How to Know When to Change Your Snowmobile Sliders

March 7th, 2019 by



Before you formally commence your  next snowmobile-ride or season, you need to make sure that your snow-sport vehicles are all good and ready to go. One of the worst things that you can do to yourself and your snowmobile is to immediately use it without making sure that they’re safe to use.


Snowmobiles are usually stored for an extended period after use. For that reason, it is imperative that you check all parts of your snowmobile before using them in potentially dangerous and accident-prone activities.



Why Change Your Snowmobile Sliders


The slider is probably one of the most important parts of your snowmobile. Sometimes called “hyfax,” your snowmobile slider is the hard-plastic strip that is attached to the bottom of your skid rails.


Your slider protects your aluminum rails from getting damaged and worn down by the tracks. The beauty of having sliders is not having to replace your rails every year, if you had to do this it would become extremely costly. Instead, once your sliders reach a certain point of wear, you need to change them to prevent any damage.



Knowing when to change your snowmobile sliders


As mentioned, changing your snowmobile sliders is a lot easier and cheaper compared to replacing your railings. If you are not sure when you should have your sliders changed, there are signs that you can look out for that signal the wear and tear of snowmobile sliders.


Look out for these signs before you use your snowmobile to ensure your safety and security, as well as the mechanical integrity of your snowmobile.



  • Check the wear line on your snowmobile slider


One of the easiest ways to check whether you need to have your sliders changed or not is by looking at its wear line. The wear line is usually located on the side of your slider, running down its entire length.


Once you notice that you’re getting closer to hitting the line, which means that you’re entering the danger zone. Regularly check your wear line, especially if you’re an avid snowmobile rider.



  • Look at the thickness of your slider


Although you can always use the wear line as a reference, there might be some parts of your sliders that are worse wear-wise compared to the side wear lines. You should check how thick the slider is at its end part and reference it to the side to see if the wear is uneven. If you think that one side is dangerously close to the wear line even if some sides aren’t, you should start to think about replacing your sliders soon.



  • Check the number of your snowmobile miles


How many miles you’ve ridden using your snowmobile wouldn’t be able to tell you exactly when you should have your sliders changed. After all, the wear of your sliders is also affected by your average riding speed, snow conditions, placement of your skids, the number of its bogie wheels, etc.


However, it’s good to know that there’s a certain point miles-wise when you should start considering changing your sliders. When you reach around 2000-3000 miles using the same sliders, it might be the time to consider having yours changed.



Get top-quality sliders from Westshore Marine & Leisure


If you are still unsure if you should replace your snowmobile sliders or not, it is better to approach professionals like Westshore Marine & Leisure. We have been in this business for years, and there’s no better company to ask how and when you should have your sliders changed.


Aside from our services, we also offer snowmobile equipment that you might be interested in. Contact us now and see how we can help you keep your snowmobile safe and secure for the years to come!