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Snowmobile maintenance & Gear
« on: January 21, 2020, 01:39:52 PM »
Going to look at some sleds tonight '02 600 RMK , '05 550 RMk and '10 600 Ski doo  Rev Xp . I know nothing about them , but we've been thinking about getting some and this package came up along with an 18' enclosed trailer.  What's the routine maintenance needed . What extra parts should I look into throwing in the trailer or on the machines ?
What about clothing ? Do we need Klim,  etc or would basic Marino wool base layers and Snow pants / jackets get us started.
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Re: Snowmobile maintenance & Gear
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2020, 09:08:46 PM »
Well wound up buying them  , pick it all up Friday/ Saturday . So far I think I'm going to grab some extra plugs for the machines , a shovel and tool bag with tools and a 1st aid kit . Already has extra belts . Probably hit up the local dealers to look at gear . We're excited
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Re: Snowmobile maintenance & Gear
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2020, 09:24:08 PM »
Someone brought up some good advice on another thread but I canít find it.

Snowmobiling is a different exposure to Mother Nature that has to be thought about before you get into situations you canít get out of when things go wrong.

I never owned them, but have ridden them in conditions that could kill you if not prepared for in advance.

On the west side you could get into snow so deep you canít walk in it, or so far back you canít walk out in it. Avalanches, running out of gas, gear that doesnít keep the elements out.

Lots of things to consider. But they are a blast to ride, until you get one stuck in 5í plus of powder, that took 30 plus minutes to get out.🤣


When I get one Iíll definitely carry snowshoes on it.😉
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Re: Snowmobile maintenance & Gear
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2020, 11:36:13 PM »
Going to look at some sleds tonight '02 600 RMK , '05 550 RMk and '10 600 Ski doo  Rev Xp . I know nothing about them , but we've been thinking about getting some and this package came up along with an 18' enclosed trailer.  What's the routine maintenance needed . What extra parts should I look into throwing in the trailer or on the machines ?
What about clothing ? Do we need Klim,  etc or would basic Marino wool base layers and Snow pants / jackets get us started.

Maintenance-  change chaincase oil annually. Grease up the skid. Make sure sliders on the skid are good, so your track doesnít stick. Every couple years shocks are supposed to be rebuilt/recharged. Have the appropriate tools for your sled, youíll find most bolts are same size so can get away with only a few tools. Know how to change your belt. Do it at home so you know what to do for when it happens. The belt is a wear item so check it. Clean clutches when needed.

Parts- always carry extra plugs on you while riding. On you, Not in the truck as it does you no good. An extra belt for each machine.  Zip ties. As far as parts in the trailer I wouldnít worry about it. Just fix things as they break.

Clothing- yes you can wear your existing snow clothes. Layer just like you would for winter hunting, skiiing etc. Overtime you might find you want some snowmobile specific gear but it is not needed. GoreTex is GoreTex, but youíll find snowmobile gear tends to be tougher then ski gear.


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Re: Snowmobile maintenance & Gear
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2020, 01:00:25 AM »
One thing I practice up in the mountains is I donít sit and have a beer or hang out below steep hillsides because of avalanches, and also if you end up in a big open flat area with no trees, you are probably on a lake or pond so be aware of your surroundings.

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Re: Snowmobile maintenance & Gear
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2020, 02:32:25 AM »
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Re: Snowmobile maintenance & Gear
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2020, 04:59:10 AM »
If I bought used sleds I would right away change the chain gear oil , change the plugs and throw a new belt on each . That way you start out knowing all good and learn to change a belt in the garage instead of in a snow storm. Maintenance after that depends on miles ridden each year , if not riding 1000 miles a year maintenance will be minimal. As stated clothes you have are fine to start , pick sunnier days for your first rides as they will be much more enjoyable.  Have fun.

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Re: Snowmobile maintenance & Gear
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2020, 07:27:01 AM »
Owner changed all fluids before this season and put all new belts and carbides ( on 2 machines ) . Think I will go through all of them and look for loose , broke , missing hardware etc .
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Re: Snowmobile maintenance & Gear
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2020, 07:30:16 AM »
Make sure you get extra belts. And practice changing one so that you know how
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Re: Snowmobile maintenance & Gear
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2020, 08:26:59 AM »
Make sure you get extra belts. And practice changing one so that you know how

X 3

All the belts in the world won't help you if your stuck in 5 feet of snow and don't know how to change them.
Also have an emergency pull (starting) rope/ strap and , again, know how to use it. I've been on the idiot side of both situations, but luckily on trails.

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Re: Snowmobile maintenance & Gear
« Reply #10 on: January 22, 2020, 10:21:42 AM »
Just starting out its not too big a deal, but once you start breaking trail and exploring it becomes survival gear. I started out with ski gear, and got hypothermic.  Seemed like it took days to warm up again!   The problem is the "fun" stuff is 20 miles from the truck,  once you finally reach the good riding you play hard, sweat out your gear, then that 20 mile ride back to the truck is torture.  My heated grips quit working and my hands were frozen into the gloves frozen to the handle bars.  My wet ski gear clings to my body and saps the heat out, it sticks to your torso and legs making it even more difficult to move and saps more energy.  It isn't long before you start into mild hypothermia, then your wet gear becomes dangerous.   

I was sopping wet head to toe inside my *water proof* ski gear, the outer layer was frozen stiff with ice.   I think the ice layer kept me from getting even worse as ice makes a great wind break, but still it sapped my heat and sapped my energy. 

I put on a set of KLIM and rode hard, I was utterly and completely shocked at the difference.  Motorfist, Klim and other HIGH END snowmobile gear is mandatory safety gear IMO once you start riding hard. 

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Re: Snowmobile maintenance & Gear
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2020, 11:05:56 PM »
Snowmobiling is a blast, defiantly the most fun of all my hobbies. I'm sure will enjoy it.

Lots of great info from others but I would like to add probably the most valuable piece's of gear. If you already have a spot or inreach excellent. A beacon, probe and shovel for each rider and most importantly, take a avalanche awareness class.  And if you can swing it, a airbag backpack if you get more adventurous as you gain experience. You never know when disaster strikes, it could be you saving some stranger or they could be saving you.  I've seen first hand the smallest hill can be deadly.

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Re: Snowmobile maintenance & Gear
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2020, 12:09:58 AM »
I used to ride a ton.  It is fun and beautiful, but I don't think there is anything that I have worked harder at in my life. There were the family ride days and then the days when it was just the boys - AKA - Combat Day.  Lots of boondocking on those days.

 I always wore non insulated ski gear.  I would have polypropylene bottoms on underneath the pants, a long sleeve t or polypro and a long sleeve fleece on under the jacket.  Most of the day the fleece was in my pack.  Keep essentials on you, in a pack, or in a handlebar bag.  Anything in the trunk will get pulverized. No food or drinks in the trunk for the same reasons. -100 boots are pretty much a must in my book.  And I ended up wearing flexible volleyball knee pads under the ski pants too.  One slip of your foot off of the running board while landing a jump, resulting in you pile driving your knee into that same running board will lead you down that path. An extra set of gloves in the pack, On rainy warm days we would wear wet bike or waterski gloves and save the insulated ones in our packs. Motorcross type helmets with goggles ended up being the best choice too.  One mirrored set for daytime, and a clear or orange set for night. 
Probably some good videos on towing sleds out that you should watch.  It will happen.   We found that a rope tied to the tip hoop on each ski and then the middle off to the bumper of the tow sled was the best way  - oh, and pull the belt off the dead sled.  Old belts can be made into skids that you throw on your skis to slow your decent on an icy hill.  Probably some vids on that too.
 
And as stated previously, a good folding saw is a must.  Good flashlight and headlight are critical too. And again good fire starting gear.  Note that you have gas and can dip the end of a paper towel in it to get things started.

The gear at the steelership will be high dollar.

Finally, never ride alone - minimum of two sleds go out if you are going to go. 
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Re: Snowmobile maintenance & Gear
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2020, 12:40:00 AM »
One more thing to look up Fish Eyes (Has to do with creeks).

Oh, and wind drift cornaces on the back side of  ridge tops. Don't ride or walk out on them.  You may go for more of a ride than you anticipated.
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Re: Snowmobile maintenance & Gear
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2020, 01:34:54 AM »
Long tracks will get stuck.

 


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