Hey everyone, I'm looking for advice on a snowmobile to buy. I haven't ridden since I was a kid with the neighbors sled but I have fond memories and I'm looking to give it another shot this winter. Probably the last snowmobile I road was a mid 90s Phazer and it was a great machine, however since then I have moved to the quad crowd and have an old King Quad and recently grabbed a left over Can Am Renegade 1000 XXC so I'm pretty good as far as tossing machines around in the mud (and snow
Three things I'm concerned about right now, I'm a big farm kid, 320 lbs, way over 6' and I'll need a sled that has really good rear suspension or has the ability to upgrade to a heavier rear spring. I like to play around, I spend about 70% of my time on my quads standing up just because I like hitting those big bumps real fast and can throw the weight of my machine around easier so that's where the good suspension comes in.
I don't know what kind of power I'd need, I imagine a decent sized engine for my size, I can put my Renegade on 2 wheels in sand with holeshots so I don't believe I need that kind of power and I figure I can do some clutch work. I'd rather go faster at low end then do extreme speeds.
The last thing I'm looking at is track length I can see myself doing a lot of deep snow ditch banging with my snowmobile and playing around in grass hollows in my fields which would be deep snow also. With my size I'm worried about my sled trenching so I was considering a longer then standard track. However I'd still like it to be manageable if I ever do decide to head further up north, I frequent Black River Falls Wisconsin on my ATVs and could see possibly taking a trip up there or even to Wyoming in the future.
Okay that was a lot to take in I know but I'm really looking to get back into the sport and all my friends ever can guide me to are Polaris sleds. I will agree Polaris makes amazing new sleds but I'm getting the brand shoved down my gullet and I want to see what else is out there. I know the older Cats are suzuki under the hood and my King Quad is literally unstoppable so maybe a Crossfire?
I've got about $4-5k to spend. What are the thought on higher mileage sleds like 5k+ what would I need to look for mechanically problem wise on a used sled?
Thanks so much for any help I recieved I can't wait to hit some snow again it's been TOO long.