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Old 08-23-2018, 05:42 PM
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Default Looking at purchasing a lightly used 2015 M8000 LTD

Alright guys I think I have done my homework on this sled but just wanted to get some extra input. I am looking at picking up a 2015 M8000 LTD 153 with only 234 miles on the sled. The guy bought it as a leftover in 16 and took it on one ride that winter and one ride this past winter both trips up to the UP. The sled is all stock minus a speedwerx L2 can, froggskinz, rox hand guards, and an extra new belt. I think I could get the sled for $5,700 as his riding partner (his brother) just sold his 16 M8000 to my sisters boyfriends buddy for $6,400.

A little bit about myself, I am a 6'5 guy and weigh in about 330 dressed with all the gear. I am a former Left Tackle and still work out regularly so for the most part any extra weight doesnt bother me. The sled will primarily be ridden in the UP 2-4 weekends mid sled season and a handful of times after the trails legally close. In addition we plan on doing 1-2 trips out west this coming winter. Primary reason for buying the mtn sled is so I do not have to rent when we go out west as I feel that it is cost effective to buy rather then rent if I can get 3 years out of the sled. I have boondocked plenty in the UP on 137 sleds, but looking for something that is going to give me a little better floatation. I am by no means new to sleds as I average about 2,500 miles a year on the trails.

I feel that this is a pretty good deal and from all the pictures he sent me the sled pretty much looks brand new. What I am looking for is input on if it is worth while to pick this sled up and do my own additions for less than buying a 16 or newer or do I just go ahead and fork out some extra coin for a 16?


In addition from doing my research it sounds like I am going to add more frogskinz to the sled if I pick it up, along with the potential for adding the skid mod and the 16 front end if I determine it is something I really like.

Does anyone have any other mods they can think of? or any solid low elevation clutching tips?
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It is my opinion that the newer front end is mandatory. A new pair of skis is also a must. The price seems decent but nothing special, if you check on Facebook under the Ascender/Proclimb group you can find some good deals on sleds with all of the mods done already or 16 and newer for slightly more.
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So you think I’m better off waiting tell haydays?
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I would, especially on Sunday. When you think about it if you plan on doing any mods it's not worth pumping money into the older sled when it's going to cost you more than buying a 16+.
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Alright guys I think I have done my homework on this sled but just wanted to get some extra input. I am looking at picking up a 2015 M8000 LTD 153 with only 234 miles on the sled. The guy bought it as a leftover in 16 and took it on one ride that winter and one ride this past winter both trips up to the UP. The sled is all stock minus a speedwerx L2 can, froggskinz, rox hand guards, and an extra new belt. I think I could get the sled for $5,700 as his riding partner (his brother) just sold his 16 M8000 to my sisters boyfriends buddy for $6,400.

A little bit about myself, I am a 6'5 guy and weigh in about 330 dressed with all the gear. I am a former Left Tackle and still work out regularly so for the most part any extra weight doesnt bother me. The sled will primarily be ridden in the UP 2-4 weekends mid sled season and a handful of times after the trails legally close. In addition we plan on doing 1-2 trips out west this coming winter. Primary reason for buying the mtn sled is so I do not have to rent when we go out west as I feel that it is cost effective to buy rather then rent if I can get 3 years out of the sled. I have boondocked plenty in the UP on 137 sleds, but looking for something that is going to give me a little better floatation. I am by no means new to sleds as I average about 2,500 miles a year on the trails.

I feel that this is a pretty good deal and from all the pictures he sent me the sled pretty much looks brand new. What I am looking for is input on if it is worth while to pick this sled up and do my own additions for less than buying a 16 or newer or do I just go ahead and fork out some extra coin for a 16?


In addition from doing my research it sounds like I am going to add more frogskinz to the sled if I pick it up, along with the potential for adding the skid mod and the 16 front end if I determine it is something I really like.

Does anyone have any other mods they can think of? or any solid low elevation clutching tips?
A couple more things to consider if you get a 16 there is better clutching,and the front end is updated, better shocks and a 3 inch track (on the ltd). The 16 was considerably improved over previous years. With just your size alone you may consider air shocks for some adjustability, the 3 in track is not really made for trails. The clutching will require different weights and helix for best performance in low elevation. Personally I would buy the newest I could afford when it come to A/C mountain sleds but I ride in the west, the only trails are to and from the riding area. That being said my riding buddy's boy has a 15 SP he bought new and has been riding the bag off that sled for three years and has done nothing to it except regular maintenance.3000 plus miles

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In my opinion I would not get a 3inch track for as much trails as you ride. And honestly there is no way you would need a 3inch for boondocking in MI. Many many guys ride 2.6 or polaris had 2.4 on their pro chassis riding in the mountains. You will be fine with a 2.6 for mountains too. Also a 36 front end is not mandatory, nor is it prefered for trails. For as much trails as it sounds you ride you will want a wider front end. I am not 100% certain on all the widths, tracks, etc between the 15 and 16 but if you can get a sled with 2xx miles for $5500 thats not too bad. If you are going to rack up 5k miles in 2 years don't drop bucco bucks on something new. That is like buying a 2018 pick up at $60k and putting 50k commuter miles on a year imo. Just my opinion, right or wrong. but if you find a good priced low mile 16 with a 2.6 and wider front end I would go for it.
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These will prob be at hayday's;
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The big advantages for most going from a 2015 to 2016 would be:
-Team clutches for reliability
-Improved rear skid geometry
-3" track on Limited, but 7T drivers are a disadvantage
-New geometry front end with 36" stance
-Evol shocks on Limited

That being said in your situation the 3" might not be the best as other have said. The 2.6 is still a very capable track, tough as nails, and doesn't seem to mind trail duty. As a fellow larger rider I like the new front end geometry, but I prefer the 38" over the 36" stance. 36" is more unstable down the trail and in certain off-trail situations than I care for. Adding an updated geometry front end kit from Cat for the 38" front end is about $400. There's nothing really wrong with the 2015 secondary or jackshaft so adding a team primary in the future (when needed) is an option. I'd do skis on either year sled. If those upgrades are done you're basically down to the rear skid and shocks.
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