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Old 12-14-2019, 12:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 800 PRO-S Switchback Reliability or Known Issues

I am considering upgrading to a PRO-S 800 Switchback.

I understand that the 2016-newer models are almost identical so that is what I am looking at, is that true?

Are there any known bugs or issues with these sleds? I have a 2006 Fusion 700 and its kinda been a lemon. Don't want to deal with that again.

Appreciate the feedback in advance.
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Old 12-14-2019, 06:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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2018 and on had the better thermostat system . 2015 was first year of the 800ho, it had pto oil seal issues. I would look at a 2018 or newer, they seemed good. Every year the engines get tweaked and improvements are made.
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Old 12-15-2019, 09:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I put 8000 great miles on a 15' and currently have a 16' with around 4000 miles and an 18' with with about 2000 trouble free miles, all pro-s rush's.
800 h.o. has been a great motor for Polaris and very reliable. Every new sled from every manufacturer will have "items to check" and that seems unfortunate on one hand but reality.
I absolutely loved my 15' but if I was to advise, i would recommend anything 16' or newer would be best at this point because it's very likely those will have much higher miles by now, good luck!
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i recommend an 18 or newer. my 18 xcr shorty runs 99f all day. may get to 105-110 on a road or something, but the cooling system is awesome. older models run 125-127 on good snow, but go up quick when snow gets thin. i was warming it up last weekend, waiting for it to hit 100, it gets to 93 and stops climbing. i only have 500 miles so far, but it just started allowing itself to rev out. break in seems to be on it's way out.
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Old 12-15-2019, 10:37 AM   #5 (permalink)
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They are much better then the fusions. Polaris did a really good job on the axys and 800HO motor. Very solid sleds. They did make tweaks over the years and of course the newer ones are the best but the older ones still are very reliable. The areas they are weakest is the engine mounts, the relays which can be replaced. Will be a HUGE upgrade.
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Yeah, anything you buy these days is better than a 700/900 Fusion. Trust me, I owned a 2006 900 for about 650 miles before I made Polaris buy it back.

Iím not a big fan of the SBís as I like my trail sled to be standard-ish length. (120, 121, etc) but like it was said, 2018 and newer with the coolant updates is what I would personally shoot for. The 2015-2017ís can be updated but itís just easier to spend the extra money and buy one ready to ride.
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Yeah, anything you buy these days is better than a 700/900 Fusion. Trust me, I owned a 2006 900 for about 650 miles before I made Polaris buy it back.

Iím not a big fan of the SBís as I like my trail sled to be standard-ish length. (120, 121, etc) but like it was said, 2018 and newer with the coolant updates is what I would personally shoot for. The 2015-2017ís can be updated but itís just easier to spend the extra money and buy one ready to ride.
I have over 3000 miles on my 2016 ProS 800 and love it. Not sure what the coolant update does as I have never had an issue with over heating and do not plan to update it. I would't be afraid to by another 2015-17 ProS. Of course if you can afford a 2018 or newer, go ahead.
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I would not hesitate to buy a 16 or up. No overheating issues with my '16 either.
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Old 12-15-2019, 01:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for the good info so far. Seems like a lot of people are recommending the XCR vs the Pro-S.

What are the main differences between them and pros/cons XCR vs. Pro-S? Also, what makes the XCR 40 lbs heavier?

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I am considering upgrading to a PRO-S 800 Switchback.

I understand that the 2016-newer models are almost identical so that is what I am looking at, is that true?

Are there any known bugs or issues with these sleds? I have a 2006 Fusion 700 and its kinda been a lemon. Don't want to deal with that again.

Appreciate the feedback in advance.
well until yesterday I would have said great sled love it no issues today not so much last night after a great start in the morning pulling 8250-8300 hauling ass mad power then couple hours later thing turns into giant turd won’t pull ,6850 max rpms 74 mph tops. my kids 94 600 can whoop my ass I dealt with this with the assault ,after ricks clutch kit and new primary cover bushing thing runs like no other love it. So here I go again dealing with a 14000 dollar piece of shit. Why I have a garage full of Polaris product baffles the hell out of me I take great care of my machines this is ridiculous.
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