Primary Sled: 1991 formula plus, 1972 Polaris Colt 295 SS
Where I sled: Northern Manitoba
here's a call to the people that had/have some of these old prs body sleds
i know its made as a trail sled with barely any suspension travel, but how much of the fluffy stuff can it handle? my old sled a 72 polaris colt wasn't great in deep snow, but if you kept your speed up it was fine, and if you got stuck it was never hard to get out, the thing only weighed 300 pounds
so should i stick to groomed trails only and maybe play a bit on lakes and rivers, or can it take some heavier stuff?
i'm in northern manitoba so we're not talking about any kind of insane powder or mountains, but i'd still like to go off the beaten path a bit
of course i'll have a full snow shovel with me, i'm not tempting fate that bad
just keep her in the powerband, and you should be ok. i had an '89 mx and that thing kept the nose up pretty well and did good in the deep snow once you get it moving. when going through really deep stuff stand up near the back of the running boards, pull back and keep 'er in the powerband. Good luck!
1994 Ski-Doo Formula STX 583 Rave
1994 Chevrolet Lumina Z34
1997 Dodge Ram 1500 4X4
Get a gym membership, and start working out your back! Any sled with a good lug track will perform better than one with a shallow lug track. Problem with these sleds is the low front end clearance and the front end weight. Just don't stop once you're going!
I had a 1991 Formula mx with a 467. It would take the powder but you had to be moving. It didn't really have the power to spin the 3/4 lug track in the deep snow. If i kept it to the bar it was ok. Like Russ said, the low front end dive in. I always had to stop when i was done and wipe out the filter for the air box, along with the snow that packed in the headlight.
If you need help always ask the one who is busy, the others have no time!!
I own that very sled. If you keep her moving, you should be OK. Don't let off the throttle or the nose will dive for the bottom! If you do get stuck, just mark the spot and come back in the spring!
1999.5 MXZ 700
1991 Formula Plus (It just won't die!)
Where I sled: Frederic to Lake Gogebic & everywhere in between
Brutal isn't the word! :lol:
The PRS chassies were ok on the trail but off they were like trying to keep a rock afloat.
I.M.O. Skidoo never started making sleds until the F body arrived and it is now considered a tank to todays sleds.
Maybe if you keep a helicopter on call then I would dare to go off trail.
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2000 Flll 800
SC3 x 136 with a 1.5 track.
MXZ racing shocks up front with precision skis.
Clutched & geared by Joey.
And now RER, ya baby!
As others have stated it is designed for trails, but with the 121"x16.1" track and a lower rear suspension it does have much more of a contact patch with the snow than todays 121's. That being said if you are a skilled rider and keeper pinned you should be able to do a bit of off trail stuff, just nothing too crazy.