Restoration, Modification, and Service Tips

For all you guys out there looking at restoring an old Sno*Jet. Go for it! It is a great experience and even though it takes many long hours of hard work, you'll be glad you did it in the end. Below are a few tips to get you going on restoring your Sno*Jet. Always take lots of pictures when you're restoring a sled, you'll be amazed if you compare the before and after pictures. Also if you take a bunch of pictures of your restoration, or your nice original Sno*Jet, I would love to see them and would gladly add them to my page for you.
Just email me! Good Luck and Happy Sledding!


Scroll down to read all the info, OR click on any of the links just below to jump down to a specific sections.

Track and Suspension Information - What will work as a replacement track, swapping out bogies for a slide suspension, and later model suspension upgrades.

Carb Rebuild - Watch a video on rebuilding a Keihin Carb.

Sno-Jet Repair Blog - A blog detailing the clean-up, repair and refurbishment of a Sno-Jet.

General Parts and Information - A list of various parts, and parts sources. Whether you're restoring your sled, or just making a few repairs. All kinds of info.

Sno-Jet Wiring Diagrams - Some essential wiring diagrams for various models.

Sno-Jet Specs - Specifications directly from the owners manuals.

Replacement Belts - Conversion list for modern Kimpex drive belts.

Sno-Stuff Windshield Numbers - Can't find a NOS windshield, the next option is an aftermarket Sno-Stuff one.

Sno-Jet Paint Codes - Several options for paint codes.

Metal Gas Tank Options - What to do with a rusty gas tank in the frame.


General Sno*Jet Parts and Information

* If you need parts for your Sno*Jet, you've got a few options:

Parts and Adverising on www.snojet.com

Sno*Jet Windshields at Cannon Classic Sleds

If you need anything else, here are a couple sites where you can post an ad:

VintageSleds.com Classifieds

NH Snowmobile Museum Association Classifieds

The black trim piece that goes around the back of the hood can be found at any Case Tractor Dealership. The reflectors for the tunnel and hood can be found at any Bumper to Bumper store.

Slide suspension track clips, kimpex #04-150-01, .745 x 2" same as Bombardier. The track for bogie suspensions has narrower clips.

Metal insert nuts used in the plywood for seats usually rust out and rot the plywood. They can be bought at Rona, or most other hardware stores, #10-24 threads.

72 SST decal position at the rear of the tunnel is 1 1/8" from the top, and 1 1/2" on each side.

72 SST decal measurements are 12" long and 3 3/4" high.

72/73 SST, the reflectors are 2 3/4" long x 1 1/8" high.

74 Astro SS reflectors are bigger, 3 1/4" long x 1 1/2" high. They can be bought at Canadian Tire. Part number 020-3322-8 (B178 SAW) Yellow. 020-3323-6 (B178 SRW) red.

72/73 SST speedo cable measures 41" long. Taiwan reproductions are available, part number 005-087.

74 Astro SS speedo cable measures 75", cat cables will work.

73 SST and 74 Astro SS fuel tank cap with gauge should be 12.5" long, kimpex #278928 or Royal Distributing #07-287-19

72/73/74 rubber foot pad, try using a floor mat from a 2001 Ford F150, it has the same grain, cut and make the pads yourself.

Rubber foot pads, similar to original, the company name is Centura (carpet store), model ProTekt.

Decal kits, Intech Graphics

Hood straps, sno-flaps, passenger grips can be found at The Vintage Sled Shop.

For skis, kimpex #08-302 but they've been discontinued.

Snojet side decals, for 72 they are 16 1/4" long, 73 and 74 they are 15" long, but the lettering is slightly different. The 74 decals are also reflective.

72 SST, choke button or knob, Canadian Tire #024-5430-0 is similar, it can be made to fit.


Sno*Jet Repair Blog

Roland Leblanc has setup a blog following the clean-up and refurbishement of a 1970 Sno-Jet Super Sport. Follow the link for details and pictures of the sled. There is some good information on the blog on what to expect when tackling an older Sno-Jet Project.

http://rolandleblanc.wordpress.com/


Sno*Jet Carb Rebuild

Gary Kist has provided a video on the Disassembly of a Keihin Carb for a 74 SST 292. Take a look.



Track and Suspension Information

Please Note: Even with all the information listed below, please do your research before purchasing or making any modifications to your existing setup. There are a lot of variables to take into account, but almost anything can be made to work properly.

If your track is too worn, you've got a few different options. There are instructions on replacing your track with a newer 121" track. The original kimpex track replacements (04-660 for the 72-74 sleds, 04-661 for the 75-77 SST's and Astro SS's) have been discontinued, BUT Camoplast and Kimpex have tracks that will work with little modifications. Look up the Kimpex 04-932K and the Camoplast 115-755/115-754 (Durasport 530), but make sure to do your research.

How to put a Cat Slide Suspension in your Sno*Jet - Part 1

How to put a Cat Slide Suspension in your Sno*Jet - Part 2

How to put a Cat Slide Suspension in your Sno*Jet - Part 3

How to mount a Multiflex 75/76 Slide Suspension under your Sno*Jet. Also The suspension difference before and after.

How to mount a 121" or 133" Polaris track under your 75/76 Sno*Jet SST or Astro SS(older appliactions as well)

How to get extra travel out of your 75/76 suspension


Sno*Jet Wiring Diagrams!

These diagrams were generally available in the owners manual. I don't list the older diagrams because they weren't very helpful, it was more of a layout on how the wiring went in the sled, it didn't have any info on the colors. The good news is most of the older models were pretty basic when it came to wiring.

1972 Star Jet File 1 File 2

1973 Whisper Jet

1973 Star Jet and SST

1974 Astro Jet and Astro SS

1974 SST

1974 Strato Jet

1974 Whisper Jet and Sabre Jet

1975 Whisper Jet

1975 / 76 SST and Astro SS

1977 SST

A different 1977 SST diagram


Sno*Jet Specs

This information comes right out of the owners manuals, it comes in pretty handy.

1972 Owners Manual PDF provided by Tim Reil

1973 Specs

1975 Specs Part 1

1975 Specs Part 2

1976 Specs

1977 Carb Information


Replacement Belts

Does your sled need a new belt? There have been many changes to the different belts over the years.
Here is a quick conversion for a few different Sno-Jets so you can run a new Kimpex belt.



Sno-Stuff Windshield Numbers

It is very difficult to find nice original windshields. Sno-Stuff has been making aftermarket windshields for years, but they are still tough to find.
Here is a quick list for a few different Sno-Jets. Good luck! Once a proper reproduction option is available, I will list the details.



Sno*Jet Paint Codes

If you decide to repaint the sled yourself, you may have a hard time picking a color. If your sled is faded, you'll have a hard time getting the correct color scanned. Here are a few different types of paint submitted by viewers that you might want to try. They all should be very close, but its up to you. Just as a warning, Sno*Jet did have several different shades of blue, they were always tweaking the color. So make sure to compare any new paint with the original on your sled.

Please Note: The quality of paint makes a huge difference. While using generic spray paint can be really easy and cheap, its not the best quality wise. One option is to have a proper high quality paint mixed and put into spray cans. This is a better option, but generally when using a spray can, you just can't lay it on as thick as a proffesional paint job. Review all your options.

Also note, I have not had a chance to try out all these different combinations, they were all submitted from viewers like yourself.

Sno*Jet Blue

* 1974 Porche Color, specifically Mexico Blue Code Number 336
* Tremclad Rust Paint Medium Blue
* Canadian Tire Moto-master # 47-5044
* Rust-Oleum Sail Blue # 7724
* Sno*Jet Blue Ditzler #14231
* 1971 Ford Grabber Blue
* "Fleet Hot Licks Super Blue" Paint number 17708


A friend found a NOS hood for a 72 Super Jet, he had the hood scanned and this is the information to have it mixed up yourself.
Take this information to an auto parts store that deals with PPG paints.

1 US Quart

SKU Increment Total
M121 313.4 313.4
M119 155.3 468.7
M112NF 13.4 482.1
M118 6.6 488.7
M102 17.7 506.4
M103 487.8 994.2

4 parts paint, 1 part hardener, optional 10% reducer. After drying, you can apply a clear coat. For a really nice finish, you'll need to wetsand and polish.


Here are a couple paint codes for a Polyurethane Paint. They were proffesionally scanned and should be an exact copy.

Solid Blue 196030 ESSS-B- Code 60845

Hirth Engine Blue - Metalic blue 104420 ESSS-B- Code 20430

Gold Thunder Jet Tunnel Color

* YM026 K-Chromabase BC Spectramaster Yellow. Also make sure you use something like VarPrime 615S Self-Etching Primer under it or it will just peel back off
* rm paint code number is m6078i color max

Here are a couple up to date color codes for the 74/75 Tjet that work for the newer water borne paints. I believe the paint is Dupont water borne. The Blue for the hood/pan, colour scanned from the Lee Fredrickson re-pop hoods (which I'm told by others is correct color), info here is taken from the paint can:

200348CP 1 CV01 Cromax pro WBC
Color: TUAREGBLAU
Code 234
WB2010   WB01   WB28   WB07
90.86%   6.27%   1.89%   0.98%

The Gold for the Tunnel - colour scanned from an original and clean section of the gold anodized tunnel

751303CP 3 CV01 Cromax pro WBC
Color: GOLDISH BEIGE - Effect
Code 67U
FORMULA CONTAINS WB33 (TARGET HAP)

WB2010   WB2030   WB1009  WB1031  WB1030  WB90   WB06   WB53   WB1007   WB33
5.11%   1.28%   24.66%   20.48%   20.48%   19.18%   3.02%   2.15%   2.09%   1.54%

Here's a new update on the Sno*Jet colors. Look at the image below.
That is a 73 Thunder Jet, the hood (top part) is the original gel-coat.
The bellypan (bottom piece) is Tremclad Medium Blue, and the color sample in the middle is Porsche Mexico Blue.

You be the judge. Which Sno*Jet was painted with what type of paint? Give up?
The Sno*Jet on the Right was painted with 1974 Porsche Color, Mexico Blue.
The one beside it was painted with Tremclad Medium Blue, and a Tremclad Clear Coat.
The Sno*Jet beside it still has the original gel coat.


Metal Gas Tank Options

So you've got an old Sno-Jet with the gas tank mounted in the tunnel. These can be problematic when they start to rust. They'll clog up your fuel filters and be a complete hassle. There are a couple options:

You could clean the tank using various chemicals, strip it right down to the metal, then look for a product called Red-Kote. It allows you to coat the inside of your gas tank, preventing any rust in the future. I haven't tried this yet, but have heard good things about the product.

I've seen cases where people will cut out an access hole in the top of the tank. From there they can properly see the rust and do any necessary repairs. One option would be to sandblast the inside of the tank. From there you can either re-seal the hole you cut, or mount a cover, just make sure it is sealed up properly.

Another option would be to replace your metal rusty old gas tank with a plastic gas tank, all you have to do is cut the top of the tank in front of the ski support . Drill a hole in the 4 corners, then cut a line across the belly pan under the hole and 4 inches back on both sides. Pull the pan down so the tank can fit around the bend. Once the tank is in, bend the pan back up and fit a plate over the pan using self-taping screws. Just make sure the plate is wider than the tank. It is a tight fit but it works great. Lon Wagner did this to his 72 Super Jet. Here is what he had to say about it: The tank I used was out of an Elan and it will fit in any Sno*Jet wide or narrow track. There was enough room on the throttle side to route the gas line in through the old hole in the side and up to the new hook ups. I sugest you do the same as it keeps the lines away from the exhaust. There is room on either side but I had to tap [smack] the tank with a hammer to get it around the bend . Once its around the bend it fits like a glove, you won't even have to tie it down. Be very careful when attempting these modifications.

You have to be incredibly careful when dealing with these tanks. Any old fuel or even fumes can be very dangerous. Take all pre-cautions necessary when cutting, drilling, welding or even inspecting these old tanks.