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First time on this forum and new to the snowcat world Hoping for some advice. I own a 1999 VMC RT01. Has a Volkswagen diesel motor and a hydro-static transmission. It has just over 500 hours on it and appears to have been well cared for. Runs fine going down the trail but when I get into deep snow or even a slight grade it pulls the motor down or kills it. I'm not sure if it should spin the track or not but it won't even pull itself up on a tilt deck trailer very well. Hydraulic oil is up and filters have been changed. Also having problems breaking the grousers. They split on the 90 degree bend of the cleat. I have tried welding a wide bead on the bend and had limited success but still having problems. I know a guy in Salt Lake City who builds new grousers that are much stronger than the originals but I was hoping to avoid that cost. I would appreciate any advice I could get from those who are familiar with this machine. Thanks in advance.

Brad, when you say "pulls the motor down or kills it" are you talking the diesel engine or the hydraulic motors? If it the diesel what is your exhaust looking like when this happens. If it is the hydraulic motor/pump, do you have a pressure gauge at the hydraulic pump? I'm wondering if there is a defect in the hydraulic pump which causes a loss of high end pressure
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Hi and welcome to the insanity.


May I suggest you start a new thread for your machine in the "repairs, Parts and Problems" area.

By having your own thread it will be easier to track the input from others and not confuse the two thread items.


Again welcome.
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Winter looking nice up north. Looking for some sno motivation to get these tracks on south.

Took the boys on their first real trail ride this am against the wife advisory board.

-3 degrees to start warmed to 4. 20 plus awesome miles maxed out 25 mph hammer down! Nobody froze so thatís a win.
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Better get those tracks back on. Supposed snow storm finally coming this weekend . . .
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Ready for Sno!
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Also donít forget to tighten down the tie rod clamp after paint and install or you get to resquare everything again!
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First Mile shakedown good to go!

Nice to be back in the sno.
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5 miles all is well. Kids race team ran well. Antiques fired right up.

Took fam and friends for an evening wine cruise before we head to the super bowl.

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Both legendary. Tucker Sno Cat/New England Patriots !
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Single track club meeting up the Maine way near Canada Eh
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Successful 3 days of riding the single track cats.

Lots of sno up north everywhere!
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