Snowmobile Tech

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

First Look: 2016 Ski-Doo MX Z X, Enduro Production Sleds

Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
November 19, 2015

The 2015-16 snowmobile riding season has begun – sort of – for Snow Goer magazine after a staffer picked up the pair of Ski-Doo demo sleds from a dealership last week. It was only a 20-yard ride to go from the deck of the trailer to the inside of the SG shop, but it was still fun to squeeze... Read more »

There’s Rarely An Idle Moment Working For Snow Goer

Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
June 18, 2015

Since we cover a winter pastime, people often ask what the staff does in the summer, but there’s rarely a dull moment working for Snow Goer magazine any time of the year. The solstice is always busy as we write and publish the magazine, prepare for the fall show circuit – which begins with Haydays... Read more »

How To: Fox FLOAT Air Sleeve Service

Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
May 26, 2015

Fox FLOAT air sleeve service is easy. Supplies are available from Fox. Can you twist the cap off a bottle of beer? If so, you can perform routine air sleeve service that’s required to maintain good bump-damping performance from Fox FLOAT air shocks. Shocks for snowmobiles get blasted with ice,... Read more »

How To Prep A Snowmobile For Off-Season Storage

Snowmobile Prep Products

Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
April 20, 2015

Many owners let their snowmobiles coast to a stop at the end of a season’s last ride, and there they sit in the yard all spring, summer and fall for the world to see. Unprotected from the elements, they degrade. Fuel hoses harden, seat fabrics crack and rust forms on internal engine components.... Read more »

In The Bag

Andy Swanson
March 16, 2015

The Giant Loop Revelstoke Tunnel Bag is a versatile, new approach at on-board snowmobile storage. Early March has been busy, as I arranged, prepared for and made three separate snowmobile trips to far-northern Minnesota to ride and, presumably, close out testing of our 2015 Snow Goer demo sleds and... Read more »

2015 Snow Goer Demo Sled Weights, Part 2


Andy Swanson
March 8, 2015

It’s always fun to find out the true, trail-ready weight of snowmobiles, and it’s an annual affair at the Snow Goer shop. On Friday I posted a story that included the weights of the crossover sleds in our 2015 demo sled fleet, and there were some surprising figures. Take a look at the... Read more »

2015 Snow Goer Demo Sled Weights, Part 1


Andy Swanson
March 6, 2015

For years, Intercomp Company has helped us weigh our demo snowmobiles. The past 10 days have been a whirlwind as the Snow Goer magazine crew spent a week in Montana testing and photographing the 2016 models for stories that will be in issues next fall. It was sunny every day we were out west, and those... Read more »

Writing, Riding & Rehabbing

Andy Swanson
February 23, 2015

The Taconite Trail is a wonderful east/west route through northern Minnesota. Greetings! It was a cold weekend on the trail in Minnesota, but despite the patch of frost bite on my cheek, the ride was excellent and fun. I took Friday off of work and headed to Tower, Minnesota, with a bunch of friends... Read more »

On The Pipe

Andy Swanson
February 6, 2015

The Vermilion River in far-northern Minnesota It is crazy busy at the Snow Goer office – well, at the office, but also in the truck, on airplanes, in rental cars and pretty much everywhere else – including lots of time spent on the seats of snowmobiles. The throttle is wide open and the engine... Read more »

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 »

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