1. We are no longer supporting TapaTalk as a mobile app for our sites. The TapaTalk App has many issues with speed on our server as well as security holes that leave us vulnerable to attacks and spammers.
    Dismiss Notice

Barn of Parts.... Tunnel Cooler Hose Protector

Discussion in 'SideWinder Trail Talk' started by hibshman25, Sep 5, 2018.


  1. hibshman25

    hibshman25 Vendor Vendor VIP Member

    Messages:
    1,990
    Location:
    Lebanon, PA 17042
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2017 sidewinder ltx dx
    2018 snoscoot
    The tunnel protectors/coolers on the sidewinder are connected in the front via rubber hoses. These hoses are exposed in the tunnel, and proving to be somewhat vulnerable to tears and leaks from ice chunks/ rocks/ debris ect that find there way front in the tunnel.

    I've spent some considerable time laying underneath the tunnel on my creeper just brainstorming ideas. The use of studs in a track really limits what I can do under the tunnel. I think I've got a concept that will work. The guard will attach utilizing the front foot well bar mounting bolt. A longer bolt would be needed, but its an easy switch out since the nut is easily accessible without removing the tank.

    Below is a photo of my concept and a photo showing the bolt used to mount the guard. By no means is this final. Just sharing my progress so far.

    IMG_2397.jpg IMG_2399.jpg
     
  2.  
  3. DranttelSS

    DranttelSS Advertiser Advertiser VIP Member

    Messages:
    721
    Location:
    St. Peter MN
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    Sidewinder XTX LE 137
    Looks great!
     
  4. ROCKERDAN

    ROCKERDAN OCD Sledhead VIP Member

    Messages:
    5,949
    Location:
    Huntsville Ontario & Niagara NY
    Country:
    Other
    Snowmobile:
    '18 RTX 50th "Winder"
    Travis....Very similar to what I was thinking.

    I assume it extends forward, off the tube cooler, overtop of the rubber coolant hose. Does it completely cover it?

    Secondly..... If you leave it short as shown, you will likely tear lugs and possibly even track clips when lugs contact the edge. I was thinking you could make it full length, all the way rearward to the stock tunnel protecters which are thicker/taller, so lugs could not tear.

    What I would do then, is drill out the entire length, so snow dust can still aid in cooling the tube cooler.

    Don did this exact same thing using sliders....he drilled them out, and were designed to be longer stud protectors, but since he extended it long it also helped coolant hose.

    Dan
     
  5. hibshman25

    hibshman25 Vendor Vendor VIP Member

    Messages:
    1,990
    Location:
    Lebanon, PA 17042
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2017 sidewinder ltx dx
    2018 snoscoot
    The lip is only 1/8" thick. Final design would have it sitting flush against the cooler and I would also chamfer the edge so there is no lip to catch the track lugs.
     
    staggs65 likes this.
  6. Snoden

    Snoden RIP-Logan-Never forgotten! Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

    Messages:
    190
    Location:
    Ohio
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    18 Winder LTX 50th
    16 SR Viper RTX (red)
    02 SX Viper ER (red)
    97 SX Vmax 600 (red)
    Nice work Travis! I too like the short simplicity of just protecting the hoses.
     
  7. Bt04f250

    Bt04f250 Pro

    Messages:
    176
    Location:
    IL
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2018 sidewinder xtx 137 high Vis ordered 2012 Polaris rush pro r Le
    Looks nice so far! Should even work with my 1.75” track! Can’t wait till final product is available!
     
  8. hibshman25

    hibshman25 Vendor Vendor VIP Member

    Messages:
    1,990
    Location:
    Lebanon, PA 17042
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2017 sidewinder ltx dx
    2018 snoscoot
    I picked up two sidewinders that were sold through insurance, and interestingly enough one of them was actually totaled from the torn hose and damaged tunnel around the hose. Finished stripping the other sidewinder yesterday so now i have a bare tunnel to work with and finalize something.
     
  9. ROCKERDAN

    ROCKERDAN OCD Sledhead VIP Member

    Messages:
    5,949
    Location:
    Huntsville Ontario & Niagara NY
    Country:
    Other
    Snowmobile:
    '18 RTX 50th "Winder"
    Travis , shoot me a PM as soon as you got your first ones made up brother, my sled is all apart as im installing cross shaft, idlers, and she is ready for the coolant hose protection.

    I like the idea of two mounting holes too. Great job as always.

    Dan
     
  10. hman4

    hman4 VIP Member VIP Member

    Messages:
    89
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2010 Apex, 2002srx, 2000 srx
    X2 Travis!!
     
    ROCKERDAN likes this.
  11. hibshman25

    hibshman25 Vendor Vendor VIP Member

    Messages:
    1,990
    Location:
    Lebanon, PA 17042
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2017 sidewinder ltx dx
    2018 snoscoot
    Will try my best to get it wrapped up next week!
     
    ROCKERDAN likes this.
  12. TheMogulMogul

    TheMogulMogul whupperofwhoops VIP Member

    Messages:
    89
    Location:
    Rochester NY
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    18 ZR 9000 RR
    Please let me know as well, I'll be pulling everything apart to do protectors and RR cross shaft.
     
    ROCKERDAN likes this.
  13. scooterwj

    scooterwj Extreme

    Messages:
    51
    Location:
    Howell, Michigan
    I also want these once they are ready. TIA
     
  14. ROCKERDAN

    ROCKERDAN OCD Sledhead VIP Member

    Messages:
    5,949
    Location:
    Huntsville Ontario & Niagara NY
    Country:
    Other
    Snowmobile:
    '18 RTX 50th "Winder"
    great time to install this, when installing the cross shaft....;)
     
    TheMogulMogul likes this.
  15. Sevey

    Sevey TY 4 Stroke Master

    Messages:
    1,083
    Location:
    Singhampton, ON
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    2018 Sidewinder RTX
    Keep me posted as well.

    Food for thought on the coolant hose protector. I like how you used duplicity with another bolt in the tunnel to mount the protector to - it would like make sense to have it anchored in 2 spots, even if a rivet was used as well as the the bolt for the stir ups to keep the bracket in line and keep it from pivoting on the single bolt.

    MS
     
  16. ROCKERDAN

    ROCKERDAN OCD Sledhead VIP Member

    Messages:
    5,949
    Location:
    Huntsville Ontario & Niagara NY
    Country:
    Other
    Snowmobile:
    '18 RTX 50th "Winder"
    I have been talking bout this with Travis for awhile, final design will be ready soon hopefully.
     

Share This Page


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice