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Axys or Pro

Nov 11, 2008
I've been out of snowmobiling for about 3 years now and looking to get back in. My last sled was an 07 Rev. I've found three sleds that I'm considering and would like some feedback on which your would select.
  1. 2016 Polaris Axys 800, 163x3 track, SLP pipe and can, clutching, 1300 miles., $6500.
  2. 2014 Polaris Pro 800, 163x2.6 track, stock, 1100 miles, $5250.
  3. 2013 Polaris Pro 800, 163x3 track, HPS can, tunnel/handle bar bags, goggle bag, new top end, clutching, 1700 miles, $5000.
All three sleds are pretty clean with good compression (110-125). I'm leaning towards the Axys, but it is towards the high end of my budget. I mostly do boondocking and tree riding with very little hill climbing and trail riding.

Thoughts or opinions on which you would select? Thanks!


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Nov 2, 2017
Roberts, MT
I peruse CL and such for used sleds once a week or so; I'd say the prices on the Pros, while not terrible, aren't priced to move. At those prices, I'd go for the AXYS, assuming they're all in the same condition. That said, I'd suggest taking a look at the Pros, and make an offer in the $4k range if one catches your eye. You might be able to chip a little on the price on the AXYS, but I'd say that one is closer to market value (you've also got to consider that fall is generally a seller's market, spring it shifts to buyer's).
Nov 26, 2007
Elko, NV.
Axys hands down, quicker reving, much more nimble and capable machine. All you need to do is keep your clutching spot on, deglaze your belt and sheaves every now and then and ride. The only issue I've had is the thermostat coming apart, I had one break at 800 miles and one come apart at 1,300 miles, might want to carry a spare. You'll also want to address the ankle/leg breaking footwells, either block off, bend up, or cut off.


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Dec 30, 2007
northern Utah
After loosing the crank on my 2014 pro I demo rode an axys and I was sold. A friend riding a pro wanted to ride my new axys after watching me ride it. I said don't ride it unless you want to buy one. He decided to ride it. After the ride he said "my wife is going to hate you" and also bought an axys.


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Oct 5, 2010
Thanks for all the feedback. You've confirmed my thoughts.
good for you.

pro rmk value = 2500 or less
(Because the motors are terrible)
I’ve owned 4 of them and rebuilt around 8 motors.

axys market value 6k and up.
(4 weeks ago My buddy bought a 16-155 with 1k miles for $5200 for reference)


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Dec 16, 2015
If you can get into an Axys for around $1000 more, then I'd find a way to do it. I love the way the side panels/ hood come off. So much nicer to work on!

I have seen good luck in my riding group with the pro 800s model year 14 and newer. Haven't had any older in our group.
I would have to say those Pro's are overpriced, I just got a 2013 Pro 800 with 2000 miles for $2800 because it had a bent bumper. I've also seen Axys's going for sub $6000. Maybe up here in Alaska sleds just have a worse resale? I kind of doubt that though.
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