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PowderBoy 12-03-2010 03:33 AM

sticking with what you like
Howdy All-

Been awhile since i posted but thought (for those of you who know me) I would drop a line and say Hi, and ask your thoughts/opinions.

about a year ago i had posted a topic on my 660 Turbo which had since blown sky high. after 18months of searching and rebuilding i finally got it back together and running (with alot of help of course) The sled now makes me nervous (mainly cause i know what it would cost top rebuild it again)

So I am heading back to a proven chassis and sled I once owned years ago-

In 2002 i had purchased a new pantera 550. I had put almost 4k miles on that machine in 3 seasons and really enjoyed the ride quality of the sled. I had traded that in on the 660 in 2005 and had missed it so much i purchased a 2001 the following year as a spare. Hence i thought it was time to clean shop and start over.... from the beginning

So now im going back to my old riding days and (hopefully) should be picking up a pantera 800 this weekend. I like to honk down a lake but I have always appreciated the ride quality that long tracks have had (so have others telling by the direction alot of the companies are going)

Some of my friends have questioned my intention to purchase an 8 year old sled when there are so many great sleds that have surpassed it. I never really asked more out of my touring machines and im wondering if lately maybe too many of us are starting to get greedy with what we can get.

Whats your thoughts on machines you have owned and either went back to or would go back to despite there age?

Hope to See ya'll out on some deep trails

162Whiskey 12-25-2010 12:47 PM

I'm currently running a raft of older machines, none of which has less than 10,000 miles on it. Well, the 340 Edge in the salvaged 500 body with parts from all sizes of machines from 550 fans to 800 may have less. But everything else: the 97/98 combo Indy Trail RMK has 16,000 or 24,000 depending on which odometer you read. And the 99 550 Panther will be little more than an original body by the time I get a new (used) crankcase and crankshaft for it. I love that heavy old machine which has hauled me around for 12-13,000 miles, which may explain, in part, why the outer bearing races had begun to channel their way into the case. I guess I shouldn't complain though as the crank itself had allowed some of itself to diminish where the rollers themselves run, and new rod bearings were in order. Gotta get my wife's 440 Panther (01) going agin soon also.

I just can't love the present generation of machines I'm seeing.

HP&Torque 12-27-2010 09:01 AM

I also like what i got now... the zl800 ss is all i have right now... sold the big block zrt a few seasons ago.. but always loved that zrt body from 99 til cat discontinued them. I do like that new F8! but they are WAY to exspensive now.. and i would never buy a 4-stroke sled. So the SS and i like to go fairly fast on smooth trails or roads most of the time......

Wyelde 12-27-2010 11:35 AM

I agree with going with what you like, but technology does advance. I never thought I would like anything more than my old ZR600, but after getting used to it, the ride forward seating on the new style sleds is just more comfortable to me.

Ride what you like, but keep trying the newer stuff. If we all ignored technology advancements, we would still be riding sleds with leaf springs, and 2 inches of travel in the rear.

162Whiskey 12-27-2010 12:50 PM

Nothing wrong with technology at all. Unfortunately, not all of that is aimed, ultimately, at benefitting the actual end user. Take the 550 Polaris fan for example. I don't know the true goals behind its advent, but cleaner running was likely one of them. And perhaps it succeeds at that. But look at how much "reliable" they threw away in going that way. Polaris built some very simple, yet reliable, long-lasting fan motors in their older stuff.

And look at where the industry has followed with body styling. What happened to purpose-built, working "iron dogs"? Looking at so many of today's designs with an eye on attaching a proper tow-hitch is dismal. And on how many of the newer rigs can you actually get at, let alone work on the carbs when you're waist-deep in snow at -5 and stranded?

When I see technology in snowmachines have some "wow" in terms of real function, not simply a cool sound and jazzy get-go for a season or two, then I'll bite.

(I should add that 'Cat has probably stayed truer in several ways to some of what is needed in a working rig, though they too have followed the idea that bigger [motor] is better.)

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