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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-23-2008, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Polaris 600 IQ - Good or Bad?

Hello everyone; I'm determined to buy a new sled this year, and I'm looking at the Polaris IQ 600. It's a 2009 model, no graphics, looks nice. But just wondering if anyone could tell me, is there any good points or bad points that I should know before I make my decision. Any feedback is appreciated. We currently have a 2005 900 fusion for me, a 2004 700 X-Edge for my 14 year-old, and a 1991 Indy 500 for my 12 year-old. We are selling the 500, for the new sled whatever it might be. (I even considered a TNT 500SS )

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-23-2008, 11:55 AM
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I have a 2008 RMK 600, it's an awesome sled. The IQ Shift 600 is probably one of the best values in a new sled out there. The 600HO has plenty of power with the EFI being about 4 hp greater than the carb version. I liked the sled so much that after the season was over last year, I found a 2006 RMK 600HO for the wife/kids. I only missed the power of my old 800's twice last year, both times on really steep climbs. A 2009 600 is not going to outrun your 900, but that 600 will give the 700 Edge a run for it's money.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-27-2008, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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whould it be good for my 12 year old son
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-27-2008, 10:31 AM
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the IQs are an awsome sled. i bought my 2007 last year. i didn't have any problems. and with the winter we had i put on 4000 miles. the iqshift is the best value right now. i would be really good for the 12 year old or even yourself. the 09s are light then mine and i would say the the 07s are light and easy to throw around. Great sled!!

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If its got no graphics, its gotta be an IQ Shift. Great sled. Powerful, nice suspension, reliable and pretty inexpensive for what you are getting.
IMO it might be a bit much for a 12 year old kid though. If it were me, if I knew he was going to be riding the sled, Id go with a 550 Shift.
Going from a '91 Indy 500 (about 80 hp) to an '09 IQ Shift 600 HO (about 120 hp) is a pretty big jump in terms of performance and that might be a bit more power than you want a kid to have. A 550 Shift would be very similar to an Indy 500 in terms of performance. The 550 would have slightly less horsepower, but it would be lighter; so the performance should be very close.
Each kid is different though and Im sure there are some 12 year olds out there who could ride any sled and be just fine.

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Not just good....AMAZING. This sled is "the" sled. I would by a 600 not a 550. Yes hes only twelve but he will grow out of the 550 quick, a 600 will last way longer. I bought this sled this year and so far I am thrilled. Theres just so many ways to personalize this sled. Its handles amazing, not too bad on gas (like I have heard from others), shes def got speed, and just look at her...beautiful. And the price...you cant go wrong. I opted out of the electric starter..and have not had any problems with starting it. The only thing I would say is a negative is that....everyone wants to take her for a ride. :S
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