depends on what you want it for. if you are a smaller guy looking to bust trails or bumps, no they are not. if you are a groomed trail rider that wants a sled that can be amazingly fast and corner fast and flat. then yes.
8-10 mpg sled
bad stock track
bad stock gearing
ok stock clutching
if I had a 96 storm even for trail riding, i would put an edge 136 track with a cobra under it, do as much aftermarket as i could to drop weight.
do a basic port clean up on the engine, drop the heads down alot, add a bunch of timing, silicone the pipes, gear it way down, clutch it hard. find some used IQ skis or aftermarket skis. and then work on dropping wieght.
if the purchase price was nice and low, it could be a great platform to build a custom sled from. if the price is low and its a first sled, i would see what else you could get. in the tight and twistys an xlt would mop it up.
Storms never really had a good name. They were heavy and never had alot of power. They do have some potential to be a decent running sled but it wouldnt make sense to put money into the motor with such an out dated chassis. If your sure your getting it for a great deal go for it but by the time you put the money in it to get it to run and ride good your better off spending the money on a newer, more updated model. A 6/700 twin in a gen2 or early edge will out run and ride that storm and you wont have to do anything to it. Most people who buy storms are buying them for the motor. The motors can be pretty bad a** if done right and dropped in the right chassis.
1600 miles is good and the extra 12 is a huge upgrade all im saying is for 1200 dollars if you look around (craigslist/sledswap) you could have gotten something alot more reasonable. All in all not a bad storm though. Its pretty clean.
Yea if he waits he will find the deals I just bought the storm because I always wanted one and it was a decent price. But A few weeks ago I picked up a 2004 arctic cat f7 with 2500 miles for 1650. I just bought it so I can make some money on it I am not to big of a arctic cat fan.This Sunday I am looking at a 2002 Polaris Pro X 440f in good shape new motor bored over a little with lots of new parts for 1300.
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