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I haven't been riding in about 12 years and a buddy dragged me up the other day. You guessed it I want back in. With two kids in college there will be no new sleds for me. I rode Cats back in the day but my local dealer is not what it used to be. Just looked at a 09 800cc 155 Dragon that's been well cared for. It's about what I'm looking from a different local dealer. Lets hear your opinions. Under $3K for a starter.
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It probably goes without saying, all sleds with miles on them (the less, the better) will need worn parts replaced. Assuming that the track, shocks & skis are in working order, check the hyfax & clutches as they are big wear & tear parts. In my opinion, it's the motor that counts, because that's what you are paying for in longevity. I'm a Cat owner; Polaris has made some ok & some great chassis, but with questionable 800 twin motors. The Cat Suzuki 800's are legendary for durability & that's where my suggestions would start, '09 to '11 M800. They will all need some wear parts replaced, but if the motor is solid I could spend less $ just addressing the replacement of lower cost worn parts. Happy Sledding!
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I haven't been riding in about 12 years and a buddy dragged me up the other day. You guessed it I want back in. With two kids in college there will be no new sleds for me. I rode Cats back in the day but my local dealer is not what it used to be. Just looked at a 09 800cc 155 Dragon that's been well cared for. It's about what I'm looking from a different local dealer. Lets hear your opinions. Under $3K for a starter.
Do not buy anything Polaris built from 2005-2012.

If I was looking for a used Polaris sled it would be a '13 or newer.

For $3k or less go with a 2009 M8.
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^^^^this! 10 and 11 are great sleds
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Dragon chassis still induces a great big grin to ride but after three engines and one or more of major eectrical/electrnic components, I would not touch one. Friends with the kit and big enough pistons and lucky guys without claim no problems.
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Or look at a 600. Less maintenance less top end overhauls.

For three grand buy in the summer.

IMHO save up and buy a 2013 or newer. If you have good credit you can buy a new SKIDOO850 SUMMIT zero financing for under 10 grand and pay 160 month.

The technology advances on new sleds are amazing.

BUT I agree get a 09 SUMMIT or like I originally stated a 600 sled
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If the 09 dragon has the fix kit (shim under cylinders with taller pistons) and the updated voltage regulator (2010 voltage regulator) then it should do you well.. I still have two 09's, running strong after the updates. If those updates are not done, your probably looking at $1000-$1200 to install so I would likely walk.
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I would completely agree with the assessment of the 2005-2012 Polaris 800 sleds, run, do not walk from those. I also agree that the best choice in the $3k sled market is a '10-11 Arctic Cat M8. Fun to ride, powerful and reliable. The Ski Doo sleds from the same time, '08+ XP are a close second. Good motors but the chassis is a little more fragile if you like to jump or bash through the trees.
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Thanks all, I'll be waiting for summer to buy, at least on of my kids will be done with College. I also will go for a Cat or a Doo as service is close. I'm not afraid of a little work but sure don't want a basket case.
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