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Old 11-04-2008, 10:39 AM
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I've watched the last three Thunderstruck Films produced by Jim Phelan and the members of Team Thunderstruck, and I've been thinkin about what to do after highschool, and so I put two and two together, why not do something you love for the rest of your life, sounds really good to me, I love seeing the biggest monsters of the snowmobile industry get beaten on, and I love figuring out what makes them so insanly powerful, Id love to build, sell, and ride those monsters for a living, but I know it would be hard starting out, if you or anyone have any tips for me, id love to hear them, Thank you much.


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Old 11-04-2008, 10:41 AM
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Either work for someone already in the industry or get really good at designing your own parts.


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Old 11-04-2008, 11:45 AM
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the easiest way to become a millionaire in the snowmobile industry is to start with 2 million.

Get a job sweeping the floor and work hard. Get your mechanics certificates, save your money, and try to find like minded hard working people to partner with. If you still love the industry in 10 years, invest your life savings.


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Old 11-04-2008, 12:34 PM
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I love cars, horsepower, diesel power, sleds, etc. etc. When i was your age i thought i wanted to work in the same industry i spent all my time playing. Then i started talking to people about it, and i found that the sport or hobby they loved so much turned into to regular old work once they got their career in it. I'm not trying to steer you away from your dreams - as it may be the right choice for you. But i love sledding, horsepower, etc BECAUSE it's not work!
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Old 11-04-2008, 12:51 PM
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As quick said, I made my hobby my livelyhood once and no longer enjoyed my hobby. After I finally got out of the business I enjoyed the hobby again (and I had time to do it).


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I went to college for automotive technology and hated working on other peoples stuff, now I work parts in a shop and love it! Im responsible for 99% of snowmobile stuff, just work hard at it. your gonna have to start at the bottom though! I started out as just an entry level parts counter person, now Im second in charge! I also built the owners/demo mpi stage 1 s/c nytro! because I pushed so hard for it the owner wants to start building MODs sleds! we have built a mcx phazer and apex already! and its real nice to have all days off in the winter I want and if it snows more then 6" they dont epect me to come in and my boss calls me to see where im riding so he can meet me there!


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its cool to have a dream the easy thing to do is find a guy with a lot of money that likes mod sleds work for him other than that go to college get a high paying job stay away from the sled industry except for your self build your own i work and run a shop i am still in the red on my sled shop


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if snowmobiling is something your interested in doing, you dont want to work on them all the time or you will hate them. ive been a mechanic for 27 plus years. i do a lot of mod sled building in my spare time, problem is it turns out that you have NO spare time. i used to ride 3500 plus miles a year, now its maybe 350 and most of that is tuning time. plus if you dont have 15000 plus dollars in basic tools much less having a welder, press, bandsaw, etc.etc. you dont have anything to work with. if your just starting out you can work for a dealer (sled) but they dont pay real well. plus most of them dont do the one off mods. much anymore so you have trouble getting MOD. build experience, if you like wrenchin go to school for auto, diesel, aircraft etc. that will give you some mechanical experience and give you time to build a tool supply to work with. and you will have a steady income while you do it, not tryin to discourage you but there are many variables to consider, like summer months. building mod. sleds is very rewarding but you spend countless hours paying attention to detail, fit and finish, fabricating brackets, parts etc. just something for you to think about.


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As quick said, I made my hobby my livelyhood once and no longer enjoyed my hobby. After I finally got out of the business I enjoyed the hobby again (and I had time to do it).
I didnt like making my hobby, my livelyhood either(car mechanic) but when I applied it to sleds it was my niche, I guess! I havent gotten bored with it as a hobby even though i do it for work too!


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