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Old 11-03-2012, 01:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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'05 M7 EFI vs '07 Dragon 700

My brother's looking at getting a mountain sled. He's planning on being out West in a few years and making pretty regular trips this winter out there.

First he's looking at a 2005 M7 EFI, 162'' track with 2200 miles. Really nice shape, well taken care of, it's at a dealer. $4500. Only non-factory item is a can and windshield bag.

Next is a 2007 Dragon 700 RMK, 155'' track but with almost 4000 miles. Good shape as well, private seller. 6'' riser. $4500 for this as well.

What would you guys choose? I like the M7's lower miles, but the RMK is 2 years newer. My brother likes both the same, maybe the Cat a little more. He's got a ZRT to ride trails with so he's not looking for a crossover type sled, just full-blown mountain.
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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age isn't that important... No question, I'd go for the EFI sled with fewer miles over the 2 year newer but non efi and higher mileage any day, no question at all. (if the dragon is efi which I suspect, even still, it has double the miles.)

The brand guys can argue all day long, but polaris has had its issues with crank bearings. Arctic cat's eat top ends. But given the choice, its MUCH easier and cheaper to replace the top end than tear down an engine and split the crank to replace a crank bearing.
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Dragon 700 is EFI. You can guess which one I would recommend
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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M7 with 140+ hp and that suspension! All the way!
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Crater, the RMK is cleanfire. My brother's leaning more to the M7. It's a nice lookin sled. And Dan, you were the first person I thought of when I saw that sled. What are your opinions on the 162'' vs 153''? The same dealer with the sled he's looking at has the identical sled (same colors and all) but with the 153 instead of the 162. I told him it might not be bad to get the one with the 153, but he wants the 162. Not sure how much different they would be.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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the longer tracks are a lot harder on you if you do a lot of stuff through the trees. If you do a lot of stuff straight up the hill, the longer track wins. I really like the 155", it's good flotation in the powder, but is still easy to turn.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:12 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Alright. Not really sure what kind of stuff he'd be doing more because we've never been out into the mountains to ride. Depends on where he ends up at I guess. I told him the 153 would be more versatile for that stuff, but he still wants the 162. I think we're gonna go look at both sleds next week so we can compare the two side by side. Mileage on the two is close, pretty much the same sled except for the track length. The 153 is $100 more, so it's not a real considerable factor.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:28 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The guys here that have the longer tracks are the ones that just have to have the high mark. Most are crazy. Just sayin'.

The long track really limits your speed, too. Most of those sleds are geared down to do about 75-80 mph tops. So if speed is a concern, that should be a consideration. They do have good flotation, but OMG when they get stuck, they get STUCK!
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:02 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for the insight, Dan. We're going to go look at both of the Cat's on Friday afternoon. We'll look em over good and see which he likes better. Got the green light from mom and dad on it so he should be good to go.
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