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Old 11-19-2010, 09:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How many miles is too many?

I posted in the new riders forum awhile back, and as I mentioned there, I'm looking for my first sled. I've gone through a lot of options, but this one is the one I keep coming back to. I don't have a whole lot of money to work with (I know, a lack of money and a love of powersports don't mix very well ) so I'd like to stay as close to $2000 as possible. That RMK that I linked to looks good, has some decent mods, and is right in my price range, but the mileage scares me, even with a new top end. Aside from the top end, how durable are the older RMK engines, and is there anything else that I should be aware of with a sled with that many miles?
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not so much the miles on it, but that it has been maintained.
Look it over real careful.
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Totally agree with RJ, maintenance is key to buying a good sled. If the sled has been maintenance well, then compression should be the issue not miles. In fact, when I buy a sled, I usually don't pay much attention to the miles.
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Old 11-19-2010, 03:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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only concern is, he says, "should be ready to go"
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Old 11-19-2010, 04:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ask him why it got a fresh top end. Did something go wrong? Just thought it was a good idea? If something went wrong ask him why and if the problem was repaired. Never a bad idea to ask if he did a leak down test on re-assembly.
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Old 11-19-2010, 05:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I bought mine at 5400 miles.
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Old 11-19-2010, 05:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Mine had 6100 miles when bought!
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Old 11-22-2010, 02:52 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Ask him why it got a fresh top end. Did something go wrong? Just thought it was a good idea? If something went wrong ask him why and if the problem was repaired. Never a bad idea to ask if he did a leak down test on re-assembly.
That's a good point, a new top end doesn't always "cure" the problem if the sled's not running right. I know a lot of motocrossers will replace the top end at the end of every season whether or not it's absolutely needed, but some will run a top end until it does need to be replaced. It's a good indicator of how they maintain their equipment.
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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My friend bought his 95' polaris indy trail with 8,500 miles on it...and I know people who've bought sleds with over 12,000 miles on them and they've all been running fine. Like I said maintenance, overall condition, and good compression is the key to a good sled! I wouldn't worry about the miles on that sled one bit if those conditions are met!
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Not trying to disagree.... but I watch miles carefully. I know lots of exceptions to the rule... but once you get high milage you "usually" have more problems. And the engine isn't always it... I have seen lots of sleds parted out that have good running engines, it just got too expensive to keep the rest of the sled going around the engine. But then again....I've been known to be wrong----- ALOT.
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:50 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Wow. I'm in Alaska and a sled with more than 7k miles is......... dead. When i went to buy my new ProRMK the lady that rides for the dealer in my area said that she was invited to check out the new Rush before it came out and went down to tour the factory. When the guys heard she as from Alaska they were saying that Polaris considers every 1000 Alaska miles to be 3000 anywhere else miles. I sold my 03 RMK with 3800 miles on it and it was a pain to get anyone to look at it.
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Old 12-02-2010, 04:53 PM   #12 (permalink)
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i bought my sled with 5500 miles and i had to replace the rings, no problem with anything else....yet
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