Polaris Snowmobile Projects

Polaris Snowmobile Projects Polaris, located among some prime snowmobile territory in Medina, MN, began as a manufacturer of snow machines way back in 1954.

LATEST Polaris Snowmobile Projects

  • Indy Project Sled - Wide Front-End Kit

    Another Polaris accessory that I highly recommend. This kit will allow you to extend you ski stance to a little over 40 inches and includes "beefier" components, including a stiffer swaybar. When installed on older, narrower- stance Indys, it will yeild a

    Nov. 01, 2005
  • Indy Project Snowmobile - Rolling the Chaincase

    I decided to roll the case to give myself more clearance in the front of the tunnel in order to use a single, large tunnel cooler to reduce weight. As it turns out, for trail riding that single cooler is not adequate, so I had to scrap that plan.

    Nov. 01, 2005
  • Indy Project Sled - Lightweight Hood

    I installed a Body By Northstar lightweight hood after seeing their products at a display in Grantsburg Wisconsin last summer at the watercross there. I was really impressed by their quality and light weight but what sold me was the high-quality finish an

    Nov. 01, 2005
  • Indy Project Sled - Lightweight Steering Post

    Cost: $60 (US) Risks: Minor Benefits: Small weight saving Tools Required: Typical mechanic's toolkit Parts Required: Steering post Mechanical Skill Required: Average "shade tree" skills

    Nov. 01, 2005
  • Indy Project Sled - Low-Oil Warning Light

    I did this mod for a silly reason - the previous owner of my sled had installed an electric face shield and installed the control box on the instrument panel between the gauges. He ran the wire through one of the warning light cutouts and when I removed t

    Nov. 01, 2005
  • Project Indy - Fox Shocks

    Fox Shocks Cost: $350 (US)

    Nov. 01, 2005
  • Indy Project Sled - Engine Modification

    When sledders begin talking about engine modifications, the conversation can take about eight million different turns. Everyone has an opinion about snowmobile engine mods and most are different.

    Nov. 01, 2005
  • Indy Project Sled - Plastic Skis

    Here's another mod for handling that also looks better than the stock item. SLP skis are fairly expensive, so they need to work well to be worth the money. And in my opinion, there is no question they are worth the price.

    Nov. 01, 2005
  • Indy Project Sled - Installing a Tether

    Every sled I've owned since my 1980 Ski Doo Blizzard 9500 has had a tether switch . . . except my 1990 Indy 500. I don't know why Polaris does not put them on all their sleds, it's cheap and easy. Maybe they've decided that most people don't use them anyw

    Nov. 01, 2005
  • Indy Project Sled - New Handlebars

    Many aggressive riders complain about the bend of the stock Indy handlebars, especially after riding another brand with straighter bars. Changing handlebars is not a particularly easy job, mainly because of the handwarmers. But if you have some other reas

    Nov. 01, 2005
  • Indy Project Sled - New Seat

    The old Indy seat cover was in amazingly good condition for a 10 year old sled, but the older Indys have a pretty skimpy gas tank, 7.2 gallons so I wanted to put a new tank on the sled. I knew if I did that, I'd have to either get a new seat or modify the

    Nov. 01, 2005
  • Indy Project Sled - Adding a Skidplate

    I always thought skidplates were more of a cosmetic item than anything until I put one on my Indy. After the first ride I was amazed to see the number of scrapes and scratches on it, there's obviously a whole lot more hard stuff in the snow than you would

    Nov. 01, 2005
  • Indy Project Sled - XTRA-10 Installation

    By itself, installing an XTRA-10 in an older Indy is really easy. Essentially you drop the old suspension out, measure carefully for the new mouting holes, relocate the suspension mount plates, drill the new holes and bolt in the XTRA-10. Ride height is j

    Nov. 01, 2005
  • Indy Project Sled - Late-Model XC Coolers

    Here's another mod that I did because of other things I had done to the sled. The germ of the idea sprang from the chaincase roll, which sprang from the hope of weight saving.

    Nov. 01, 2005
  • Indy Project Sled - Late-model Chaincase

    Chances are, if you're reading this and you have a vintage Indy, you have either already changed your brake pads or you about to have to. And what you'll find when you get ready to do that is that it is not an easy job with the older brake caliper.

    Nov. 01, 2005
  • Indy Project Sled - New Handlebar Grips

    When I sold the 500 Fuji twin out of my Indy this spring, someone asked the buyer "is it purple?" I'm afraid I have gone a bit overboard with the purple on this sled, sorry.

    Nov. 01, 2005
  • Indy Project Sled - Lightweight Brake Hub and Rotor

    Elsewhere on the Off-Road Snowmobile site, you'll find an outstanding article written by Rob Schley that explains the physics behind rotating mass. Rob understands it and explains it better than I ever could, but in a nutshell, the farther away from the c

    Nov. 01, 2005
  • Indy Project Sled Description

    The sled I began with is one that everyone who's been in the sport more than 10 minutes has seen, a 1990 Indy 500. Mine was an SKS, which the last I heard was the #1 all-time best selling sled. Not sure that's still true, but there were a whole bunch of I

    Nov. 01, 2005
  • Indy Project Sled - Liquid-Cooled Brake Kit

    This dandy little kit is available from Polaris. It consists of a small, hollow aluminum channel that fits in the caliper behind the inboard brake pad through which engine coolant flows and all necessary hoses and clamps.

    Nov. 01, 2005
  • Indy Project Sled - Installing EGTs

    Cost: $160 (US) Risks: Minor Benefits: Precise knowledge of how well you are jetted, a safety edge

    Nov. 01, 2005