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    Default 3 options need opinions

    Due to some family member living changes, my 2001 SRX triple will be leaving my hands in the next 8 months or so. Iím gonna be in the market for a new/newer sled and want to see what people think. Iím really not brand specific, although I probably would rank AC last. I ride 95% trails except for messing around in a ditch or two. I also donít need the latest and greatest, I just love to ride. Need opinions on a few models below. Probably thinking somewhere around $8,000 or less, let me know what you have been paying.

    Indy 600- fuel injected, 121, basic but good ride, shocks are eh. Go SP if possible

    Renegade sport 600 carb- is the 136 worth it over fuel injection? Mxz sport? Carbs donít bug me, the srx is a bear to start in the cold so electric start is nice to have

    Used sled- what is good mileage to shoot for? Canít imagine some of these 2s sleds with 3-4,000 miles are worth it? I think Yamaha sleds will be too far out of price range unless mileage isnít a concern. Weight doesnít bug me either because the SRX was heavy.

    Please try to keep this from being a pissing match, trying to start researching things and then keep my eyes open as deals pop up.

    Dean

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    Should be able find very nice sled for that money.
    Think most important things when buying used is to find someone who really takes care of their equipment. Let brand come secondary.
    I would tend lean toward Doo E-tec or Yamaha if you wanted 4 stroke.

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    For that price you should be able to find a new left over. A new Indy or Ski-Doo mxz sport. Both sleds would be a much better ride then the srx. I would think you could find a low mile Ski-Doo 600 Tnt etec or Polaris 600 axys. I have had 4 600 etecs and have put on more then 8000 miles on all of them with no issues. When buying used all comes down to how well they are maintained.

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    Pat's has a 18 XCR with VERY LOW miles for 7995.
    Get it!!

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    https://patsmotorsports.com/Snowmobi...6-aa4901062780

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweeperguy View Post
    Pat's has a 18 XCR with VERY LOW miles for 7995.
    Get it!!

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    https://patsmotorsports.com/Snowmobi...6-aa4901062780
    Yea thatís a good deal, will be gone before I buy though

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    IMO< I also think you should be able to find a new left over sled for that price, and even a LOT of higher end sleds with low miles, and many still with warranty's on them
    all just comes down to how far your willing to go to get one!
    snow was good in some places last yr but not all>
    Trails here in PA< were NOT even really open at all last 2 yrs, should be LOTS of folks looking to sell and or dealers sitting on left overs!
    as for how many miles should you look at or stay away from?
    this is a loaded question as a lot comes down to what experience level you have on sled maintenance and or , are willing to do, to get a deal!

    IMO< 2 stroke sleds after about 6-7 thousand miles, are getting to where a top end is NEEDED, if not sooner, and then factor in wear and tear, as NOT all powers do the same amount of care /pm's to things, so you have to keep that in mind on higher mile sleds
    If your a tool turner and like to play with sleds, , again, you can maybe do a good once over and save some $$
    if not, higher mile sleds can quickly become money pits , if a dealer will be doing ALL things! again, my 2 cents!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SledTL View Post
    Due to some family member living changes, my 2001 SRX triple will be leaving my hands in the next 8 months or so. Iím gonna be in the market for a new/newer sled and want to see what people think. Iím really not brand specific, although I probably would rank AC last. I ride 95% trails except for messing around in a ditch or two. I also donít need the latest and greatest, I just love to ride. Need opinions on a few models below. Probably thinking somewhere around $8,000 or less, let me know what you have been paying.

    Indy 600- fuel injected, 121, basic but good ride, shocks are eh. Go SP if possible

    Renegade sport 600 carb- is the 136 worth it over fuel injection? Mxz sport? Carbs donít bug me, the srx is a bear to start in the cold so electric start is nice to have

    Used sled- what is good mileage to shoot for? Canít imagine some of these 2s sleds with 3-4,000 miles are worth it? I think Yamaha sleds will be too far out of price range unless mileage isnít a concern. Weight doesnít bug me either because the SRX was heavy.

    Please try to keep this from being a pissing match, trying to start researching things and then keep my eyes open as deals pop up.

    Dean
    Dean,
    "Aim high" as the Air-Force used to say and thou shall be rewarded with best sled and best resale = best value!

    Since you don't need a sled until February 2020 play this game;
    -Buy new leftover 2020 Ski-Doo 850 Renegade or 129'' track for $9,300 or $9,500 plus tax and reg. (Above budget but you will have mega resale).
    -Take the free financing from Sheffield that is usually available for 6-12 months.
    -Ride the best sled.

    Remember, cost is not what you pay up-front, it is the total of depreciation after selling/trading-in and repairs.

    NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, DON'T BUY USED IF THERE IS NO WARRANTY, GUYS BEAT THE POOP OUT OF SLEDS!

    Bear

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    Good ,better ,best is all about personal taste and experience. Sure there were OEM missteps like flaking rings, bad crank lubrication and just about everything regarding the Fusion. Lol. Used sleds can be a great value or a complete lemon. I bought a used Apex xtx with low mileage and it was a great sled but difficult to find a used creampuff Apex and Vectors theses days. So for me it was time to move on to new and in my case it was an Doo Enduro 900t since I put on way too many miles to think about a 2s. Imo if you put on 1000 miles or less a season 2s is the way to go. 2000 to 3000 or more miles a season that is 4s territory. Imo know what you need have an honest talk with yourself then buy accordingly. You have plenty of time to consider all sleds and riding applications.

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    I just saw a 2015 600 Axys Rush pop up for sale, 2900 miles and still asking $6600!!! Man used are prices high this year......

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitedust View Post
    Good ,better ,best is all about personal taste and experience. Sure there were OEM missteps like flaking rings, bad crank lubrication and just about everything regarding the Fusion. Lol. Used sleds can be a great value or a complete lemon. I bought a used Apex xtx with low mileage and it was a great sled but difficult to find a used creampuff Apex and Vectors theses days. So for me it was time to move on to new and in my case it was an Doo Enduro 900t since I put on way too many miles to think about a 2s. Imo if you put on 1000 miles or less a season 2s is the way to go. 2000 to 3000 or more miles a season that is 4s territory. Imo know what you need have an honest talk with yourself then buy accordingly. You have plenty of time to consider all sleds and riding applications.
    Just found a 2014 Viper, O miles for under 8k......never left the showroom floor. Maybe I move my date up

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    Quote Originally Posted by SledTL View Post
    Just found a 2014 Viper, O miles for under 8k......never left the showroom floor. Maybe I move my date up
    Hi Dean,
    "Harvest1121" should be able to weigh in on Vipers as he has been riding several the past 5 years and does like 5k in miles a year.

    I remember test riding one and the most I can say is the 2014 (being the first year of the Artic Cat chassis) was nothing like riding an older 2 stroke Yamaha. it was heavy, revved to high heck to get the clutch engaged and had NVH levels I never thought I would see in a 4 stroke..needless to say I stayed with a 2 stroke.
    Some of these issues have been ironed out since 2014 I imagine.
    Once thing I do remember is at the end of the 2014/2015 season, Dealers were selling leftover 2014's in the $8,000 range cause nobody wanted them. So 5 years later is 8k a deal? Maybe, maybe not.

    Do some research on the 2014 first year problems and then make a decision. Or, better yet ride one if possible.

    2nd FYI; Yamaha has dialed back production big time since 2014 and changed it's business model on sleds in order to protect profits so an 8k Viper is not likely again.

    Bear

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    Quote Originally Posted by SledTL View Post
    Just found a 2014 Viper, O miles for under 8k......never left the showroom floor. Maybe I move my date up
    Yep the Viper is a HUGE improvement over your 2001 SRX and brings you to rider forward technology. Inexpensive Vipers are out there but Yamaha as Fuji said has cut way back on production of Vipers and Sidewinders. There was a warm starting issue with early Vipers but I believe there was fix for that also chain cases leaked something to do with the seal of the gasket. Since zero miles make sure the dealer has corrected known manufacturering problems. The OEM agreement between Yamaha and Textron has drastically changed this year so be aware there is no long term agreement between the 2 companies. Where this is all going to end up is very debatable which again will affect new and used pricing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SledTL View Post
    Just found a 2014 Viper, O miles for under 8k......never left the showroom floor. Maybe I move my date up
    JMO - but I'd only do that if you're going to hold onto it for a very long time. It may be new now but it's a 6 year sled after you've had it a year. Might be hard to sell it for a decent price in 2 years if that's what you are going for.

    I thought about one of those also but decided to go with the 600 instead.

    Those Vipers can really be woken up with clutching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoosier View Post
    JMO - but I'd only do that if you're going to hold onto it for a very long time. It may be new now but it's a 6 year sled after you've had it a year. Might be hard to sell it for a decent price in 2 years if that's what you are going for.

    I thought about one of those also but decided to go with the 600 instead.

    Those Vipers can really be woken up with clutching.
    I'm 23, and starting graduate school this fall. I'm keeping whatever sled I buy until it doesn't snow anymore. I get comments on all the vehicles I own for their condition, so I don't really care that I am buying an older year sled per say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SledTL View Post
    Just found a 2014 Viper, O miles for under 8k......never left the showroom floor. Maybe I move my date up
    I'd ride an Artic Cat before I payed that much for a '14. .....IMHO.

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    Got a good deal on the viper this past weekend. '14 RTX SE with Fox Floats. Major upgrade, and should last me years of enjoyment. Now for a good winter

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