How to Measure a Snowmobile Track

Hey, I’m Jonathan! Born and bred in the chilly thrills of the extreme sports world, I’ve been zipping around on snowmobiles for decades, most of that time spent in the crisp, snowy expanses of the Rocky Mountains. ❄️ I’ve created this blog to share all the cool stuff I’ve learned about snowmobiles over the years. Ready to dive deep into snowmobile tracks? Let’s hit the trail!

Mastering the Trail: The Ultimate Guide to Measuring Snowmobile Tracks

Key Snowmobile Track Terms You Should Know

Drive Pitch: This refers to the space between two consecutive drive lugs on the track’s interior, measured in inches. Think of it as the ‘heartbeat’ of your track!
Lug: Those cool extensions that shoot out from the track and dig into the snow. You might also hear them referred to as paddles or crossbars.
Lug Height: How tall those lugs stand, measured from the track surface to their top. Like high heels for your sled!
Track Width: Simply the horizontal measurement of the track – from one side to the other. Imagine you’re standing behind your snowmobile and looking at it; this is the left-to-right span. ↔️
Track Length: A combo of the drive pitch and lug count, this represents the inner circumference of the track. It’s what we’re diving into today!

Measuring Your Snowmobile Track: Step-by-Step

Wondering why there’s a tad bit of math involved in this? Fret not! Here’s how to crack the code in a jiffy:

  1. Determine the Drive Pitch: Grab a tape measure, pick two lugs, and check the center-to-center gap. For precision, take ten lugs, measure the total distance and then average it out by dividing by 10.
  2. Count those Lugs: Tally up every lug on the track. Pro tip: Use a little tape on the starting lug to keep track.
  3. Plug ’em into the Formula: With your drive pitch and lug count, simply multiply to unveil your track length. The magic formula? Pitch x Number of Lugs = Length.

Why Track Length Matters

Track length isn’t just a number! If you’re thinking of swapping out your sled’s track, it’s paramount to match the length, lest you end up with slippage or malfunctions. Performance-wise, short tracks offer speed and agility, while their longer counterparts are beasts in deep snow.

Final Thoughts on Measurements

Once you’ve got the hang of the basic track-measuring formula and techniques, the rest is a breeze! The next time you’re on the hunt for an upgrade or eyeing a second-hand snowmobile, these insights will be invaluable. And remember, track lengths can be rounded up or down depending on the brand. So, always keep an eye out for those minute differences! ️‍♂️

Snowmobile Track Measurement Quick Recap:

Term Explanation
Drive Pitch Distance between two consecutive drive lugs.
Lug Extensions from the track that grip the snow.
Lug Height Height of the lugs from the track surface.
Track Width Left-to-right measurement of the track.
Track Length Inner circumference of the track.


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