C3 NXT Engine Skins FC/FX/FE/TE/501 2016+

Bike Year: FC/FX 450 2023+ FE/TE 501/450 2024+
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C3 NXT Engine Skins FC/FX/FE/TE/501 2016+

C3 NXT Engine Skins FC/FX/FE/TE/501 2016+


C3 NXT Engine Skins FC/FX/FE/TE/501 2016+

Bike Year: FC/FX 450 2023+ FE/TE 501/450 2024+

C3 NXT Engine Skins for Snow Bikes

Husqvarna FC/FX/FE/TE/501 



FC/FX 450 2023+
FE/TE 501/450 2024+



FC/FX 450 2016-2022
FE/TE 501/450 2017-2023

Fits like a skin! No gap = no room for snow to build up = superbly effective!

Introducing C3 NXT ENGINE SKINS!! Better late than never! We took our time to assess and test the engine covers available on the market, and if there was one we loved, we would have distributed it. Instead, we formulated a totally different approach and were able to design an awesome new system that we're confident you'll agree is the top choice for your snowbike build!


  • Form-fitting press-molded EVA foam & leather shells connected by neoprene+vinyl panels
  • Fits like a "skin" to encase your engine PERFECTLY with NO GAP, meaning your engine heat is kept in the engine, not lost to the atmosphere or snow contact
    • Best overall heat-retention available - more info below
  • Weight: 1 lb - starts light, and…
  • Does not create a "cavern" for snow to collect in - STAYS light!
    • Considering product weight and snow accumulation weight, NXT Engine Skins can offer a 20+ pound weight savings compared to some competitors, which on a 300+ pound machine with 55 HP, represents the same power-to-weight benefit as adding 2-3 HP! - more info below
  • Most compact overall envelope possible - zero impact to ergonomics, and a substantial reduction in snow drag compared to some competitors (snoerodynamic?)
  • Perfect from December til June - unlike most other options, airflow through rads is unimpeded, so elevated overheating risk is essentially eliminated, without worrying about taking it off partway through the day or carrying extra panels or adding extra coolers
  • Installation: 5 MINUTES (two flaps, one zipper, one hook!)
  • Easy to live with - simple oil changes, and easy to keep an eye things on-hill (sight glass access preserved)
  • Looks are subjective, but wouldn't you say it's the sleekest, leanest, and most NON-pregnant aesthetic out there?


>> Highly recommended to be used with a skidplate - in fact, skidplate should be considered MANDATORY on 2014-22 Yamaha models and 2016-22 KTM/Husky/GASGAS models

>> Highly recommended to be used with C3 Thermostat- other brands' thermostats have bypass designs that are not optimized for snowbiking (in our opinion). This is especially influential with NXT Engine Skins since airflow through the rads is not physically blocked off. For best performance, use C3 thermostat.

With NXT Engine Skins, to keep your snowbike performing its best, our 3 main priorities were EFFECTIVE heat management, LIGHTWEIGHT, and SLEEK. The key to achieving all 3 of these is the close fit, which we're calling the "NO-GAP" principle.

EFFECTIVE - Not a perfect analogy but imagine it like a wetsuit. Focus on limiting the outside effects, so that you retain all the heat inside! Contrast that to a building with the windows open in a snowstorm. On some enclosures the "windows" are smaller than others, but you're still heating a larger area, constantly having to heat new air, and dealing with all the snow that comes in.

Melting snow is BY FAR the biggest impediment to maintaining engine temps. Did you know that it consumes TEN TIMES more heat to melt 1 pound of snow from -1°C to 1°C, than to heat 1 pound of steel from 1°C all the way to 80°C? (remember highschool chemistry, latent fusion and Q=mcΔT? 🤓) If you ever looked inside your old engine enclosure and saw snow, it's a sign that it's struggling to keep up.

FAQ: Why did we focus more on the lower cases than the cylinder head?

  • Consider: is your MAIN goal to heat your COOLANT, or to heat the ENGINE itself? The transmission, crankcase, oil sump, etc are areas where your bike will really thank you when they are running optimally, in both performance and longevity. Heat that's getting pulled out of the cylinder (which is obviously a massive heat source) is not really being pulled out of the "engine", it's being pulled out of your "coolant/rads", which is no big deal (oversimplification but I think you get the point).
  • You may notice a conundrum where the reading on a coolant temp gauge on an Engine Skins bike could show lower than you expect, particularly if the exposed part of the brass temp probe got snow on it. Again, what really matters is engine temp / oil temp. We actually do keep an eye on our oil temps, with the datalogger we developed for MOUNTAIN MAP ECU tuning - maybe we should develop an accessory so you can too, but you'll have to take our word for now haha.
  • The problem-causing "milky oil" you have heard about (or experienced!) is a result of condensation, caused by the engine case being in contact with snow and therefore a large temperature differential occurring within the engine. Like a cold glass of water on a hot day, where the engine cases are the glass of water and the cylinder is the sun. Keep snow off the engine!
  • Also, thermal mass. The cylinder, piston, and valvetrain represents less than 15% of the mass of the overall system. That means it will have more effect to GET the lower cases warm, and that they will STAY warm better. In our experience, after a break from riding, Engine Skins bikes are 20-30°C warmer than other bikes.

LIGHTWEIGHT - NXT Engine Skins literally weigh less than 1lb. More importantly, it STAYS LIGHT because it doesn't create a "cavern" for snow to accumulate in! Some of the enclosures we tested were, well, heavy. For example, one 10-15lb system was constantly full of 5-15lbs of snow.

Considering power-to-weight ratios on a 320lb machine with 55 horsepower, you could say that every 6lbs saved has the same effect as adding 1 HP! (or 9.5lbs per HP if you count a 200lb rider too, which probably makes more sense but doesn't seem to be the industry standard haha). We'll let you do the rest of the math on that!

SLEEK - This one speaks for itself I think! It's not just for looks though - if you want to maximize your power delivery, you should be thinking about minimizing the drag of your bike through the snow. NXT Engine Skins are as compact as possible, and the outer synthetic leather is durable and slippery to glide through the snow.

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