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bigo1966
December 19th, 2011, 08:21 AM
If you had about 700-1000 dollars what older sled would you buy? The main reason for this sled is to access a cabin about 2 miles in from the road. Also what sled would you stay away from.

Thanks. Let me know if you have questions. I know trucks and 4 wheelers but nothing about snowmobiles.

Orion

CSP
December 19th, 2011, 09:52 AM
For just a two mile access machine just about anything from the mid-90s and newer that's in your price range will work fine. The only sleds I can think of to stay away from are going to be above your price range.

Find something with low miles and stay away from formal rental sleds. I wouldn't buy anything with less than 500cc displacement. Bigger isn't always better as a triple cylinder engine is going to weigh a lot more if it's more than 600cc. A twin-cylinder 700 or 800cc is hands down more torquey and lighter than a triple.

jph3
December 19th, 2011, 12:01 PM
If you are just running back and forth to a cabin, you can't beat a Scandic or an older Yamaha Viking... 2-speed trannys, 154x20 tracks, can fit 3 people on it if you have to, and still have a rack on the back for storage.

For the money you are looking to spend, you could probably find a good deal on an ex-ski mountain sled... they (typically) are maintained well (had an ex-Vail Viking with 4k miles... never had a hiccup... used it for hauling).

bigo1966
December 19th, 2011, 12:36 PM
All great info-thanks. The road is usually some dry spots, huge drifts and just strait normal snow fall. When we snow shoed in last year some of the drifts were hard and crusty and others you would post hole down a few feet. I like the sound of 2 speed tranny and that track appears huge....except there are none on CL :(.

Thanks again-keep the info coming!

99WhiteXJ
December 19th, 2011, 01:09 PM
Along the lines of what jph3 said, look at the utility style sleds. They are good for breaking trail if necessary and are stable with the ability to carry passenger(s) and gear. Besides the Viking/VK and Skandic, there is the Bearcat (Arctic Cat) and Polaris makes WideTrak sleds that are similar.

bigo1966
January 2nd, 2012, 06:30 PM
Welp I just wanted to update this. My friend scored me a 1988 Skidoo Safari 377 in almost mint condition for free. I cant believe how nice it is for the year.

jph3
January 2nd, 2012, 10:11 PM
Nothing better than free. :beer:

Put up some pics when you get time.

bigo1966
February 3rd, 2012, 04:56 PM
Better late than never. either has 600, 1600 2600....etc miles.



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Bauer
February 3rd, 2012, 07:25 PM
Nice! I had a skeedeew Citation as a kid. It took some serious abuse and kept on goin.. :thumbsup:

I did break some of the wheels off the skid once. Went a tiny bit further off the snowbank than I had planned. :innocent:

CSP
February 6th, 2012, 07:56 AM
What's the width of the track on that machine.

I think I had the same machine many years ago. It went a lot of places that other sleds at the time wouldn't go because the track was about 2" wider than any other type of sled.