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Old 02-29-2020, 09:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking to grab a first sled for our daughter. She is 10 and by the time she stops riding it, it'll probably be a hand me down to our ( now ) 6 month old


Its a 1994 with 1200 miles looks to be in good shape and maintained well , and seems like it would be a good starter / backup sled

I know its not fast , or quick, or that fun for an adult, but the kiddo should love it

ANything to be aware of or look out for? And common issues to look over?

They only want $600 for it , which seems like a really good deal

Thanks!
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Old 02-29-2020, 10:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not many issues just regular wear and tear and maintenance. My Dad got a new jag and puma in the 90's. We still have the Jag and it does still get used. The puma my dad gave away but only because he smashed it up so much.
We've had to put a clutch and a track shock in the Jag. And both sleds had the driveshaft bearing go out, you'll know if it's bad if the speedo doesn't work. The Jag had an ignition coil go bad once.
But that's it for repairs they've needed. We got these sleds in my early teen years and I pounded on them for years and then my brother did. They are good solid reliable sleds, great size for kids. I still have fun riding the Jag though. The puma is a little underpowered for a full adult trying to keep up with the boys. Perfect for kids or slower riders though. They handle very well.
$600 is a great price if it's in good shape. My buddy with kids is always looking for these, they don't last long usually because other dad's are looking for them too.
Jag must have around 8,000 miles by now. And many were very hard miles by young racey boys. All we've ever done for storage is run the gas out of carb and put foil in exhaust.

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Looking to grab a first sled for our daughter. She is 10 and by the time she stops riding it, it'll probably be a hand me down to our ( now ) 6 month old


Its a 1994 with 1200 miles looks to be in good shape and maintained well , and seems like it would be a good starter / backup sled

I know its not fast , or quick, or that fun for an adult, but the kiddo should love it

ANything to be aware of or look out for? And common issues to look over?

They only want $600 for it , which seems like a really good deal

Thanks!
It's a great lightweight sled and it's reliable, clean the carb, grease the zerks, check the belt, fresh plugs, gas it up, pull the string and go for a ride.
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How old do you need to be to trail ride there? 12 here.
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Old 02-29-2020, 01:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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How old do you need to be to trail ride there? 12 here.
TBH I'm, not sure

For now its just going to be used in the fields We are on 10 acres with the snowmobile across the road.

So for now the field will be good practice

Ill be looking for a new sled next year , just gotta find when the good deals are
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And thanks everyone.. I'll take a look at the puma this weekend .
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And thanks everyone.. I'll take a look at the puma this weekend .
If for some reason you don't want it let me know
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I bought a 95 Puma for my daughter last year. She was 13 at the time. It works great for her. It will still run 55 mph but it doesn't have a lot of power and it is very manageable. I paid $400 for mine with about 4500 miles on it.
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I bought a 95 Puma for my daughter last year. She was 13 at the time. It works great for her. It will still run 55 mph but it doesn't have a lot of power and it is very manageable. I paid $400 for mine with about 4500 miles on it.
How has it been on fuel/oil? Definitely looking for something low maintenance that can keep them riding for a while.

It's been. Well forever since I've rode a fan cooled sled. How does it hold up at slower speeds at say 30*? I can't even remember

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