sorry bit out of touch with posting with quotes.
This is a discussion on Where did everyone go? within the Off Topic forums, part of the General Discussion category; Originally Posted by madcow ^^ yep in 97 6 grand got me a brand new sled and a couple grand got you a real nice ...
'98 XCR 440 "Red Rocket"
370 Mains W/TempaFlow Airbox Vented Under Shelf 1/8 Turn CCW
17.5 Pilots W/UFO's & Torque Flows
P-4 286 Needle Jet W/6DH7 Needles #2 Position W/1 .020 EGT Shim
S53Red Weights, Polaris Almond/Gold W/911 Response Cover
TEAM TSS98 66-44-.46, Red/Blue
Camoplast Ice Ripper
Kimpex Arrow Skis W/Woodys Carbides
Koso EGT/H20/RPM Digital Gauge
'16 Switchback Pro-S 800 Snow Check
sorry bit out of touch with posting with quotes.
I try to check in but between work and barely any activity... I miss the way things use to be around here
This should be made a sticky. I never was part of regular group in the past years, (too young and nervous to join in on the conversations) but I always stayed up to date with what people had going on and followed all the drama sagas as much as I shouldn't have. I'm grinning a little reading some of the things all you old timers have got to say. I worked at a plant in Detroit Lakes called BTD Manufacturing for a few years after high school where we made parts and pieces for Polaris / Arctic Cat / Toro / etc , Snowmobiles, ATV's, you name it. I made a few trips to the Polaris plant in Roseau, was a neat experience. Got out of that and currently going to school for Electrical in Wadena, MN. Very busy.
Just skimmed through this thread, hit me right in the feels. 5-6 years ago i was on this site non-stop and it was absolutely booming, tons of guys on here talking about everything under the sun. Then slowly guys started to fade away, and a couple years ago i followed suit. We went from making 3-4 trips a year north, down to one, and now i haven't been to Michigan in over 2 years. I remember several years ago i was expecting to get my sled over 10k miles within 2 years, still at 9500 i believe. Last trip we made i think we hit maybe 350 miles. Hell last year i barely put on 50 miles around the house, which was ended promptly when some random ass dude stopped his truck in front of me and told me to get my f****** sled off the roads(under a level 1 or 2 snow emergency, several inches covering the roads) before he called the cops on me for trespassing and this and that. So i said screw it and threw the sled back in the garage, next day our 7" turned into grass poking through so i was done.
And now i'm at the point of where i'm leaning very hard towards selling my sled. My dad bought it for me when i was 11 and i've been very anal about keeping it in perfect condition, and its a VERY clean sled. But its showing its age. Clutches need re-built. Skid needs re-built, all the shocks need re-built, track is getting wore out, and now the carbs need re-built as they're squirting fuel into the air box. It still runs as good as ever, but the rest of the sled is flat wore out. Hell its 16 years old and damn near 10k miles and its almost 100% original so its to be expected. And now the smallest sled in our group other than mine is my brothers Switchback 144" 600. We're currently talking about taking a trip to the U.P. in 2 weeks, but i think i'm gonna sit it out too. Its just crazy to spend all this money to fix the sled, which will still leave me with a short track 500 that can't keep up with all the bigger sleds. And then i'll only ride it for a few days, and back to sitting till next winter.
I'd give anything in the world to go back to when i was a kid and we would average over 1k miles a year all over lower and upper Michigan, plus a bunch of riding here at home. But those days are gone and not coming back anytime soon. Its hard for me to sell out because i love riding so much, i've been around sleds since i was born and was given my Kitty Cat before i turned 2. Its not worth fixing my sled, i can't justify buying a "new" one, and i'm not gonna pay out the ass for rental so i'm pretty much done.
1999 Indy 500 XC SP
8600 miles, all original
1997 F-250 7.3 P-stroke 205k miles, Gearhead tunes, Unlimited Diesel built trans and 175/100%'s, quad pod with gauges
Real trucks have glow plugs.
I don't have anywhere near the passion I used to have for sledding. I still like to ride, but I'm nowhere near as die-hard as I used to be.
Rudely Awakened From The American Dream
Well yesterday was a sad day I sold my snowmobile to help get my truck fixed and pay some bills so for the time being I'm out of the sports and with some hope to buy another sled in the late fall. I will still come in here once in a while to read and post sometimes.
^^ A true fanatic would have sold the truck to support the sled.. ^^
Just busting balls, that blows.. I hope your finances improve and you can get back into sledding.
Myself, the choice sled is still on the lift and waiting for conversion parts. Might actually get to ride it this year, seeing as the winter looks like it is going to hold out, and, if I can find the parts I need soon..
16 - Axys 800 Switchback - Yeah, I had to get one of them!! http://www.polaris.com/en-us/snowmob...itchback-pro-s
05 - Edge 800 Touring - Flying couch - SOLD
03 - Edge 700 SKS - Warhead - in progress of another chassis rebuild.
91 - 650 RXL SKS improved stock drag sled - Bastard Child
sold my sled yesterday, didn't want to but lost the trans in my truck,and needed cash to get a new truck . I'll pick up something cheap this summer and try again next year
04 Prox 600
01 XCSP 680 ultra swap, SOLD
96 XCR 600, edge skid, xtra10 front, edge bars and controls homemade pivot riser, reverse
79 TX 340, 34mm carbs, full rubber track conversation, indy650 tank, seat and rear skid