Who would have thought a bunch of action sports athletes from Scandinavia would be out solving problems. Many of us that are avid snowmobile enthusiasts have one major problem with them, they can only be ridden in the snow. Someone was aware of this problem because we now have conversion kits to change a motorcycle from a dirt bike, to a snow bike.
But what if wanted to go the other way around, making a snowmobile handle the dirt would turn it into a year round toy versus just seasonal. A few of the guys at Stunt Freaks decided to give it a shot. The idea they came up with was actually brilliant and seemed quite simple if you have access to a welder. A few pieces of metal, some old ATV tires and you’re good to go.
The amount of power these machines can create is seriously impressive, even an old machine like they are using in this video will still get up and go. Especially with that monster track providing traction there really would be no mud too deep or hill too steep. I just have one question how in the world are they keeping the track from melting together due to excess heat. Snowmobiles have these plastic runners, usually referred to as “Hyfax”, that creates less friction as the track rotates. One of the golden rules of riding, especially on days with poor snow conditions, is to always keep the track cool even if that meant stopping to kick snow up in there. That’s why they have those little bars called “scratchers” that you’re supposed to put out when trail riding so snow gets kicked up into the track. Maybe they can only ride it for a short time before having to go spray it off and cool it down. Either way we thought this was a pretty cool idea if you have an old sled laying around. I don’t think you would want to do this with a brand new sled though, unless you have more to choose from I guess.
It looks like other people have had the same idea over the years. Here’s a few other builds, some that worked and some that look absolutely terrible!