• 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

Installed battery today and CABOOM

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I went to reinstall my battery today in my 2014 800 Pro with Electric Start and almost killed myself. I charged the battery over the summer with a trickle charger and connected the positive terminal first which I thought was the correct sequence?

After the fireworks I realized the key was in the ON position. Would this have caused this problem?
 

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Yes, positive first on install and last on removal.
Only reason is because when tightening or loosening the clamp, u could possibly ground the wrench on the frame and cause some sparks. Can't do that if the ground is not connected.
Other than that, it honestly doesn't matter.

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Batteries and Hydrogen are very scary, I'm glad your OK. Many people have been blinded by getting hydrochloric acid sprayed in their eyes when there battery blew up by a simple spark. Several years ago our safety man had a picture of a guy who went to jump start his wife's car, his face was directly over the battery, when he attached the jumper cables, the battery blew up killed him on the spot, chunk of battery removed part of his skull.
 

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Today was a much better day and a much safer day!

I turned the key to the OFF position and fully removed the key and then put the kill switch in the down/on position. Connected the positive wire first to the positive terminal and then just lightly tapped the negative wire to the negative terminal and no spark of any kind. I fully connected and tightened both wires. I put the key back in and everything was fine and the sled started right up. Battery seems perfectly fine. I forgot to check the instrument display and the lights and hand warmers but will do next time.

I wish I knew what caused this as it was a bad deal.

Thank you to everyone who chipped in with ideas and advice. This is what makes SnoWest great!
 

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My question too. So the battery sparked majorly but did not explode? I believe these are AGM batteries so they should not off-gas much if any... But yeah, positive is the first to go on and last to go off, for the reasons summ8rmk gave.

So, go @go high fast are you ready to ride? :)
 

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Yes the battery did NOT explode. The ground wire just appeared to turn into a nuclear powered welder.

The answer to your question is of course yes I am always "ready to ride".
 

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Yes the battery did NOT explode. The ground wire just appeared to turn into a nuclear powered welder.

The answer to your question is of course yes I am always "ready to ride".
So... was putting the e-start kit on my sled, and trying to finish it up yesterday (of course the bolts to hold the starter drive are HARD to get at even with the exhaust y-pipe removed), went to put the piece on that the starter itself sits on, and looked and looked - it is missing! And of course Kurts isn't open until Tuesday... and they won't have it in stock most likely. I can reassemble the sled but won't have a complete e-start and would have to take the pipe back off to get to it I think, or at least to the shaft that goes to the starter pinion / gear. Argh. ALSO - note that if you have the snotel "ticker" set up in snowest forums, it is wrong. Has not updated for weeks from what I can tell. I reported it.
 

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Richie is home on Wednesday and Alexia is home on Friday. Although I am ready the first ride would probably work best for me just after Christmas or once the kids head back to school/work. No need to reassemble at this time.
 

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I believe the load you saw when connecting the battery is from the capacitor charging located over on the front of the belt guard.
Also be careful, the brown wire going to the battery is chassis ground. I almost found myself attaching to the positive as my somewhat color blind and vision issues in dark lighting that have crept up this past year had me almost believing it was a red wire.
 

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Richie is home on Wednesday and Alexia is home on Friday. Although I am ready the first ride would probably work best for me just after Christmas or once the kids head back to school/work. No need to reassemble at this time.
Plus, we need SNOW in a serious way here in western MT. I noticed on facebook mountain sledder swapmeet LOTS of guys looking for a-arms, shocks, spindles, belly pans... not too keen to be one of those guys. "Dealer appreciation days"...
 
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