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Old 12-14-2008
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Default Not a polaris but nothing runs like a deere

My brother has a i think it is a 74 john deere 440 triple liqifire thing runs like a champ and rides like a brick. I was thinking about getting it from him because i can order stuff deere at my work for the sled. And i have the john deere trailer from that year that they don't make anymore. Do you think it would be a waste of my time to bother rebuilding it or not. I would ask my wife but you'll no that answer so i'm asking people with common sence
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76 was the first year of the JD Liquifire, and they never made a triple. Got any pictures? If it is a JD its probably a 76 440 CCW twin. What color is it?

And I am moving this to Vintage.
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sure liked the one I had. good motors. the cdi box was the weak link in them. Hard to find 20 years ago. even harder now.
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The LiquiFires were always finicky... Ran great when they ran, but had issues with cooling, CDI's and later with oil injection. The Trailfires (Fan cooled) were very reliable and quick for their time. I had 6 Trailfires up until the last two years I've been seeling them off and buying newer Polaris sleds as our snow season start to improve. They are all Twins both liquid and trails. JD bought the rights from Kawasaki for the designs, and they ran Kawasaki engines in the Trailfires. I rebuilt the engines and completely went through each one as I bought it and then never had a day of trouble with them. I built lowering(lift) plates to give them more ground clearance. If you learn on a Vintage (read no suspension ) then any newer sled is a dream especially on a chiseled midwest field. As far as parts Dennis Kirk had a lot of parts and have been clearancing out huge quantities lately. Other good source is WWW.MFGSUPPLY.COM great prices. Nice originals or quality reconditioned Deere's in the Midwest can fetch up to $1000. plus still. If you like the sled they are a good sled. They are great if you have little kids for just pulling a downhill sled around the yard or field.
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Thank you but went back home to Fairbanks this Chrismas and I guess he wants to let it rot in his yard "I mean hes going too do something with it" so chalk it up as lost forever.
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