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Old 01-12-2020, 03:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all,

I am very new to snowmobiling, this year being my first year. I picked up a '93 Arctic Cat Cougar 440 for this season which has been a blast so far, but the hunger for more is already here.

I'm wanting a sled that is capable of trail riding, however, I would like to be able to get off the trail and ride some powder as well. I'm not sure how much I could sell my Cougar for, but budget would probably be in the $1,000 - $1,500 range, fully aware this is a tight budget.

What recommendations for sleds do you guys have? I don't need anything ridiculously fancy, just something capable that will allow me to ride like this. Thank you all in advance!
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Hello all,

I am very new to snowmobiling, this year being my first year. I picked up a '93 Arctic Cat Cougar 440 for this season which has been a blast so far, but the hunger for more is already here.

I'm wanting a sled that is capable of trail riding, however, I would like to be able to get off the trail and ride some powder as well. I'm not sure how much I could sell my Cougar for, but budget would probably be in the $1,000 - $1,500 range, fully aware this is a tight budget.

What recommendations for sleds do you guys have? I don't need anything ridiculously fancy, just something capable that will allow me to ride like this. Thank you all in advance!
Welcome to the site.

If you want to stick with Arctic Cat, early 2000's ZL/ZR's (440, 500, 550, 570 f/c, 600, 800 and 900's) should be in your price range.

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I usually vote Yamaha then Skidoo
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sorry not what your going to want to hear, but NOTHING will be a great reliable sled off trail for 1,000-1500 unless you happen across a deal of a life time, from someone desperate a nd needs cash and willing to take a loss GIG time

any sled in this price range will either be many yrs old, as in before sleds really got any good at being OFF trail, short skids, and low lug tracks!



the true more modern off trail capable sleds will end up costing you more than what your budget is at, say closer to 2500-3000 IMO
and the difference in what they will do is light yrs apart than older NOT really made to be off trail sleds

best advice is SAVE up, READ up, on models that really started to shine off trail.
not trying to discourage you here, just trying to stop you from wasting money and not being happy, getting stuck all the time gets old REAL fast, unless your really young and have boat loads of extra energy to waste!
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Most any trail sled MY2000 and up can be very capable of riding off trail, you will learn a few tricks, never stop on an up slope, when in doubt gas it, always look where you want the sled to go. Some are better than others here is a pic of a couple with the 13.5" wide track that many on this site will tell you they are only good for Ice LOL.
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I'm wanting a sled that is capable of trail riding, however, I would like to be able to get off the trail and ride some powder as well.
How much powder? If not too much one can have fun on a short track too if it got enough lug.
e,g like a early 2000 zr600 or xc600 which came with 1.25"
For more (ie longer) track, look at crossovers like the Crossfire / renegades / switchbacks.

Also how mechanically adept are you?
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Welcome to the site.

If you want to stick with Arctic Cat, early 2000's ZL/ZR's (440, 500, 550, 570 f/c, 600, 800 and 900's) should be in your price range.

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All those AC are great options at that price range. I would stick to the 600cc range a lot more realizable than bigger bore 2strokers. Here are a few more to think about Any 03,04 polaris pro x, xc or xcsp 600s - the 600 motor is very reliable and donít forget the 03 ski doo rev.
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Most any trail sled MY2000 and up can be very capable of riding off trail, you will learn a few tricks, never stop on an up slope, when in doubt gas it, always look where you want the sled to go. Some are better than others here is a pic of a couple with the 13.5" wide track that many on this site will tell you they are only good for Ice LOL.
Sorry for these uneducated questions, but how do I know if one is a "trail sled"? Also, are you saying snowmobiles from 2000 and newer are generally decent? Is there certain track lengths, etc. I should pay close attention to?
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I'm wanting a sled that is capable of trail riding, however, I would like to be able to get off the trail and ride some powder as well.
How much powder? If not too much one can have fun on a short track too if it got enough lug.
e,g like a early 2000 zr600 or xc600 which came with 1.25"
For more (ie longer) track, look at crossovers like the Crossfire / renegades / switchbacks.

Also how mechanically adept are you?
Where I ride there's groomed trails, however, I'd like the option to mess around off trail a bit. I'm thinking the longer tracks would be more what I'd want. I am capable of some things mechanically, it depends just exactly what.
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