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Mike.RecordsYou are asking the right questions, but you may have to answer a few of them yourself before you can move forward. First and foremost is how much can/do you want to spend on a sled. If its $1,500 you can get a trail sled that will be useful. If its $3,500+ you can get a good mountain sled. Both have their advantages:
When you catch your trail sled on fire, its not that much money wasted.
Trailsleds don't overheat on trails and are better for towing your buddies.
A cheap trail sled leaves you more money for gas, a trailer, maintenance, and a ski rack.
A mountain sled opens up the options of where you can go, and where you can get really stuck!
For a mountain sled you will want a track length of at least 155, and an engine size of at least 700cc.
Sounds like you need to nail down what you want a bit more before people can help you more. Talk to friends who have sleds, see what's available on craigslist, and think about that budget. If you have any more questions please let me know!
matlk14honestlty go look for like a early 2000s to about 2007 skidoo summits or rmks. they can get you back into the backcoutry with some practice youll nearly be able to go anywhere. they run any where from 1000 to 3500. 600 would be alright if you keep it on the trail and out deep powder but 700 and 800 would be the best tool. if your in the market for more expensive sleds dont buy any 900s or 1000s there p.o.s. usually. and i agree take an avy class and make sure u have more than one kid!
simmersMost helpful advice I see in this thread.
Mike.RecordsThe only way to learn how to become a sled mechanic is by buying a used sled.
Karma_PoliceLet's be real. Even a new one you'll have to be a mechanic if you're actually using it.
Mike.RecordsFalse. I bought a used sled with no sled maintenance experience. Its been a learning process: things break and go wrong. But, you get help and figure it out.
Mike.RecordsIts been a learning process:
californiagrownDo you have any experience with sleds?...
does anyone you know have any experience with sleds?
loganimlachAre you kidding, his best movie shot was of him on a sled. Also probably the reason he recommends not getting one.
californiagrownyoure trying to tell me he has a friend or two that's a pro?
loganimlachno. see 1:16 for a guy who knows his sleds.