• 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.

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The leak down test and compression test results from the 2019 mentioned above were 5% leak down and 108psi on the Mag side and 6% leak down and 110psi on the PTO side. This sled had about 700 miles all stock with exception of short time can tests. Anyone else tes
 

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Factory rubber in place and rope cut to length. I think I found the problem I used a couple of rivets to hold the factory rubber in place and I think it is rubbing there. I will look into this week.
 

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Good info Solby and backs up why I bring them up to temp. Your example helps illustrate why I test apples to apples, meaning using the same methods. Other people have their own methods, which is fine, as long as they stay the same from their baseline test. How is your sled running. Is yours a 19 or 20?
Starts and idles fine, but that's all I know I bought it used after season. Super stoked about it though!
 

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Thanks Robert,
What’s interesting, Polaris‘a recommendation was to rebuild at 5% or more. Now that John Q is going down the “leak down test path” they moved the recommendation to 10%.
5% is a significant loss on a two stroke.
 

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Thanks Robert,
What’s interesting, Polaris‘a recommendation was to rebuild at 5% or more. Now that John Q is going down the “leak down test path” they moved the recommendation to 10%.
5% is a significant loss on a two stroke.
I agree Tony, I tried not scaring him, he is taking it into the dealership this week. It will be interesting what they say. I wish he had established a baseline with it new so he would have ammunition to fight with.
 

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I was asked how strong the Cobra turbo cords is. The answer is I don't know, so I ran a little test tonight. I'm fabricating a couple parts for an older Kabota snowblower on my trackor and needed to lift it on the stand but was too heavy for me to lift. So I tied a loop in the spare peace of turbo cord and lifted it with the wench (trolly wench on beam in my shop). It lifted it fine with no stretching, I figured it might break but wasn't even close, so I left it hang while eating dinner lol. I wonder if this is what my wheeler wench cable is made of?? IMG_8163.jpg IMG_8164.jpg
 

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UPS just delivered my next step. Protection with Skinz Protective Gear Bash plate for the Quick drive and clutches. These are easy to install with a drill and rivet gun and really help protect both of these areas. The Quick drive is really susceptible to damage from rocks, stumps and snowmobile dollys in the shop. Even side hilling in crusty snow on the QD side can push the thin plastic belly pan into the spinning QD belt and pulley eating a hole right through the bottom pretty easy. The Skinz plates are about 3/16" thick UHMW that won't dent like the aluminum bash plates and reinforces the bottom stock belly pan. You can order them from Skinz, or support a Snowest rider like Sled Solutions here: http://www.sledsolutions.com/index.php?id_product=375&controller=product or Go Big parts here: https://www.gobigparts.com/Snowmobi...ile-Skid-and-Float-Plates/Skinz-Float-Plates/ IMG_8171.jpg IMG_8169.jpg IMG_8172.jpg
 
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Can those bash plates be mounted over/under a skid plate? Or maybe trimming to prevent overlap would be best?
 

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Those Skinz bash plates are pretty slick, I ran them on my 2019. Super easy to install, great fit and do provide extra protection and ease of mind!
 

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Can those bash plates be mounted over/under a skid plate? Or maybe trimming to prevent overlap would be best?
Ive used them with the Skinz float skid plate and the Polaris skid plate with no interference. If needed, it would be easy to trim it or the skid plate. I will say the Skinz Float plate does add some good protection for the lower A-arms from stumps and rocks. It does "float" good as well as it smooths over the a-arm openings that seem to plow snow. There are pros and cons to everything, the only con with the float plate is it does hold some snow on top of it near the base of the lower a-arm which can freeze overnight. To solve this I just give it a tap from underneath with my toe or a rubber mallet. They have saved me a couple a-arms though! You can see from this pic below that even with a Skinz Float plate or the Polaris skid plate the clutches and QD are still very vulnerable that is why I add the Skinz Bash plates. The last pic shows the added lower a-arm protection. IMG_4051.jpg IMG_4055.jpg IMG_4047.jpg
 
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You may also get ice build up in certain snow conditions. Had it happen. Keep an eye on it. A change in steering effort will warn you. Once ice builds up during the day clean it out or it tears the boot.
 

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You may also get ice build up in certain snow conditions. Had it happen. Keep an eye on it. A change in steering effort will warn you. Once ice builds up during the day clean it out or it tears the boot.
yep the skid plate on my last axys made for huge ice chunks and bound up steering.

No skid plate on my current sled for this reason.
 

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been years since Ive ran a skid plate, with the newer style sleds its easy to change the nose of the pan. Not like 15yrs ago where it was all one piece and a skid was needed. Bash plates look good though
 

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been years since Ive ran a skid plate, with the newer style sleds its easy to change the nose of the pan. Not like 15yrs ago where it was all one piece and a skid was needed. Bash plates look good though
I was glad I had a skid plate last winter. In about 5' deep of standing snow I was lined up for a jump WOT, I hit a 6" well casing that was completely under the snow. It sent me flying over the bars, sheared the lower A-arm in 1/2, broke the shock, bent the can, bent a rail and tore the track. The skid plate had a gash and slice in it but survived along with protecting the bulk head. The $100 skid plate was worth it that time. Side note on the float plate, I experimented with cutting the sides back some under the A-arms to help eliminate the ice build up. Easy to cut with a jigsaw. IMG_4492.jpg IMG_4494.jpg
 
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