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Fuel Recommendations for Your Off-Road Vehicle


Get your fuel from a known, high-usage fuel station to ensure it is fresh. There are several different types of gasoline. Fuel requirements vary based on snowmobile brand and model. For the most accurate fuel recommendations, refer to your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual.


Regular gas has an octane rating of 87. This is the minimum fuel requirement for most snowmobiles. A mid-grade gas has an octane rating of 89. A premium gas has an octane of 91 or higher. This gas is sometimes recommended for high-performance engines. Be aware that fuel is mixed differently depending on the season.


Summer fuel has a low Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) which makes it less likely to evaporate in warm weather riding. This prevents vapor lock issues.


Winter fuel has a higher RVP, which increases evaporation to ease starting in cold weather conditions. In the winter it’s important to drain your tank and fill it with fresh fuel from a high-volume gas station. This ensures your fuel is a winter blend. After filling the tank, run the engine for 10 to 15 minutes. This will fill the fuel system with fresh winter-blended fuel.


When refueling remember that gasoline is highly flammable and explosive under certain situations. Use the following safety precautions:

  • Always exercise extreme caution when handling gasoline. Never allow a child to refuel or handle gasoline.
  • Always turn off the engine when refueling.
  • Always refuel outdoors or in a well-ventilated area free of any source of flame or sparks.
  • Never carry fuel or other flammable liquids in your vehicle. Failure to follow this instruction could lead to serious burns or death.
  • Do not smoke or allow open flames or sparks in or near the area where refueling is performed or where gasoline is stored.
  • To prevent fuel from spilling, do not overfill the tank. Do not fill the tank neck.
  • If gasoline spills on your skin or clothing, immediately wash it off with soap and water and then change your clothing.


Note: The provided information is a general guideline. Refer to your Owner’s Manual for the fuel requirements of your vehicle. Polaris owners can access Owner’s Manuals by logging in to their RideReady account.


RideReady provides mobile, transport or drop-off service options for off-road vehicles. Find a participating RideReady dealer to schedule a maintenance appointment.