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OK......so I'm a 1st time 2 stroker. I'm currently on a 17 Polaris SB 800 Pro S with roughly 5200 miles. Machine is running great........no issues and I really mean no issues !! It has always had it's required maintenance and really has not been abused. It's been running a little warm this winter but I attribute that to low snow and hard pack conditions. In anything deep or scratchers deployed she runs at 124 - 126 all day. What has me nervous is everybody talking about it's only a matter of time before she blows...it's a ticking time bomb......it's a 2 stroke ya know. Yet there is no indication that something bad is going to happen. My problem is that my confidence is shattered. Every time I ride it now I think it's going to be the last......it'll blow up and I'll be walking home. 120 PSI on both sides starting this season and she still pulls hard. Like I said....no issues. However the naysayers are under my skin. Is it time for a trade ?? I really do love this machine. Should I go back to a Yami 4 stroke and not have to worry about a motor blowing after 5000 miles ?? Love to hear the pros and cons of rebuilding vs trading in at this mileage. I've owned 2 4 strokes before the Poo and I still have one at over 7000 trouble free miles. Prior to the Poo I was on a 14 SR Viper XTX. Thinking about a new Sidewinder for next year. No bashing......just honest, knowledgeable comments please !!
 

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many 2 smokers go over 10,000
my buddy was on a rental in BC and it had 33,000km on it
it was a tundra, ha i never would have thought that.

take off the pipe and look in the exhaust for scratches on the pistons.

lastly if you are not confident with it......trade
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my 07 has just over 26,000 miles and i also think every ride could be my last, before another thing breaks
i have put $2000/year, the last 5 years, plus some in the new years
in hindsight that could have been a new sled
 

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OK......so I'm a 1st time 2 stroker. I'm currently on a 17 Polaris SB 800 Pro S with roughly 5200 miles. Machine is running great........no issues and I really mean no issues !! It has always had it's required maintenance and really has not been abused. It's been running a little warm this winter but I attribute that to low snow and hard pack conditions. In anything deep or scratchers deployed she runs at 124 - 126 all day. What has me nervous is everybody talking about it's only a matter of time before she blows...it's a ticking time bomb......it's a 2 stroke ya know. Yet there is no indication that something bad is going to happen. My problem is that my confidence is shattered. Every time I ride it now I think it's going to be the last......it'll blow up and I'll be walking home. 120 PSI on both sides starting this season and she still pulls hard. Like I said....no issues. However the naysayers are under my skin. Is it time for a trade ?? I really do love this machine. Should I go back to a Yami 4 stroke and not have to worry about a motor blowing after 5000 miles ?? Love to hear the pros and cons of rebuilding vs trading in at this mileage. I've owned 2 4 strokes before the Poo and I still have one at over 7000 trouble free miles. Prior to the Poo I was on a 14 SR Viper XTX. Thinking about a new Sidewinder for next year. No bashing......just honest, knowledgeable comments please !!
IMHO,, you need to ride a Sidewinder. It's the only way to compare the machines as they are very different in most ways. You own a 4 stroke(s) so you're familiar with them, now you have an idea of what they are good at and where they suffer, same thing for the Assault. As Shed stated many 2 strokes can do 10,000 ++ miles with no problems some don't. That said they are both snowmobiles and with that they will both have maintenance and/or problems its the nature of the beast. 99% of the time a 4 stroke motor will last the duration of the snowmobile it's self. Clutches/belts/wheels/tracks/shocks/ etc/etc they are the same,,, Go to a Yamaha Dealer and try to get one for an afternoon, or a buddy that may have one, it truly is the only way to really know. Best of luck
 
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