97-98 Formula 500 vs. 97-98 Indy 500?

97-98 Formula 500 vs. 97-98 Indy 500?

Post by DRV » Fri, 10 Nov 2000 11:23:09


Question for the group: I'm about to buy my first non-$500-junker sled.
I have it narrowed down to a 1997-1998 Ski-Doo Formula 500 or a
1997-1999 Polaris Indy 500. (I won't bore you with the details of why I
chose those two.)

Which of these two has a better suspension? And, I noticed the Ski-Doo
had the variable exhaust during those model years...does that give it a
significant advantage over the   488 twin in the Polaris, or not enough
to bother with? And, are there any serious design flaws in either of the
two that should make me buy the other one?

Thanks in advance for any insight,

DRV

 
 
 

97-98 Formula 500 vs. 97-98 Indy 500?

Post by Harris » Fri, 10 Nov 2000 11:59:05

I had a '98 Formula 500.  The falling-rate suspension was not suitable for me
(300+ pounds), but if you're 250 lbs or less, I wouldn't see a problem.  Can't
judge the Indy 500's suspension, but my general opinion is that Polaris
suspension technology is at a generally higher level of evolution than Doo's.
I'd give the edge to  Polaris in the suspension area...

The '97 Formula 500 did not have RAVE, the '98 did.  Get the '98 if you can,
the motor is alot snappier in the mid-range with the valves.  'Doo's motor is
90+ hp, while I believe the piston-port Fuji-built engine is around 70 HP max
(but from what I hear dead-nuts reliable).  I'd say big advantage to 'Doo in
the power department.

I'd pick the one that was in better shape. If they're in equal shape, I'd pick
the more reputable dealer/seller and buy their's. If they're in equal shape,
and are both being offered by reputable dealers/sellers, I'd probably take the
'Doo...

HML, Jr.
'01 Mxz 800 "Adrenaline" ordered, where the hell is it!?
PA Snowmobile Safety Instructor

 
 
 

97-98 Formula 500 vs. 97-98 Indy 500?

Post by Konrad Ostne » Fri, 10 Nov 2000 12:42:22

Had a 97 Formula 500, loved it. Great trail sled. Only reasons I sold it was
for a bigger 2 up sled. Good Luck
Konrad
99 AC Pantera 800

Quote:
> Question for the group: I'm about to buy my first non-$500-junker sled.
> I have it narrowed down to a 1997-1998 Ski-Doo Formula 500 or a
> 1997-1999 Polaris Indy 500. (I won't bore you with the details of why I
> chose those two.)

> Which of these two has a better suspension? And, I noticed the Ski-Doo
> had the variable exhaust during those model years...does that give it a
> significant advantage over the   488 twin in the Polaris, or not enough
> to bother with? And, are there any serious design flaws in either of the
> two that should make me buy the other one?

> Thanks in advance for any insight,

> DRV


 
 
 

97-98 Formula 500 vs. 97-98 Indy 500?

Post by Steve Rydal » Fri, 10 Nov 2000 04:00:00

My wife has a 98 Indy 500,we love it!
Great on gas, and goes pretty good too  :^)
Never had a prob...If you get a 98 they have the CRC front end too (only had
it that year)
Steve

Quote:
> Had a 97 Formula 500, loved it. Great trail sled. Only reasons I sold it
was
> for a bigger 2 up sled. Good Luck
> Konrad
> 99 AC Pantera 800


> > Question for the group: I'm about to buy my first non-$500-junker sled.
> > I have it narrowed down to a 1997-1998 Ski-Doo Formula 500 or a
> > 1997-1999 Polaris Indy 500. (I won't bore you with the details of why I
> > chose those two.)

> > Which of these two has a better suspension? And, I noticed the Ski-Doo
> > had the variable exhaust during those model years...does that give it a
> > significant advantage over the   488 twin in the Polaris, or not enough
> > to bother with? And, are there any serious design flaws in either of the
> > two that should make me buy the other one?

> > Thanks in advance for any insight,

> > DRV

 
 
 

97-98 Formula 500 vs. 97-98 Indy 500?

Post by Nitr » Fri, 10 Nov 2000 04:00:00

doo has more hp..and more rear susp travel... the pol is just a great proven
sled...which one feels better to you//..buy it!
Quote:



> > Question for the group: I'm about to buy my first non-$500-junker
> sled.
> > I have it narrowed down to a 1997-1998 Ski-Doo Formula 500 or a
> > 1997-1999 Polaris Indy 500. (I won't bore you with the details of why
> I
> > chose those two.)

> > Which of these two has a better suspension? And, I noticed the Ski-Doo
> > had the variable exhaust during those model years...does that give it
> a
> > significant advantage over the   488 twin in the Polaris, or not
> enough
> > to bother with? And, are there any serious design flaws in either of
> the
> > two that should make me buy the other one?

> > Thanks in advance for any insight,

> > DRV

> > Doo has more power, better chassis and my opinion, better ergos.
> Definately easier to hang off the side due to pol fuel tank.
>   Pol has better suspension, as in smoother ride and tuneability.
> Also you will find that parts for polaris are cheap and redily
> available. Both dealer and aftermarket.
>  The doo cost a little more when new.

>  kevin    three doo's  two pol's

> Sent via Deja.com http://www.deja.com/
> Before you buy.

 
 
 

97-98 Formula 500 vs. 97-98 Indy 500?

Post by palmro.. » Sat, 11 Nov 2000 13:09:05


Quote:

> Question for the group: I'm about to buy my first non-$500-junker
sled.
> I have it narrowed down to a 1997-1998 Ski-Doo Formula 500 or a
> 1997-1999 Polaris Indy 500. (I won't bore you with the details of why
I
> chose those two.)

> Which of these two has a better suspension? And, I noticed the Ski-Doo
> had the variable exhaust during those model years...does that give it
a
> significant advantage over the   488 twin in the Polaris, or not
enough
> to bother with? And, are there any serious design flaws in either of
the
> two that should make me buy the other one?

> Thanks in advance for any insight,

> DRV

> Doo has more power, better chassis and my opinion, better ergos.

Definately easier to hang off the side due to pol fuel tank.
  Pol has better suspension, as in smoother ride and tuneability.
Also you will find that parts for polaris are cheap and redily
available. Both dealer and aftermarket.
 The doo cost a little more when new.

 kevin    three doo's  two pol's

Sent via Deja.com http://www.deja.com/
Before you buy.

 
 
 

97-98 Formula 500 vs. 97-98 Indy 500?

Post by Steve Rydal » Sat, 11 Nov 2000 04:00:00

Quote:
> > Doo has more power, better chassis and my opinion, better ergos.

Huh?
This has got to be a subjective opinion,because S chassis doo's suck as far
as ergonomics and handling in my opinion...the ZX chassis however is a
different story...
Steve
 
 
 

97-98 Formula 500 vs. 97-98 Indy 500?

Post by RDJ » Sat, 11 Nov 2000 04:00:00

Almost everything on this newsgroup is subjective

RDJ

www.geocities.com/Baja/Canyon/9150/


Quote:
> > Doo has more power, better chassis and my opinion, better ergos.

Huh?
This has got to be a subjective opinion,because S chassis doo's suck as far
as ergonomics and handling in my opinion...the ZX chassis however is a
different story...
Steve
 
 
 

97-98 Formula 500 vs. 97-98 Indy 500?

Post by Nitr » Sun, 12 Nov 2000 04:00:00

How bout " more rear suspension" and it is noticable if thats what you
want...as for rest of suspension..neither is anything beyond basic for the
year...and we are talkin slush boxs here..not the xc model of either..
Quote:

> > > Doo has more power, better chassis and my opinion, better ergos.

> Huh?
> This has got to be a subjective opinion,because S chassis doo's suck as far
> as ergonomics and handling in my opinion...the ZX chassis however is a
> different story...
> Steve