• I've received emails and PM's asking me about "Group Buys" and promotions.

    A Group Buy here on SnoWestOnline.com would be a situation where a normal member (non vendor or mfg) personally collects orders from other members. That member then uses those orders to negotiate a better price with the Vendor/Mfg for HIS/HER "Group" of buyers.

    Here is an example of a viable "Group Buy"


    A promotion that has the words "Group Buy" in the title is still a promotion, and from the rules that were handed down to me by Harris Publications is that non-advertisers cannot run promotions or open sales programs on the forums outside of the swapmeet.

    If a members wants to become a group buy manager, maintain a thread and collect the funds and negotiate a group buy... as a member, you are welcome to do that as long as you are not attached to the business of the vendor or Mfg.

    If you are a vendor/MFG and you want to offer an EXCLUSIVE "SnoWestOnline ONLY" promotion that is exclusive to snowest readers, please contact me and you'll be able to put it up in the Polaris forums.

    Also, before any vendors/mfgs get all "riled up" over this know that the moderators are strictly volunteers and do not receive a dime from any advertising $$ spent on this site.

    As ALWAYS, since DAY ONE of me becoming a moderator, I have pioneered, supported and encouraged vendors and mfgs in getting the word out to our readers with "New Product Announcements.

    Have a great season.

    From this point on, all vendors/mfg's promoting Pre-Season tiered sales programs, in the Polaris Forums, that are not paid advertisers will be appropriately moved to the swapmeet section of the forums.


03 vert escape.

Im new to the snow machine world, i recently purchased this sled and I'm Looking to do an engine swap. (Currently has a 96 engine) I've worked small engines before not a crazy job, however what engines are compatible with the 03 vertical escape chassis/ engine bay? Thanks in advance.


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What you're looking for would be a Polaris Liberty twin, 600, 700, or 800 with VES (variable exhaust system). The 600 is often referred to as the "small block:" it's physically smaller than the 700 and 800. The 700 and 800, "big block" are easy to tell apart by the bigger recoil cover that houses the (belt driven) oil and water pumps. Polaris introduced those motors in the previous chassis as a 600 and 700, then 800 for a year or two, without VES. Those engines will bolt up provided you've got the correct mounts, and the only "problem" is they're less powerful than the VES variants. You can tell the VES motors at a glance, they have a casting that protrudes from the exhaust side with a black plastic cover.

The best motors in terms of reliability are the 600 and 700; the 800s tend to have a lot of crank issues. You'll want to find a complete setup (with air box, carbs, exhaust, ignition, and so on), and the clutches if you can. Buying a wrecked sled would probably be best if you can find one. Starting with a bare motor and having to buy the rest piecemeal might end up costing you as much as a comparable sled. Once you have all the right pieces, it's relatively simple to bolt it all up.
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