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Hi, I'm very new here. and I had one our two questions. I'm going to buy a brand new sled this fall (2007 fall) I am really sure on what to get, I'm gunna get a Polaris Switchback (with the cfi) Is there any problems I should know about? I'm going to run it out west(mountains) and around Mn too! And should i wait for the 2008 sled selection? or get a 2007(leftover)???? Has anyone herd about the 2008 sleds or when they will be out? This will be a great upgrade on what I have now, because my current sled is a 1988 yamaha excell 3(o yeah) lol! I can't wait to upgrade!!!!! :rolleyes:

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There's a new 136" suspension under the '08 Switchback. 2 firsts here. We haven't had a 136" available since '01 or '02, and it's coupled. Coupled will likely give you better trail performance in the bumps over the '07 and earlier suspension (which will likely give better deep snow performance). Many of us have been wanting a coupled 136 for a while......I can't wait to see it.
 

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michahicks summed it up pretty well. The Switchback line has been expanded to include a 700, and Dragon versions as well. SOme good news there. Other then that the only major change is the rear suspension. The '08 should make a better trail machine, whereas the '07 will have an advantage off trail.

I've pretty much decided to stick with the 07 for another year, not enough changes to make me take the plunge again. Actually I'm kind of glad, I was afraid I would talk myself into laying down the cash for snowcheck this spring, and then worry about how to pay for the f$%^er all summer.
 

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there is one thing in 08 that you guys misses. you can get a dragon switchback that has even higher bars and better shocks. these new machines are awesome, i think its the best line up sense 04 with all the prox's. im going to buy a used 08 dragon 700 switchback after next year i think. the one thing that sucks though is im going down in HP then but the iq chassis is worth it
 

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Actually the handlebar height should be about the same. Higher riser, but with flat bars.
As I was planning on long-tracking my Dragon this summer anyway, I'll end up with a new Switchback, but I won't be stuck with a junky Ripsaw track.
I was thinking about ordering an RMK hood though. Love the new colours.
 

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See here is the thing also i forgot to ask, I'm a 17 yr. old kid and have a limited monthly pay check, i figure I can pay for the sled monthly if i go with the 9.9% apr (base modle)with the $2000 down payment and stretch the payments for 3 yrs I'll be paying about $215.00 a month. I REALLY want a brand new sled,(i'm going to break it in, and do all starting work myselft) Should i step up the $200(i think) more for the 2008 switchback with the cfi or should i get the 07(cfi)?????
 

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polaris is offering awesome deals right now on new 07's still sitting at dealer ships. It looks bad when the show room is full of 07's and should be filled with 08's. they are offering all the same goodies as far as warrenty and payment plans on all 07's. I bet you could go to the dealer and get one dirt cheap.
 

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There's a Brand New '06 900 w/the 151" track marked down from 9900.00 to 5299.00 at the dealer by me. If that was financially reasonable for me I'd snag it and make some minor mods to account for known issues and have one heck of a nice sled. Anything would be a heck of a nice sled when you move up from an '89 :) There are more deals out there like that -- keep your eyes open!
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Ok, hold on, let me get my flameproof suit on. First let me say I can appreciate your passion for sleds, I have Street bikes, a dirt bike, an ATV, and a persaonl watercraft, and of course sleds, and I like riding in the snow better than all of them. That said, I can't think of any good reason for a 17 year old to take out a 3 year loan on a snowmobile that he "may" use 3 months a year. Yes, I was a teenager once, and even bought my 1st street bike when I was 19 ( whoa, that was a few years ago), but I saved and paid cash for it. My mom, bless her heart, still disapproves of that to this day. At the risk of being blasted for this comment, I can can only hope that a little bit of commom sense rubs off , and you think twice about getting that loan. Whay not take that $2k and make into $3k over the summer and buy a good used Edge ( or maybe a Switchback) next fall? OK boys, flame on! :undercover:
 

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no argument here,at 17 i don't think you should take out a loan.its really easy to go into debt but its very hard to get out of it.your still young and to stick your neck out for that kind of money isn't a great idea.things change very quickly at your age.and beleive me you do not want to wreck your credit rating at you age forsure.you still have way to many things in life to buy ,a house ,a car etc etc,maybe college,sno fast is exactly right turn your 2 grand into 3000,and you will be able to get a really nice used sled,and best of all its paid for.i won't even buy a brand new sled and i could buy one with cash.they are say 9000 bucks new and in 1 season they will only be worth 5000 bucks.meanwhile your still making payments on 9000 bucks.it dosn't make sense at all to buy brand new.
 

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Ok, hold on, let me get my flameproof suit on. First let me say I can appreciate your passion for sleds, I have Street bikes, a dirt bike, an ATV, and a persaonl watercraft, and of course sleds, and I like riding in the snow better than all of them. That said, I can't think of any good reason for a 17 year old to take out a 3 year loan on a snowmobile that he "may" use 3 months a year. Yes, I was a teenager once, and even bought my 1st street bike when I was 19 ( whoa, that was a few years ago), but I saved and paid cash for it. My mom, bless her heart, still disapproves of that to this day. At the risk of being blasted for this comment, I can can only hope that a little bit of commom sense rubs off , and you think twice about getting that loan. Whay not take that $2k and make into $3k over the summer and buy a good used Edge ( or maybe a Switchback) next fall? OK boys, flame on! :undercover:[/b]

I agree with you completely and I am only 18 years old. By the time you have finished paying for the sled the depreciation will be enormous. You are way better off going with a 2-3 year old maybe even 4 year old sled and paying cash, and letting someone else take the showroom hit. As soon as the sled leaves the floor you are loosing money. Save up and get a sled for 3-4 grand like snofast said. then you will be worry free and its still a great sled. And you will have money left over for gas and oil, instead of working every weekend just to make payments on the sled that you can't ride because you have to work to pay for it.
 

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Ok, hold on, let me get my flameproof suit on. First let me say I can appreciate your passion for sleds, I have Street bikes, a dirt bike, an ATV, and a persaonl watercraft, and of course sleds, and I like riding in the snow better than all of them. That said, I can't think of any good reason for a 17 year old to take out a 3 year loan on a snowmobile that he "may" use 3 months a year. Yes, I was a teenager once, and even bought my 1st street bike when I was 19 ( whoa, that was a few years ago), but I saved and paid cash for it. My mom, bless her heart, still disapproves of that to this day. At the risk of being blasted for this comment, I can can only hope that a little bit of commom sense rubs off , and you think twice about getting that loan. Whay not take that $2k and make into $3k over the summer and buy a good used Edge ( or maybe a Switchback) next fall? OK boys, flame on! :undercover:[/b]
I agree with SnoFast 100%. I personally didn't have the money to get anything relatively new so I went a little older ('87) and put some mods into it. If i would have had the money, I would have gone for a couple year old sled rather than a new one. New is only good if you have the money and even then I think its a waste.
 

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I believe new is the only way to go: IF you can afford it. I didn't purchase my first snowmobile until I was 22 years old. Yes, I had never driven a snowmobile until I was 22 years old. That said, I saved up enough money by then that I OWNED two cars and bought a brand new $9,000 sled with CASH. Do I regret it? Kinda... I traded it 11 months later on another new sled and I've been in debt ever since. Just got a raise though, so in a years time I should be laughing again! :D

Anyway, so perhaps I'm not the best example here, but at 17 you should wait. At least get out of high school, get a real job, finalize the college thing (whatever you plan on doing) and AFTER your finances are straight, then decide on buying a new snowmobile or not. Until then, yeah, save up to $3,000 and buy a good used sled. Or at least you'll have $3,000 to go towards a more expensive one, with very little payments to make afterwards. Who knows... by the time you would have had a sled payed off... you might have a family on the go. Then how are you going to get out of debt? Play it safe until you know how to manage the big bucks, then worry about it. It's still a learning process for me. And I've purchased 2 cars, 3 motor-bikes (pocket ones, he he) and two brand-new snowmobiles within 4 years. But I'm also earning over double minimum wage... that plays a big factor as well. Until you have some good backing behind you AND previously established credit, borrowing credit could result in catastrophe. Get some good history behind you first.

... I've yet to take a loan out on anything... other than cash itself :D I also paid my way through college, again with CASH I earned while working at Subway... go figure, LOL. I also live with my parents... ahem... ha ha! LOL.
 

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Ya I kinda was thinking so....anywho..i found a little 550 arctic-cat couger for 300, mt. sled and a few mods would be just fine, thanks guys!! i know the riot act, (parents) about money and stuff, but i know me(rebel) but i'll update ya if i can get the 550!!! thanks about the saveing money stuff!!!
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... I'm not a fan of that number ... all brands have had problems with the larger air cooled engines ... but please let us know how it goes :)
 

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I Do believe it is liquid cooled!!! forgot the year but....94-95....I don't know. I know this is a polaris topic area, but what would prevent the sled from not starting. It has no oil in the reserve, and the muffler is off, (year old gas) the carbs and engine have been gone through, and it has been sitting for a while, but Ya never know, and I should know about If i can get the sled by this saterday/sunday. Thanks again

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I Do believe it is liquid cooled!!! forgot the year but....94-95....I don't know. I know this is a polaris topic area, but what would prevent the sled from not starting. It has no oil in the reserve, and the muffler is off, (year old gas) the carbs and engine have been gone through, and it has been sitting for a while, but Ya never know, and I should know about If i can get the sled by this saterday/sunday. Thanks again

Big C.[/b]

Spark, compression, fuel and air. Thats what you need to run it. Also don't try starting it with an eempty oil reservoir unless you are running premix.
 

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... the sled doesn't even work? You said you have $2,000 already, find something that works nice, worry about mods after. If it's not running... you've gone a LONG way from buying new... :crazy:
 
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