleds Go Wild.” It is quite an experience to witness a snowmobile ...Read more

Published on February 21, 2014 in News & Updates, Safety
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2015 Arctic Cat Snowmobiles Announced

The 2015 Arctic Cat snowmobiles were announced today to the beat of Ted Nugent’s Cat Scratch Fever ringing through fan boys’ ears. Much to everyone’s surprise (and relief), the Suzuki two-stroke 500 and 800 are still available. The Arctic Cat ...Read more

Published on February 19, 2014 in In The News, News & Updates
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Shoot Snowmobile Video with a GoPro Hero (Jim Tucker)

Want a better way to capture photos and video of your snowmobiling adventures? Read on shutterbugs as this article will review a sharp tool to shoot your very own sledding action. Taking pictures with a standard five-megapixel camera became a ...Read more

Published on January 10, 2014 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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Duraflex Ice Scratchers (Jim Tucker)

This month we are going to look at a novel product that just might increase your confidence level heading into that next ride. Snowmobiles are off-road conveyances and as such they encounter some pretty nasty trail conditions out there. Rocks, ...Read more

Published on December 5, 2013 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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The Great American Ski Test: Part III (Jim Tucker)

Has a new king been crowned or is the Simmons ski still at the top of the heap? Read on loyal followers and you will soon find out what is the hot set-up this year. To recap, we have reviewed ...Read more

Published on November 6, 2013 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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Tech Corner Preview (Jim Tucker)

The Tech Corner has some interesting snowmobile articles to share with everyone at sledmass this season. I’ve been experimentation with some interesting products including snowmobile skis, helmet-cams and round meaty tires. There may even be a few surprises. First up, ...Read more

Published on September 25, 2013 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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2014 Ski-Doo MX Zx 600RS

BRP’s 2014 Ski-Doo MX Zx 600RS features major changes: the snowmobile will turn quicker, stay straighter in the bumps, and have stronger starts. These changes come with the move from the REV-XP to the REV-XS platform and refinements to many ...Read more

Published on September 10, 2013 in In The News, News & Updates
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Arctic Cat 2014 ZR 6000 Sno Pro RR and M 6000 Sno Pro

Arctic Cat introduces 2014 ZR 6000 Sno Pro RR and M 6000 Sno Pro 153. The new machines are inspired by Arctic Cat’s cross-country racers from the 2013 season with similar suspension tuning. Lower A-arms mount at a 30-degree angle ...Read more

Published on September 8, 2013 in In The News, News & Updates
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Canadian Military Test Stealth Snowmobile for Covert Operations (Dan Gould)

In a scene out of a James Bond movie, The Globe and Mail reports that the Canadian Department of National Defence has been secretly testing a “stealth snowmobile” to use for covert operations in the Arctic. The $620,000 hybrid-electric snowmobile ...Read more

Published on August 20, 2013 in In The News, News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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The Cost of New Snowmobiles (Randy Toth)

What’s up with the high cost of new snowmobiles? Every year as the snowmobiling season draws to a close, the brand new eagerly awaited sleds, with their great technology advances are announced along and their dreaded price increases. Many new ...Read more

Published on March 29, 2013 in Guest Columns, News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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Breaking Bad: Snowmobile Trailer Axle Fails (Dan Gould)

Cold weather dominated our sledding excursion, now it was T-shirt time. We had snowmobiled for a few days and were snaking our way down the mountain road in the cab of Scott Sumner’s pickup after the last ride of the ...Read more

Published on March 13, 2013 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech, Snowmobile Travel
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Hudons Sled Salvage (Jim Tucker) (video)

While driving up to the Old Forge Snodeo in New York a sign on the side of the road in the small town of Barneveld caught my eye. Hmm… Hudons Sled Salvage, huh? I’ve heard of them before. I’ve got ...Read more

Published on March 10, 2013 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech, Vintage
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2014 Polaris Snowmobiles (video)

The Indy is back in force. For 2014 Polaris now adorns ten snowmobiles with the Indy name. The engines include the 800, 600 and 550 fan. Top of the line is the Indy SP 800 and Indy SP 600 with ...Read more

Published on March 5, 2013 in General Announcements, News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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2014 Arctic Cat Snowmobiles (video)

Huge news! For 2014 Arctic Cat introduces two new engines. As previously reported, Cat is now building and installing the 1049cc 4-stroke engine that was previously used in the Yamaha Nytro. That was part of the deal with Yamaha that ...Read more

Published on February 27, 2013 in General Announcements, In The News, News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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2014 Ski-Doo Snowmobiles Announced (video)

Ski-Doo announced new 2014 snowmobiles that feature chassis and suspension upgrades. The big news is a new four-stroke Rotax 900 Advanced Combustion Efficiency (ACE) engine that achieves 23 MPG. The inline 899cc triple is an outgrowth of the existing 600 ...Read more

Published on February 24, 2013 in General Announcements, In The News, News & Updates
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The Great American Ski Test: Part II C&A Razors (Jim Tucker)

Your humble reporter is at it again, bringing you another installment of the great American Ski Test. For this article we tested the C&A RZ Razors Pro Ski, billed on their website as a “high performance snowmobile ski with aggressive ...Read more

Published on December 28, 2012 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Product Review, Snowmobile Tech
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How to Build a Snowmobile Groomer Power Unit (Jeff Miller)

As with most, our club dreams of grooming the trails with a brand new Tucker, or possibly a Pisten Bully. Then we wake up and remember that we don’t have a trail system capable of handling such a large piece ...Read more

Published on November 19, 2012 in Education, News & Updates
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Sled Expo Exhibitors Announced

The Big E Grounds in West Springfield. The largest selling snowmobile show in New England, featuring Manufacturer and Dealer displays and aftermarket accessories. Great deals on new and used sleds, trailers, oil, clothes and accessories. Vintage display. Sell your sled ...Read more

Published on October 9, 2012 in News & Updates, Sled Expo
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Snowmobile Ski Comparison Test (Jim Tucker)

SLP Straight Line Tracking versus Simmons Flexi Ski: Your intrepid reporter is at it again. I could see a gaping hole in the Internet chatter about which type of skis to purchase for your sled. Everyone and his brother are ...Read more

Published on September 23, 2012 in Guest Columns, News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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Vintage Cat-astrophe (Mel Scuderi)

Belts… Break’em in or break down. On my first ride last year, I put a brand new belt on my vintage Puma and immediately went screaming across the lake. Eager to detect any performance gain over the old belt, I ...Read more

Published on September 18, 2012 in Guest Columns, News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech, Vintage
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Sled Expo October 13-14

Don’t miss the largest selling snowmobile expo in New England. Sponsored by the Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts. Saturday, October 13, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM Sunday, October 14, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM At the Big E grounds, West Springfield, MA. Just ...Read more

Published on August 12, 2012 in Featured, General Announcements, News & Updates, Sled Expo
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SAE Snowmobile Challenge 2012 – A Great Success! (Ed Klim) (video)

Clarkson University of Potsdam, NY, captured first place in the 2012 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge, which drew to a close March 10 at Michigan Technological University. Kettering University, of Flint, placed second, with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville earning third place ...Read more

Published on March 15, 2012 in In The News, News & Updates
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Arctic Cat Diamond Drive

Arctic Cat Diamond Drive – Fact or Hype? (Jim Tucker)

The wizards from Arctic Cat had a simple idea – create a lighter more efficient drive train for the transmission of power from belt to track. After much R&D, Arctic in 2004 released the now famous Diamond Drive on the ...Read more

Published on February 26, 2012 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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Ceramic Bearings for Snowmobiles

Ceramic Bearings for Snowmobiles (Jim Tucker) (video)

Ok, I admit it – I like speed. The feel of the wind whistling past my helmet, the relentless pull of the motor, the scenery whipping by, it all gets my adrenaline flowing and describes a multitude of motorsports but ...Read more

Published on February 3, 2012 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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Yamaha Race Team Copes With Low Snow (video)

You aren’t the only one unhappy by the lack of snow. The Yamaha USCC Cross Country race team is training in Minnesota regardless of conditions, with their eyes on the I-500. Professional X-Country racer Ross Erdam and the rest of ...Read more

Published on January 16, 2012 in News & Updates, Snowmobile Tech
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HID: The 6,000 Kelvin Question (Jim Tucker)

In the last issue we looked at future technology with regard to ABS brakes on sleds. This month we will follow that same thread and ask what other real world upgrades sled makers could give us? If you have been ...Read more

Published on October 27, 2011 in Guest Columns, News & Updates, Safety, Snowmobile Tech
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