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Discussion: New snowmobile

in: kadley; kadley > 2017-11-18

Nov 23, 2017 12:47 AM # 
Bigger than a Bombi? What is it, an Alpina?
Nov 23, 2017 1:08 AM # 
It's a Scandic SuperWideTrack utility sled. Just got thru modifying the back deck with a ball for a gooseneck hitch. That distributes the weight of the groomer better and improves turning. The SWT should handle my trails without difficulty -- we'll see soon enough.
Nov 23, 2017 1:11 AM # 
Soon? Are you implying that you have snow?
Nov 23, 2017 1:13 AM # 
If the temp gets below 25 Thursday night we can make some.
Nov 23, 2017 2:04 AM # 
hmm, ok. I guess I didn't understand what your Bombi was. My snowmobile is a Scandic SWT and I was assuming your Bombi was bigger, as in one of those skid-steer groomers like the snowmobile clubs around here use.

I suspect the hitch ball on the rear deck is a good idea, especially if you're pulling any weight. But the biggest problem I've had with the SWT is steering, or rather the lack of steering when I'm not in deep snow (and regardless of whether I'm towing anything). I've seen replacement skis that are supposed to improve the steering but haven't tried them yet. Right now I just need to find a trailer so I can take it to a shop and get it working again.
Nov 23, 2017 2:16 AM # 
The Bombi is wider and has a cab, so I guess it is bigger, but the Scandic is longer and probably has more power with the 900 cc engine than the old 4 cylinder Fiesta engine. We'll see how it handles. The Bombi does have skid steering and can turn tight corners.

I held the nose down on my old snowmobile with a 25# weight hanging on the front end. And I bolted a length of 2 x 2 angle to the bottom of the skis to give them bite for turning. The steering was pretty unstable, but I never ran it fast and it did turn after that.
Nov 23, 2017 2:40 AM # 
yes I've done the 25# weight thing on the front and it helps a little. There's a slot right in the front of the cowling where it fits perfectly. Standing up and putting all my weight as far forward as possible on the outside of the turn helps, too. Gotta turn really slowly when doing that. Also having a reverse gear is handy when it's so bad that I have to back up and try again. If I did this more than a handful of times per year I would fuss over equipment improvements more. ;-)
Nov 23, 2017 6:09 AM # 
That’s what the loop in between the handlebars is for. Throw your weight around =)

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