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Old 02-02-2017, 05:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Post Opinions needed for some ice fishing sleds

Howdy - first time poster, I just joined.

I'm been looking for a solid ice fishing utility sled. I don't mind an older sled. Something dependable, strong, not necessarily super fast. I need it to haul gear and people across the snow covered lakes here in CO. Not a lot of glare ice here, but it can be slushy. Reverse is important to me. I don't plan on doing a lot of trail riding. Will not attempt to climb steep hills or bang through the ditches with it. It must have a 2 up setup because I rarely fish alone.

I've been looking for a while and have these on the 'short list' of candidates. Hoping to get some feedback on these as I make my final selections. I can't place links yet, but here is the description of the sleds:

1) Ski Doo Skandic 500, about 700 miles, good shape. Around $1000-$1100.

2) 1998 Arctic Cat Bearcat 550. 2300 miles, good shape. $2000 is his bottom line.

3) 2010 or 2011 Polaris Widetrack - he has two available but one is getting sold (not sure which one yet).
2011 Widetrak LX S11SU4BSK
2,342 miles - $4700
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2010 Widetrak LX S10SU4BSL
2,515 miles - $4300

Obviously a big price range. I could spring for that expensive one 3), but I'm not sure I need to go that high, if I can get solid performance from 1) or 2).

Please give me some input if you familiar with any of these sleds.

Thx,
James
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Old 02-02-2017, 05:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I should also say that I have not seen any of these sleds in person yet - but plan on seeing some of them in person this weekend.
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Old 02-02-2017, 08:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I bought a new leftover 09 Widetrak in 2010 (am retired and it was on my bucket list). Not very many miles on it as I have other newer ones.

The Fuji 500 (488) liquid is a very reliable older tech (I think its an 80's vintage design) engine. I would guess it puts out ~55hp. I'm at ~1300' elevation and it comes geared down as the track is large (20X155) and the sled is pretty big and heavy. On good going, about 60-65 mph is it at my 1300' altitude. It will go about anywhere though. Reverse and the two-speed trans is handy to have, especially when towing a toboggan or in tight situations.

I lived (and snowmobiled/motorcycled) in Colorado for over 30 years. If I remember right, Granby is at ~8,000'. The power of the engine would be down ~20%. Be sure the carbs and clutch are set for that altitude. Other things to check:

- General: Has it had decent care? Look it over to get an idea if its been maintained. A look under the hood at cleanliness and maybe indication(s) of any problems.

- Condition of clutches and belt.

- Check the transmission to see if its full. If its very low, that would be yellow (or maybe red...depending on how low it is) flag. If you are going to buy, have the oil DRAINED (not sucked) and replaced.

- Check the rear suspension/steering to see if there's evidence that its ever been greased. There's even a a couple of places (I think there's two) on a shaft that connects the countershaft with the transmission input shaft that requires a needle attachment for a grease gun to service.

Most of the Widetraks were/are bought or leased to government agencies (e.g. Forest Service, etc). If you are familiar with sleds, the Widetrak 500s are fairly simple to operate and maintain. If not, it would be best if you could arrange to take with friend to look them over and advise.

Good luck and if you have any more questions, PM me your phone # and a good time to call.
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Old 02-03-2017, 01:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If you're not against a four stroke, maybe the Yamaha Venture MP might be another option for your consideration. It's an all around trail, ice fishing, logging kind of sled. Just something to bounce around as you narrow down your choices.
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Old 02-03-2017, 06:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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get a fan cooled
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Old 02-03-2017, 09:21 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Well, I waited too long and the Bearcat had sold.... dang it. As my wife would say: "it wasn't meant to be"...

I looked for Yamaha Venture MP, but I only see RS models in my area. Nice machines.
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Old 02-03-2017, 11:01 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have done a lot of ice fishing with snowmobiles.

I don't have any comment on those you listed, I had a 94 Polaris Indy Touring 2 up liquid cooled and it was great.

Now I have this Yamaha 2 up (also L/C) works great too.

Don't limit yourself to fans. I put scratchers on both sleds and they both work great.

I would suggest a 2-up though like you mentioned

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Old 02-03-2017, 12:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Nice, MI Brian - I know that part of the country. I used to live around there in Reed City, MI (US10 and US131 intersection). Fished Lake Cadillac, and Mitchel often. Ah, the good ol' days.

I'm struggling with Craigslist sellers - it's been a rough going. Wrong numbers, no numbers, noone answers emails. Frustrating.

Even those two that are left as my candidates - the sellers won't respond back. So, in fact I've got no leads, nothing.

In despearation I'm tempted to look at this sled ith 18,000 miles on it!
2007 Ski Doo Tundra 800 4-stroke, 18K miles.

At least he's talking to me... I may be tempted to buy it south of $1000 and run it until it dies.
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yes its real nice there, I will be there in a few hours for 4 days. Cant wait

I hate dealing with C\L I know your frustration.

I really hate the guys who sell something but don't take the ad down, then don't reply anyway
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Old 02-03-2017, 02:33 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'll bet I sent out 200+ emails... I think I got 2 back...

Just spoke with an owner on the phone about this one:
1989 Yamaha VMax 600 - he bought it new to ride in Yellowstone. Was his backup sled... it's brand new, according to him. Everything works, lights, gauges, fires right up, 18 inch track, which is nice. Heated handle bars. Electric and manual start - needs a new battery. Asking $2,200.00

http://denver.craigslist.org/spo/5931669076.html

If it lasts, I'll go see it on Sunday.

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