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Old 04-03-2009, 12:09 AM   #1
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Question Ski-doo or Yamaha? Who makes a better, more reliable sled?

I am looking into buying another sled. I'm look at sleds from 1997 - 2004 and have narrowed it down to either a Ski-doo or Yamaha. I would like the sled to be at least 700-800cc or more. From what I have found I like the Ski-doo MXZ's Rev, Adrenaline, etc. and the 98 on Mach Z and the Yamaha SRX's, SX's, V-Max's and the RX-1's although I know they are a completely different sled than the other sleds. I don't know the differences between all these sleds so some insight on that would help as well. I ride mostly on trails and in fields and go to the mountains maybe once a year. I was wondering who makes a more reliable sled and what other people recommend to be the best sled out of those listed, or at least the strengths and weaknesses of each make/sled.

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Old 04-03-2009, 05:19 PM   #2
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This post could go on forever,,, I myself go for arctic cat, have friends that ride polaris, doo, and polaris and we all think ours is the best. You are going to get nothing but biased answers here. Go out and test ride what you can to see what you like best. This is the only way to truly get your questions answered.
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Old 04-05-2009, 05:30 PM   #3
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I can't really help much here because I don't know much about most of those sleds except for a few of the skidoos. I think, but I could be and most likely am wrong , the adrenaline might be for deep powder which sounds like it wouldn't be good for you. As a basic guideline to snowmobiles, long tracks and tracks with deep lugs are usually for deep powder/mountain riding. short tracks and short lugs are usually used for trails because the shorter lugs dig into the packed snow. The only sled I know much about that you listed is the mach z. Mach's are pretty big sleds (I think they are tripples) that go fast. In general I think they are made for speed, meaning they might have less suspension and I'm guessing they wouldn't be good for powder riding.
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Old 04-05-2009, 05:56 PM   #4
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Yamaha has made the commitment in 4 stroke technology.

On March 17th I rolled 40,000 miles on my 2005 RS Venture on the original factory engine.



At 22,000 miles a valve train check was performed. Only 3 exhaust valves were tight. They were shimmed. At the same time a cam chain adjuster was replaced. Thats the only thing that has been done to the motor. Yamaha motors reliabilty is second to none.

For more info here are some links:

http://cs.amsnow.com/snocs/blogs/sno...-in-maine.aspx

http://www.ty4stroke.com/viewtopic.php?t=71441

http://www.ty4stroke.com/viewtopic.php?t=48682

I agree, It's worth test riding several different brands of sleds in order to make a more informed decision.

Hope this helps!

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Old 04-05-2009, 11:18 PM   #5
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That's a lot of miles wow. You haven't had to do any major rebuild or major motor work? I'm looking at a 2002 Rx-1 for $3000 Canadian. Do you know if that a good deal and if they would be as reliable as your sled?

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Old 04-05-2009, 11:20 PM   #6
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Also I want something fast! How are the triples for reliability? I have hear good and bad things about them. What has been everyone's experience with them?
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Old 04-06-2009, 09:35 AM   #7
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I myself am biased to Yamaha. I rode Arctic Cat for 20 years before I switched and have nothing but good things to say about them. I think that all the manufactures make a good machine, but if you take a close look I think that you will see that Yamaha actually builds the most reliable machines. They may not always be the fastest, but they always run.
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:25 PM   #8
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Any of those Yamahas listed will be very reliable, but they're not exactly great if you ride on a lot of rough trails. Of those, I would get an 04 Rev...best seating position and suspension.
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:34 PM   #9
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Why the 04 Revs? Are there differences between the 04 and the other years?
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That's a lot of miles wow. You haven't had to do any major rebuild or major motor work? No, its the original factory engine. As I said before 3 exhaust valves were shimmed in a customary valve train check. That's all the has been done to the motor.

I'm looking at a 2002 Rx-1 for $3000 Canadian. Do you know if that a good deal and if they would be as reliable as your sled? Sorry I Don't have a clue.
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