• 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.


Polaris Dragon 800 piston movement and low compression

Dec 18, 2020
Hey all, new to the forum. I am working on an '08 Polaris Dragon 800, just rebuilt it with a new cylinder and pistons less than 200 miles ago. I took it apart this week to see why I have low compression, and it feels like the pistons are really loose in the cylinder. I haven't ever tried to move a piston like this before so I'm not sure if that is normal or not. Here is a link to a video of the movement and of the cylinder walls. Please help!
Somethings wrong it’s hard to tell in the video but theme marks on the cylinder wall look like like seizure marks. New head gasket won’t do anything to bring the compression back. I would tear the rest of the way down and inspect it further I bet piston rings and pistons are toast.
Dec 18, 2020
Thanks Bframpto, I did a compression test with oil poured into the jug and compression came right up to where it should be so I figured at least rings. Just crazy to me that would happen after 150 miles of use. Gunna tear it down tomorrow and see whats up


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Dec 2, 2007
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What did you end up finding? Slop in those pistons is normal on those motors cold. Clearance at top of piston to cylinder is not important as clearance is measured at skirt at bottom of piston.
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