As we close out our preview series of 2015 snowmobiles, we feature the latest offerings from Yamaha. We will also offer specific synthetic oil recommendations for their snowmobiles at the end of this article.

Yamaha is the only big four sled maker with a non-North American parent company and their snowmobile heritage is a proud one. Yamaha was primarily a musical instrument maker until they decided to branch out into the motorcycle market in the mid-1950’s. The triumphs of that venture lead to a foray into the snowmobile market in 1968 and Yamaha hasn’t looked back since. A watershed moment occurred in 2003 when Yamaha introduced the RX-1. This 1000cc machine was the first serious four-stroke snowmobile and its influence has changed the market forever. By 2005, Yamaha had all but phased out the 2-stroke engine, save for a few marginal models. Switching to four-stoke engines was a gutsy move ten years ago and they certainly had their detractors, but as you’ll see, their 2015 line is competitive and will generate strong sales.

Continued Collaboration with Arctic Cat

Starting last year, Arctic Cat and Yamaha have been involved in a component-sharing romance that had Yamaha using some Arctic Cat chassis’s and Arctic Cat using Yamaha four-stroke engines in some models. This relationship continues in 2015 with Yamaha using Cat platforms on their SR Viper trail, crossover and mountain line-up.

Where Are Yamaha Snowmobiles Built?

Any Yamaha with the “SRV” chassis (Viper series) is actually assembled by Arctic Cat at their Thief River Falls, Minnesota factory. The remainder of the Yamaha line including Apex, Phazer, Venture, Vector and Viking are all still made in Japan.

A New Mountain Machine

Yamaha fans with an affinity for mountain riding have reason to cheer in 2015. The new SR Viper M-TX mountain sled uses Arctic Cat’s “M” chassis with Yamaha’s renowned 4-stroke Genesis engine. The Genesis engine is 3-cylinder, 1049cc engine that puts out about 135 horsepower. This unit will be available with a 153” or 162” track with 2.6” lugs. Although the SR Viper M-TX would be very similar to an Arctic Cat M7000 Sno Pro, there are subtle differences. Yamaha added their own flavor to the Cat-made M-TX with special engine mapping and their own clutches, so they do have slightly different operational characteristics. The Yamaha Mountain versions also have slightly taller and plusher suspension.

A New Player in the Crossover Division

Yamaha’s now offers a fresh entry in the popular crossover sled category. The SR Viper S-TX DX uses the Arctic Cat XF Crossover platform with Yamaha’s Genesis engine. The Arctic Cat twin to this machine would be the XF Crossover 7000. Yamaha adds their own clutches, a heated seat, a Fox Float 2 rear shock, a rear rack and trunk bag and dual-keel Tuner skis, so it’s not a 100% Cat-clone.

The remainder of the 2015 Yamaha line receives minor cosmetic changes and revisions.

AMSOIL Engine Oil for Yamaha 4-Stroke Snowmobiles

Yamaha offers their 4-stroke engines in four variations. The flagship Genesis engine comes in 998cc or 1049cc 3-cylinder versions and also a 998cc four-cylinder unit. A twin-cylinder 499cc Sport/Performance engine is offered for their sport sleds. All of these four-stoke engines can use the same type of engine oil. Yamaha offers two motor oils for their four-cycle engines under the Yamalube brand. The high performance option is the Yamalube 0W-40 Full Synthetic Snowmobile Oil with Ester which is marketed toward their high performance sleds. The Yamalube Semi-Syn 0W-30 Synthetic Oil for Snowmobiles is offered for their recreational and utility snowmobiles.

We offer a single four-stroke motor oil that is not only a replacement for the Yamalube snowmobile oils, but a healthy upgrade at a reasonable price. The AMSOIL Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil is designed to deliver the uncompromising wear control and friction reduction that you would expect from a 100% full-synthetic oil. It is also quite appropriate for engines equipped with the optional MPI Trail Turbo-Charger Kit. This oil pumps down to -51C (-60F), so your engine receives instant oil pressure at start-up and improved engine cranking. AMSOIL Synthetic 0W-40 contains powerful anti-rust and corrosion agents that protect your engine internals during sledding season and also during the long summer storage period. With our wholesale programs, we can offer this synthetic 0W-40 sled oil at a competitive price for Canadian or US customers.

In our continuing preview series of the 2015 snowmobile models, let’s take a look at the latest offerings from Arctic Cat. For this season, the 54 year-old company offers several new models and an expansion of their engine options. The Green brand offers a whopping 75 models with options that can accommodate every imaginable application. We also offer specific oil recommendations for each Arctic Cat engine.

Suzuki Engines Stay for 2015

Suzuki has been supplying Arctic Cat with two-stroke engines since 1976 and was a major shareholder in the sled maker until not long ago. In 2010 Arctic Cat announced that it was ending their supply relationship with Suzuki and in 2011 they bought back all of Suzuki’s shares in the company. So when the 2015 line was released and it was announced that Suzuki engines were still on board (save for the Cat-built 600cc unit), the industry was more than a little shocked. But it was a pleasant surprise for many, as Suzuki’s reliability is legendary and the flagship 800cc power plant is highly regarded. Suzuki engines will continue to grace Cat sleds for until at least 2018. Suzuki is also supplying the 1056cc “5000” engine and the turbocharged 1056cc “9000” engine

Continued Four-Stroke Power From Yamaha

In 2014, Yamaha and Arctic Cat embarked on a cross-supply relationship whereby Yamaha would provide their proven four-stroke engines to Cat and in turn, Cat would provide Yamaha with their Procross chassis. For 2015, Yamaha continues to supply their 1049cc 4-stoke mill to Cat that can be found throughout their performance, crossover, mountain, touring and utility sleds.

Arctic Cat Engines Explained

With venerable engine makers like Suzuki and Yamaha in their corner, Arctic Cat can concentrate on the nuts and bolts of sled design. So it’s little wonder that the Arctic Cat brand has such a faithful following. But engine monikers like 4000, 5000, 6000, etc; doesn’t mean much to the casual observer. So we thought we would provide a description of each 2015 Arctic Cat engine.

2000- A fan-cooled, 565cc two-stroke engine made by Suzuki. The 2000 series engine puts out 65 horsepower and can be found in the Lynx touring and family sleds as well as the Bearcat utilty series.

4000- A liquid-cooled, 499cc two-stroke engine made by Suzuki. This unit generates 85 horsepower and is found in some ZR performance sleds.

5000 C-TEC4- A 1056cc, twin cylinder four-stoke engine made by Suzuki. This engine puts out 125 horsepower and is found in some ZR performance and Bearcat utility machines.

6000 C-TEC2- This 600cc 2-stroke engine is the only power plant manufactured by Arctic Cat. This unit puts out 125 horsepower and is found in the ZR performance, XF crossover and M mountain series.

7000 C-TEC4- This 1049cc, three cylinder four-stroke engine by Yamaha lays down 135 horsepower. The 7000 engine is found in the ZR performance, XF crossover, M mountain and Pantera touring snowmobiles.

8000- This Suzuki-made 800cc two-stroke is one of the most popular high performance engines in the snowmobile industry. It cranks out 160 horsepower and is found in the ZR, XF and M sleds.

9000 C-TEC4- A twin cylinder, 1056cc Suzuki engine that is turbo-charged and puts out just under 180 horsepower. The 9000 series engine can be found in the high performance versions of the ZR, XF and M machines.

Return of the Pantera and Lynx

Those of us who are old enough the snowmobiles of the late 1970’s may recall the Pantera and Lynx models from that era. Arctic Cat has resurrected these names for 2015. The Pantera models are designed for smooth, comfortable long-distance touring. They are equipped with the 7000 1049cc Yamaha four-stroke motor. The Lynx models are designed for recreational rides and light touring. Lynx comes equipped with the 2000 series fan-cooled 565cc two-stroke engine.

ZR and XF Series Expansion

With the wide variety of engines at Arctic Cat’s disposal, they were able to offer a multitude of choices to the high performance/trail and ditch-banger crowd that are inclined to ride the ZR series. The ZR line grows from 16 to 24 distinct sleds this season, with 4000, 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000 and 9000 series engine options.

The XF series is a hybrid of trail and mountain features to create a machine that is suitable for deep powder or high performance cross-country work. New to the XF line for 2015 is the 6000 600cc two-stroke and the 7000 1049cc four-stroke engines.

Three New “M” Mountain Series Sleds

Arctic Cat has added three new mountain sled models to their M series (which now boasts 13 models). New is the the M 6000 153 (153 inch track), M 6000 Sno Pro 153 and M 7000 Sno Pro 153. The Sno Pro package adds 2.6 inch track lugs, Fox front and rear shocks and a series of weight-saving components.

AMSOIL Synthetic Oil for Arctic Cat Engines

Arctic Cat offers a wide cross section of mega-performance 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines, so only high quality engine oils should be used in these motors. We have specific oil recommendations for each engine series.

4000, 6000, 8000 2-Stroke Engines
These high-output two-cycle engines are designed to rev high, run hot and push to the limit. The 6000 and 8000 series engines are equipped with the “APV” variable exhaust power valve system which does not react well to deposits left by poor quality two-stroke oil. The best option for these engines is AMSOIL Interceptor Synthetic Two-Stroke Oil. This synthetic oil is highly regarded by our Cat customers who come back year after year. Interceptor is an outstanding replacement for Arctic Cat APV Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil and C-TEC2 Synthetic Two-Stroke Oil. Expect exceptional throttle response, relentless wear protection and clean operation. With our wholesale programs, we can smoke the prices of the Cat 2-stroke oils.

5000, 7000, 9000 4-Stroke Engines
For the 1056cc twin, 1049cc triple and 1056cc turbo engines from Yamaha and Suzuki, we offer a 100% synthetic four-stroke oil that has been proven by our satisfied customers in thousands of engines. The AMSOIL Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil is highly effective in snowmobile engines and is an ideal replacement for Arctic Cat C-TEC4 Synthetic Oil. AMSOIL Synthetic 0W-40 pours down to -51C (-60F), so your engine has instant oil circulation during cold starts. When the going gets tough, this 0W-40 provides powerful anti-wear protection and resistance to the extreme heat of turbochargers. AMSOIL Formula 4-Stroke is renowned for its ability to resist sheering (thinning) over long drain intervals, so your engine will enjoy full protection during long trips. When you go to store your Arctic Cat 4-stroke sled, this product also contains potent anti-rust and corrosion additives, so your engine is protected all summer long as well.

We also offer oil filters for Arctic Cat’s Suzuki 9000 C-TEC4 Engine. Our AMSOIL “EAOM109” Synthetic Oil Filters are built with premium components and offers industry-leading particle removal. So couple this full synthetic oil filter with our Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40 and you’ve got world-class oil/filter combo at price that rivals the Arctic Cat C-TEC4 Oil Change Kit.

2000 2-Stroke Engine
We can offer two synthetic two-stroke oil recommendations for this fan-cooled 565cc engine. The high-end Interceptor (suggested for 4000, 6000, 8000) is certainly more than suitable for this engine, but if you want a lower cost option, try AMSOIL Synthetic Two-Stroke Injector Oil. This synthetic oil will keep your 2000 Series engine running strong for years, while delivering exceptional, low-smoke performance. AMSOIL Synthetic Injector Oil is significant upgrade over Arctic Cat Formula 50 Mineral 2-Stroke Oil at a better price (even with shipping). Formula 50 is not a synthetic oil and Arctic Cat does not recommend using it in engines with variable exhaust power valves. AMSOIL’s Injector Oil is a full synthetic oil and can be used in engines with power valves. This tells us that the AMSOIL product burns cleaner, offers a superior detergent additive package.

As we highlight each snowmobile brand for 2015, let’s look at the latest offerings from Ski-Doo. Ski-Doo isn’t offering any brand new engines or chassis concepts (like Polaris) this year, but the level of refinement and overall sum of their models is quite impressive.

Yet More 4-Stroke Models

While Polaris has completely abandoned the 4-stroke engine in their snowmobiles, Ski-Doo has embraced the concept by adding a thumper option to most of their series (save for their mountain sleds). The 600 and 900 ACE engines along with the thunderous 1200 4-TEC have been well-received by the snowmobile industry. The 900cc ACE engine is now offered in the Skandic and Expedition lines.

Revised Front Suspension

Ski-Doo has revamped their “RAS” (Response Angle Suspension) front suspension with geometry changes that will improve cornering and handling in rough conditions. “RAS 2” (as it is called) will be found on the MXZ and Renegade models.

174-inch Mega Mountain Sled

Ski-Doo gets aggressive in the mountain sled market with the “T3” package in the Summit series. The main focal point in the T3 option your choice of either a 164 inch or 174 inch track shod with mammoth 3 inch lugs! Ski-Doo also reduced the weight of this model with a lighter exhaust and the new RAS 2 front suspension.

Bold New Color Schemes

To the casual observer, Ski-Doo’s biggest change for 2015 is the introduction of some deafening color schemes offered on the MXZ X-RS, Renegade XR-S, Summit X-RS and Freeride models. We think these sleds look sharp for now, but time will tell if they seem gaudy in a few years (probably).

The Snowmobile Throttle Reinvented

Since the dawn of the snowmobile, the throttle was always controlled by your right thumb. This has been a constant on virtually every snow machine made in the last half-century. On 600 ACE and 900 ACE 4-stroke models, the rider has the option of using the thumb throttle in the standard position or flipping the assembly toward the front of the handlebar. This way the rider can pull back on the throttle rather than push it forward with their thumb. This convertible throttle is called “intelligent Throttle Control” or “iTC”. The iTC throttle position change can be performed in seconds without tools and will reduce hand fatigue during long days in the saddle.

AMSOIL Products for Ski-Doo Snowmobiles

Regardless of whether you select an E-TEC 2-stroke or an ACE or 4-TEC 4-stroke engine, AMSOIL has a synthetic oil option that will protect your investment and maximize the performance of your Ski-Doo. Best of all, our AMSOIL prices are lower than the XPS oils marketed by Ski-Doo/BRP.

Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil for E-TEC Engines

When Ski-Doo released the exciting E-TEC series, AMSOIL took notice and immediately got to work performing meticulous field and lab testing on these engines. When all was said and done, they confirmed that their Interceptor Synthetic Two-Stroke Oil was more than capable of preventing wear and deposit formation in these high-tech engines. Interceptor is an ideal substitute for Ski-Doo XPS Full-Synthetic 2-Stoke Oil and is available from us at a much better price. Read more at Testing Verifies AMSOIL Interceptor Shines in Ski-Doo E-TEC.

Synthetic 4-Stroke Oil for Ski-Doo ACE and 4-TEC Engines

Ski-Doo is expanding the presence of the lauded 600 and 900 ACE engines throughout their line-up along with the 1200 4-TEC. AMSOIL offers synthetic 4-stroke oil that is not only a substitute, but an upgrade over the XPS Synthetic 4-Stroke Oil All-Climate Grade Engine Oil and the XPS Synthetic 4-Stroke Oil Extreme Cold Grade. The AMSOIL Formula 4-Stroke 0W-40 Synthetic Oil is recommended for all ACE and 4-TEC engines and is a formidable replacement of the XPS 4-Stroke Oils. It boasts a cold-pour-point of -51°C (-60°F) for immediate start-up protection and delivers relentless wear protection under heavy loads and hot engine temperatures. We can offer this 4-stroke oil at a price that beats XPS at your Ski-Doo dealer.

AMSOIL INTERCEPTOR Synthetic 2-Cycle Oil

Products like AMSOIL Interceptor are no longer sold by Canadian Tire.

If you have been buying AMSOIL products at Canadian Tire over the years, you may be wondering why they can no longer be found there. Last month AMSOIL and Canadian Tire came to an amicable agreement over a pricing dispute and the result was that AMSOIL will no longer be offered by CTC stores across Canada.

Canadian Tire had been carrying a slim cross-section of AMSOIL motor oils, motorcycle oils and two-stroke oils since 2003. The retail giant’s broad presence played a huge role in advancing the synthetic oil maker’s brand in Canada over that span. But this affiliation has come to an end, so where will you buy your fancy AMSOIL products now? Right here of course!

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1. Wholesale prices
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A reader asks: “I’ve got a 2008 Mazdaspeed3 with 2.3L turbocharged engine. My engine is modified to put out around 330 horsepower and 400 ft lb of torque. On a Mazdaspeed3 forum (where many posters have similar mods), some use Shell Rotella T6 5W-40 diesel engine oil. Does AMSOIL offer an equivalent of this product and would it be good for my car? Also how often should I change oil if using your product”

Answer: For those not familiar with this model, “Mazdaspeed” is Mazda’s performance division. The Mazdaspeed3 is a turbocharged and souped-up version of the regular Madza3. The stock Mazdaspeed3 model puts out 263 horsepower and 280 ft lb of torque, so our reader has added some serious ponies to an already potent car.

AMSOIL Signature Series 100% Synthetic 5W-30 Motor Oil

The perfect synthetic 5W-30 motor oil for Mazdaspeed3 engines.

Mazda’s engine oil recommendation for the Mazdaspeed3 is 5W-30 and as AMSOIL’s application guide follows OEM specs, they also suggest 5W-30. A well-appointed synthetic like our Signature Series 5W-30 is designed for turbo duty and will provide the utmost in protection when your car is under load and during especially hot operating temperatures.

Even with the added horsepower and turbocharger, we see absolutely no upside to going with a thicker 5W-40 diesel engine oil. A good synthetic 5W-30 will easily withstand the rigors of your engine and it is the viscosity that your engine was designed to use. Thicker oil doesn’t automatically mean improved protection, so instead of using a 5W-40, go with a premium synthetic 5W-30 like our Signature Series.

As far as an oil change interval length goes, as your car is heavily modified, it is difficult for us to offer a concrete recommendation. While an oil like Signature Series Synthetic 5W-30 is quite capable of ultra-long drain intervals in relatively stock engines, offering a service interval for highly modified engines would be mere guesswork. So stick close to Mazda’s prescribed oil change interval in this case and there will be no problem.

Polaris Industries celebrates their 60th birthday this year and by the looks of their 2015 snowmobile line-up, they haven’t been spending a lot of time eating cake in the break room. Apparently their idea of celebration is designing cutting-edge chassis and engine concepts.

When Polaris’s first snowmobile was cobbled together with old silo and car parts back in 1954, it’s unlikely that they realized what they had set in motion. Sixty years later, Polaris offers an expansive power sports product line, has over 3000 employees and generates almost $2 Billion in annual revenue. For 2015, Polaris continues their tradition of innovation with a dazzling fleet of hard-charging sleds. The vast majority of this year’s changes occurred in the Rush and Switchback models.

A New Chassis For 2015

The centerpiece of this season is a completely new chassis design called “AXYS” which is the nucleus of the Rush and Switchback models. The new platform pivots in 3 places and constantly places the rider in an optimum position for improved balance and control. The result is that the sled is able to remain flat though corners while absorbing bumps. Rather than fighting bumps in turns, the rider is able to remain in a stable position and maximize traction and cornering speed.

High Output 800cc Engine

The other focal point of 2015 is a brand new high output 800cc engine that Polaris claims is a Ski-Doo and Arctic Cat killer. The Cleanfire H.O. engine features include 3-stage electronically-controlled exhaust power valves, radical new intake and exhaust porting, electric-controlled injection oil pump, a light-weight crankshaft, grooved pistons and a set of VForce reed valves. This engine is 3.5 pounds lighter than the current 800cc power plant and Polaris claims up to 30% better fuel economy over the 2014 model. While dyno numbers haven’t been released, industry insiders are suggesting that the horsepower will be well north of 160. This engine is available only on the Rush and Switchback models. Expect the 800 H.O. engine in the RMK series in the 2016 model year.

Interactive Display Screen

Also new this year is an impressive interactive digital display screen. This information display provides data such as speed, RPM, engine temperature, clock, ambient temperature, fuel gauge, a maintenance minder and a compass. Other really interesting features include a security pass that immobilizes the engine, the ability to input the gasoline grade for accurate engine mapping, Bluetooth connectivity, GPS mapping and route storage. This is the type of technology that every snowmobile should have at its disposal in this day and age. The interactive digital display is available only on the special 60th Anniversary versions of Rush, Switchback and RMK.

AMSOIL Products for Polaris Snowmobiles

Polaris has abandoned the 4-stroke engine for their snowmobiles, so efforts are concentrated on a few 2-stroke engine variations. Polaris offers the Cleanfire engine in their high performance models and a 550cc fan-cooled engine in their sport and utility sleds.

Two-Stroke Engine Oil For All Polaris Engines

That makes choosing an AMSOIL synthetic 2-stoke oil for these Polaris engines very easy. We suggest AMSOIL Interceptor Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil for all 2015 Polaris models. It contains the latest in anti-wear and anti-deposit technology and reduces friction for maximum performance. Engines like the new 800cc Cleanfire H.O. produce more horsepower per cubic centimetre and yet use less oil than previous generations of two-stroke engines. So every drop of oil has to provide maximum protection. AMSOIL formulated Interceptor to withstand the severe operating conditions in these powerful new 2-strokes, so you can rest assured that your engine is receiving the utmost wear protection. Another important hallmark of Interceptor is its ability to burn cleanly and maintain cleaner variable exhaust power valves over a longer period. This is another way in which Interceptor optimizes performance. AMSOIL Interceptor is an ideal upgrade over Polaris VES Full-Synthetic Two-Stroke Oil.

For owners of the 550cc fan-cooled engine, an alternate recommendation is AMSOIL 2-stroke Synthetic injector Oil. This product is a full synthetic oil that still provides clean operation, strong anti-wear protection and a performance upgrade that is expected with AMSOIL synthetic oil, but at price that beats most conventional and synthetic-blend oils.

Synthetic Chaincase Oil

In Polaris chaincases, we offer a synthetic upgrade to the stock Polaris oil. AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase Oil is packed with extreme additives to withstand the extreme torque that today’s chaincases have to endure. The synthetic formula reduces friction and provides constant protection from intense heat and during heavy shock loads. It also provides instant oil flow when you are starting out in severe cold.

Chassis Grease

When your Polaris suspension and chassis require service, we have a synthetic grease that protects during hard going while withstanding exposure to snow, ice and water. AMSOIL Synthetic Water Resistant Grease is ideal for all snowmobile chassis and suspension service and it pumps easily in cold weather too.

Snowmobile Fuel System Additive

Although today’s two-stroke engines are more reliable than ever, the one particular area that can cause starting or performance issues is the fuel system. Stale gasoline, moisture, ethanol, sketchy quality and dirt in the fuel can all put a halt to a good riding day or cause expensive damage. AMSOIL Quickshot Gasoline Additive neutralizes each and everyone of those fuel irritants and is loaded with detergents to clean injectors, carbs and combustion chambers. It even provides medium-term gas stabilization, for those occasions where there can be long stretch between rides.

So after 60 years in business, Polaris is has branched into ATV’s, Victory and Indian motorcycles, off-road side-by-sides and the exciting Slingshot street rod. When you add in their dynamic snowmobile line, it’s safe to say that the humble shop workers that built the first Polaris snow machine in 1954 would be more than a little impressed.