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Old 02-05-2020, 09:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2016 Switchback Pro-S

Wondering if any other switchback owners have as many or more miles and have encountered any issues that I should expect - Should i consider trading in for a new one? I love this sled

These past two weekends I had two of my first issues with this sled:

Had the dealer service it before the season started - primarily just rebuilt the front shocks and most of the rear suspension.

Primary Clutch Bolt Sheared Off
2 weekends ago the primary clutch bolt sheared off and punched a hole clean through the fairing while riding, a small part of it was still threaded on so the sled moved still but I towed it back anyway not wanting to risk damaging anything.
No crank damage or anything, just had to get the bolt out and get it replaced.

Rear heat exchanger leak
Rear heat exchanger had a leak I discovered after overheating 30 miles into the trails, of course. Refilled the coolant reservoir with about 3 iced tea bottles of antifreeze and 1 bottle of water and was able to ride around 60 more miles without issues. Getting that fixed this week. Guy said it most likely was caused by the mud flap plastic rubbing against it??
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Old 02-05-2020, 10:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A 16 Pro S versus a 20 or 21 Pro S 850? No brainer for me. Once I find the right deal, I'm moving my 17 Pro S 800. As much as I am enjoying it, how do you compare it to current technology and an 850???
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A 16 Pro S versus a 20 or 21 Pro S 850? No brainer for me. Once I find the right deal, I'm moving my 17 Pro S 800. As much as I am enjoying it, how do you compare it to current technology and an 850???
I've read too much about 850's seizing to want to buy one yet, 800 feels good enough for me. I enjoy this sled a lot and would probably just buy a brand new overstock as opposed to dropping $15k+ on a next gen one.
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We have a 16 800 Pro-S Rush with a little more than 4000 miles and it still runs very strong and I do my own very regular service so I keep the valves clean, clutch alignment good, etc.. i also had a 15' that I put 8000 miles on previously just taking care of it and watching the quality of fuel used closely and checking the compression regularly so you can anticipate or know before something happens on trail. If you like the sled, I'd continue running it while watching the things I've mentioned. Of course there are some smaller items like bushings that dont usually cause breakdown but maintenance items to do.
I'm very curious about your primary clutch bolt though, did whoever serviced it remove the primary?
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Old 02-05-2020, 11:34 AM   #5 (permalink)
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My 2017 with 4500 miles on it is still running great
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My 15 Pro s went 10,200 miles before the ring pin locator fell out.

My 16 only has about 3000 on, isn't even broke in yet.

You should be good. Just do regular maintenance, run sea foam through it twice a year, grease the jackshaft/driveshaft bearings every spring, and run it.
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If you still have the original clutch I'd get a set of weight bushings put in the weights at 4000 miles.
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If these things are only good for 4000 miles then I am going back to skidoo
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If these things are only good for 4000 miles then I am going back to skidoo
I have ridden both and when the miles get up every sled has little things that wear out.
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New front end bushings, new skid bushings, rebuild the shocks (if you haven't already) = feels like a brand new sled.

When i had the same decision I kept mine. Now it's a 2nd sled but it still gets ridden regularly. Mine's got 6500 on it. Next up will be new pistons after this season, and probably a new track.
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