Other Key Parts
Some snowmobiles are equipped with small mirrors mounted on the side of the hood or windshield. Adjust the mirrors before starting your ride to ensure they are correct for your seat position on the snowmobile. While these small mirrors allow operators to see behind them, they may vibrate and often have a "blind spot" that does not allow you to see everything clearly—so do not rely solely on them when riding. Occasionally glance over your shoulder to see what is behind you, even when riding with mirrors.
Running boards serve as foot rests and often have raised dimples or open patterns for increased traction. They can collect snow and ice while riding, so it is important to periodically remove these snow/ice accumulations to ensure you can keep a firm foot hold while riding.
The front suspension is designed to absorb bumps, provide a smoother ride, and assist in helping steer safely. Some suspensions allow you to make adjustments to fit the weight of the rider to the depth of the snow. To make adjustments properly, read your owner's manual or seek qualified help.
The rear suspension includes the rear axle, springs, bogie or idler wheels, slide rails, and shock absorbers. It keeps the track flat on the snow, gives a comfortable ride, and helps the machine's handling. Some parts can be adjusted for the weight and style of the rider. To make adjustments properly, read your owner's manual or seek qualified assistance.
The snow flap is located at the rear of the snowmobile and covers the back of the track to prevent snow chunks, ice, or other objects from being thrown by the track back toward other riders. Periodically check the flap while riding to ensure it is in good working condition and not tucked up under the tunnel on top of the track.