2019-2020 Snowmobile thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by beemerkid, Oct 5, 2019.

  1. beemerkid

    beemerkid Do you ADV

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    I haven't seen a snowmobile thread for this year yet, so let me kick it off. Some of you poor sob's in the lower 48 might still be sweltering, but here in AK the the snow is falling in parts of the state, and moving down the mountains here in the Chugach. Let's help each other get hyped up with pictures, tall tales, and plans for this season.

    I've been preparing, and now I'm ready to go. All the maintenance is done on my sled from last season, a 2011 Arctic Cat M8 162, and pre ride checks have been done on my new to me 2015 Yamaha SR Viper MTX 163 turbo. The Cat got a new bearing and fluid in the diamond drive, and the Yammie got an air/fuel ratio gauge so I don't blow it up here near sea level with the high altitude tuned turbo kit. IMG_20191005_204352.jpg

    IMG_20191005_204401.jpg As a personal plug, I heartily urge everyone to wear a helmet even though snow is "soft", and if you ride in avalanche country, wear, carry and know how to use a beacon, probe, and shovel.
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  2. Romero

    Romero At Cinépolis or OXXO

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    Cool! We were just at our cabin in Chama NM, great snow machine territory. We usually head up just past the Cumbres Pass. Can't wait to get up there again! Cool shop up there as well with guided tours. Rendezvous Tours.
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  3. theborderdog

    theborderdog XR4 PILOT

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    That Yamaha looks mean
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  4. beemerkid

    beemerkid Do you ADV

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    Thanks, I hope so. Longest I have ridden in it was up the ramp into my truck, so it's quite untested by me. It has the MPI turbo that I believe is running 5-6lbs of boost. All the powder coating was done by the previous owner, but I like the look. It's got a few nice things already done, an anti stab kit, some out of control running boards, and the mountain addiction fuel can on the tunnel.

    I'll also be testing these heated goggles this season. FXR Core electric. The lenses aren't super clear, but it's got to be better than fogging up on those days you can't do anything to keep your goggles clear. IMG_20190913_200557.jpg
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  5. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Another season comes and I still refuse to conform

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  6. beemerkid

    beemerkid Do you ADV

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    Love the long track. My main riding buddy is thinking of picking up a short track for his fe350 for playing in the low snow conditions when we don't want to bang our sleds off the rocks.
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  7. SnowMule

    SnowMule still learning what is and isn't edible Super Supporter

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    sorry for slacking off... been busy.
    Haydays'd last month....
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    Shared a booth with Thunderstruck and AIARE. Bounced some ideas around to better engage the people who come through our tent... most people are looking to buy stuff, rather than learn stuff.
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    Do the usual meet-and-greet with vendors/sponsors. Back with FXR this year.
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    Moved last month... finally. I've got some more garage space now.
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    Place is functional, but there's a lot of fixing-upping to do. Office needs a lot of work. So does the garage. And living spaces.
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    My trailer lives at home now. :)
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    Work stuff...
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    more other jobs...
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    the new austrian mistress and I have spent considerable time over the last week getting acquainted...
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    Need to get a GPS workshop ready before CO Snowmobile Expo this weekend...
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  8. 1greenmachine

    1greenmachine Long timer

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    Guy at work said his buddy went to heydays and said it was really down from what he was expecting and seems like it shrinks every year. Also heard Cat supposedly pulled out and barely had any product there compared to their usual offerings.
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  9. SnowMule

    SnowMule still learning what is and isn't edible Super Supporter

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    Didn't spend much time in the mfgr corner, did wander through sunday afternoon to visit some of my sponsors. They were already putting stuff away, so :dunno
    I'd say we saw more traffic in our area (SCN9, by the merchandise shed) than last year.
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  10. theborderdog

    theborderdog XR4 PILOT

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    That’s so cool, but it’s all double Dutch to me, I live in Australia in a part that doesn’t snow (I’ve never seen it)
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  11. ejm4

    ejm4 Been here awhile Supporter

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    With temps here finally dipping into the 60s, it is soon time to think about sleds here in the East... #tughillNY
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  12. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Snowmule……..Congrats on the new place. :thumb
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  13. 1greenmachine

    1greenmachine Long timer

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    I've never been there but just seems like you hear that its shrinking every year. I know Cat is hurting pretty good and cutting all unneeded costs, I think the other brands are big enough to absorb the hit better but still feeling years of bad sales.
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  14. DSquared

    DSquared Dilly Dilly! Supporter

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    Ordered a brand new Skidoo Backcountry X 146" in April and can't wait to get home and pick it up! Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan are sure to have crappy snow this year because of it so you can all blame me!
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  15. xrjak

    xrjak Day Dreamer

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    I enjoy these threads. I always pick up an older sled and make something of it (or try). I have an older cat this year, and am piecing it together. IMG_2056.jpg IMG_2454.jpg
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  16. gumbellion

    gumbellion Been here awhile

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    I just finished getting mini G's sled tuned up for the year. A new to her polaris XC 120
    Maybe this weekend i will pull out the others. They are calling for the rain to turn to snow tonight
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  17. NuMexJoe

    NuMexJoe Adventurer

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    At the risk of thread diversion, I'm interested in the same. That is, picking up an older sled. Is there a thread for schooling newbies like me? Intended use would be traveling unplowed USFS roads in northern NM and southern CO to access backcountry splitboarding, often riding 2-up. Any brands to steer away from? Does track length matter if I'm not climbing hillsides? I assume I want reverse, but is electric start a must? Please forgive the novice questions, and if they've already been answered elsewhere, by all means point me that direction! Thx!

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  18. beemerkid

    beemerkid Do you ADV

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    Riding 2 up on a mountain sled is really a pita. You'll probably be looking for a utility model with a 2up seat and racks for carrying gear. Many of them have some features like electric start and reverse. Electric start isn't necessary unless you have shoulder/back problems. Most all sleds from this decade have efi, and start with one or two pulls unless there's something wrong. I'm not too up on the utility models, but I know skidoo has the linq attachment system that you can get ski and board holders for, I see those pretty often up here in AK. If you don't want to wrench on it, I'd definitely suggest getting something in good to great condition. Around here you can get a very nice sled for $3500, what's your budget look like? You also need to consider how you're getting it to the riding area, a ramp or trailer. You do not want to mess with motorcycle ramps in a truck or a trailer without ski slides, get a setup designed for sleds or you'll be cursing a lot. Reverse is also a must for me.

    As far as reliable models.. @SnowMule would be a good source for Polaris stuff, I'm not familiar with them, but Arctic Cat and SkiDoo seem to have about the same reliability as far as I'm concerned. Yamaha is as with bikes, well engineered, and lately using Arctic cat chassis with Yamaha engines, Arctic cat uses Suzuki Mills in everything as far as I know. I could be wrong.
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  19. NuMexJoe

    NuMexJoe Adventurer

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    Great info - thanks! Budget probably ought to have a $3k ceiling, since I may not get as much use from the sled as I'd like to think. Seems like Polaris Trail Touring sleds are available on CL, but I don't see much from other brands in the touring/utility flavor, and doing a bit of reading it seems folks are down on Polaris long-term reliability. I like the idea of the Skidoo Linq system rather than fabbing up my own rack. Too many projects and vehicles to maintain as it is.... Hauling is no problem; I've got a tilt-bed utility trailer and also have a box van to which I could add a ramp. Thx again!
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    beemerkid Do you ADV

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    Because I can't leave well enough alone, I'm taking my turbo sled (that I haven't even been out on yet) to the next level. I'm having a 240 hp kit with an intercooler, injectors, boost controller, head shim and ARP head studs, revised cam timing, and power commander put together. I don't have a liter bike anymore because I know I'd lose my license, but I still want something badass in the garage, so the sled is getting the treatment.

    I also got an aluminum shield for my trailer fitted up. Got it free from my neighbor. View attachment 1948960
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