The weight of a snowmobile is one of the most important factors when it comes to riding quality and comfort.
Experienced riders know well that lighter snowmobiles tend to run better on powder ice, while preference is given to heavier ones when it comes to riding on hard ice.
Our objective for this article is to discuss all snowmobile’s weights, so read on to learn more.
What is the average weight of a snowmobile?
The average snowmobile weight is around 500 pounds (226.7 kg), depending upon the brand and specific model. Based on these 15 examples, we can say, Polaris Snowmobiles are slightly lighter than Arctic Cat Snowmobiles.
What is dry weight & wet weight of a snowmobile?
Weight of snowmobiles can be expressed in two forms, dry weight, and wet weight.
The dry weight of a snowmobile is defined as the weight of a snowmobile without fuel and/or other fluids, such as coolants, engine oils et cetera.
The wet weight of a snowmobile is defined as the weight of a snowmobile with a nominal level of working fluids filled in.
The above definitions are general definitions, and change from manufacturer to manufacturer, so make sure to inquire what their definition of the concerned weight is when you visit a dealer.
How much do snowmobiles weigh?
When we talk about snowmobiles, there are many manufacturers and every manufacturer has got many models, which makes it very difficult to give a single number as an answer.
But, if we have to give a general idea, the average weight of a snowmobile is around 500 lb.
Different manufacturer’s makes and models differ in weight because they have different chassis, engines, and frames, which are very heavy components, and change in their weight causes overall weight change.
In the section below, we will see what are the weight and fuel capacities of snowmobiles from three well-known snowmobile manufacturers.
Dry Weight of Snowmobiles (15 Examples)
First of all, we have the following models from Polaris and their specifications.
|Snowmobile Model||Estimated Dry Weight||Fuel Capacity|
|Polaris 800 PRO-RMK 163||413 lb. (187 kg)||11.5 gal|
|Polaris 600 INDY XC 137||462 lb. (209 kg)||12 gal|
|Polaris 600 Switchback PRO-S||447 lb. (202.7 kg)||12 gal|
|Polaris 800 TITAN Adventure 155||658 lb. (298 kg)||14 gal|
|Polaris 600 RUSH PRO-S||432 lb. (196 kg)||12 gal|
After that, we have the models from Arctic Cat and their specifications.
|Artic Cat Snowmobile Models||Estimated Dry Weight||Fuel Capacity|
|M 8000 HARDCORE ALPHA ONE||460 lb. (208.6 kg)||11.7 gal.|
|ZR 9000 THUNDERCAT||603 lb. (273.5 kg)||9.9 gal.|
|BEARCAT 2000 XT||636 lb. (288 kg)||17 gal.|
|LYNX 2000 LT||567 lb. (257 kg)||11.2 gal.|
|ZR 8000 RR||521 lb. (236 kg)||11.7 gal.|
Lastly, we have some models from Ski-Doo as well.
|Ski Doo Snowmobile Models||Estimated Dry Weight||Fuel Capacity|
|Ski Doo RENEGADE X-RS||536 lb. (243 kg)||9.5 gal.|
|Ski Doo MXZ X-RS||486 lb. (220 kg)||9.5 gal.|
|Ski Doo BACKCOUNTRY X-RS||484 lb. (219 kg)||9.5 gal.|
|Ski Doo GRAND TOURING SPORT||498 lb. (226 kg)||9.5 gal.|
|Ski Doo SUMMIT X||457 lb. (207 kg)||9.5 gal.|
If you don’t see your favorite snowmobile here, don’t worry. Just head to the manufacturer’s website and search for that particular model. Head to specifications section then, and you will surely find it there.
What influences the weight of a snowmobile?
As we were discussing earlier, there are many components that affect the weight of a snowmobile. Let’s discuss them now.
As it may come with no surprise to many people, the engine is the single most heavy component in a snowmobile.
The weight of an engine mainly varies by its capacity, measured in cubic centimeters (or ‘cc’ in short).
This is due to the fact that engine with higher capacity burns more fuel than an engine with lesser capacity, and due to the increased heat that is produced in the engine, there are more stresses caused by heat and to handle it, we need bulkier engines, made with stronger material.
Also, it matters if the engine is a two or four-stroke engine. A two-stroke engine is generally lighter than a four-stroke engine of similar capacity and power.
This is because a two-stroke engine has a lower working temperature than a four-stroke engine, so manufacturers can get away with using materials that are lighter.
Tracks are the second most singularly heavy component on a snowmobile.
Tracks are generally made of fiber as well, but different options are available in markets nowadays.
Seats can also affect the weight of a snowmobile considerably. This is because there is a base of the seat made of thick metal to make sure that it doesn’t flex when weight is loaded on it. Also, there is a lot of foam used in a seat, which adds to its weight.
Generally, snowmobiles have two types of bodies, namely the metal and fiber body.
Metal bodies are cheaper but have a higher weight and if there is a dent on it, a lot of effort is required to fix it. Also, rust is generally unavoidable in steel frames, and even if proper care is taken, one should not be surprised at seeing rust patches on the insides.
Fiber bodies are very light, and the introduction of newer materials such as carbon fiber has helped to reduce the weight and increase the strength of these even further.
Fiber bodies have two disadvantages, first being that they are expensive and second that they are not repairable, as they break on hard impacts.
When fiber bodies break, the only solution is to replace the body, which is a costly affair.
Additional Snowmobile Trailer Weight
To transport your snowmobile, you should consider investing in a snowmobile trailer, which will help you to move your snowmobile safely.
Generally, snowmobile trailers weigh north of 450 lb., so keep that in mind when you are towing one with a truck, as the net weight that needs to be towed will come as the sum of the weight of your trailer and the snowmobile.
How do I make my snowmobile lighter?
It is a fact that if you want to go snowmobiling on powder ice and increase snowmobile efficiency, you need to lower the weight of your snowmobile.
Some people think that reducing the weight of snowmobile is very difficult and while doing so, working of snowmobile may be affected. But that is not always the case, as some things can be done to reduce the weight without hampering the function of your snowmobile, which we are going to discuss below.
Use Lighter Skis
When you want to make your snowmobile lighter, the first advice that I will give someone is to change their skis.
It is generally said that heavier the skis, the better they are, but it turns out that this rule only applies for durability.
Lighter skis not only reduce the weight of your snowmobile but help you to effectively steer it as well, as it becomes easier to move the handle since it loses its weight.
One should prefer narrower tracks, as they reduce weight, which translates to better acceleration and control if we talk about performance.
Also, the drive pitch must be kept as high as possible to reduce the maximum possible weight from the tracks.
Shafts are used for transmission of power from the engine to other parts in a snowmobile, and the weight of a snowmobile can be effectively reduced if aftermarket performance shafts are used.
These shafts are hollow shafts, unlike the stock shafts that are literally rods or are not bored on the inside. On this point, it should be clarified that using performance shafts, which are bored doesn’t compromise on the durability of the shaft, as they are made of more durable material and can withstand all the load that they are rated for.
Countershaft (or jackshaft) and driveshafts are some examples of shafts that are readily available from enthusiast aftermarket part vendors.
The only disadvantage of these shafts is their cost.
Lightweight Steering Columns
Steering columns can be modified in the same fashion as the shafts, with lightweight counterparts, which allow for a significant reduction in weight.
Using lightweight steering columns increases the ease of handling as well.
So we discussed many things about snowmobile’s weight and what to do if you want to make your snowmobile lighter.
Note that while we have tried to provide as accurate definitions as possible for some parameters, there are no set guidelines for them, so don’t be surprised if someone tells you something a bit different from what we have discussed here.