Suggestions for a good, used sled?

Suggestions for a good, used sled?

Post by Scott C. Sulliva » Tue, 23 Sep 1997 04:00:00


I've been kicking around the idea of getting a newer used sled,
something cheap and reliable, to be used mainly for weekend
cruising.  I don't need to hit 100mph, (or even much past 70,
for that matter).  I've got around $1000 +/- to play with, and
was looking mainly at 340-400cc fan cooled sleds, late 80's to
present.  By browsing the manufacturers web-pages, the sleds that
caught my eye were the Polaris Indy Lite 340, Skidoo Skandic
or Touring 380, Arctic Cat Jag or Panther 340, or Yamaha
Phazer/Ovation 340, or whatever the previous models were.
Is there any reason to stay away from Utility sleds?

Anyone have any comments on sleds with known engine/mechanical
problems?  Are there any great deals out there (sleds that are
reliable, but unloved for whatever reason)?   That's about it
for now.  If you want to see my current rides, take a look at
http://www.me.mtu.edu/~scsulliv/snowmobile.htm
You'll see why I want something with a suspension.  :-)

-- Scott

 
 
 

Suggestions for a good, used sled?

Post by Dere » Wed, 24 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> I've been kicking around the idea of getting a newer used sled,
> something cheap and reliable, to be used mainly for weekend
> cruising.  I don't need to hit 100mph, (or even much past 70,
> for that matter).  I've got around $1000 +/- to play with, and
> was looking mainly at 340-400cc fan cooled sleds, late 80's to
> present.  By browsing the manufacturers web-pages, the sleds that
> caught my eye were the Polaris Indy Lite 340, Skidoo Skandic
> or Touring 380, Arctic Cat Jag or Panther 340, or Yamaha
> Phazer/Ovation 340, or whatever the previous models were.
> Is there any reason to stay away from Utility sleds?

Heh you definatly won't hit 100 with any of those sleds. You won't even
hit 70 with all but the Phazer (which will hit 85 or so). Utility sleds
are good for utility work, and packing new trails. But generally they
have little or no suspension, they may not even go over 50. . My 1980
Citation hit 70 or so on a dirt road, but wouldn't go over 60 on normal
to hard packed snow.

The phazer will cost anywhere from $1100 to $1500, (3000-5000 miles)

Quote:
> Anyone have any comments on sleds with known engine/mechanical
> problems?  Are there any great deals out there (sleds that are
> reliable, but unloved for whatever reason)?   That's about it
> for now.  If you want to see my current rides, take a look at
> http://www.me.mtu.edu/~scsulliv/snowmobile.htm
> You'll see why I want something with a suspension.  :-)

> -- Scott

The phazer is very reliable (I have one), but most of them have a lot of
miles on them (they sometimes last to 10k miles). But they are a little
ugly.

That '69 mustang of yours looks somewhat similar to my friends '71
Olympique. 334cc, single, w/1.5up {not 2up :( } seat. Except his sled
doesn't need rustoleum, it needs a seat, cowel, track, and possibly new
rings.

 
 
 

Suggestions for a good, used sled?

Post by Tfmu » Mon, 29 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> I've been kicking around the idea of getting a newer used sled,
> something cheap and reliable, to be used mainly for weekend
> cruising.  I don't need to hit 100mph, (or even much past 70,
> for that matter).  I've got around $1000 +/- to play with, and
> was looking mainly at 340-400cc fan cooled sleds, late 80's to
> present.  By browsing the manufacturers web-pages, the sleds that
> caught my eye were the Polaris Indy Lite 340, Skidoo Skandic
> or Touring 380, Arctic Cat Jag or Panther 340, or Yamaha
> Phazer/Ovation 340, or whatever the previous models were.
> Is there any reason to stay away from Utility sleds?

Heh you definatly won't hit 100 with any of those sleds. You won't even
hit 70 with all but the Phazer (which will hit 85 or so). Utility sleds
are good for utility work, and packing new trails. But generally they
have little or no suspension, they may not even go over 50. . My 1980
Citation hit 70 or so on a dirt road, but wouldn't go over 60 on normal
to hard packed snow.

The phazer will cost anywhere from $1100 to $1500, (3000-5000 miles)

Quote:
> Anyone have any comments on sleds with known engine/mechanical
> problems?  Are there any great deals out there (sleds that are
> reliable, but unloved for whatever reason)?   That's about it
> for now.  If you want to see my current rides, take a look at
> http://www.me.mtu.edu/~scsulliv/snowmobile.htm
> You'll see why I want something with a suspension.  :-)

> -- Scott

The phazer is very reliable (I have one), but most of them have a lot of
miles on them (they sometimes last to 10k miles). But they are a little
ugly.

That '69 mustang of yours looks somewhat similar to my friends '71
Olympique. 334cc, single, w/1.5up {not 2up :( } seat. Except his sled
doesn't need rustoleum, it needs a seat, cowel, track, and possibly new
rings.

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Agreed, get a Phazer.  Other manufacturers didn't catch up to technology
and reliability of the Phazer until the late 80's, maybe they havn't caught
up yet.  The original Phazer is kind of tippy, and you will max out the
suspension ifyou weight more than 180.  All in all though they're pretty good.

tom

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