• 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.


AXYS Backcountry Tools


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Oct 5, 2010
Nobody has mentioned paracord, I bet once a year the paracord gets brought out for somebody's sled.
The uses for that stuff are limitless. Cut a branch and lash that sucker to a broken a arm, tie rod, or shock. I've even rode for multiple days in cooke like that with a bent/cracked alternative impact a arm on my axys. Wrapped a 1-1.5" stick from one end to the other. Broke the stick once on a jump i shouldn't have done, got a new one and kept on going till I got home and got a replacement a arm. It doesn't take up much room in my tunnel bag and I never go anywhere without it.
Hose clamps and a large wrench work even better for that.

The box end of the wrench can even replace a ball joint in an emergency. (Bolt, washer, wrench end, spindle then nut)


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Apr 2, 2013
zip ties of all widths and lengths. also a few high tensile zip ties for holding suspension parts together. you can do anything with zip ties and a flask of brandy.


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Aug 25, 2002
Also if you paint all your tools black.... they really stand out if they get dropped in the snow!


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Dec 17, 2007
Kenai, AK
First time Polaris owner... do these sleds not come with a tool kit of their own? I really dig the plug wrench/belt holder and the clutch tool holder, but I figured there would be some other tools besides a shock spanner with the sled. Maybe im missing something?
Feb 10, 2019
I share the load with my riding buddies- They carry the fuel and I carry the tools... One thing for sure you cannot have to many tools out in the backcountry ..even a ratchet strap has got us home with a broken suspension, and hose clamps for a broken tie rod.
Using your imagination will award with a unique load of tools.
This is why i prefer to ride with all polaris or mostly polaris groups. If all my riding buddies switched to Doo tomorrow, id be tempted as well just for this reason.
Everyone carrys a different spare part and tool, then you’re not a pack mule.
I dont carry a belt...my belt holder is full of tools. There’s always two belts in a crew of 6.
Jan 9, 2010
Nobody mentioned a tss bypass connector.
Caught a small branch last year a swept the wires of the throttle block. And another guy did it 2 trips later. Haven't needed one in 20 years. Used it twice last year after I bought one.
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