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    Sled Summerization

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    Sled Summerization
    Posted by Ross Halvorson on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 8:58 AM

    We always get a lot of questions on how to summerize snowmobiles this time of year. What are some of your tips for storing your sleds through the summer? Thanks!

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      January 2015
    • From: Northern NY Tug Hill
    Posted by Letmgrow on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 2:25 PM

    The first thing I do is give the sled a thorough washing. Under the chassis, under the hood and the whole outside. Then it gets dried and a good coat of wax applied and all the vinyl gets the Armor all treatment.

    Next the suspension and steering gets a good lubrication. I spray anything without a grease fitting with a good penetrating oil.

    I REMOVE THE AIR BOXES, DRAIN THE GAS TANK, START THE ENGINE AND SPRAY A FOGGER INTO THE AIR INTAKE. WHEN THE ENGINE STARTS TO RUN OUT OF GAS I SHUT IT DOWN, REMOVE THE CARBS AND DRAIN WHAT GAS IS LEFT OUT OF THE CARBS SO THEY ARE STORED DRY. THIS IS IMPORTANT IMO.

    I remove the drive clutch and take the spring out so it isn't under pressure all the summer months. I clean the clutch so it is ready to go back together in the fall.

    I then reinstall the air boxes and place dryer sheets under the hood to keep rodents away and place steel wool pads in the exhaust dump pipe to keep rodents out of the exhaust.

    I let the pressure off the rear springs and after placing the sled on a pallett I block the rear and front of the chassis up to keep weight off the suspension.

    I prop the storage compartment open slightly so air can circulate.

    I park the sled on a pallett and then cover the sled with bed sheets or a loose fitting cover so air can circulate around the sled but keep the dust off at the same time. I have several windows in my storage barn and want to keep the sun off the sleds as much as possible to prevent fading and drying of vinyl parts and painted surfaces.

    I make a note of anything which looks like it should be done before riding the sled again.

    Sleds and parts are expensive. They are well worth the time it takes to store them with some care. It sure is nice to jump on a ready to go sled when the first snowfall of the season hits.

    Lynn

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      July 2005
    • From: Tiverton Ontario
    Posted by VintageElanGuy on Saturday, March 28, 2015 5:29 AM

    Ross Halvorson

    We always get a lot of questions on how to summerize snowmobiles this time of year. What are some of your tips for storing your sleds through the summer? Thanks!

     

     

    I am only speaking to what I do with regard to fuel in this post.

    I use Shellbourne Fuel Enhancer in every tank of fuel in my sled. It makes for a much imporved tank of fuel, neutralizes the ethanol and also increases the octane which is important as that is what you loose with storage along with vapor pressure.

    Here is a case study video I did with my 2010 Ski Doo Tundra 550 FC. The video explains the test methods and how the product was uses. It shows a comparison with the same tank of regular gas with ethanol from MArch 2014 to December 2014 to March 2015.

    Enjoy!

     

     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TldXGFEbAM

     

     

    Rob Noakes

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