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#1 Taloush

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 10:22 PM

Hey guys, im currently riding a brand new sled and i am running it on an open trailer with a slush guard. I just wanted to get some opinions on good habits to maintain its rust free body. Currently my plan is that every time i drive in wet conditions where salt can enter the suspension parts, i stop at the power wash by my house, rise it all down as best as i can, and head home... what im considering to add to this process is spraying some simple green before i use the wash as a degreaser, then rinse, then when its all dry the next day spray wd-40 on everything inside the track and the front shocks, or wd-40 specialist silicone spray which helps prevent rust and dries clear, i really like that stuff aswell. Whats everyones thoughts? Should i only use wd-40 once in a while? Every time i rinse the sled?

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Posted 21 May 2020 - 11:29 PM

As irritating as this might sound, here is the best advice you will ever hear.

Even if it’s a beater craigslist trailer, pick up a nice enclosed trailer. You can find some dirt cheap clamshell 2 place trailers for not much, especially in May.

It will save you worlds of headache having to do all of that washing and everything. Salt will make its way into places you didn’t even know existed. I hate open sled trailers.

Especially that you have a brand new sled. Protect your investment! I know it’s irritating for some rando on the internet to tell you to get a new trailer, but I’m telling you. You will thank me later. An enclosed trailer will make the whole sledding experience 10x easier and more enjoyable.


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Posted 21 May 2020 - 11:41 PM

What he said! Enclosed trailers hold their value pretty good..not to mention if you get a off season deal chances are the trailer will still be worth what you paid several years later..



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Posted 21 May 2020 - 11:57 PM

Went to a Top Cap clamshell after I bought my 04 Rev new, sled still looks new, and I could pull it with a car if I had to.  It pulls easier than any open trailer. You can clean up afterwards like you are doing for a awhile, but once you switch to a covered trailer, you will wish you did it sooner.



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Posted 22 May 2020 - 07:38 AM

Like stated above, buy a covered trailer. It will save you lots of money, work and head aces down the road. The sled will appreciate it also!

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#6 Taloush

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Posted 22 May 2020 - 10:03 AM

I am planning to buy an enclosed trailer in the next 2 to 3 years, but in the meantime send your buddy evil to answer the main part of my question which is those small things to do when cleaning Snowmobile to prevent rust

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Posted 22 May 2020 - 10:33 AM

The best thing to do on an open trailer it to use a snowmobile cover. Even with a slush guard. This will keep the slush and salt off the sled. I have an open trailer with slush guard also. My sleds are rust free and other than a little belt dust, are very clean under the hood. I see way to many guys in my area that do not use covers on open trailers. They get to the trail head and the sleds are just a mess with slush and salt. I see these sleds for sale and when they show under the hood, everything is rusty. Not something that I would buy!

 

I would not mess with the WD 40 on the suspension. Just grease the shafts to keep them moving. I would also not use a power washer on a regular basis. You have the chance to shoot water into the suspension shafts. Then you will be greasing every time to get that water out. I have not had any rust in the tunnel area on any of my sleds on an open trailer. Yes, you will get a little light rust on nuts and bolts, it is a wet environment. But not parts showing rust to make them fail. When you get to the trail head, what little salt spray might make it back that far is washed off by riding. You can take a hose to it when you get home and wash it down if that makes you sleep better. 



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Posted 22 May 2020 - 01:11 PM

I am planning to buy an enclosed trailer in the next 2 to 3 years, but in the meantime send your buddy evil to answer the main part of my question which is those small things to do when cleaning Snowmobile to prevent rust

You rang?  

Enclosed best option by far.  Cover it up as best as possible if no option 1.



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Posted 22 May 2020 - 06:30 PM

Didn't we just have this chat a few threads ago?




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