Product Test: Skinz Helium Hood, Side Panels

July 2017 Product Tests Viewed 2384 time(s)

            When it comes to light weight, helium is about as light as it gets … and so is the Ski-Doo Helium Hood Kit from Skinz Protective Gear. That’s why the editors of SnoWest threw a Helium hood and side panels on their Ski-Doo project sled.

            The Helium hood weighs in at 3.25 lbs complete with the venting already installed, making it about 13 pounds lighter than stock. Once you combine this with Skinz narrow side panel kit and lightweight silencer and you’re saving close to 25 pounds.

            The hood is formed from durable TPO plastic and finished with a durable automotive basecoat/clear-coat finishing system.  Kits are available with options to include the air intake and LED headlights.

The Ski Doo Helium Hood Kit starts at $399.95.

Skinz also offers Helium Narrow Side Panels that requires no modifications and are available for left and right sides (or both). The vented panels are effective for reducing under hood heat which improves engine and clutch performance. This also improves clutch and belt life.

Both side panels have been reshaped and formed to narrow the machine as much as possible. These panels are contoured and will narrow the machine up to three inches per side. All panels are offered with venting already installed on the panels.

The panel kit will require the use of the Skinz Ultra-Q silencer or the SLP aftermarket silencer. The panel kit combined with Skinz Ultra-Q silencer will eliminate 12 pounds of weight. These panels install and fit the machine like the OEM panels. No modification necessary for installation.

These panels will only work with the Skinz AirLoc Running board kits or with the Rasmussen Running board kits installed. Since the kits are designed to drastically narrow the snowmobile, it is required that the running board modifications are made first.

The side panel kits are offered in two different types of material. The TPO material offering is a very durable material which is the same material used by the OEM to build their side panels.

The second material is HDPE. This side panel kit is a lower cost option and is great for those who are bashing through the trees and the technical rider that will be doing a lot of scuffing and rolling. These panels are only offered in black and cannot be painted. They also come with the venting already installed and ready to go.

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