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  1. #3076
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    Anybody willing to share an opinion of this sled as a tool to get me up logging roads? Could it handle two people and gear? 1994 Artic Cat EXT 580 with less than 200 miles. Thanks.

    https://helena.craigslist.org/snw/d/...097319619.html

  2. #3077
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    It shows 3000 miles on odometer.

    It should work as a trail sled

  3. #3078
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    Whats the best way to get my sled into tight fit storage locker? Looking for a cheap dolly or castor wheels or something similar
    will something like this work or is it just a waste of money?
    https://www.busybeetools.com/product...SABEgKD0PD_BwE

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    Yup those work great

  5. #3080
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    Quote Originally Posted by simple View Post
    It shows 3000 miles on odometer.

    It should work as a trail sled
    OH shit! Duh. Maybe I'll check it out.

  6. #3081
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    As a general rule, it's a good idea to pay more for a snowmobile than what a pair of skis with bindings cost. They tend to be a little more complex.


    Not saying that thing hasn't been well taken care of but every o-ring, spring, and bushing on it is likely approaching 20 years old
    Besides the comet that killed the dinosaurs nothing has destroyed a species faster than entitled white people.-ajp

  7. #3082
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    Lol, yeah, I know, it's stupid cheap and would probably be a major headache. OTOH when I needed an ATV for spraying weeds and doing other tasks around my property I ended up buying a $300 Yamaha from the 1980s that has worked just fine. I also buy cheap cars and have good luck with them. It's all about finding the guy who loved the thing and took great care of it.

  8. #3083
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    Quote Originally Posted by yeahman View Post
    around my property
    Do I need to point out the potential flaw in logic here? When that quad doesn't work, how do you get home kind of question?

    Snowmobiles have the potential to turn into cold shivering nights and helicopter rescues. Just something to keep in mind when it comes to setting the budget.
    Besides the comet that killed the dinosaurs nothing has destroyed a species faster than entitled white people.-ajp

  9. #3084
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidwoo View Post
    Do I need to point out the potential flaw in logic here? When that quad doesn't work, how do you get home kind of question?

    Snowmobiles have the potential to turn into cold shivering nights and helicopter rescues. Just something to keep in mind when it comes to setting the budget.
    As a previous owner of a less than reliable sled, I'd suggest two mitigation techniques, beyond the obvious (i.e. consider your broken-sled plan when trip planning):
    1. always be prepared, at least from an equipment standpoint, to ski and skin home. It may take a very long time, but it will be better than walking; if you can't get all the way, you may still be able to get somewhere that it's easier to hitch a ride
    2. Don't ride alone, particularly in places where (1) sounds painful; have another rider and sled along as well as the supplies and knowledge to tow out if possible.

    Honestly, both issues (how long will it take to walk out? / Can I get a broken machine home, or at least to a road?) are worth considering with any form of motorized backcountry travel. I've run out of water in the process of getting my motorcycle out of a juniper bush and back onto the Jeep road, 10+ miles from nowhere, and that experience led to buying a satellite messaging device. Even with a mechanically sound machine, stuff happens (usually, but not always, related to pilot error).

    Mechanical luck helps, though. My brother bought a series of sub-$1500 cars and I don't think he ever put more than $500 in maintenance in any of them, only one died, and it took long enough that he got his money's worth out of it. I bought a similar series of cars and didn't put less than the purchase price into any of them. He did eventually kill the sled he bought, too, but it had a hard life to begin with and he wasn't exactly kind to it.

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  10. #3085
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidwoo View Post
    Do I need to point out the potential flaw in logic here? When that quad doesn't work, how do you get home kind of question?

    Snowmobiles have the potential to turn into cold shivering nights and helicopter rescues. Just something to keep in mind when it comes to setting the budget.
    Of course I've considered that possibility, but given the nature of the places I intend to take it, I can't see any major obstacles with skiing out ~10 miles down a well-used snowmobile trail if the sled breaks down. Wouldn't be fun, but it's doable.

  11. #3086
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidwoo View Post
    I'd agree with all that but the XM tandems better part. Your clutches are likely beat on your M7. Plus it's probably carbed...plus the XM is a bigger motor with a better track...
    The M7 is EFI but yeah 2500mi and it's down on RPMs. I had no complaints tandeming on the XM and that's including the trickiest tandem I've ever done (fully pinned on a steep, tracked, powdery hill climb with a cornice plop finish). Regardless, the Doo steering is weird enough for me when riding technical terrain (solo) to overshadow the tandem performance or lack thereof.

    Quote Originally Posted by kidwoo View Post
    But yeah buying new, you're paying for dealer support so it kind of matters if their douchebags or not.
    ~5K is the budget so frequent dealer visits aren't in my future. That said, this sled will likely spend some time in BC. My recollection in terms of locating parts is that Doo is everywhere (duh), Cat is somewhere, and Polaris is nowhere up there.

    I'm trying to find something with <1500mi. Calendar says now is the time to buy, but gut says COVID is going to force more sleds onto the chopping block this fall.

    XM - Likely out. Steering weirdness is a concern and Doo owners are asking $6K+ for 15/16s with 2500mi+. GTFO. Gen4 seems cool but out of my budget.

    AXYS - Very intrigued. Best talent upgrade for steep tight spaces (my kryptonite). Budget will only allow for 2016ish MY, and I have visions of blown motors and broken a-arms. Maybe that's unfair, but anecdotally I've seen many more ads with mention of motor work at surprisingly low mileage for these sleds. kidwoo was recommending 2018+ 800s. Care to expand on why to go 2018+?

    CAT - Leaning this way. Seems like a good balance between fun to ride solo but planted enough for easy tandeming. Good 2016 options in my price/mileage range. No major downsides AFAIK aside from being the ugliest of the bunch and having some fit/finish issues. Meow?
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  12. #3087
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    Quote Originally Posted by North View Post
    ~5K is the budget so frequent dealer visits aren't in my future. That said, this sled will likely spend some time in BC. My recollection in terms of locating parts is that Doo is everywhere (duh), Cat is somewhere, and Polaris is nowhere up there.
    Not sure which part of the province you are frequenting, but at least in Kamloops to PG hwy95/16/5 corridor, I would say the parts availability goes 'doo > polaris > cat
    This last season it seemed there were more late model rmk's on the decks in the parking lots and on the highway around here than the 'doos. Most of the cats you see are getting long in the tooth, with the occasional alpha.

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    That's it, seasons done.

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  14. #3089
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    Starting to pubs get for next winter and I really need a sled deck. Who has what? What works and doesnít work? It will be for a 2015 F350 8ft bed. Iíd like the ability to put a third sled in backwards, and I beat shit up so durability is very important. My preference is to buy one over build one. I have the ability but not the space or time.

    Iíve heard good things about Marlon. So so things about RI Sled Deck. Anyone got any other brands I should check out?


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