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Would like to get a less heavy machine

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I bought a 2003 Polaris 500 XC EDGE snowmobile a few years ago and it's in pretty good shape, but it is so heavy! I'm a small guy and don't need anything with that much power. I live right beside the trail in Gardiner but this last year I only tried riding three times and two out of three of those times got stuck in deep sticky snow without going 100 yards. Then spent the next couple of hours trying to get the sled back in the garage. I need something a lot lighter! Maybe it would get stuck too but I'd have a lot easier time re-positioning it while attempting to get un-stuck. I can lift up the back end of this one a few inches and slide it one way or the other. The front end I can hardly lift at all. I saw a guy getting gas lift his sled by the front end and spin it around to head back to the trail and see stuff like that frequently on tv people tossing their sleds around like it's nothing. Is what I've got an especially heavy machine? What to search for in an attempt to get something lighter?

Thank you for any advice!

Gardiner, ME
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Your sled is 480lbs which isn't horrible compared to a triple or 4 stroke of that era. I think a 1.5 lug track would solve a lot of your getting stuck issues. What is your budget? How many miles do you ride a year?
Not sure what brand you're looking at but you could save about 60lbs dropping down to skidoo 380F or AC 370F. A fan cooled engine will cut back on front end weight and weight in general. As for getting stuck.. you could look into a longer track 128" or a little longer. Remember speed is your friend get a good run on your access trail til you have it packed down. B.
Hi there,
It sounds like you're looking for a snowmobile that is lighter and more manageable for your needs. The Polaris 500 XC EDGE snowmobile from 2003 is indeed a larger and heavier machine compared to some other models available today. If you're seeking a lighter snowmobile, there are a few things you can consider:
  1. Trail or Mountain Snowmobile: Determine the type of riding you'll primarily be doing. Trail snowmobiles are typically lighter and designed for groomed trails, while mountain snowmobiles are built for off-trail and deep snow riding. Opting for a trail model may provide a lighter weight and improved maneuverability.
  2. Engine Size: Snowmobiles come in various engine sizes, and choosing a smaller engine size can reduce weight. Smaller engines may still offer sufficient power for your needs, especially if you're primarily riding on groomed trails.
  3. Chassis Design: Look for snowmobiles with lightweight chassis designs. Manufacturers have made advancements in chassis technology, resulting in lighter and more agile machines. Research models that are known for their lightweight construction.
  4. Suspension: Consider the suspension system of the snowmobile. Advanced suspension systems can improve handling and weight distribution, which may make it easier to maneuver and reposition the sled when stuck.
  5. Test Rides and Research: Visit dealerships and test ride different snowmobiles to get a feel for their weight, handling, and maneuverability. Additionally, research online reviews and forums to gather insights from other riders who have experience with lighter snowmobile models.
Remember to take into account your riding style, terrain, and personal preferences when selecting a new snowmobile. It's essential to find a balance between weight, power, and handling characteristics that suits your needs.
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