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.
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.
Well, it looks like the install was perhaps an exercise in futility. It sounds like I'll be back to buying a few sets of the "Over the Top" scratcher a year. I'll be leaving the T3 scratchers on for the time being, they make a good hanging point for the stock/OTT scratcher in the up position - I can run both for whatever extra cooling the T3 will provide.
so nomasittinright had a doo with these scratchers, and liked them enough to put them on his polaris. like i mentioned before, the reviews of these things are all over the place. if i bought a different sled (of any make) tomorrow, id put these on. they worked great on my 3'' doo last year. then you have guys with doo's that say they didnt work (engine hot, hyfax burnt up).
my conclusion of these are.....if you are running a deep lug track, you cannot sit on the seat and drive down a trail all day. or ditch bang out here in the flatland. you need to duck off the trail every quarter mile, hit some snow that isnt packed down, and cool everything off. i do this all the time, even if it is only for 10-20 feet of unpacked snow along the trail. and as i mentioned earlier in this thread, i weigh alot more than 95% of the people that ride these sleds. that puts more friction on the hyfax and more load on the engine.
my hyfax look new (only 400 miles last season), and my engine temps were perfect. the xm only has a bar graph for engine temp. there is a 1-8 graph with 3-4 being normal. i only saw 5 bars one time.
i might be wrong, but i say it is 100% rider problems when i hear someone say they had issues. if you are running a 3'' track on a trail, ducking off the trail to cool off once every mile is not enough.