Looking for good used snowmobile
Reliable, not too fast, and will get you out on the trails. Liquid cooled sleds are faster and perform better, but there are more things to go wrong.
An air cooled Polaris Indy would be a good sled for you to consider.
A few things to look at closely:
- The track, is it missing any lugs, clips, or showing signs of wear? A new track installed can cost around $700 which really hurts if you paid $800 for the sled
-The chain case, how does the fluid look? Is it dirty or clean, any big chunks of metal sticking to the magnet on the dipstick?
- If it has reverse, check it to make sure it works
-Hyfax and wear rods, check them both to see how much wear they have
-Check the belt, is it missing any lugs or showing signs of wear
-Spark plugs and compression. Are the plugs golden brown or white hot or fouled? What is the compression? Is it similar in both cylinders?
Those are the biggies, if your not comfortable checking these things on your own, your money ahead to pay a dealer $80 bucks to give the sled a quick once over. It will give you peace of mind, as well as give you negotiating power for anything that needs attention.
Best of luck
If you have little experience with snowmobiles, either find someone who does to give you a hand or take it in for a once-over at a shop. There are a few critical grease fittings that need attention every year. Some of the newer sleds have fewer fittings but I'm guessing that you're not looking for anything that new. You'll also want to have the hi-fax and bearings checked as well.