opinions on 1979 Polaris 340

opinions on 1979 Polaris 340

Post by Vincent Charro » Tue, 17 Oct 2000 04:00:00


I have a chance to buy one of these, it is liquid cooled and appears in good
shape for the age. Engine rebuilt and overbored up to 400cc.

What's she worth apx? Any comments on this rig?

Vince

 
 
 

opinions on 1979 Polaris 340

Post by CMetcal » Wed, 18 Oct 2000 04:00:00

My opinion is: Buy my 1979 Yamaha ET340 instead!  My thread is in the news
group.

'00 Phazer

 
 
 

opinions on 1979 Polaris 340

Post by at » Wed, 18 Oct 2000 04:00:00



Quote:
> I have a chance to buy one of these, it is liquid cooled and appears in good
> shape for the age. Engine rebuilt and overbored up to 400cc.

> What's she worth apx? Any comments on this rig?

> Vince

I don't remember if the 79 had the independant front suspension, or
not (better if it does) and the 79 340 engine was, probably, one of
the most reliable engines ever put into a snowmobile, BUT:

Don't pay too much for something that old, unless it is in "mint"
condition. I suspect that it is NOT in "mint" condition, if the engine
has been overbored (reliability goes down, real fast, when you start
fooling around with engine modifications). I, personally, wouldn't go
over C$200, and that high only if it is an independant front end, and
is something you could put into an antique show, without much more
than a bit of polish.

Just my C$.03 ($.02 US)...
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doug.bissett at attglobal.net

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opinions on 1979 Polaris 340

Post by David Courtne » Wed, 18 Oct 2000 04:00:00

     I don't see any way that a 340 twin could be bored out (.200") to
400cc.  More likely it has either a different motor or some odd-ball
cylinders on it that would negate any "collector" value.
    David



Quote:


> > I have a chance to buy one of these, it is liquid cooled and appears in
good
> > shape for the age. Engine rebuilt and overbored up to 400cc.

> > What's she worth apx? Any comments on this rig?

> > Vince

> I don't remember if the 79 had the independant front suspension, or
> not (better if it does) and the 79 340 engine was, probably, one of
> the most reliable engines ever put into a snowmobile, BUT:

> Don't pay too much for something that old, unless it is in "mint"
> condition. I suspect that it is NOT in "mint" condition, if the engine
> has been overbored (reliability goes down, real fast, when you start
> fooling around with engine modifications). I, personally, wouldn't go
> over C$200, and that high only if it is an independant front end, and
> is something you could put into an antique show, without much more
> than a bit of polish.

> Just my C$.03 ($.02 US)...
> --
> ******************************
> From the PC of Doug Bissett
> doug.bissett at attglobal.net

> ******************************

 
 
 

opinions on 1979 Polaris 340

Post by Rob Lyon » Wed, 18 Oct 2000 04:00:00

1980 was the first year for the "TXL-INDY"  (I bought one new) with IFS.
But the 1979 TXL 340 liquid was a great sled for it's time.  I'd say one in
good condition would be worth a couple hundred.

Rob in Vermont

On 17 Oct 2000 16:40:53 GMT, doug.bissett"at"attglobal.net (Doug Bissett)

Quote:


>> I have a chance to buy one of these, it is liquid cooled and appears in good
>> shape for the age. Engine rebuilt and overbored up to 400cc.

>> What's she worth apx? Any comments on this rig?

>> Vince

>I don't remember if the 79 had the independant front suspension, or
>not (better if it does) and the 79 340 engine was, probably, one of
>the most reliable engines ever put into a snowmobile, BUT:

>Don't pay too much for something that old, unless it is in "mint"
>condition. I suspect that it is NOT in "mint" condition, if the engine
>has been overbored (reliability goes down, real fast, when you start
>fooling around with engine modifications). I, personally, wouldn't go
>over C$200, and that high only if it is an independant front end, and
>is something you could put into an antique show, without much more
>than a bit of polish.

>Just my C$.03 ($.02 US)...

 
 
 

opinions on 1979 Polaris 340

Post by news.globalbiz.ne » Wed, 18 Oct 2000 04:00:00

Vincent,

Great little sled,  I have a 78 340 TXL that I bought in 1980 and it still
runs strong up to 40 or 50 mph it will stay with my 99' XC 800 SP.  after 50
its all over and if you are riding the 340 you think the sled stopped
because the 700 pulls away so fast.  The 1979 is the same basic sled but the
hood is a newer design and in my opion looks better than the old TX hood
used on the 77, 78 TXL's.  I am finally going to sell mine this year and I
expect to get $600 to $800.


Quote:
> I have a chance to buy one of these, it is liquid cooled and appears in
good
> shape for the age. Engine rebuilt and overbored up to 400cc.

> What's she worth apx? Any comments on this rig?

> Vince

 
 
 

opinions on 1979 Polaris 340

Post by IRONDO » Wed, 18 Oct 2000 04:00:00

Vince, This was a very popular sled with cross country racers back in the
leaf spring days.  Comes with 38mm carbs from the factory and a pretty good
exhaust system for a single pipe.  Aaen had twin pipes available for this
sled, you see them for sale at swap meets occasionally.  SLP offered ( and
probably still does) a 404 kit for this engine, if memory serves me
correctly.   A little pricey though.  That Fuji 340 is stone reliable and
with the pipes  was a giant killer. The only drawback to the motor was it
never came with oil injection. One of these sleds in good condition (not a
beater) will bring $500 in Michigan.  These sleds are a ball to ride on a
smooth groomed trail- to bad those are few and far between here.   IRONDOG

Quote:
> I have a chance to buy one of these, it is liquid cooled and appears in
good
> shape for the age. Engine rebuilt and overbored up to 400cc.

> What's she worth apx? Any comments on this rig?

> Vince