• 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.


700xc Electrical Issues

Jan 5, 2015
Hello everyone, My name is Josh and I am from northern Maine. I currently riding a 1999 700xc gen 2.I have done ALOT of work to this sled to get it ready for this season. My current issue is with my lights. The other day I was out for a little burn and I turned my thumb warmer on and within seconds it caught fire. I of course turned Itoff and went back to the garage. At that point I did not have light bulbs in my headlight. Well the next day I went to install the new bulbs I purchased and as soon as I fired up my sled all three blew. Once I started investigating, I found that my voltage regulator must of gotten hot when the thumb warmer went bad. I replaced the regulator, unplugged the thumb warmer, and installed a new low beam bulb. I then went out for a test ride and within five to ten minuets I had blown another bulb. Not really sure what is going on. Has anyone else ever had an issue like this?
Oct 20, 2014
Sounds like the AC voltage that your sled is putting out is higher than what your voltage regulator is rated for... At least that would be where I would start. Before plugging in new lights, take a meter and verify you are infact getting DC voltage and not AC. Also verify the voltage that is being delivered to the lights.


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Jul 3, 2001
I actually had a similar incident like this with my 1999 RMK 600 which has exactly the same wiring as your sled. The regulator went bad and blew all the bulbs so I replaced it with a new one. Everything was good for about 1/2 hour and then all the bulbs burnt out again. The new regulator went bad as well and blew all the lights again. I replaced it again and all was good for as long as I owned the sled.
First thing you should check is to ensure the regulator is well grounded to the footwell. Clean up the mounting location with some sandpaper before tightening the hold down bolt. Next thing is to start the sled and check the AC voltage on the yellow wire at the regulator at idle. It should be less than 15 (usually it will be around 12 VAC or less depending on idle speed). Next step is to leave the meter attached and increase rpm. The voltage should never go above 15 VAC. If it does then you either have a bad ground or the regulator is bad. It is impossible for the stator to put out too much AC voltage but it will put out 30 volts at full rpm. The purpose of the regulator is to bleed off the excess voltage to ground. All lights and accessories use AC voltage on these sleds, not DC.
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