The Chrysler Snorunner was a single ski, narrow tracked "motorcycle for
the snow". They were first produced in May of 1979 and were manufactured
at the Chrysler Outboard Marine Division in Hartford, Wisconsin. The
Snorunner utilized a134cc. 2 cycle Power bee engine that produced 7hp. It
had an integral 90 watt alternator and used a Tillotson 320A carb. Power
was transferred via a centrifugal clutch. They had the ability to be
broken down in a few short minutes by removing 5 quick disconnect pins for
transport in the trunk of a car. They originally sold for $699.00 in
1979. Chrysler sold the Snorunners for three years. In 1981,
when Chrysler was in big financial trouble, production was ended for good.
The remaining stock was liquidated by COMB liquidators who changed the
name to Snorabbit by putting a Snorabbit sticker right over the Snorunner
sticker. COMB sold them for $288.00 each in the back of magazines.
The remaining parts were also sold. It is believed that there was approx.
28,000 made, we will probably never know.
The Snorunner started as a military vehicle. The Marines wanted a
snow vehicle that was light weight and had a range of 30 miles to
transport a soldier. They paid Chrysler in 1977 to develop one
including all the dies and testing of it. Chrysler came up with the
Snorunner. It is said that the military version could go 35mph.
Apparently, the military checked it out but decided they didn't want it
because it couldn't perform in powder snow. In 1979 Chrysler decided
to offer it to public. They first detuned it to make it go slower
by adding an extra thick head gasket and a restrictive muffler.
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This is my Snorunner. It is close to 25 years old but is in very
nice condition. While I live in New jersey, I have had an interest
in snowmobiles for a few years. My brother has a pair of snowmobiles
and treated me to a ride during a heavy snow a few years ago. The streets
were ours, and it was a blast! From time to time I would surf Ebay
Motors looking at snowmobiles, but I knew I would probably not get one
because of the fact that you need a place to store them, they require a
trailer and a vehicle to pull that trailer etc. One day I saw a
Snorunner for sale. This looked like the coolest snow vehicle I had
ever seen. It basically is a motorcycle (or minibike) for the snow.
I frequently checked for listings for them and this year, I took the
plunge. I love this little machine! I immediately upgraded the
centrifugal clutch to the 15-pin high performance model. I installed
the ultra-thin performance head gasket, and upgraded to the Military grade
free-flow exhaust. This brought the power from 7 to 10 horse and
added to the top end speed (approx 35 mph). I am almost six feet
tall and 190 pounds and this little bugger whips me around and comes back
asking for more. I plan to strip it down this Summer and give it a
makeover to try to shake that 70's look.
Click Here to check out this page by Chad Wells, a fellow Sno-Runner
enthusiast. His Sno-Racer is what has inspired me to customize one
of my Sno-Runners.