Here are four classic TV commercials for Polaris snowmobiles from the early to mid-1970s. These commercials remind us of much simpler times when snowmobiling seemed to be less expensive and much more accessible. What immediately struck us about these advertisements is that the underlying theme was not exactly “safety first”. Riders without helmets, sleds towing skiers (the skiers without helmets too), snowmobiles operated by minors (even the kids without helmets!). Every aspect of these commercials would give Polaris’s staff lawyers of today complete fits. From a modern perspective these ads look downright ridiculous, but they are definitely a treat nevertheless.

The last video features Indy 500 champ Al Unser endorsing Polaris snowmobiles. While scooping a racing legend like Unser must have seemed like a major coup, the outcome of the commercial comes off as less than effective. Al Unser looks awkward and decidedly “grandmotherly” astride that Polaris. He’s certainly not looking much like an Indy 500 champ on a snowmobile.

Anyway, we hope you enjoy these old Polaris TV ads, thanks to the magic of YouTube.

A reader asks: “I’ve got a 2013 Can-Am Renegade 800R and wish to switch it completely to synthetic oil. Which AMSOIL products can you supply for my ATV?”

Reply: Oildepot has a full suite of synthetic oils that can replace the factory BRP XPS oils at a better price. Maximize the performance and prolong the life of every component on your Renegade.

Engine: AMSOIL Formula 4-Stroke Synthetic 0W-40 is a direct replacement for BRP’s XPS 4-Stroke Synthetic All Climate Grade Oil and XPS 4-Stroke Semi-Synthetic Summer Grade Oil. AMSOIL’s incomparable synthetic 0W-40 formula withstands extreme summer heat and still pours down to -51°C for perfect operation on any day of the year. Reduced friction and wet-clutch compatibility make this product the complete package for any ATV. Change AMSOIL 0W-40 once per year or after 100 hours of service, whichever comes first.

Gearbox: Our specific recommendation for the Can-Am Renegade 800 gearbox is the AMSOIL Severe Gear 75W-140 Synthetic Gear Oil. Can-Am requires an API “GL-5” 75W-140 gear lube for the gearbox, making Severe Gear Synthetic 75W-140 a direct replacement for XPS SAE 75W-140 Synthetic Gear Oil. Severe Gear provides an upgrade to the XPS product at a far better price. Severe Gear 75W-140 combats heat and wear and still pours down to -46°C for fantastic cold weather performance. Change Severe Gear 75W-140 in Renegade gearboxes annually or at 100 hours (whichever comes first).

Front Differential: The Renegade 800 requires the use of 75W-90 gear lube with the API GL-5 specification. We offer AMSOIL Severe Gear 75W-90 Synthetic Gear Oil for this component. Severe Gear 75W-90 is a direct substitute for XPS SAE 75W-90 Synthetic Gear Oil for ATVs at a far better price. Severe Gear 75W-90 is a top-flight synthetic that withstands extreme heat and heavy shock-loads and pours down to -48°C in the winter. Change Severe Gear in the Renegade front differential every two years or after 200 hours of operation (whichever comes first).

Rear Differential: The rear differential of the Renegade 800 requires the same type of 75W-140 gear oil as is used in the gearbox. AMSOIL Severe Gear 75W-140 Synthetic Gear Oil provides outstanding performance and ironclad protection in this application. Change the rear differential oil every two seasons or every 200 hours, whichever comes first.

Grease for Chassis, Suspension, U-Joint: Your Renegade has numerous grease points on the A-arms, drive shaft u-joints and sway bars, so it’s vital to go through your machine at the interval specified by BRP. The ideal grease would be water-proof, tenacious and suitable for summer heat and winter cold. Oildepot offers a synthetic grease that perfectly fits that bill. The AMSOIL Synthetic Water Resistant Grease protects components from wear and rust while reducing friction for maximum performance. Whether or not your Can-Am sees regular water crossings and mud bogs, this grease is perfect for any ATV.

Regular upkeep of your ATV with these synthetic products from Oildepot will keep your Can-Am in fighting shape for many seasons to come. If you would like to give your Can-Am the AMSOIL treatment, contact us for pricing using the form on your upper right or call us at 1-800-748-5781. We ship across North America with fast service.

In our latest installment of “My First Sled”, we take a look our first snowmobile: the 1979 Polaris Apollo 340. The 1979 model year was Polaris’s 25th anniversary and it was the debut season for the Apollo (which replaced the SS 340). It was situated in the ’79 line-up between the entry-level Gemini and the two-up Cobra. The Apollo was a no-frills machine marketed an economy sled. It was lightweight, moderately powered and nothing short of bullet-proof.

We took delivery of our brand new Apollo in late August of 1978. We did not receive adequate snow cover until November 22nd (yes we remember the date) and that wait was likely the longest 3 months of our life. Once we were given sole access to this poor machine, it spent its existence at full throttle for every ride thereafter. As an aspiring motocross rider in the summer, we used the Apollo as a winter means of getting our jollies. So the Apollo saw service that would be more akin to sno-cross than to the family trail riding for which it was designed. How we didn’t break this machine clean in half is a testament to the durability that Polaris built into their sleds at that time.

The heart of the Apollo was the fan-cooled 333cc, twin-cylinder engine built by Fuji Heavy Industries of Japan. Fuji made snowmobile engines for Polaris from 1968 to 1998. This little engine wasn’t going to win many drag races on the lake, but it got up to speed very briskly and was a very competent “corner to corner” performer on the trails. This engine was fed whatever pre-mix oil was handy and was never prepared for storage, yet it started like a champ every time. It withstood a dozen seasons of persistent abuse and the only wrench it ever saw was for the occasional spark plug change.

The relatively short length of the Apollo chassis made for lighting-fast handling on tight trails, but the rider paid the price on choppy terrain. The tight chassis and low-travel suspension meant that the Apollo was skimming along the tops of bumps, rather than absorbing them. We didn’t care much about finesse or comfort those days, so it didn’t much matter.

Pros and Cons of the Polaris Apollo 340

Pros
Durability- By all rights, our Apollo should have been on the scrap heap by 1981. The only issues we ever had with it were a worn chaincase bearing, a broken rear suspension bolt and worn brake pads. It went strong through a dozen years of relentless thrashing and came back for more.

Reasonable Engine Torque- The 333cc Fuji engine wasn’t a rocket, but it offered very serviceable power that made riders on bigger sleds have to sweat to keep us in sight on the trails.

Brakes- The hydraulic disc brakes on Polaris sleds from that era was among the best in the industry and hauled the little Apollo down from speed in a heartbeat.

Cons
Choppy ride- Long travel suspension wasn’t a consideration on family sleds in those days. On hard pack surfaces the ride was rough and unstable.

Poor traction- The 1979 season was the first year that Polaris equipped their sleds with all rubber tracks. This was definitely a step forward, but the shallow lugs were not effective in deep powder or on icy surfaces.

Looks- As much as we loved that Apollo, it had a face only a mother could love. Polaris gave the Gemini, Apollo and Cobra a decidedly homely form. Contrast the Apollo with the racy Arctic Cat Jag from that era.

Specifications for 1979 Polaris Apollo 340

  • Engine: 333cc Two-Stroke, Twin Cylinder by Fuji Heavy Industries- EC34PM-03 – 3
  • Cooling: Fan-Cooled
  • Bore/Stroke: 61.78mm X 55.66mm
  • Carburetor: twin Mikuni VM-26
  • Recommended Gas/Oil Mix Ratio: 40:1
  • Ignition Type: Magneto
  • Horsepower: 32
  • Top Speed: Approximately 60 mph
  • Trail Fuel Range: Approximately 180 miles
  • Clutch: Polaris
  • Brakes: Hydraulic disc
  • Track Type: 15” width, all rubber
  • Track Length: 142” pitch length, track length on ground 42”
  • Rear Suspension: Steel slide rail
  • Front Suspension: 3 leaf spring with shocks
  • Fuel Capacity: 7 US gallons/5.8 Imperial gallons/26.5 litres
  • Height Without Windshield: 31”
  • Length With Skis: 101.75”
  • Width: 31.5”
  • Dry Weight: 364 pounds
  • Wet Weight: 410 pounds
  • Suggested Retail: $1549US/$1849 in Canada
  • Options: Speedometer, tachometer, gas gauge, electric start, saddle bags, trailer hitch, cover

We have fond memories of the time we spent on this vintage Polaris. Its longevity and plucky performance leaves us with a strong respect for Polaris products to this day.

AMSOIL Signature Series 100% Synthetic 5W-30 Motor OilAMSOIL periodically publishes testing of their synthetic motor oils and sometimes they push the limits of conventional test methods, just to prove a point. The time they ran their synthetic 20W-50 in a Harley-Davidson in dyno testing until the engine temperature reached over 500°F comes to mind.

This time around, their Signature Series Synthetic 5W-30 was subjected to independent testing, but with a bit of a twist. The testing method was the ASTM “D7320 Sequence IIIG Engine Oil Test” which is used as a vital part of the process for engine oils to meet the API SN and ILSAC GF-5 specifications. It evaluates a motor oil’s ability to maintain viscosity, resist consumption, prevent deposits and control wear. AMSOIL changed things up by doubling the testing interval. In other words, they ran the same batch of 5W-30 oil through two complete test trials.

How the Testing Was Conducted

Using a GM 3800 V-6 engine as the test bed, the independent lab ran the engine through 100 hour test interval with a steady engine oil temperature of 150°C. In regular automotive applications, engine oil temperatures typically run at approximately 90°C.

After the 100 hour test, the engine was disassembled and measurements for camshaft and lifter wear, carbon deposits and engine oil viscosity were conducted. The engine was then reassembled using the same parts and the same batch of engine oil was reinstalled. The test was then rerun for another 100 hours under the exact same parameters.

The Results

Signature Series 5W-30 barely broke a sweat in the 100 hour trial and still aced requirements of the API SN and ILSAC GF-5 specifications by a mile after 200 hours.

Piston Deposits

A minimum grade for the API SN and ILSAC GF-5 specifications for piston deposits in the Sequence IIIG Engine Oil Test is a rating of 4. A score of 5.5 after 100 hours is regarded as excellent. In the 100 hour trial, AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-30 earned an excellent rating of 7.70. After 200 hours, the same batch of oil still attained a remarkable rating of 7.42. You’ll note in the photos below, the pistons are ultra-clean after the grueling 200 hour test. This is a testament to the AMSOIL Signature Series’ resistance to sludge, varnish and carbon deposits.

Pistons After 200 Hours of Testing With AMSOIL

After 200 hours of high temperature testing using AMSOIL Signature Series, you could eat off of these pistons.

Heavy Piston Deposits Using a Competing Engine Oil

A competing motor fails the piston deposit portion of the Sequence IIIG Engine Oil Test after 100 hours.

Piston Ring Deposits

The API SN and ILSAC GF-5 specification requires that there can be no stuck piston rings after the 100 hour Sequence IIIG Engine Oil Test. This category of the test also addresses an engine oil’s ability to fight carbon deposits under hot operating conditions. After both the 100 and 200 hour tests, there were no stuck piston rings in the AMSOIL 5W-30 test.

Camshaft and Lift Wear Testing

In order for an engine oil to qualify for the API SN and ILSAC GF-5 specs, an oil must meet minimum cam and lifter wear thresholds in the Sequence IIIG Engine Oil Test. The minimum amount of wear is 60 microns. After 100 hours, the cam and lifter wear was a scant 14.8 microns with AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-30. The same cam and lifters were installed in the engine and another 100 hours was logged in testing. The total wear after 200 hours was just 17.6 microns.

Camshaft Shows Little Wear After Synthetic Oil Testing

Valve Lifters After Engine Oil Testing

AMSOIL Signature Series 5w-30 achieved remarkably low cam and lifter wear after 200 hours of the Sequence IIIG Engine Oil Test.

Viscosity Test Results

During high-temperature operation, engine oils have a tendency to thicken. This can lead to deposits, poor performance and compromised wear protection. In the 100 Hour Sequence IIIG Engine Oil Test, a viscosity increase of 50% is considered a very good result. The passing grade for the API SN and ILSAC GF-5 specifications is a 150% increase in viscosity. After 100 hours AMSOIL Signature Series 5W-30 had a viscosity increase of 27.6%. After 200 hours of testing, this viscosity increase was just 41.5%. A viscosity increase of 41.5% is considered outstanding after the 100 hour test, so AMSOIL’s performance after 200 hours is nothing short of spectacular.

Conclusion

We know of no other oil company that has publicly put their motor oil through a second helping of the 100 Hour Sequence IIIG Engine Oil Test. AMSOIL’s willingness to push the envelope with their products has always impressed us. The Signature Series Synthetic Oil formula proves itself to be stable under high temperatures and highly resistant to wear. This is the case in both testing and in the real-world conditions of your engine.

If you are looking for a high-quality, risk-free replacement for an aftermarket snowmobile oil or oils from your Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo or Yamaha dealer, you have come to the right place.

This guide is designed to offer the correct AMSOIL snowmobile oil for your sled and to provide a substitute for all of the popular snowmobile oil brands listed below. We will also offer some chaincase oil alternatives.

Oildepot offers three AMSOIL two-stroke oils and one four-stoke oil that covers every snowmobile engine on the market. For wholesale pricing on snowmobile oils, contact us using the form on your right.

AMSOIL Interceptor Injector OilInterceptor Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil
Interceptor is the ultimate OEM replacement oil for late-model, high-performance machines from Ski-Doo, Polaris or Arctic Cat that are in stock or close to stock form. If you push your snowmobile very hard (even in mountains), Interceptor delivers maximum wear control and flawless performance. Interceptor also boasts an industry-leading detergent package for clean variable exhaust power valve performance.

AMSOIL AIO Synthetic 2-Stroke Injector Oil“AIO” Synthetic 2-Stroke Injector Oil
AIO Injector is perfect for the latest utility or family sled and also for older machines. AIO Injector is suitable for engines equipped with variable exhaust power valves and is a high-quality replacement for OEM synthetic, synthetic-blend and mineral-based snowmobile oils. Enjoy AMSOIL synthetic oil technology at a great price.

AMSOIL Dominator 2-Stroke Racing OilDominator Synthetic 2-Stroke Racing Oil
If you are racing or your engine is highly modified and ridden hard, then Dominator is the ideal oil for you. Dominator is not suitable for recreational riding in stock (or close to stock) engines. Dominator is suitable only for engines that generate extreme operating temperatures. If your sled is in close to stock form, see Interceptor.
 

AMSOIL Formula 4-Stroke 0W-40 Synthetic Motor OilFormula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40 Synthetic Motor Oil
If you have a four-stroke snowmobile, then there is a simple, reliable solution for your engine oil needs. AMSOIL Formula 4-Stroke 0W-40 provides enduring protection in everything from turbo-charged mountain sleds to trail-ridden family machines. It resists shear-down in extreme heat and pours down to -51°C. This 0W-40 snowmobile oil can replace any viscosity from 0W-40 to 5W-30 to 5W-40 to 5W-50.

AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase OilAMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase Oil
This 100% synthetic chaincase oil is an ideal substitute for OEM and aftermarket synthetic and mineral chaincase lubes. This oil prevents metal-to-metal wear while lowering friction. A pour-point  of -46°C, anti-rust protection, universal compatibility and a low price tag sum up a product that can upgrade any snowmobile.

Note: On many of the oils listed below, we offer two alternatives. If you have trouble choosing between the two, go back and read the product descriptions above to see which AMSOIL snowmobile oil matches your machine and riding style. If you still have questions, contact us using the form on your right or call us at 1-800-748-5781.

Arctic Cat

Arctic Cat APV Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil- Interceptor
Arctic Cat C-TEC2 Synthetic Two-Stroke Oil- Interceptor
Arctic Cat Formula 50 Mineral Oil- AIO Injector
Arctic Cat C-TEC4 Synthetic Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40
Arctic Cat Synthetic Chain Case Lube- AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase Oil
Arctic Cat ACT Synthetic Gearcase Oil- AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase Oil

Polaris

Polaris VES Full-Synthetic Two-Stroke Oil- Interceptor
Polaris VES Race Full-Synthetic Two-Stroke Oil- Interceptor for hard recreational riding, Dominator for racing or highly modified engines
Polaris Engineered Premium Blue Semi-Syn 2-Stroke Snowmobile Engine Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector
Polaris PS-4 Full-Synthetic 5W-50 or 10W-50 Engine Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40
Polaris SCL – Synthetic Chaincase Lubricant- AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase Oil

Ski-Doo

XPS Full-Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil- Interceptor
XPS 2-Stroke Mineral Oil- AIO Injector
XPS Synthetic 4-Stroke Oil Extreme Cold Grade- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40
XPS Synthetic 4-Stroke Oil All-Climate Grade Engine Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40
XPS Synthetic Chaincase Oil- AMSOIL Severe Gear 75W-140 or AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase Oil (as the XPS Chaincase Oil has a higher viscosity than most, the 75W-140 gear lube is the first choice)

Yamaha

Yamalube 0W-40 Full Synthetic Snowmobile Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40
Yamalube Semi-Syn 0W-30 Synthetic Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40
Yamalube All Performance Two Stroke Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector
Yamalube Snowmobile Chain Case Lube- AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase Oil

Bel-Ray

Bel-Ray H1-R Racing 100% Synthetic Ester 2T Engine Oil- Interceptor for hard recreational riding, Dominator for racing or highly modified engines
Bel-Ray Si-7 Synthetic 2T Engine Oil- Interceptor
Bel-Ray SL-2 Semi-Synthetic 2T Engine Oil- Interceptor
Bel-Ray 2T Mineral Engine Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector
Bel-Ray EXS Synthetic Ester 4T 4-Stroke 5W-40 Engine Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40
Bel-Ray EXP Synthetic Ester Blend 4T 4-Stroke 10W-30 or 10W-40 Engine Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40
Bel-Ray ATV Trail Mineral 4T 4-Stroke 10W-30 or 10W-40 Engine Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40

Blue Marble

Blue Marble High Performance 2-Cycle Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector

Canadian Tire

MotoMaster Formula 1 2-Cycle Snowmobile Injector Oil- AIO Injector

Castrol

Castrol Super 2-Stroke Snowmobile Oil- AIO Injector
Castrol 2T 2-Stroke Snow- Interceptor or AIO Injector
Castrol Actevo X-TRA Snow 2T- Interceptor
Castrol 4T Snowmobile OW-40 Four-Stroke Engine Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40

Conoco

Conoco XHP 2-Cycle Engine Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector

Co-op

Co-op Sonic XL-S Synthetic-Blend 2-Cycle Engine Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector
Co-op Sonic Dynamix Plus 2-Cycle Engine Oil- AIO Injector
Co-op Sonic 4-Stroke SL Synthetic Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40

Draggons

Draggons Snow GT2 M Mineral 2-Stroke Snowmobile Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector
Draggons Snow GT2 SS Semi-Synthetic 2-Stroke Snowmobile Oil- Interceptor
Draggons Snow GT4 M 5W-30 Mineral 4-Stroke Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40
Draggons Snow GT4-S100 0W-40 Synthetic 4-Stroke Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40

Fowler

Fowler Extreme Semi-Synthetic 2-Cycle Snowmobile Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector

Ipone

Ipone Snow Racing 2T 2-Stroke Strawberry Scented- Interceptor
Ipone Snow Racing 2T 2-Stroke Smokeless- Interceptor
Ipone Snow Racing 4T 4-Stroke 0W-40 Synthetic Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40
Ipone Stroke 4 0W-40 Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40

Irving

Irving Trax Multi-Use 2-Stroke Engine Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector
Irving Syn Trax 100% Synthetic 2-Stroke Engine Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector

Kendall

Kendall GT-1 2-Cycle Motor Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector

Klotz

Klotz R 50 Techniplate Synthetic Racing 2-Stroke Oil- Interceptor for hard recreational riding, Dominator for racing or highly modified engines
Klotz Snowmobile TechniPlate TC-W3 Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil- AIO Injector
Klotz SnowX4 Estorlin 0W-30 4-Stroke Engine Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40
Klotz SnowX4 Estorlin 0W-40 4-Stroke Engine Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40
Klotz SnowX4 Estorlin 0W-50 4-Stroke Engine Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40
Klotz Black Formula Hi-Performance Chain Case Lube- AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase Oil

Legend Oil

Legend ZX-2R 2-Cycle Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector
Legend ZX-2SR Ultra-High Performance Racing 2-Stroke Oil- Interceptor for hard recreational riding, Dominator for racing or highly modified engines
LEGEND ZX-4PS 0W-40 4-Stroke Engine Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40

Lucas Oil

Lucas 2-Cycle Land & Sea Oil- AIO Injector
Lucas Semi Synthetic 2-CYCLE Oil- Interceptor
Lucas Synthetic SAE 0W-40 4-Stroke Motorcycle Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40

Maxima

Maxima Snowmobile Tundra 2-Cycle Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector
Maxima Tundra R 2-Cycle Snowmobile Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector
Maxima BIO 2-T 2-Cycle Snowmobile Oil- Interceptor
Maxima Snowmobile 4T 4-Stroke Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40

Mobil

Mobil 2-Cycle Snowmobile Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector
Mobil 1 Racing 4T Synthetic 10W-40 4-Stroke Engine Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40

Motul

Motul Snowpower 2T 2-Stroke Technosynthetic Oil- Interceptor for hard recreational riding, Dominator for racing or highly modified engines
Motul Snowpower 4T 4-Stroke 0W-40 Synthetic Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40

Mystik

Mystik JT-4 Synthetic 2-Stroke Snowmobile Engine Oil- Interceptor
Mystik Sea and Snow 2-Cycle Oil- AIO Injector
Mystik JT-4 Synthetic 0W-40 4-Stroke Snowmobile Engine Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40

Nemco

Nemco Two-Stroke Engine Oil- AIO Injector

Opti-2

Opti-2 Injector Oil- AIO Injector

Petro Canada

Petro-Canada PC Two-Cycle Snowmobile Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector

Phillips 66

Phillips 66 Injex 2-Cycle TC-W3 Oil- AIO Injector
Phillips 66 Injex Pro Semi-Synthetic 2-Cycle Snowmobile Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector
Phillips 66 Injex Plus 2-Cycle Oil- Interceptor
Phillips 66 Synjex Full-Synthetic Ashless 2-Stroke Oil- AIO Injector

PJ-1

PJ-1 Silverfire 2-Stroke Synthetic Smokeless Injector Oil- Interceptor
PJ1 Silverfire 2-Stroke Smokeless 2T Injector Oil- Interceptor

Red Line

Red Line Two-Stroke Synthetic Racing Oil- Interceptor for hard recreational riding, Dominator for racing or highly modified engines
Red Line Synthetic Two-Stroke Snowmobile Oil- Interceptor for hard recreational riding, Dominator for racing or highly modified engines
Red Line Synthetic Two-Stroke Smokeless Oil- Interceptor
Red Line All Sport Synthetic Two-Stroke Oil- Interceptor
Red Line Synthetic 10W30 or 10W-40 4-Stroke Motorcycle Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40

Royal Purple

Royal Purple Snow 2-C 2-Cycle Snowmobile Oil- Interceptor
Royal Purple HP 2-C High Performance 2-Cycle Motor Oil- AIO Injector

76

76 Unimix 2-Cycle Motor Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector

Torco

Torco SSO Synthetic Snowmobile 2-Cycle Oil- Interceptor
Torco SPO Synthetic-Blend Snowmobile 2-Cycle Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector
Torco S-4M Snowmobile 5W-30 Four Stroke Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40
Torco S-4SR Snowmobile 0W-30 Four Stroke Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40
Torco SCC Snowmobile Chaincase Oil- AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase Oil

Schaeffer Oil

Schaeffer #9006 Synthetic 2-Cycle Racing Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector

Shell

Shell Advance Snow Ultra Synthetic 2T Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector
Shell Advance Snowmobile 2T Oil- AIO Injector
Shell Advance 100% Synthetic Chain Case Oil- AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase Oil

Spectro

Spectro Golden Sno Injector Semi-Synthetic 2-Stroke Oil- Interceptor
Spectro Platinium Syn-Sno Synthetic Injector 2-Stroke Oil- Interceptor
Spectro Platinum 4 ATV/Snowmobile Synthetic 0W-40 Engine Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40
Spectro Golden 4 ATV/Snowmobile Synthetic Blend 5W-40 Engine Oil- Formula 4-Stroke Power Sports 0W-40
Spectro Syn-Sno Synthetic Snowmobile Chaincase Oil- AMSOIL Synthetic Chaincase Oil

Valvoline

Valvoline HP 2-Cycle Snowmobile Oil- Interceptor or AIO Injector

 

In this installment of “My First Sled”, we take a look at Richard’s first machine, the 1979 Arctic Cat Jag 3000. First introduced in 1976, the Jag was inexpensive, peppy, lightweight, fuel-efficient and rock-solid reliable. In other words, the Arctic Cat Jag was the ideal first sled. Situated between the entry-level Lynx and the Trail Cat in Cat’s 1979 line-up, the Jag resonated with families as it struck a great balance between practicality and performance. Unlike many family snowmobiles from that era, the Jag had racy good looks handed down from its big brother, the El Tigre. As your dad or big brother weren’t embarrassed to be seen on a Jag, you may have seen less of this sled than you would have liked.

For the 1979 season, Arctic Cat upgraded the ride performance of the Jag by changing the rear suspension slide rails from steel to extruded aluminum. In the process, they also boosted the rear travel from 2.75” to 4”. Cat also changed the Mikuni carburetor from a slide-type to a butterfly-type that was less prone to freeze-up. That year was also the first time that Cat offered three engine options in the Jag. Available options included an air-cooled 275cc model (known as the “Jag 2000”), as well as an air-cooled 340 and a fan-cooled 340. The fan-cooled 340cc model also offered the convenience of oil-injection. These Suzuki-made engines were renowned for their reliability and capacity to withstand tremendous abuse. For this reason, Arctic Cat has been using Suzuki engines for almost 40 years and still do to this day.

The 3000 model was truly a snappy all-round performer. The 340cc engine laid down 30 horsepower and could reach a top-speed of about 60 miles-per-hour. The upgraded suspension, light weight, track cleats and forgiving chassis geometry would allow a skilled rider to humble much more powerful sleds on tight trails.

To keep the price tag low, the 1979 Jag came as a very basic package. Arctic Cat did offer an assortment of options including a speedometer, tachometer, temperature gauge, electric start, tow hitch and a safari rack.

This generation of the Jag came to an end when Arctic Cat declared bankruptcy in 1982. Arctic Cat made a comeback in the mid-80s and the Jag name was also revived as a 440cc model. But the Jag of the late-1970’s will always be remembered as a classic economy sled that delivered fun well-beyond its price tag.

Specifications for 1979 Arctic Cat Jag 3000

  • Engine: Suzuki two-stroke, two-cylinder
  • Cooling: Free-air-cooled or fan-cooled
  • Displacement: 340cc
  • Bore: 60 mm
  • Stroke: 60 mm
  • Spark Plug: NGK BR8ES
  • Compression Ratio: 6.8:1
  • Carburetor: Mikuni VM-30 (single)
  • Drive Clutch: Arctic Hexagon
  • Horsepower: 30hp
  • Top Speed: Approximately 60mph
  • Ignition: CDI
  • Length Without Skis: 86”
  • Total Length: 101.5”
  • Height at Handlebar: 32”
  • Ski Stance: 28”
  • Track: “15” X 32” with 2/3” lugs with cleats
  • Suspension Travel: 4”
  • Brakes: Cam-action disc
  • Rear Suspension: Torsion-spring slide rail
  • Fuel Capacity: 6.5 US gallons/5.4 imperial gallons/24.6 litres
  • Dry Weight: 363 lbs.
  • 1979 Retail Price: $1679 (fan-cooled 340) $1575 (free-air-cooled 340)

Here are some vintage Arctic Cat TV commercials from the late 70s.