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Old 11-29-2012, 08:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm new to the forum, but have been riding sleds (mostly cats) since I was 10. However, I haven't owned a sled in years as I have been busy finishing college, getting married and settling down. My wife and I bought a house next to the ITS trail system here in Maine and I got the green light on buying a sled for the upcoming season. My budget is 3k; I found this **2002 Polaris Pro X2 800 136" Paddle Track *Many Extras* which seems to be a sharp sled, I'm just looking for the pros and cons and what is a fair offer? After reading through some of the information on the site there is a ton of knowledge in here and am hoping you guys could give me some insight.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum!

That's a nice looking sled. I would ask if any engine work was done, such as addition of the wide bearing on the PTO end of the crankshaft. The Polaris 800 has issues with the crankcase/crankshaft. There were also issues with the earlier 800's and the aluminum VES valve guillotines. There is inadequate cooling around the valve and they can melt, which can cause engine damage. Polaris changed to stainless steel late in the run to solve that issue. They are a great engine when they hold together, though.

The ProX will usually have a more robust (stiffer) suspension, which is great for racing but can really wear you out in a days ride. Some guys like it, others not so much. Your call.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks a lot BC! I searched through the forum for information on the liberty 800 engine prior to joining this forum and there was some good info but that was exactly what I needed. I will mention these items to the seller and see what his response is; what about price? Do you think he is a little high? I'm also looking at a 05 F6 EFI with 5,000 miles for 2400 bucks. Again, I appreciate the help
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum. That Polaris is a sweet sled! You should try get it for under $3k, shoot for $2700. The F6 is a very fair price, but has higher miles. What sort of terrain do you ride? If you plan to stick to the trail system, I'd recommend the F6 over the Pro X2.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Nice sled, welcome back
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:27 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The pro x chassis eat inner idler wheels and hy fax up front. Yes they are stiffer than a normal edge. But I love the chassis and wouldn't ride anything else. With it being long tracked to a 136 it will ride a little better than normal. Like Dan said check to see if the crank has been done. But they didn't have the pro x2 until 2004 and that sled looks like an 04.


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Old 11-30-2012, 11:12 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the input guys. The owner says he has owned it for 3 seasons and when he bought he paid to have a full rebuild when he got the sled but doesn't know the details on what was included in that build and couldn't say whether or not the crank was done. What am I looking at if I have to replace the crank? I negotiated 2800 for the sled, tried to go for 2600 but 2800 is the most he would move. Good deal?? I hope to have it in my garage sometime next week.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:38 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Depends what all gets destroyed when the crank goes. I spent 600 getting mine fixed that was with a new pto end wide bearing and a new connecting rod. But my cases were still good. And i did my motor myself, so of you have to pay someone to do it than it will be more.
I would question the year of that sled.


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Old 11-30-2012, 11:40 AM   #9 (permalink)
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would a VIN# reveal the year, he says it's an 02
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:01 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yep, VIN will reveal the build year.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:10 PM   #11 (permalink)
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$2800 seems like a pretty decent bargain. If this sled really began life as an '02, it would have to be a 440 race chassis to be a Pro X. If he says it was a 600, then looking up the VIN will probably tell you it was an '03.
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:11 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I just opened the link on a computer. He says it was a 2002 600 and r changed the hood and belly pan etc. so he made it look like a pro x2 but it's not a true pro x2 so the sled was a builder.
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:23 PM   #13 (permalink)
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$2800 seems like a pretty decent bargain. If this sled really began life as an '02, it would have to be a 440 race chassis to be a Pro X. If he says it was a 600, then looking up the VIN will probably tell you it was an '03.
They had a 440 and 600 in 02 so it is what he says but it is not a true 800 sled or a true pro x2. But still a very nice sled and priced reasonable


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Old 11-30-2012, 01:33 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm working on getting the VIN# and he has already said that it will confirm that it is a 600 from 02. He said the 800 build took place 4 years ago. He's got roughly 2-3k on it since the build and doesn't seem too anxious to sell it.
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Sled is pretty, but sounds like there has been a lot of changes. Some else's changes could result in your problems. Just my thoughts. You might have a puzzle on your hands. Might not be worth it for the first sled coming back into the sport.


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Old 11-30-2012, 03:12 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Puzzle sleds arent always that bad. The thing with Polaris is almost every edge part interchanges with all edges. And same with pro x's to a certain extent except the pro xr. The sled looks like it was done right but you never know. I have a sled that's made from about 10-15 different sleds lol.


I wish he had a pic under the hood. The cowl around gas tank looks funny like its from a pro xr or 440 with the small tank.
Also the walker Evans shocks are not a very good ride. A lot of people stray away from them. There a pain to set up and usually ate very stiff and are basically just a jumping shock. I have solo's on my pro x and I love those

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Old 11-30-2012, 06:39 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Why do you want a paddle track if you are ridding trails anyway? Just sayin
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:17 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Sled is pretty, but sounds like there has been a lot of changes. Some else's changes could result in your problems. Just my thoughts. You might have a puzzle on your hands. Might not be worth it for the first sled coming back into the sport.


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Couldn't agree more. Personally, I wouldn't touch this sled at any price. Seller admits it's a "completely custom sled" and that will result in nothing but headaches for you over time.

Much better deals out there:
polaris edge x 600
Polaris XC800
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:20 AM   #19 (permalink)
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^ why do you say that will be headaches? Pro x's all interchange for the most part unless you start getting technical. I think Its a nice sled reasonably priced


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Old 12-01-2012, 11:25 AM   #20 (permalink)
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A chassis from here, a motor from there, throw in some custom pipes... nothing on that sled is standard. You don't know ANY of the history of ANY of the parts. It was built to suit the desires of a very specific individual.

Want to tweak something? Where do you start? How do you know the model years for the components? Which parts are stock parts and what sled did they originally come off of? What make, model, and year? Which parts have been "made to fit" because they were never originally for that machine?

My point is that there is a lot about this machine that is "unknown" in terms of details. I wouldn't touch it.

On top of that, it's a Liberty 800 from a range of years that is known to have issues.
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