Originally Posted by aidanjude
I'm new to snowmobiling and am thinking about getting a 96 ultra sp Polaris and it's in excellent condition just needs carbides, but I've heard that 3 cylinders are troublesome, any thoughts? For 900$ and 3884 miles on it is it a good sled?
Welcome to the forum.
The first thing you should do is ask if the owner has had the sled since new ,or at least the history, records, recipts ect... if any .
Second get a compression tester,learn how it works ,& ask the seller if he wouldn't mind that you take a compression test of the motor .Like mentioned 130lbs. excellent . 120lbs. still good . 115lbs. anything under that you will be looking at doing a top end (piston & rings ) any number readings like for exsample( PTO side 90lbs. CENT. 110lbs . MAG 120lbs.) close the hood & walk away,Unless you can get it for dirt cheep .
Another thing with these 1996 Ultras is the water pump it is gear driven off the crank it has it's own oil resivior with site glass in front of the motor. If that thing has not been touched (like oil changed,& or rebuilt ) then that would be the second thing to be rebuilding.
I'm only giving you some things to look out for with this sled ,cause I have one.Hope all go's good for you.