Bogie wheels are usually found in tracked vehicles. The term bogie wheels can be traced back to earlier times when old snowmobiles with the old suspensions had set of spring mounted wheels known as bogies. Then came sliding rail systems and other combination systems using both sliding rail system and bogies. Now, coming to the modern snowmobile suspension systems, the bogie wheels appear in the form of support wheels.
The bogie wheels are used in snowmobiles to support the track while giving strength to the sled’s suspension. For this application, the bogie wheels are spaced evenly on axles that run the length of the track. They are not used to power the track. With their smooth surface, they act as a support component like a tire. The track will ride on the wheels. The tracks won’t sag or become bound up with the help of the wheels. They provide the adequate tension and alignment so that the track rotates smoothly. They are also known as suspension wheels or idler wheels.
Idler wheels or Bogie wheels can wear out with lots of use. They can also fail from lack of use. This happens when you store your sled in a garage for a long period during those off seasons. If broken, they can damage the track and lead to time consuming and costly repairs. So they are important in the snowmobile system for the proper smooth working of the sled and proper care need to be taken to ensure their proper working.
The market has many options for these bogie wheels. They are available in rubber, plastics, etc. Some of the market options of bogie wheels are given below.
Slydog Real Cool Bogie Wheels
Real Cool Bogies are more than just idler wheels. They use a rotating fan blade design. This pushes the cold air into the front of your skid and also blows away the unwanted snow out the back. This will lubricate your hyfax in the process. Thus your hyfax is protected from excessive wear. The bogie wheels are molded from single piece UHMW materials and in the absence of rubber components, snow will not stick to the wheels. This will also eliminate the vibrations which may be cause from out of balance wheels. Thus they have longer life. They have performance matching other OEM idler wheels.
Now let us look at how the bogie technology works. On the front bogie, with the intake fan blade design, the cold air is blown into the sleds skid or track, thereby cooling and lubricating hyfax and the other track components. Now, the rear bogie have the exhaust fan blade design which blows hot air and also the unwanted snow out of the sled’s skid. This will prevent snow packing at the skid which can lead to slowing down of the sled’s moving parts. They are available in custom color and styles to match with your sled.
Real Cool Bogie Wheels
Slydog Vortex Bogie Wheel
The 10 inch Vortex Bogie wheel is the biggest in the lineup of Slydog. They are similar in operation with the Real Cool Bogie Wheels. They come with universal left/right fan blade design. While spinning, they maximize airflow and keeps snow moving through the skid of the snowmobile. Thus you have better hyfax cooling with less snow pack. Compatible with the Big Wheel kits, they are also compatible with 10 inch OEM wheels on the latest sled models. They are also available in two styles.
Slydog Vortex bogie Wheel
Camso Bogie Wheels
Camso Bogie wheels provide long lasting performance. These are rubber wheels which are made with compounds found to minimize abrasion and chunking. The Bogie Wheels are engineered as per OEM specifications. They guarantee reliable performance and excellent durability. They help in delivering aggressive track profile which further leads to good traction. They are easy to install and can be interchanged between brands and model.
Camso Bogie Wheel
Kimpex Bogie Wheels
Kimpex offers bogie wheels to replace your worn or broken slide suspension idler wheels with new ones. They are of high quality and OEM type. They can replace the original model and son require no modification or additional parts. They mostly match the original wheels in materials, color and even dimensions. They include bearings. They are available in rubber, plastic, rubber-aluminium models. There are models to fit your Ski-Doo, Polaris, Yamaha and Arctic Cat snowmobile models. There is also a UHMW model for Ski-Doo. There are durability issues with rubber models. The UHMW models are the best option you could have. There are a wide range of color options available to match with our sled. For more details on the fitment and compaibility of the bogie wheels, you can check the website.
Kimpex Idler Wheels
PPD Idler Wheel
PPD concentrates in the manufacturing of engineered products made from rubber and other polymer compounds which can be used in a wide range of applications. They are made from highest quality materials with good puncture resistance and elasticity. They also offer good resistance to wear and tear. The idler wheels are of highest quality ad are OEM replacements. They include bearing and circlip. There are models available for Arctic Cat, Polaris, Yamaha and Ski-Doo snowmobiles. PPD offers a wide range of color options to choose from.
PPD Idler Wheels
Parts Unlimited Idler Wheel
Parts Unlimited Idler Wheels are an excellent option to replace the existing model of your stock idlers. They are high quality OEM replacement type idler wheels which are designed to match the original models. These are of plastic with rubber wheel type. They are available in many color options so that you can get your hands on the one of your choice matching your sled. They are models compatible with Ski-Doo, Polaris, Yamaha and Arctic Cat. Parts Unlimited offers products with reliability and durability. They are sold each and comes with bearings. You can check the website for more details on the fitment.
Parts Unlimited Idler Wheel