Snowmobiling is an exhilarating wintertime activity that can be fun for anyone, whether you’re traversing the scenic trails or you’re looking to catch some hang time. If your snowmobile isn’t properly maintained or suffers a mechanical setback, however, you could find yourself sidelined when the fresh powder hits.
To keep your snowmobile purring and maximize your fun this winter season, make sure you’re equipped to deal with any and all minor problems that might befall your machine: put together a snowmobile tool kit! Below is a quick checklist of some essential items that every snowmobiler should have on hand:
- Spare spark plugs: Fouled spark plugs are one of the most common issues you’ll have to deal with as a snowmobile owner, whether they’re attributed to your gas/oil mixture or because your plugs run too cold. Keep a couple in reserve to quickly swap out fouled plugs.
- Spark plug tool: In order to properly remove and replace plugs without stripping them, you’ll need a spark plug tool. Keep one handy at all times!
- Small socket wrench set: A small socket wrench set is going to be an invaluable tool for a number of simple repairs and maintenance items.
- Slotted and Philips screwdriver: For everything your wrench set can’t address, slotted and Philips screwdrivers can. From replacing studs to making ski adjustments, you’ll need both varieties of screwdriver to accomplish a range of simple tasks.
- Electrical or duct tape: Some resilient tape can be a great way to make a quick fix in a pinch! Tape up loose or exposed wiring or mend a small crack in your grips with a swift but sturdy tape job.
- Tow rope: If your snowmobile takes a dive far from home, you’re going to need a tow to get back to basecamp. Discount Ramps offers heavy-duty tow rope with loop ends that will allow a friend to safely tow your rig back to where you can make repairs.
- Emergency starter rope: If your recoil starter pull cord fails you out on the trails, it’ll be a long walk back to camp or, at the very least, an uncomfortable wait for someone to come and get you! Pack an emergency starter rope at all times, so that if the worst happens, you can make the switch and get back to riding.
- Vise grips: Removing your snowmobile’s sliders or replacing your recoil rope is made easy with vise grips, which makes them an essential tool to have out on the trail. Pack a compact pair and consider yourself covered if a variety of issues arise.
- Siphon hose: Out of gas and need to siphon some from a buddy? A siphon hose is going to be essential. This simple resource will help you borrow some fuel from another sled, to get you back to a fill-up point safely.
- Baling wire: Like duct tape and WD40, baling wire is considered a core “fix-it” item. If you’re in the position to make an ad-hoc repair, chances are baling wire will be one of the materials you’re relying on.
- Spare belt: Nothing sidelines a snowmobile like a damaged or broken belt. To get back on the trail and back to the excitement, stock a replacement belt that’s ideal for your sled.
- Zip ties: Another basic repair item that can be used in a pinch, zip ties can provide a temporary solution to just about any problem! These ties are strong enough to stand up to some hearty wear and tear and easy enough to quickly apply.
The above items are essential for your snowmobile, but it’s also important to make sure you’re equipped to protect yourself from inclement weather if something happens to your machine while you’re out riding. Some of the essentials include:
- Extra insulated gloves
- Hand warmers
- Fire starters
- Cell phone
- Paper towels
- Small survival shovel
- Emergency blanket
- Small snacks
Putting together a comprehensive and complete tool kit for your snowmobile, as well as a small survival kit for yourself, will help ensure that a small problem on the trail doesn’t ruin your ride. For the best protection against getting stuck on the trail, be sure to regularly inspect your ride and fix small issues before they become larger problems. Check out our Snowmobile Shop Kits, which include everything you need to maintain your sled.
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