• 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.


1988 Indy 400 Caliber Replace

Feb 5, 2020
Hello. I Just recently bought my first snowmobile. I am experienced with working on old motorcycles and such, but have little experience except for what ive done to this 1988 indy 400 lc (jack shaft bearing and a couple maintenance odds and ends). Anyway, during some aggressive riding today I lost my brakes about a mile or two from home (not too unusual), but then started smelling something weird and realized the brake was dragging. When I was pulling into my yard POW with a puff of smoke. The brake line melted off, melted through the pull start cord, and melted a hole in the fuel filter!

One of the pads is completely done, and I dont really trust the seals in the caliper given how hot it got (Plus I broke the brake fitting off trying to remove the melted line) Now, I have ordered the parts I need - Caliper, brake line, fuel filter (metal), pull cord, and water pump belt while im in there.

I need some advice getting the chaincase off. On my model the chaincase needs to come off to remove the caliper. I have been inside and know how to remove the circlips and all that, but do I need to loosen the track or do anything to pull it off? Should I wail on it with a hammer if I have trouble? Should I remove the other end of the jackshaft?

If anyone has done brakes on these please let me know! Thank you!
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