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.
The belt is hard in order to deal with the torque of the 850 and some of the clutch misalignments that the sleds are leaving the factory with. I never ran the stock clutching in the deep.
TRS clutching and stock belt is working awesome. I have the Gates to try also--- Tony (TRS) said to expect a couple of hundred rpm less with the Gates. I'm running a 110-290 primary spring with stock 1216 belt and getting 8200-8250 rpm. I will go back to 120-320 primary spring with Gates to counteract rpm loss.
Heading to McCall in a couple of hours for more testing.
Have 1300 miles on stock belt. No wear on the clutches. Still no wear on belt compared to a new one. Stock clutching riding in the mountains of northern Utah. Tried the gates belt I ran on my 800 and lost 5-600 rpms