• 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"

    http://www.snowestonline.com/forum/showthread.php?t=269222

    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.

    MH

2006 550 Classic -- first defense against burn down?

I was just gifted a 2006 550 Classic with 1217 miles on the odometer. It does not have the oil pump return kit or any extra heat shield or ducting installed.

The sled was a buddy's. He used it as a loaner and it was ridden mostly by inexperienced riders, so it has the usual bent rear bumper and broken front bumper from woods trails collisions, which I've received replacement parts for. Otherwise, it's in good shape. He maintained it carefully; everything has been done on schedule.

The oil tank neck is out of round making the cap hard to thread on or tighten and I've ordered an aluminum sleeve to hold it in shape. I also have the Polaris 2203889 oil pump return kit in my Partzilla shopping cart. I intend to make an aluminum heat shield to rivet in place between the resonator and cooling fan intake.

He gave another friend a 2009 Edge (also 550 fan). I noticed that it also lacks the oil pump return or any heat shield between the resonator and fan intake, but it does have an aluminum shield fitted over the entire tuned pipe. It has what looks like some threaded stand-offs on the resonator that make me think there is supposed to be a heat shield attached there.

I'm an old-school sledder... I started with an old '60s Arlberg wide-track, then a brand new 1972 Ski-Doo 335 Olympic, later purchased a new Ski-Doo Citation 4500 around 1981 and then a used Blizzard 5500. I intend to use this Polaris mostly as ice fishing transportation and maybe do a little bit of local riding.

What's the consensus on tips to keep it running?
What should I do first to prevent the infamous 550 fan burn down issue?
 
I also ordered the oil pump return kit. Does anyone have a link for installation instructions? I've read that changing out the original oil pump O-ring for the new gasket that's in the in kit changes the pump shaft end play and shimming will be required. I could use some guidance/instruction on that process...
 
I also ordered the oil pump return kit. Does anyone have a link for installation instructions? I've read that changing out the original oil pump O-ring for the new gasket that's in the in kit changes the pump shaft end play and shimming will be required. I could use some guidance/instruction on that process...

I'm also curious as to whether anyone might have a photo of the fan duct kit installed; especially of the hood where it's cut for the duct. I'd be really interested to see that...
 
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