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Old 12-26-2017, 04:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Looking to buy a new Indy 600 or Switchback 600... help!

I have a buddy who works at Polaris who has killer deals on 2018ís right now until the end of the year. Iíve only ever owned a 2000 Indy 500 and I am done with that POS.

Anyway, he was telling me about Indy 550ís. After doing some research Iíve decided I donít want the fan-cooled motor and carbs.

I was pretty convinced Iíd look at getting an indy 600, or even the 600 sp model. I do mainly trail riding, with some playing around in the hydro lines and ditch banging. Iím told that the 121 track will be no good in the hydro lines and Iíll be stuck constantly. Thatís when I got looking at the switchback. But I canít justify the extra $3k or so (Iím from Canada) to basically upgrade to a 137Ē track instead of the 121Ē...

My question is, is the Indy 600 going to be enough? Iím a 5í8Ē female rider at about 160lbs. The smaller track in the Indy is enticing so I can lift it up if I do get stuck..
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Old 12-26-2017, 04:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The off trail is kind of a wash, actually. The Indy with the traditional tunnel will allow the snow to exit a lot easier and keep you from trenching. The Switchback, even though it's a 137" track, has the enclosed rear and that doesn't always do you favors when playing off trail. Given the price difference you'd be better off replacing the stock Hacksaw track on the Indy and going with something that suits your needs ... or even extending to a 136" setup. The Switchback is the better trail machine in comparison, but again - for the difference in price you can make that Indy what you want.
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Imo get the Indy and extend the rails and put a 136 track on it. Itíll help with a float a bunch. Something with a 1.5 or 1.6Ē lug will be a lot better off trail and not hurt anything on trail
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Old 12-26-2017, 04:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Unless you have elevation issues (dramatic changes) get the 144 voyager 550. Great gas mileage, no overheating worries, gripper skis (best ski polaris has ever made IMHO) 144 cobra track, good windshield, nice rack for gear best bang for the buck for on/off trail:
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At least you will have a decent shot in the hydroline and ditches. For another $4k you can get it with a 600 in the axys chassis, but them you might as well get an assault.
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I personally was not too impressed with the axys switchback off trail characteristics however on trail was incredible. Lil 600 was really awesome, but as stated earlier in thread somewhat of a trencher.
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I like the idea of the 550’s price-wise and gas-wise. But the 60 or so hp and their reputation of mid-range meltdown is a bit of a sore spot for me. My buddy has an 800 sks and the boyfriend has an older 600xcsp and they like to go fast. I’d like to be able to keep up on trails and out on the lake.
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Axys switchback 600 was indeed fast, however not so much of a crossover sled. And you are correct 550 not the same class.
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My 2012 550 137 goes 75 on the lake...that is fast enough for me. Never had a hint of a meltdown on either one of the ones I have. I think the new ones are fine...just look at how many 2017-18s polaris is putting them in.

If you have to have 120 hp, then you are going to have to pay to play. The 600 is a great all around motor, but you have to spend the cash if you want it to go off trail.

The 600 voyager is a good bang for the buck...and here is a great price on a non-axys model:
https://mmlawnleisurepi.com/Snowmobi...b-a6960103f800
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Take a serious look at the 600 switchback sp 144, they sounded like they were a sleeper in 2017 and are very reasonably priced. Nice shock package for someone with your riding characteristics and size IMO. List $10899.00 US and a Switchback Pro s 600 137 is $11899.00 US. From my experiences you will get better MPG with any of these 600's also.
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The Switchback 600 SP gets my vote as well. That look like a great do it all sled for the $
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