Here is a preview of the Sidewinder intercooler guard I've been working on. The design allows for the complete removal of the plastic nose cone and grills. The plan is to put a sheet of frogz skin on the guard so it will repel water and snow but allow air flow to the intercooler fins. Removal of the stock nose cone also exposes the entire cooler to air flow and snow dust for improved cooling.
Today I finished up designing my front intercooler guard. In my testing this winter the nose was constantly plugging up with snow and ice. This guard will also be a required part of my radiator and fan kit as the intercooler needs to get moved forward a bit for installation of the radiator. The stock snow scoop...I mean guard will not allow for any forward movement of the intercooler. If the intercooler can be bumped forward it also yields more room for those wanting to put a cooling fan on the backside of the intercooler for consistent cooling of charge air!
I figured I had better start posting some updates here so fellow sledders have something snowmobile related to follow in the off season! Been taking time to catch up on household projects this spring, but in the back of my mind I'm always thinking about sleds. I updated the homepage with a list of products I'm working on this summer. My goal is to have most of these items ready by fall, so when my snoscoot arrives I can dive right into that and see what I can create for it! In addition to new product development I have a few custom project builds I'm working on. One of these is for a soon to be retired school teacher. He has a few Yamaha 4 strokes in his stable. He'd like one with fuel injection but is reluctant to give up the conventional flip up hood he's been accustomed to in all his days of snowmobiling. The plan is to put an FI Vector or Nytro in his 05 Rage. In addition to this project I'm hoping to finish my Razor XP 900 project that I started end of last summer. Yes.....the 4 cylinder fits!!
Sorry, it's been awhile since I updated here. Been a busy winter despite the poor snow conditions in many areas. Managed to get about 650 miles on my sidewinder so far on two quick trips. Hoping the weather will cooperate for some more testing in March! Best thing I did to the sidewinder was my Japan throttle kit. I test rode Aaron Excell's sidewinder couple weeks ago and couldn't stand the stock cat lever!
In some other news I am now an Ohlins dealer and can get the EC shock solenoids for you at fraction of what Yamaha charges for them. I will be retailing them for $75. I will get them added to the store soon.
Aftermarket goody list and whole sled list has just been updated. As mentioned before its been very busy. I'm trying my best to keep up with parts inquiries and orders. If you don't hear back don't hesitate to try me again. Between emails, texts, phone calls sometimes a request gets overlooked. If the items you want to order are in the online store, please order online as this will allow for faster execution of your order.
I've begun R&D on some products for the sidewinder. First up is a radiator and fan similar to what the apex and vector used. From the day the Sidewinder was released I felt this should have been part of the cooling loop. I got my prototype installed and will be out of the shop Wed to Friday testing it!
Get several requests for tow bumpers so I've been looking into making some up. The universal hitches don't mount up right, but if I weld a piece of channel to the bumper then they will work perfect! Photo shows a short track bumper but plan to offer them for the long track bumpers too.
Been very busy month. Hope all are having a good holiday season and getting some miles in! Have not been able to break away for any riding yet but hope to soon. Presently 13mm sway bars and bulkhead saver kits are sold out. Hope to have them back in stock in about a week. Had a viper bumper powder coated blue, and since blue requires a set up charge I had one of my Viper/Sidewinder skid plates done too. Only (1) available, so if you want a blue one get in touch!
Not much got accomplished this week as I've been at hopspital since Monday evening with our 3 week old daughter. She had surgery Wednesday and should be fit to come home today. Lots of emails, calls texts coming through. I will get caught up with everyone's questions and orders as soon as I can.
Was hoping to be shipping torsion block orders this week, but it will be next week.
Ordered in an aftermarket Viper front bumper from one of my distributors and got it today. I plan to install it on my viper for the season. Its aluminium and very nice quality. I'm impressed with it!. They are in the online store for $134. I can have them powder coated for an additional $15 if looking for a custom look.
Stainless steel y pipes for the 06-10 apex are not always easy to come by. The 03-04 rx-1 y pipes are a direct fit, except the overall length is shorter. I have extensions made up that slip onto an rx-1 y pipe and extend them to the apex length. We typically weld them on, but they can be used as just a slip fit. If you can track down 03-04 pipes we can make them work on your 06-10 apex.
Been a busy week! Monday we welcomed a baby girl into the family, so my time in the shop has been limited. Mom and baby are home and doing well, so now I'm trying to catch up on work in the shop. Today I finished up my 4th wheel kits for the SR Viper and sidewinders. I can utilize used standoffs from the Jap skids I have laying around to provide an economically priced insurance policy for that rear tri hub. When a tri hub bearing fails, the sled is pretty much stranded on the spot. These extra wheels on outside will ensure the sled is still mobile if the trub hub assembly fails. Retail for kits will be around $65 and include (2) standoffs, 2 new wheels with replaceable bearings, and two bolts and washers. Should have kits in the store soon!
Steering relocates have been around for the Nytro for quite some time. I finally got around to putting together my own kit and will be selling them for $40. This makes the handlebar range of motion more natural. In stock trim, the handlebar range of motion is up and down. The relocate allows for a more natural push and pull range of motion. I also believe the relocate will allow for the use of the dual fan setup with a trail tank. I have a customers nytro with trail tank coming in soon for a trial fit up.
Here's a vintage project I've been working on. The older bravos and enticers have square driveshafts and 3.29 pitch drivers which require tracks that are obsolete. There's a demand for these sleds as they are perfect for young kids to get started on so I'm working on affordable kit which will revive the ones in need of a track. I've got the driver situation sorted out with a bushing as shown in photo. Next step is the rail extensions that get welded on to stock rails to extend to 121 length. Last step will be a small tunnel extension. Stay tuned! My goal is to be able to offer complete kit minus track for around $200.
Busy week here in shop. The PA sled show is this weekend. Stop by and say hello if you attend. I've finished up the rouski wheel kit for curve skis. The final piece of the puzzle was getting wheel to clear the ski and my dad was able to solve that by bending an offset in the arm. Contact me if you are interested in a kit. The Rouski kit I start with lists for $320. With my brackets and hardware for a Curve ski the complete kit will be $350.
Finalized some fit up on a set of aftermarket shocks for the phazer. These will be a direct fit on the phazer sleds. They are steel body non rebuildable shocks, but very economically priced. The front shock will retail for $90 and the rear for $110. These are brand new and will be a great option for those not looking to spend big bucks!
I had a customer inquire about fitting up some retractable wheels on Curve skis. Customer informed me that he was unable find anything that was designed to fit the Curve ski. I ordered in a set of Rouski wheels for a Yamaha ski and this morning I began fitting them up. Mounting them will require some new mounting brackets and a modified arm, but at this point it looks like the conversion is going to work. Mounting brackets are drawn up and once I get them back from the shop I will update on the install.
Here's something new I've been working on. 4 position blocks used to be offered but presently no one makes them for the yamaha sleds anymore. These blocks will be made from aluminum and replace the 3 position plastic blocks. Position 1 & 2 will be same as the M & H setting on stock block. Position 3 will be 1.5 x the preload of H and position 4 will be double the preload of H. These stiffer settings will allow for less sag. For those that ride with a seat jack these blocks will provide stiffer settings when taking passengers.
Drantell Yamaha has confirmed that my Viper skid plate will be a direct fit onto the Sidewinder. Nick installed it on a production xtx model as shown in photo.
Still no Sidewinders here in the east. Nick at Drantell Sales & Service Yamaha in MN has offered to do a trial fit up on my skid plate to see if it will fit the Sidewinder. He has a production XTX on the floor so I'm shipping one out tomorrow. Will post updates as soon as I hear back from him. He is also going to do an ohm test on the sidewinder throttle lever so I can verify if the Japan throttle kits will work on Sidewinder also.
I had a customer inquire about one of these seats for his 08 Nytro. Kimpex lists them for 09 and up. Knowing that seat, exhaust tail light ect are same on an 08 I didn't see any reason why it wouldn't fit the 09. So I ordered one in to do a trial fit up. First off this new version is awesome and light years better than the original! The 09 and up tunnels have different style running boards, and the locating template kimpex designed only lines up with rivet holes on the 09 + tunnels. I'm going to create a template that will work for the 08 tunnels. If anyone is interested in one of these seats don't hesitate to contact me.....even if isn't shown as available for you machine. I have the ability and resources to make things work!
There has always been a pretty good demand for XTX rear shocks as they tend to blow apart. Wanting to be able to offer a cheap alternative to the oem shock I did some trial fit ups with some skidoo shocks and found a perfect match! This is a basic steel body shock with no adjustment but it retails for only $100! This will be a cheap alternative that bolts right in to get someone back on trail while they hunt for another OEM or have their original repaired.
Updated website is now live. May look a little different, but still flows the same. Some of the images didn't transfer over. Please bear with us as we work all the bugs out of new site. Biggest change is the online store. The new store allows buyers to filter by sled. This will make it much easier for buyers to find items applicable to his or her sled. We've add many new items to the store such as our new Viper full skid plates. Photo shows a custom red finish requested by one customer.