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Old 09-22-2011, 09:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thinking of purchasing a 2012 Shift 600 any comment good or bad......
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Old 09-22-2011, 10:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thinking of purchasing a 2012 Shift 600 any comment good or bad......
Not bad for the money, If you go to polaris's website you can build a shift 600 and load the sled and still be cheap. Inexpensive way to stay in the sport of snowmobiling.
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I just bought a new 2010....same sled except the graphics. Price is the main reason I bought it. 125 HP CFI for under 10g's was the seller for me. Sure it's not the latest and greatest chassis and the track and shocks are cheap but I don't enjoy riding hard like a snocross racer and beating the hell out of myself anyway so I considered it a perfect fit for me. If you can't live with the shocks and track, it's easy to upgrade them at anytime. Do your research on the Liberty 600 CFI engine. It and the Ski Doo 600 E-TEC are still at the top of their class when it comes to power. If you can afford to drop an extra few grand on the Rush you will be getting the latest and greatest chassis but I couldn't justify it, myself. Another thing, Rush's are still being de-bugged while the 2012 IQ is as proven as granite and handles great. The 600 Shift's most direct competition is the Ski-doo MX-Z 600 Sport. I chose the Shift mainly because of the fuel injection vs. the Doo's carbs, but thats just me.
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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my wife and I have 2 2010 600 shifts ,the IQ chassis is rock solid,still has a normal hood that you can open and access the engine bay very easily,I went on tracks USA and picked up a 1.25 predator track for $375 or so,yeah sure its not the latest and greatest but the sled rips,you should be able to pick one up in the $8000 range + tax for a 2012,I enjoy taking mine to drags and whooping bigger and way more expensive sleds with my "cheap" sled,to me the shift is what sledding is all about!I have 4100 miles on mine and am also thinking of buying a new 2012 600 shift,to me they are the best buy on snow!impressive performance for a good price!and don't let the anyone fool you into thinking this is a entry level sled

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Old 09-24-2011, 12:26 AM   #5 (permalink)
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my wife and I have 2 2010 600 shifts ,the IQ chassis is rock solid,still has a normal hood that you can open and access the engine bay very easily,I went on tracks USA and picked up a 1.25 predator track for $375 or so,yeah sure its not the latest and greatest but the sled rips,you should be able to pick one up in the $8000 range + tax for a 2012,I enjoy taking mine to drags and whooping bigger and way more expensive sleds with my "cheap" sled,to me the shift is what sledding is all about!I have 4100 miles on mine and am also thinking of buying a new 2012 600 shift,to me they are the best buy on snow!impressive performance for a good price!and don't let the anyone fool you into thinking this is a entry level sled
Could not agree more ,we have an 08 600 Carbed Shift ,it's simply bulletproof.
Like Anteater said these Shifts can lay a beating on bigger and way more expensive sleds.
Sleepers!We are keeping this sled it's that good,!

Good luck,The Shift is a very good sled!
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I just bought a new 2010....same sled except the graphics. Price is the main reason I bought it. 125 HP CFI for under 10g's was the seller for me. Sure it's not the latest and greatest chassis and the track and shocks are cheap but I don't enjoy riding hard like a snocross racer and beating the hell out of myself anyway so I considered it a perfect fit for me. If you can't live with the shocks and track, it's easy to upgrade them at anytime. Do your research on the Liberty 600 CFI engine. It and the Ski Doo 600 E-TEC are still at the top of their class when it comes to power. If you can afford to drop an extra few grand on the Rush you will be getting the latest and greatest chassis but I couldn't justify it, myself. Another thing, Rush's are still being de-bugged while the 2012 IQ is as proven as granite and handles great. The 600 Shift's most direct competition is the Ski-doo MX-Z 600 Sport. I chose the Shift mainly because of the fuel injection vs. the Doo's carbs, but thats just me.
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Reviving an old post here.

I too was between the SD MX-Z 600 Sport and Shift 600. Both were the same price, $6700. Went with the Polaris!
Hope I made the correct choice.

BTW, how do these engines compare exactly?
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Semi-on-topic, I actually prefer the looks of the IQ sleds over the latest and greatest. More shapely, less blocky. Better wind protection also.
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:59 AM   #8 (permalink)
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My dad purchased a 'Doo MXZ 550F TNT while I went with the 550F Shift. Both are 2012 and we have about 200 miles on each and to be completely honest, he regrets spending the extra $$$ (around $2k iirc)...and although the TNT is a "souped up" 550F they are about dead even in short blasts through fields.

The options he got on the Doo are nice, electric start, better track, bar hooks, I'm sure the suspension is better (maybe 1 inch extra travel?), etc, however in terms of riding we both agree they are pretty similar machines. If the price were equal he would have went with the Ski-Doo and had no regrets, but I still would've chosen the Polaris.

No idea on longevity however I will prefer to work on the Shift simply because it has a proper hood, none of the disassembly to get it opened up.

I also agree about the looks.

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the shocks wouldn't cut it for me but the iq chassis is awesome. just don't go riding around on a pro r and then get back on an iq. feels like it's older than it is. the riding position alone on a rush is night and day. i put 12k on 2 iq models. 06 600 fuse and an 07 dragon 700. both awesome but needed tuning for my liking. revalved shocks on both and some clutch fine tuning. both were fast for what they were after i tuned them. in 2010 a fellow rider with an f800, 163hp, was talking shit. i spanked him 5 out of 5 with the dragon and the talk stopped. the ski doo boys asked how i got so much transfer. i told them it starts by buying a polaris! they said that's not happening so i told them get used to losing.
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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My dad purchased a 'Doo MXZ 550F TNT while I went with the 550F Shift. Both are 2012 and we have about 200 miles on each and to be completely honest, he regrets spending the extra $$$ (around $2k iirc)...and although the TNT is a "souped up" 550F they are about dead even in short blasts through fields.

The options he got on the Doo are nice, electric start, better track, bar hooks, I'm sure the suspension is better (maybe 1 inch extra travel?), etc, however in terms of riding we both agree they are pretty similar machines. If the price were equal he would have went with the Ski-Doo and had no regrets, but I still would've chosen the Polaris.

No idea on longevity however I will prefer to work on the Shift simply because it has a proper hood, none of the disassembly to get it opened up.

I also agree about the looks.
Good comments. Not sure on the ride as 2 reviews of the '11 and '12's both said the Polaris gets the slight edge in riding comfort and definitely in front susp. This was comparing the 2 and the Pussy Cat 570 fan.
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