They tried to adapt these changes to the G. Also, feel free to contact our knowledgeable Tech Team if you have any questions on which Sno-Jet parts are best for your machine. Today the ThunderJets are starting to come, they are getting harder to find, and are even being updated for serious racing purposes. The ThunderJets lived on, Kawasaki basically took the 1975 Thunderjet, painted it Kawasaki colors and put in the Kawasaki motor and kept racing. 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.
Keith Orme, president of Conroy, Inc. Orme made a final plea, and was turned down. The results were amazing and soon after other manufacturers were doing the same to keep up. In 1965, Sno-Jet was born and the first 25 snowmobiles were released. The 1972 ThunderJet took over the racing circuit.
They soon transitioned to Yamaha motors when Hirth began exiting the market. They were soon sold off to Kawasaki who were looking to enter the snowmobile market, but were only able to stay afloat until 1977. The horsepower could also be overcome by reducing weight. The sled had one objective, to make a more dependable and predictable consumer machine. The Thunder Jets weren't competitive enough to keep up with the other sleds that were burning alcohol. Just Good Luck and Happy Sledding! At the races, the Thunder Jet was called the Thunder Chicken, and the sled that was run over by a truck and so one, but after they saw what it could do they admired it and wondered how it could do that. The aluminum chassis worked out great.
We keep them all in stock and ready to ship to you the same day that you order. The Thunder Jets saw many victories over the years all over the country. . It was available with 4 different engines, 295 single, 340 twin, 440 twin, and 650 twin. The first units were completed prior to the 70-71 season. In 72 the team made some changes to the sled, you were able to quickly change the ski to ski stance, the ski to track stance, the length and width of the track, four different seat variations, four different variations of handlebars and so on. It was then given to Jim to test out and they realized that is should be lower, wider and more distance between the ski and track.
This design was pretty much kept for all the other years. The ThunderJet could not make it. The old machines could still be raced, but no new ones could be built. Always take lots of pictures when you're restoring a sled, you'll be amazed if you compare the before and after pictures. The sled did great and alot of people turned to the thunderjets in 73 where it basically beat out every other manufacturer, and no other sled company has been able to do that since.
Pelchat decided to take a home-built snowmobile to production. At Dennis Kirk, we carry the most aftermarket snowmobile parts. It would only race in associations where it was qualified… and where it would prove to be highly competitive against the new Mercury Sno-Twisters. Sno-Jet first began in 1964 when four men Maurice Fillion, Paul-Emile Roy, Gaetan Theberge and Mr. The first Sno-Jets were powered by Hirth and Sachs engines, like many of their competitors at the time. It was testing grounds for the stock machines, trying out the new technologies like disc brakes and lightweight aluminum. Today, Sno-Jet snowmobiles are a favorite among vintage riders and collectors.
The new ThunderJet prototype was quite a bit different. The motor was more offset than the competitors and worked out quite well in oval racing. The sled featured an aircraft aluminum tunnel, and was very low and wide. One of the reasons for its position was the success of the ThunderJet modified racers. That way, you can get your Sno-Jet back on the snow as soon as possible. To keep up with the demand, the original owners decided to sell to the Glastron Boat Company, based in Minnesota. The last year for the Thunder Jet was in 75 it was a 440 free air engine, mikuni carburators, and an arctic cat drive clutch.
Business instantly boomed and they were soon producing thousands of sleds. There were only one hundred available for each of the 4 motor options, so they are extremely rare, and are still even today very competitive. Now the ThunderJet program had to be scrapped. After the oil crisis and poor snow conditions, Sno-Jet sales dwindled and were put in a financial crisis. The ThunderJet chassis worked so well, most companies used it to test their prototype racing motors.