Author Topic: Does driving a snowmobile on the road cause damage?  (Read 9115 times)

Offline cityfisher

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Does driving a snowmobile on the road cause damage?
« on: Jan 13, 2010, 10:27 PM »
Hi all

bought my first sled this year a couple of my ice spots require me to unload and drive down a road for about 500ft.

Will that cause damage ? Thing to watch for?

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Re: Does driving a snowmobile on the road cause damage?
« Reply #1 on: Jan 13, 2010, 10:38 PM »
absolutely! :o you'll ware out your track studs and your skis.not right away granted,but excessive road travel is not recommended.call any dealer,they'll tell you.

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Re: Does driving a snowmobile on the road cause damage?
« Reply #2 on: Jan 13, 2010, 10:45 PM »
Sometimes you have no choice, yes it's bad and wears out the carbides but if you go slow you will be ok. If theres snow on the shoulders ride on that best you can.

Offline big_bubba25

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Re: Does driving a snowmobile on the road cause damage?
« Reply #3 on: Jan 14, 2010, 01:07 AM »
always try and drive on the shoulder if there is snow on it. and if u can go on the edge of peoples yards, most wont complain as long as ur not running right through the middle or causing damage.  dont know about where ur at but here in the U.P. most people are nice about it.

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Re: Does driving a snowmobile on the road cause damage?
« Reply #4 on: Jan 14, 2010, 03:40 AM »
Yes it wears out the sled, and it wears out the road.

In the Tomahawk and Boulder Junction area of the state they actually put down strips of concrete where the snowmobile trails cross the regular roads.  This helps with wear, and they can always pour more concrete when the small "patch" has taken a beating.

Try and stay on the shoulder, it will save your sled and the roads.


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Offline Crooked Dave

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Re: Does driving a snowmobile on the road cause damage?
« Reply #5 on: Jan 14, 2010, 05:14 AM »
Wear on Hi-Fax and Carbides is where the most damage will be done.  Both are easily changed out, but make sure you change your Hi-Fax before she weas thru,  If these wear thru, then damage to your track and clips will become apparent and this gets to be much more expensive to replace.  Best case is to always keep a little snow between you and the ground, but if this is not possible, expect to inspect your sled daily.  Tight Lines

Offline cityfisher

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Re: Does driving a snowmobile on the road cause damage?
« Reply #6 on: Jan 14, 2010, 08:19 AM »
thanks all im gonna try to limit it as much as possible!

 



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