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What started as a wild idea one lazy after noon browsing the internet in school[:D], soon became a reality and my senior final project for high school. Browsing the local rebuildable auto sales website i came across a low mile 99 700 RMK labeled with front suspension damage. so i called up a friend and we drove p and took a look $1100 and half hour of negotiating i came home with MY first snowmobile. (before pictures)

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The radious rods and tie rods were bent up. Ski was twisted half trailing arm was gone, mount was ben back. Ski bolt was "welded" to the spindle. windshield junk, hald bars were mildy twisted.

And industrial press, very big hammer and a long bar did most of the repairs. What wasn't fixed was replaced. Welder and torch also helped out. Learning how to rivet was what i feared, and i think it was the easiest part.

Start with $1100 repairable sled, at $330 worth of parts, let stew for 3 months and what you end up with is a nice low mile (1900) reliable sled that will do wheelies and 110+ mph on grass (can't wait for the snow).

Have to wait till April 2011 to get graded but that won't stop me from doin some hill climbing and drift bustin this winter.

Sled is for sale "loosly", not available for delivery until after I am graded on it. I don't know what i want for it, but any offer over 2 gran will probably be taken. (depends on if i will be able to let go of it)

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I had alot of fun doin this and would i do another? "Heck Ya". I learned alot and had tons of fun with friends on this project. Thanks to my dad for loaning the money to buy the sled, and thanks to everyone on here that sold me the parts they all work great![thumb]
 

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dodgetruck2 said:
Start with $1100 repairable sled, at $330 worth of parts, let stew for 3 months and what you end up with is a nice low mile (1900) reliable sled that will do wheelies and [highlight=red]110+ mph on grass [/highlight=red](can't wait for the snow).
You better be careful not to do "110 mph" on grass any more, or you'll toast your motor with these summer temps. Take the reading on the dream-o-meter with a grain of salt. It is not accurate.

The guy who sold it to you got really lucky to get $1100 for a sled smashed this bad. I'm seeing really nice 1999-2000 SKS/RMK's listed at $1300-$1800 and they're being sold like hot cakes. However, you faired pretty good still- got a good 700 RMK for a good grand total price tag

Also, it appears the shaft of the front left shock is bent. Should get that checked out.

EDIT: I see the bent shock has the blue spring in the "before" pictures. I didn't notice you changed the shocks (black spring in the "after" pictures.

Did you replace the hood?
 

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Polaris_Parts_MN said:
dodgetruck2 said:
Start with $1100 repairable sled, at $330 worth of parts, let stew for 3 months and what you end up with is a nice low mile (1900) reliable sled that will do wheelies and [highlight=red]110+ mph on grass [/highlight=red](can't wait for the snow).
You better be careful not to do "110 mph" on grass any more, or you'll toast your motor with these summer temps. Take the reading on the dream-o-meter with a grain of salt. It is not accurate.

The guy who sold it to you got really lucky to get $1100 for a sled smashed this bad.[/color=red] I'm seeing really nice 1999-2000 SKS/RMK's listed at $1300-$1800 and they're being sold like hot cakes. However, you faired pretty good still- got a good 700 RMK for a good grand total price tag

Also, it appears the shaft of the front left shock is bent. Should get that checked out.

EDIT: I see the bent shock has the blue spring in the "before" pictures. I didn't notice you changed the shocks (black spring in the "after" pictures.

Did you replace the hood?


My thoughts exactly. I only paid $500 for my 1999 xcsp 700 in great shape.

I'm a big fan of the 1999-2000 rmk's and I think your did a great at putting it back together. Now time to give it a bath.
 

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ya our shop is really dirty, only ran 110mph once just cause i couldnt wait my thumb throttle was itchy, ya i would not have paid any more for it but the low miles is what got me on it, our old indy has over 8000 and all we do is fill gas and oil and change wear parts

the hood was exclent just had to straten one hinge i couldt believe that, good old reliable polaris once i got the plastic out from around the clutch she fired on 1st pull

thinkin bout given the footrest and stuff a shot of high gloss black but i am not sure if i wana hide all the graphis they are kinda nice to me

what do you think?
 

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Just like anything else, tape off the graffics and then spray your color. Peel tape and presto change-o. Did a real good job.
 

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Looks like you did a good job, i would keep it if it were mine with the work you have in it..

What "local" places are you saying? I am originally from Springfield(down by yankton) and now live in Sioux Falls. What like to know what is around here because i havent seen much.
 

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Yes you're pretty lucky the hood never cracked. You would never find a blue hood for that sled, or even an RMK/SKS one.
in the 'before' pics, it looked like there is a crack below the left orange reflector, going the "high performance twin" decal, which is why I asked if you replaced the hood, Because I don't see anything in the 'after' pics.
My only gripe about the Gen II sks and rmk is that the rear end is so dang low. If you keep it and can score an Edge 144 skid ever, get it. Makes the ride even better, and raises the rear end up for a more aggressive look
 

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ya we have an edge rmk and almost had and edge bought i think it was 100 bucks but its was 121 thought maybe an extsion kit but couldnt decide

as for local places, nordstroms auto in garretson, sd

thats the only bad part about about buyin my own sled and why i am considering selling it because even though i have my own and i dont have to share it i might miss the 02 edge but well see maybe dad will swap with me only gave bout 2 gran for the edge with 2400 miles and i wore out a new set of skags on last year , i love that sled but well see where this one takes me this year them 700's have balls and you dont have to worry about the crank bearings as much
 

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Polaris_Parts_MN said:
dodgetruck2 said:
Start with $1100 repairable sled, at $330 worth of parts, let stew for 3 months and what you end up with is a nice low mile (1900) reliable sled that will do wheelies and [highlight=red]110+ mph on grass [/highlight=red](can't wait for the snow).
I'm seeing really nice 1999-2000 SKS/RMK's listed at $1300-$1800 and they're being sold like hot cakes.
Well i got 1850 for retail price off of KBB, but ofcourse miles and condition make the price as well as what the sled is which is all KBB goes off of is the year. but i wouldn't doubt if we took it into out local consighment dealer (POwerBrokers) they wouldn't hesitate to put 2500 maybe ever 3000 dollar sticker on it most things in there are about 500-1000 over what they should and they sell them left and right, but on the other hand we give 2600 for our 02 700 RMK EDGE 136 had a bump on the left side, with self adujusting carb, 2300 miles

How does 3500 for a 01 700 XCSP EDGE not sure on the miles round 2000-3000, had slp exhaust, after market drive and driven clutchs ski handles and bumper swapped for yellow ones, my friend bout it last year and it sounds like way to make but maybe not given the accesories added

Ohh and that crack you thought you saw was the remains of the windshield hanging down, the little strip that goes around the outside of the windshield

here is a trick for ya if you ever have a problem, upon trying to replace the right shock there was no acces hole to remove the bolt through the plastic, the left side had a hole pre drilled with a plug, well i just took a hole saw set it where i thought i should go through and drilled a small hole i hit it pretty close so i went on through with the rest of the saw and came out just right, and then i just took on of those plugs off and old parts sled and popped it in.
 

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Oh gotcha, I know what you're talking about.
$3500 for an 01 700 is WAY too much. Even if it had a big bore kit on it, it's way too much. Your friend got screwed. That sled is worth up to $2500 at most. with 3500 bucks you can get a '04 pro-x or the pro-xr or even a low-priced 06 fusion
 

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Polaris_Parts_MN said:
Oh gotcha, I know what you're talking about.
$3500 for an 01 700 is WAY too much. Even if it had a big bore kit on it, it's way too much. Your friend got screwed. That sled is worth up to $2500 at most. with 3500 bucks you can get a '04 pro-x or the pro-xr or even a low-priced 06 fusion
ya thats what i mean they raise the price way to high there and people still buy from them, there hve been a couple that we have bout that were cheaper then most around and we have bought them and to this day we dont know why they were so cheap
 

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nice build man will be a lot of fun when the snow comes for yea.
 

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Well we got our pressure washer fixed and since someone said it needs a wash I decided to. Heres what she looks like with a good wash, dry and wax and these pictures don't do justice.

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Always sad to see them covered up and put away, but it aint so bad being nearly August vs. April-May. I will soon forget about it because there is so much goin on and since I am not workin on it or lookin for parts anymore it won't constantly be on my mind, but at the first mention of snow I will be out sittin on it waiting...........

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Gota get a couple new pictures up, add a new 6 1/2" riser that i built and then found out the post will bend like a piece of licorice, let me know if you have any ideas on how to fix the issue
 

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i take it you haul it around with the fork lift?
ya i live on the farm so we have a skidloader anyway, it works really slick, the rest are either on the trailer or we have special extrawide and long pallets we made for the the rest mine is just new enough we havent got one made yet, then we have warehouse shelving in the shop to set them one
 

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Here are some new pictures of the 6 1/2" riser i made and my lefty set up, i know the lefty is crude yet i am picking up the stuff to make the final one eventually but that is the basic design of it, the riser is 3/8" plate for the top and bottom and 1" X 3/8 square tubing for the middle and the lefty is and old throttle lever and throttle cable from my ZRT i am parting works really good, just 2 pieces i cut out of an old cb mount i had and riveted losly together

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looks clean! almost as if it never been damaged. good job on the rebuild, glad you had fun doing it as well. can't wait for snow.
 

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I've been kicking around the idea of making a lefty for my sled, using a brake handle and cable off my mountain bike.
I don't see how the lefty throttle is mounted to the bar between the control block and the bar grip? This is the big thing stopping me, the brake lever mount is about an inch wide, it would take up a fair amount of grip length.
I would get rid of those sharp corners on the metal piece on the right throttle, I can see it cutting your gloves you doing other damage.
 

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i just drilled a hole straight through the handle bar and use the pin with a c clip to hold it on. i added a couple washers to shim it up tight, and i will that is not the permanent plate it was just my mock up to figure out how to do it, i will take it off and clean it up a little and paint it or make a new one not sure yet
 
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