Snowmobile reverse kits are a popular aftermarket accessory among sled riders. These kits add the reverse functionality to a snowmobile that doesn’t have the same. It saves time and effort for riders.
A snowmobile without the reverse functionality will have to be manually pushed in the reverse direction. It requires a lot of physical effort, especially for heavier snowmobiles. When towing heavy loads, the lack of reverse function can make it almost impossible to reverse the snowmobile without some help. Manual reversing can be quite tiring for people who ride for long hours or tow heavy loads.
What Is A Snowmobile Reverse Kit?
A snowmobile reverse kit is an aftermarket accessory that allows you to add the reverse function to a sled. These kits are suitable for the people who own a snowmobile that lacks this feature. They can also be beneficial for freeing a sled stuck in the snow. It is cost-effective as otherwise the riders would have to spend money on a new snowmobile, which can be quite expensive.
Snowmobile reverse kits are designed based on the make and manufacturer of a snowmobile. Sleds of the same model manufactured during different years may require different revere kits.
Installing A Snowmobile Reverse Kit
Installing a snowmobile reverse kit is a mechanical process. Many dealers install snowmobile reverse kits on sleds. You can approach one of these dealers and ask them about the same. They might also give you a warranty on the installation.
You can also undertake the installation yourself if you have good knowledge and experience regarding the internal components of a snowmobile and the way they work. It will require around six hours for installing the kit. The process is somewhat challenging and requires fairly advanced mechanical skills.
Will I Have To Replace The Existing Gears?
Installation of a snowmobile reverse kit may or may not require you to change gears or other components of your sled. It will depend on the reverse kit and the model of the sled. You may have to purchase adapters, a complete set of new gears, or a whole new chaincase for accommodating the reverse kit. A whole new chaincase will cost more, but it will be easier to install.
Where Can I Buy A Snowmobile Reverse Kit?
Snowmobile reverse kits are available as both OEM and aftermarket accessories. They are sold by the manufacturing company of the sled and generic brands. You can check the price and compatibility of the kit before committing to a purchase.
Brand new snowmobile reverse kits may not be available for old models of snowmobiles. You may have to purchase a used kit for these sleds. You must check the kit for wear and tear if you are buying it second-hand. When choosing a kit, pay special attention to its engine compatibility. Most reverse kits are not suitable for high power engines. Installing one such kit on a powerful sled may cause permanent physical damage to both the kit and the sled. Make sure that the reverse kit that you are buying is the right fit for your sled. You may approach the manufacturer or a local dealer for confirming the same.