• 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.


11-12' 800 Pro Reliability

11-12' Pro 800 Engine Failure

  • Engine Failure - Piston Related (rings, skirt, etc.)

    Votes: 74 7.9%
  • Engine Failure - Cylinder Related (cylinder skirt, etc.)

    Votes: 60 6.4%
  • Engine Failure - Crank Related

    Votes: 63 6.7%
  • No Major Failure - 0-1000 miles

    Votes: 365 39.0%
  • No Major Failure - 1000-2500 miles

    Votes: 256 27.3%
  • No Major Failure - 2500+ miles

    Votes: 119 12.7%

  • Total voters


Well-known member
Premium Member
Jan 31, 2010
Sheridan, WY
I hate to do this, but I am curius how bad these engine issues are on a percentage basis. This poll is only concerning major engine failure (pistons, cylinder, crank, etc.) and not electrical/injector/sensor issues. I know some failures I have heard start with something such as a piston or cylinder skirt, and then get in the crank, but only concerned with the root problem.


Dec 3, 2007
2-2011 pro 163's 1 with 1500 miles 1 with 975 no problems at all mine has 1500 miles 1200 on 1 belt all stock except a can my daughters is all stock .
Dec 3, 2001
'11 : engine down @ ~1400 mi
mag rod bearing toasted.
mag cylinder skirt was on its way.

so mine was sorta crank & cylinder skirt?
voted crank failure...
sorta need multiple choice. :p


Active member
Nov 27, 2007
Edmonton AB
No Issues

2011, 950 miles, no issues other then broken rear bumber (carbon fibre) from cat wheeling. Only other issue is chapped lips from the ear to ear grin when riding. :face-icon-small-coo


Well-known member
Lifetime Membership
Nov 21, 2007
4 here with no problems.

I could only vote once.

2011 Pro RMK 900 miles = no problems
2011 RMK Assault 500 miles = no problems
2012 Pro RMK 300 miles = no problems
2012 Pro RMK 250 miles = no problems


Well-known member
Lifetime Membership
Dec 4, 2005
Colorado Springs
Looks to be a better percentage of sleds without problems than the threads on here would lead you to believe.

But wait........

My 2012 with 600 miles had the oil line fitting literally just fall out of the pump, leaving the entire motor with no oil for probably 10 miles before we saw it leaving an oil trail. Dropped it off at the dealer over a week and a half ago and no idea when it will be fixed.

My 2011 has over 1,700 miles with no major issues, it did need a new TPS last month.


Well-known member
Lifetime Membership
Nov 26, 2007
2011 Pro 155: 1400 miles, 2 sets of injectors and TPS, no engine issues
2011 Pro 155: 900 miles, EV base gasket, spark plug wire, no engine issues
2012 Pro 155: 500 miles, running boards fell off - replaced with airframes, no engine issues, runs "proper"


Well-known member
Jan 27, 2009
Bend Oregon
2012 PRO 800 155. 700 miles. only problem, is I had to put some grease in the TPS connector. No other issues.

As I have said in some other posts, the problems are over blown here, and most PRO's on the snow are going strong.

Love the sled!!
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