The first $25 removable snowmobile ski rack on the planet !!! | 11/29/2010, by canuckonplanks
So, here I am with two shiny new (well, used) Polaris RMK’s, chomping at the bit to get into the local backcountry. I did a search for snowmobile ski racks and - HOLY CRAP – found out I’d need to pay $250 - $300 for a few metal clamps that bolt onto my tunnels. What makes it worse – I have 2 snowmobiles. Not wanting to spend $600 to carry my skis, I came across powderjunky’s $30 ski rack video on the site. A most excellent idea, I said to myself. However, I wasn’t all that keen on drilling into my tunnel, and I would prefer a rack that can be removed. One night I wondered if there were any “holes” in my tunnel that came as a result of the manufacturing process. If there were – I could somehow strap the ski rack bars to my sled, thereby avoiding the hole drilling trauma.
As luck would have it – 4 perfect locations appeared when I pulled the cover of my RMK’s, and the $25, removable ski rack was born. Jimmy (Powderjunky) deserves 99% of the credit for this miracle – I just added the notion of mondo zip ties to the equation. So that’s what is in the pictures - $22 for the ¾” square bar and foam insulation, and $3 for huge zip ties at the local Ace Hardware store. I’ll carry extra zip ties on my sled just in case. When I want to go snowmobiling without the rack on, I’ll just cut off the zip ties and put new ones on when I put the rack back on.
Simplicity is beautiful, dontcha think?
PS - the zip ties in the photos were only for test purposes. The final ones are much thicker and are all one piece.