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.
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.
I have an 87 400. They are a fun and reliable little sled. Performs well for a 400 if geared and clutched right. Mine is used as a kids sled, cargo hauler, hunting sled and a trail sled when I do not want to ride the mountain sled. Mine has a 136 1.5 inch track with RXL drivers and the large RXL tank. It also has Skidoo plastic ski's and an Arctic Cat tank cover. It is geared down and has an added a handle bar riser.
Good sled, really no big problem areas, just the usual wear and tear stuff. The engine is a Fuji, basically the same thing as the legendary 500 (488) that came out a couple years later. Really nothing bad about them, other than it's a 30-year-old sled, so it's going to ride and handle clunkier than a new sled even if it's been well kept up. Still, plenty of fun to be had depending on your expectations. Standard warning on buying a sled that's been neglected or abused – it's usually not time or cost-effective (I would know).