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im a beginner looknig to get a snowmobile for this winter.. i dont need anything too fancy or fast for now.. just something that i can ride to get used to.. anyone have any suggestions on what kind i should get? or does anyone have a cheap sled for sale??
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yeah, just dont buy anything with the words POLARIS on it,thats a start.
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What's your $$$ limit?
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Shamelessly stolen and adapted from dirtrider.net...

1) your physical size (both height and weight are important)
2) How physical / aggressive are you ?
3) what do you plan to ride- Trails, mountains, boonditching, other??
4) Do you have any riding experience?
5) Do you think you will race ?
6) Are you mechanically inclined and will you be doing your own sled work?
7) Do YOU have a preferance to a brand/ motor choice (2 or 4 stroke...twin versus triple)?
8) Do you have a dealer close by your home that you might use and what brand(s) does he carry?
9) How much ($) do you plan to spend on a sled?
10) Do you live in California?
11) Your age?
12) anything else that you think would help form an opinion
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He's just looking for a machine to start on and beat on. XLT/Indy 500/440/ETC would work perfect. He's never ridden before.
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yeah, just dont buy anything with the words POLARIS on it,thats a start.

Well, he did say, "cheap"!!!
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Shamelessly stolen and adapted from dirtrider.net...

1) your physical size (both height and weight are important)
2) How physical / aggressive are you ?
3) what do you plan to ride- Trails, mountains, boonditching, other??
4) Do you have any riding experience?
5) Do you think you will race ?
6) Are you mechanically inclined and will you be doing your own sled work?
7) Do YOU have a preferance to a brand/ motor choice (2 or 4 stroke...twin versus triple)?
8) Do you have a dealer close by your home that you might use and what brand(s) does he carry?
9) How much ($) do you plan to spend on a sled?
10) Do you live in California?
11) Your age?
12) anything else that you think would help form an opinion
Honey...you dont even have a sled yet!


I would agree with IBS all the way with those choices. I would lean toward the 500 or XLT.
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He's just looking for a machine to start on and beat on. XLT/Indy 500/440/ETC would work perfect. He's never ridden before.
I basically started on an Apex. Does that mean I'm Ultra-Aggressive?
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No, that means you're an ill-informed queer. Go drive your Subaru.
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No, that means you're an ill-informed queer. Go drive your Subaru.
LOL. It still wasn't fast enough. I guess you pansies have to start off on slower less powerfull machines and learn. You're not ultra-aggressive.

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Looking to sell my 93 xlt/w 654 kit in it.

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yeah.. im not going to be into racing or anything yet.. just something to get me started... ive been more into cars and bikes and stuff, but ibreakstuff, got me looking into sleds..so i was just looking for some newcomers advice.
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money limit would preferably be 750 and under for now.. i could possibly go higher.. but like ive said im not looking for anything special.. is that areasonable price range??
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1) your physical size (both height and weight are important)- 5'10 260lbs
2) How physical / aggressive are you ?- onascale 1-10... 8
3) what do you plan to ride- Trails, mountains, boonditching, other??-trails or mountains
4) Do you have any riding experience? not on snowmobiles
5) Do you think you will race ? probably not
6) Are you mechanically inclined and will you be doing your own sled work? -yes
7) Do YOU have a preferance to a brand/ motor choice (2 or 4 stroke...twin versus triple)?-any is fine
8) Do you have a dealer close by your home that you might use and what brand(s) does he carry? -not that i know of
9) How much ($) do you plan to spend on a sled? -750 and under if possible
10) Do you live in California? no
11) Your age? -16
12) anything else that you think would help form an opinion
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1) your physical size (both height and weight are important)- 5'10 260lbs
2) How physical / aggressive are you ?- onascale 1-10... 8
3) what do you plan to ride- Trails, mountains, boonditching, other??-trails or mountains
4) Do you have any riding experience? not on snowmobiles
5) Do you think you will race ? probably not
6) Are you mechanically inclined and will you be doing your own sled work? -yes
7) Do YOU have a preferance to a brand/ motor choice (2 or 4 stroke...twin versus triple)?-any is fine
8) Do you have a dealer close by your home that you might use and what brand(s) does he carry? -not that i know of
9) How much ($) do you plan to spend on a sled? -750 and under if possible
10) Do you live in California? no
11) Your age? -16
12) anything else that you think would help form an opinion
I can't chime in on some of the older sleds but I will say that I think you'll ride harder than some. You might want to consider a suspension upgrade. I had a friend who bought an older sled and upgraded it to an M-10 or something better. He liked the ride much better. I see you live down near IBS and don't know what the riding is like there. Where will you be riding?
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This is Jamie's brother. We'll start him off on something he can beat on.
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just go on craigslist you should be able to find a nice beater this time of year for $750, a skidoo mxz 440 is a nice beginners sled,but i started on a 79 blizzard 500,i loved that old sled didnt cost me $200 and you could beat it and she wouldnt die,plus the earlier the sled the easier to fix.
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yeah.. i was looking on craigs list, and i found some pretty cool sleds... i just looked up the ski doo 440, and that looks like a pretty nice sled.
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The mid to later 90s mxz or polaris wedge chassis is what i would look for, those can be had cheap and are decent sleds. I wouldnt wana go with anything with a real old suspension, it will get rough.
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Generally most sled from the 90's up are what you want if you are planning any riding. If it is just a ditch banger or "sled mule" the older ones are better because of cost, wieght, and ease of repair. You are not too tall so almost any of the brands will work. Best thing to do is check around to see some dealerships and or friends and sit on few different brands to see which is most comfortable for you. I'm 6' 6" and Yamaha's for me suck, built for small people, Cats depends on the model, same with Ski Doos. I personally like the Polaris because built for a larger person. I also like the Built in USA part about Polaris. Bottom line they all make good sleds now, but each has it's own feel.
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Also, I would stay to the 500 and larger size if you plan to ride in deeper snow or off-trail, because many 440's just can't pull with a full size adult on them.
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yeah i like polaris sleds too... ive seen some nice ones on craigslist. what do u thuink of the polaris xcr 600??
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http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/rvs/1286858047.html

this is the one i seen on craigslist
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The XCR's are a good sled. Make sure you check it over well or take someone who knows sleds with you to check it over. Pull plugs check compression and color of plugs. As with all triples they can get pricey to repair if not taken care of. Especially with pipes it is critical to keep them jetted correctly.

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