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Old 10-20-2017, 09:37 AM   #1
 
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So, I might breakdown and buy a sled. Figured Iíd ask for some opinions. I think Iíll keep my budget at around $1500. Iíve had cheap ditch bangers in the past, but theyíve never left my yard or the prairie path haha. Iím looking for something fairly quick and reliable with electric start and possibly reverse that I can take up to the UP with buddies.

1. How important is reverse? I love having it on my atvís and I only weigh 150lbs. I canít quite throw around a sled like some others can.

2. Am I out of line looking for all of these features on a $1500 budget?

3. What brands models would you suggest?

Iím all ears. Thanks guys
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Pretty much any time of year $1,500 isn't going to get you most of those features. The hard line that I've seen for shit vs. good with sleds is right around the $2,500 mark. Regardless of manufacturer, 2003 is about the year most of them went into what most would consider "modern" snowmobiles.

Reverse is super nice to have. Not necessary but definite back saver.

E-start or fuel injection is commonplace on most 2003+ machines, e-start isn't really necessary with the EFI sleds IMO

F-series Arctic cat, rev chassis ski doo (MXZ, Renegade), Yamaha RX1 (heavy but plenty of get up and dead reliable) is where I'd start looking.
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Anything with a Yamaha 600/700 double/triple (Vmax, SRX), almost any Arctic Cat from 97-03 (ZRT/ZR/F-series but be wary of AC's diamond drive in the later years of the f-series), Ski Doo Rev chassis, all great sleds. $1500 would definitely be on the low end of where I'd be looking if I was. I agree with Outlaw and I'd say scrounge up another $500 to get a little higher into the "newer" style sleds.

It's a WORLD of difference between the old laid out sleds ("muscle" sleds) and the "new" rider forward/up sleds.
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can you touch a rev for 1500?
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welp answered my own question.

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Cool. Do these have reverse? Kinda sounds like I have to up my budget.
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Dat Mach Z 1000 though.
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Dat Mach Z 1000 though.


Thatís what I was thinking. Is there a downside to a 1000? Is it considerably heavier?
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No idea. Just the thought of a 1000 2 stroke harbles my marbles. I don't think they were too reliable as he says the engine was replaced at 3300 and it now has 6700 on it.
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Honestly like Frank said up the budget to $2500 and you open yourself up to a lot more sleds. Most of the "faster" sleds do not have reverse or electric start so its kind of pick a choose. You want speed or convince. For $1500 you can probably get a really nice Vmax with electric start and reverse. This is a 500 but nice low miles and electric start and reverse.

https://chicago.craigslist.org/sox/s...347628453.html

For $2500 Id look into a RX-1. Prices really have dropped on those. 4-stroke very reliable with great gas mileage. Most of these in that price range have higher miles but I wouldn't be concerned if they were maintained and not abused. I've never seen one without electric start and reverse but the ER stands for that in the model name like they make them without. I can't imagine trying to rope over a 1000cc 4-cylinder.

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That’s what I was thinking. Is there a downside to a 1000? Is it considerably heavier?
Mach Z are really heavy, but really fast in a straight line. They kinda handle like crap.

Edit: the one I rode was pretty clapped out. maybe there are different experiences out there.
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who cares about gas mileage on a sled that you get to ride 1,000 miles at most in a year.

sweet. 20 mpg = 50 gallons of gas or 12 mpg = 83 gallons.

33 gallons different @2.50 a gallon = $82.50 per year.

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Minty with the M10 for an "old" sled. Fuck it's 19 years old. https://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/s...415933169.html

2003 440 SnoPro for $1800: https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/s...411530186.html

2003 Skidoo MXZX 440. not sure how clapped out it is but motor was replaced: https://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/s...420141463.html

Looks to be a stupid clean 700 XC: https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwi/s...416765200.html

2003 RX-1ton looks pretty damn clean: https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/s...418986324.html

2005 440 SnoPro: https://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/s...418254290.html

Another ZR 440: https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/s...419132729.html
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$1500 budget?

Hands down the best bang for the buck IMO. No electric start or reverse tho...

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i wouldn't take a sled without reverse.

start, yeah ok that's fine.

reverse though.

ya nope
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