In most cases you may not be aware about the basic need of the accessories associated with your snowmobile. It is always better to have a basic detail about them and how they perform. Snowmobile Track Studs are important as they help in proper traction of your snowmobiles. They can help you a lot from sliding and associated wear and tear.
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What exactly is a Snowmobile Track Stud?
A Snowmobile Track Stud resembles a small tack made from metal which when added to the snowmobile track can help you in traction and braking. Constructed from steel or stainless steel, they have carbide tips. Snowmobile Track Studs of various types and lengths are available in the market and you can get your hands on the one of your choice.
What are the functions of Snowmobile Studs?
Snowmobile studs provide the grip you need while sledding. They can help you stop down even if your snowmobile’s track locks up. They help in acceleration by providing the holeshot. They also help in cornering, stopping the back end from swinging around and becoming the front end.
Types of Snowmobile Track Studs
There are mainly two types of Snowmobile Track Studs:
Screw in Snowmobile Studs
Being pushed through the track, these studs require. They won’t rip the track as they have bigger backing plate.
T-Nut Snowmobile Studs
They are lighter than the Screw in Snowmobile Studs. They have caused damaged to tracks in some cases.
Snowmobile track’s lugs are important when choosing the stud. The stud that you look for should be about 3/8 inches longer than slug height or else it can lead to clearance problems and damage to the exhaust of the sled.
Steel or stainless steel studs with carbide tips are the most common. Carbide remains sharp for a long time. That is why carbide material is chosen as the tip for the stud.
Some of the Screw in Snowmobile Studs in the market are:
IGRiP Screw in Snowmobile Track Studs
iGRiP is a Canadian company offering screw in studs. iGRiP offers screw in studs for your snowmobile irrespective of new or used tracks. These inexpensive easy to install studs are silent. They are lightweight and hence they will not add to the weight on the track. As a result, they are not going to puncture your radiator. The iGRiP Screw in Studs can do a great job when braking and accelerating and thereby ensuring your safety in the trails. On those icy curves, you can now be stable and secure with good control over the sleds. Note that for snowmobile tracks, you need to pre-drill the holes. Thus being in the middle of the track lug, this will allow the studs to go in straight.
Now, the good news is that they have the installation tools in each of the packages. Also, keep in mind that for easy insertion of the iGRip studs, you can dip them in soap dish or any other non petroleum lubricant.
One of the models used in snowmobile track, the ST-25R iGRiP Standard Racing Studs. The model provides enhanced traction. The tip of the screw is made from tungsten carbide. The body is made from hot dipped steel which is galvanized. They have big threads to provide good anchoring. They are lightweight, easy to install and dismantle and offer lasting durability. They are available in 100, 150. 200. 250 and 1000 unit packages.
Ins Products Icemaster Screw In Studs
INS Products are in the business of high quality carbide products for better traction and minimizing the wear. The Icemaster Screw in Track Studs offer lateral projection required without the need to drill the track. The carbide tips are large enough to dig in. Being able to screw into the top of the lug and requiring no drilling. They also provide the necessary acceleration and braking at the required time. These are easy to install screw in studs which don’t necessarily require tunnel protectors. When compared to today’s push through studs are costlier and add weight to the track whereas, the Icemaster mounted on the lugs are rigid enough to provide positive traction control. Installation tool SR-31 is recommended for installation purpose.
The sharp 70 degree carbide tip gives the necessary traction. They have large, high profile carbide head. The sharp, deep, self tapping threads without the need for drilling provides the best hold you need. The plated finish prevents rust and they can last several seasons. They are available in three lengths: for lugs less than 1 inch, for lugs between I inch and 1¼ inch and for lugs over 1¼ inch. They are available in 100, 250, 500 and 1000 unit packages.
Woody’s Snowmobile Track Studs
The Woody’s have over fifty years experience in the industry. They offer variety of studs for the optimum safety, control and performance. They offer Trail Studs and Competition Studs. The Trail studs allow you to stop sooner and take off faster. They offer enhanced performance with good safety and control features. Competition studs designed for specific use have aggressive performance and weight advantages.
Grand Master Pro Stud from Woody’s can be used in single ply tracks. They have a 60 degree carbide tip providing the aggressive profile required penetrating into the hard ice pack. The 1.2 inch head with anti rotation lines allow the pressure to be distributed on a wider area.
Stud Boy Snowmobile Track Studs
Stud Boy manufactures snowmobile track studs and backers, along with snowmobile ski wearbars.
Stud Boy Power Point Stainless Steel Stud is one of the best selling studs in the market. Bing stainless steel, they do not rust. The stud is set to offer great durability in performance with corrosion resistance. They are lightweight. The 60 degree carbide tip can be attributed to its superior penetration in the ice. The head size design is of one inch in diameter providing track trapping leading to superior support and reducing the “cookie cutter” which may cause track failure. Proper traction is ensured by the tapered shank and thin penetration profile. Several length options are available. These include 0.875″, 1.000″, 1.080″ and 1.187″
The studs with length 1.375″are packaged with 0.500″ support nuts. They are available in packets of 24, 96,144 and 1000 units.