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Snowmobile Skis and Runners

Gliding over a trail in the snow in a speedy snowmobile or sled is a great way to enjoy all that winter has to offer. Knowing the different parts of your snowmobile or sled and the proper posture for you can help make you have a great experience. From snowmobile skis to the carbide or runner, this guide has you covered.

What do snowmobile ski skins do?

Snowmobile ski skins are slick plastic parts that can be attached to the bottom of the snowmobile skis. Typically, the carbide, or runner, determines how deeply your skis dig into the snow. The skins let each runner glide smoothly over the snow. They can be a great alternative to plastic skis, and they are ideal to use in thick, heavy snow that can otherwise be difficult to navigate. The skins often can snap on over each runner for quick and easy installation.

What are snowmobile skis made of?

For the original snowmobiles, the skis were composed of rubber tracks. More recent snowmobiles have skis made of a material of Kevlar composite. This synthetic material is durable and can usually withstand heavy use.

What is a snowmobile ski stance?

Snowmobiles have a ski stance that can be adjusted to be wide or narrow, depending on your riding needs. The ski parts are attached to the central chassis, and both stances offer unique benefits.

  • Wide: This stance is ideal for making turns on a well-manicured trail or for going over moguls, or jumps, along the way.
  • Narrow: This stance allows you to be more agile when navigating challenging terrain. It is useful for getting around trees and rolling your sled.
How do you align the skis of your snowmobile?

When riding your snowmobile, it's ideal for it to turn with precision and ease. Proper alignment of your skis is necessary for great cornering and total control of your sled. It allows you to get the performance style that you want from your ride.

  1. Be sure that your skis that are compatible with your snowmobile model.
  2. If you can, prop up both ends of the snowmobile. If not, be sure to lift the front end securely with a jack.
  3. Remove both skis, and if your model has them, also take off the pivot bushings.
  4. Place a pipe through the ski mount on each side to line them up.
  5. Make the radius rods or tie rods shorter or longer to align as desired.
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