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DirtylilWolfess Ė No worries about the steam. Iím firing up the boiler Saturday morning. Iíll be pulling a water wagon and another full of coal. I should be up in your neck of the woods by mid-February.
Head west...Not much for good riding around here unless you like flat with no obstacles (with the exception of culverts and road signs).

Myself not included in the above.
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If this guy is 6' 7", he needs to move up to a triple right off. Don't bother with a pokey, weak l'il twin, he needs power. I say '99-'03 XCR-800, or 2000-2003 Thunder Cat 1000. Once he gets used to those, he can build a WC powered sled.
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I've been asked whether I've purchased a sled. Not that anyone really cares, probably just a few of you being nice. Thanks for that We'll, I’ve been in a 24 hour snowmobile research mode for about a month now, talking to experts all over.

Basically, these are some of my conclusions as I get ready to purchase my first sled:
1) For a first sled, I don't want to spend too much.
2) What is "too much"? I have no idea.
3) For a first sled, I don't want to go to cheap.
4) What is "too cheap"? I have no idea.
5) I probably prefer Arctic Cat.
6) Why? I have no idea, except that I'm sensitive and don’t want to get teased too
much for getting anything else.
7) For versatility I don't want too long of a track.
8) For versatility, I don't want too short of a track.
9) For cost savings, I probably don’t need a brand new sled.
10) For reliability, I probably don’t need something with too many miles.

I think that sums up where I'm at with a solid month's worth the work. Thanks to all of you that have pretended like to actually give a SH#@. Besides, in my trivial little mind, perception is everything

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We are here to help as best we can... We do want you to get what is best for you because in the end that will make you stay with this hobby that we love so much.

Problem with picking sleds is multi-fold.

1.) Cost... Hard for anyone to know where you stand. Too much for one is pocket change for someone else.
I started in this hobby with an $80.00 John Deere Trailfire. It started for me as a way to pull 3 kids around in the snow without having heart attack.. from there it grew to a fun sport to actually enjoy.. I now own 5 sleds.

2.) Brand... This also is hard one. We all have our fav's
I like Polaris for myself because I am most comfortable on them and American Made. I always tell people to try the different brands to see which you feel best on. For a new person I also suggest picking a model that friends around you have so you can benefit from their knowledge and old spare parts.

3.) style.... Simple question. What do you plan to ride? Trails a 121 or 136 work great what to get off trail more go with 136 to 144 if Mountain get the big tracks 150's and above.

4.) reliability... New or old they all need work that is the fun and pain of this hobby.

Again we do want to help and ensure you enjoy your experience.
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I've been asked whether I've purchased a sled. Not that anyone really cares, probably just a few of you being nice. Thanks for that We'll, Iíve been in a 24 hour snowmobile research mode for about a month now, talking to experts all over.

Basically, these are some of my conclusions as I get ready to purchase my first sled:
1) For a first sled, I don't want to spend too much.
2) What is "too much"? I have no idea.
3) For a first sled, I don't want to go to cheap.
4) What is "too cheap"? I have no idea.
5) I probably prefer Arctic Cat.
6) Why? I have no idea, except that I'm sensitive and donít want to get teased too
much for getting anything else.
7) For versatility I don't want too long of a track.
8) For versatility, I don't want too short of a track.
9) For cost savings, I probably donít need a brand new sled.
10) For reliability, I probably donít need something with too many miles.

I think that sums up where I'm at with a solid month's worth the work. Thanks to all of you that have pretended like to actually give a SH#@. Besides, in my trivial little mind, perception is everything

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So what you are saying is that you are absolutely no further in your decision making process than the day you started looking. Sounds about right for you. You may still get lucky and I will sell you the M7 for a rediculously low price. The wheels have been spinning again, lol.
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So what you are saying is that you are absolutely no further in your decision making process than the day you started looking. Sounds about right for you. You may still get lucky and I will sell you the M7 for a rediculously low price. The wheels have been spinning again, lol.
I bet I can guess why.

I understand brand preference, but if you go AC you are looking at more $ than other brands for a comparable sled with difficulty finding service and parts (ask Andy and Keith) unless you order online and work on it yourself (don't talk to Andy and Keith lol). Plus, finding an M in IL is not easy. Hell, I was just in Hastings, MI and I saw just a handful of mountain sleds - only one being an HCR (An M-cat with a stiffer suspension for the Hillclimbs).

I highly suggest a 144 as I feel it is the very middle of the road. Stick with a 1.25 or 1.5 lug and you can still trail ride.

What you spend is what you spend, like mentioned before.
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Have to disagree about AC being more money. At least not based on my experience. Do agree on the dealer network shrinking. AC is cutting their own throats. To bad really. Best off trail sled out there IMO.
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I would have to say that finding an Indy trail would be much cheaper than an M8, and they're on level playing ground.
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I would have to say that finding an Indy trail would be much cheaper than an M8, and they're on level playing ground.
Does that mean the Turd is a masterpiece?
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Level playing ground? Now I have heard everything. Almost as shocking as Obama winnng the Nobel Peace Prize. Old Iron has gone to Wyoming once with us already and is going to Tog in January. He needs a mountain sled. I tried telling him to look at all brands (except Yamaha) but he insists on a M sled. He will over analyze it for another month or more until all of the good deals are gone then he will buy a new one.
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Level playing ground? Now I have heard everything. Almost as shocking as Obama winnng the Nobel Peace Prize. Old Iron has gone to Wyoming once with us already and is going to Tog in January. He needs a mountain sled. I tried telling him to look at all brands (except Yamaha) but he insists on a M sled. He will over analyze it for another month or more until all of the good deals are gone then he will buy a new one.
Any other members disagree that an M8 is just as good as an Indy Trail? I know if we were talking M7, it would be more of the Indy 400 with a holed piston level, but at least the M8 is an 800 so it should be as good as the Trail? No?
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I'll I'm saying here, is that if he needs to keep up with an M, an Indy trail will do nicely.
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Any other members disagree that an M8 is just as good as an Indy Trail? I know if we were talking M7, it would be more of the Indy 400 with a holed piston level, but at least the M8 is an 800 so it should be as good as the Trail? No?
I think I would take on an M7 with my Indy 400. My Indy 400 is a mod sled though, with an xtra10 skid and a ported track. I don't think I could beat the M7 with a stock 4 hundy.
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Dealers for AC are getting rarer for sure. To find a Cat dealer it is over an hour from me. I have at least 1 if not 2 dealers for all the other brands within 20-30 minutes.
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Rubi, how do you like your RMK? Have you ever ridden an M to make a comparison? Bryan, my very first sled was a 1989 Indy 400. Bullet proof but antiquated.
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You guys have to remember Bryan rides the turd. He has no clue what good riding is or how to Boondock! If you could actually ride off-trail and not wonder what it was like he'd know better. You can't blame him for being a non-riding snowmobile site administrator. There is too much paper work and political crap going on around here for him to worry about riding. A Indy 400 is almost too much sled for Bryan.
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Rubi, how do you like your RMK? Have you ever ridden an M to make a comparison? Bryan, my very first sled was a 1989 Indy 400. Bullet proof but antiquated.
I rode an orange M sled a couple years ago. I didn't really know how to ride then, but looking back I can give you a somewhat educated impression. I just rode it for a few turns on a somewhat flat meadow in carveable snow. Comparing it to other sleds I've ridden (mostly Polaris) it was easier to initiate a turn or lay it over on the Cat. Once you have the sled on its side, it seems like the Polaris is way more precise and controllable. Transitioning from one carve to another seems better on the Polaris too. Oddly enough I feel the Edge is better than the IQ in this department. I think that is an advantage of the 121" though. I can just nimbly and quickly carve with that little sled.

The IQ RMK really amazes me how hard you can slam it into a carve and still retain traction and control. With my short track, I lose traction when I go too low and I fall off. With this new RMK, I can submarine the whole front of the sled and still pull through. The sled seems to thrive on aggressively slamming it into the snow. There is one situation where I wish turn initiation didn't need to be so aggressive. When I'm going downhill (especially when it's steep with a double fall line) I wish I could finesse the sled into a turn a little more easily. When I've performed some ultra-aggressive maneuver up high on a hill and my line going down is headed toward some gnarly obstacle like trees, rocks, cliffs or other stuff that needs to be avoided, I wish I could turn into a sidehill effortlessly. Instead the sled demands that you whip it down into the snow with authority. There isn't really a way to do it halfway. You've got to lay your shoulder and hip down into the snow and gas it. If you gas it too hard, you risk turning uphill too sharply and losing traction resulting in a stuck. If you don't go after the turn hard enough, you won't execute it, and will be forced to come up big on your second attempt because you're that much closer to disaster with the oncoming obstacle. That problem I outlined above may have been a symptom of snow conditions, because on a couple really deep days I performed the downhill transition to a sidehill pretty easily.

The only other complaint I have with the new RMK is low speed maneuverability. When I'm putzing around trying to turn, it seems that the front shocks want to collapse and tip toward the path of least resistance, usually a treewell or a downhill lie that you don't want to tip toward. I need to talk to some RMK gurus and see what I need to do to the suspension to eliminate this small annoyance. I think the sled is actually set up this way to initiate a turn more easily. I don't like this, because merely compressing the front shock isn't enough to actually turn the sled in a carve anyway, so what is the point?

All in all, the IQ RMK is mindblowingly good so far. It loves deep snow and feels just perfectly centered and balanced when carving. Ask Mud about how surprisingly snappy and powerful the motor is. I almost prefer it to the 700 because although it doesn't pull as long and hard, it is definitely quicker off the line. I have yet to really find it's limits climbing yet. Gerbil and I were denied climbing a pretty steep chute in some ultra deep snow, but there was no reason for us to feel bad. One of the guys that had been trying it right before us had a brand new turbo M1000 with a ridiculously long track, and he didn't make it to the top either. I'm actually sandbagging with the true capabilities of this sled trying to lure Gerbil into challenging me to some kind of competition and then crushing him with my yet unrealized abilities. That's pretty stupid though, because I can't really remember a time when we had a competitive challenge. We ride how we want, and don't really try to encourage other riders to do something they don't feel comfortable with. Another reason we don't really do anything competitive is that he used to ride a Ski Doo, and it really wouldn't be fair for me to challenge a Ski Doo with a far superior Polaris. I wouldn't want to hurt his feelings. Now that he has a Polaris, maybe we'll be a bit more competitive because he has a fighting chance! My fighting chance will be gone when he realizes his dream of having an M Chassis sled with a D&D big bore kit in it. It will be REALLY gone if he gets an M Chassis with the ZRT 800 triple big bore.
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Your chances would already be gone if Wolfie hadn't botched that pipe/can/clutch kit purchase at Haydays.
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Well … a few months have passed since my first post:

• Basically, I’m still convinced I’m the Wrong Guy on the Wrong Site at the Wrong Time

• I’m not looking for Rookie of the Year or anything; but, at least in golf (and I’m not a big golfer), they give a handicap.

• Am I the only one on this website that doesn’t get to pick their own screen name? I was hoping for something a little more manly. I liked OldIron; I use it on some of my other sites.

• The sled purchase was a disaster; I’m going to leave it at that.

• We rode with a guy a few weeks ago (Jay) that told me that he started sledding before he rode a bike.

• They still haven’t taken me on a trail ride yet.

• Schooled by a 90lbs girl this weekend.

• The hemorrhoids ... hey, at least I have a nice red trail to get me back home.

• I assumed they put a seat on this thing for more of a purpose than just storage for my Preparation-H. When do we get to sit down?

• Spent an entire weekend with a bunch of people and don’t even know their real names.

• The guys were complaining about grounds in the coffee. I was trying to help out in the apartment, so I thought I’d take a stab at making coffee. No one said anything about a filter.

• I couldn’t find room for the ice cream in the refrigerator.

• When everyone puts on their helmet, it’s a sign that we’re leaving.

• NJ Dave thinks I’m beautiful.

• Cameras = Carnage

• I’m pretty sure my sled was built in a first-generation pilot site for multi-national assembly lines. From what I can tell, the US guys were on the right side of the line using SAE and the rest of the world was on the left using metric.

• They made me drive six hours on a perfectly good Saturday to attend an Avalanche Class in Green Bay. The instructor was staring right at me when he said that this type of sledding wasn’t for everyone. I meant to bring him an apple.

• They talked me into buying a shit-load of survival crap, and then tell me the TOG trip is cancelled. At least they all got their kick-backs from the distributors.

• The UPS driver has politely asked me to put a box by the street, so he doesn’t have to hike the driveway 3 times a day.

• When Andy pulled in the driveway tonight, it was the only time he had to put the F-250 in four-wheel drive all weekend. I don’t even have any snow.

• The ill-compensated locals at the bars would just as soon I kept my money; it’s really not worth having to look at me.

• Between my sled and myself, we’ve acquired more nicknames that anyone should have to bear.

• These 800cc M8’s just get in my way.
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I think "Danger" suits you much better. It is quite obvious that the obsession has bit you bad. Why is it every time I drop you off your last words are "When is the next trip?"
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ē Cameras = Carnage
I did no such thing. You crawled right up the hill that launched me off a quarter or third dozen times.

All my carnage was not caught on film, unless you and NJDave actually did have your helmet cams running at an appropriate time. Only the results of it were documented.
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Well … a few months have passed since my first post:

• Basically, I’m still convinced I’m the Wrong Guy on the Wrong Site at the Wrong Time

Don't think that is possible

• I’m not looking for Rookie of the Year or anything; but, at least in golf (and I’m not a big golfer), they give a handicap.

Snowmobiling is WAY better than golf...

• Am I the only one on this website that doesn’t get to pick their own screen name? I was hoping for something a little more manly. I liked OldIron; I use it on some of my other sites.

They like to fuck w/ people

• The sled purchase was a disaster; I’m going to leave it at that.

What did you end up with?

• We rode with a guy a few weeks ago (Jay) that told me that he started sledding before he rode a bike.

Not the norm by any means

• They still haven’t taken me on a trail ride yet.

• Schooled by a 90lbs girl this weekend.

Can't be all bad... Some times that is fun

• The hemorrhoids ... hey, at least I have a nice red trail to get me back home.

Ouch

• I assumed they put a seat on this thing for more of a purpose than just storage for my Preparation-H. When do we get to sit down?

Trail riding

• Spent an entire weekend with a bunch of people and don’t even know their real names.

Tough to keep all these guys names in order

• The guys were complaining about grounds in the coffee. I was trying to help out in the apartment, so I thought I’d take a stab at making coffee. No one said anything about a filter.

Extra fiber and roughage for the day, tell 'em to man up

• When everyone puts on their helmet, it’s a sign that we’re leaving.

Sounds right


• These 800cc M8’s just get in my way.

Typical Cat always in your way.... Just another mogal or obstacle to avoid or go over.
At least you got to ride....
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Quit your bitchin' Danger or I will have Wolfy kick your ass again!
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I like the name change Danger, it's about time lol. You list seems to be in order, your coming along just fine lol.
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