Snowmobile Tech

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



PowerMadd Adjustable Riser Installation

Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
January 8, 2016

We were able to maintain a relatively tidy handlebar package with the aftermarket riser. Yesterday I installed a PowerMadd Adjustable Pivot Riser on our 2016 Ski-Doo Renegade Enduro demo sled. The riser provides about 3 inches of height adjustment so we’ll be able to fine-tune the ergonomics for our... Read more »

Ski-Doo Pilot TS Skis: So Far, So Good

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Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
January 5, 2016

Despite being covered in ice and mud, the Pilot TS system worked without a hitch. So far in this young snowmobile season, I’ve ridden both of our Ski-Doo long-term test sleds, and each of them is equipped with the new Pilot TS skis. For the uninitiated, the Pilot Tunable Ski allows riders to adjust... Read more »

First Impressions: 2016 Arctic Cat XF 6000 CrossTrek

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Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
December 31, 2015

The past 10-plus days have been fun as I’ve taken four separate road trips to ride in northeast Minnesota – near Lake Superior – where there is enough snow for snowmobiling. My first ride of the season was on December 20, and a few days later I returned to near Two Harbors, Minnesota, and rode... Read more »

First Thoughts On New Helmet, Goggles, Boots & Gloves

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Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
December 30, 2015

So far this snowmobile season, I’ve been on four separate day trips. In addition to breaking in four 2016 SG demo sleds, I’ve had the chance to try out some new snowmobile apparel from Fly Racing, Triple 9 Optics, Tobe and Klim. Here are some initial impressions on some of the new gear I’ve worn... Read more »

Season’s First Ride Is In The Books

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Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
December 21, 2015

Turning my Polaris onto the trail yesterday morning for the first time this season brought a sense of relief and I was truly happy to be back behind the handlebar of a snowmobile again. It had been nine months since I last rode a snowmobile, and with recent warm, dreary and snowless conditions across... Read more »

Perpetual November

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Andy Swanson
December 15, 2015

After sending this calendar year’s final issue of Snow Goer magazine to the printer last week, I’ve recently had time to pick up our 2016 Polaris 800 Switchback Adventure, 600 Rush Pro-S and Yamaha RS Vector LE demo sleds. I picked up our Ski-Doo demos last month, and I’m still trying... Read more »

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

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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 »

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