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Old 08-09-2010, 01:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1972 Ski Whiz

found a sled on CL. its a 72 Ski Whiz 400. According to the ad it starts 1-2 pulls, has new lines and filter, new belt, newer track, all lights work. He wants 300 for it but also says that cash talks

my question is how are these things? Reliability wise? top speed? it it worth the buy? im gona use it as a learner sled for my 9 year old sister(she can somewhat ride my 700, but its too heavy for her and the fact that it can hit 120 does not make me feel all cozy inside)

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Old 08-09-2010, 02:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Do a search; Ski Whiz, you will be surprised at how much of a tank those things were.
One of the heavier sleds of their day.
Should have either a Hirth or JLO engine in it.
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Old 08-09-2010, 03:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If your going to buy a sled of that age don't buy that. Too wierd of a sled. Go with a '71 Ski Doo Olympique 399 or an AC Panther or a TNT
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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what do you mean? motor and the way its put together weird or just the way it rides and handles?
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The sled altogether is wierd. When something breaks its going to be hard to get parts for. Sure it looks cool but when it starts breaking down its going to be a headache in a half. Look for something more common
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Not so, most of the parts can be crossed over from Scorpions. Massey bought their build parts from them.
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:45 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Not so, most of the parts can be crossed over from Scorpions. Massey bought their build parts from them.
Another sled thats scarce. I think he'd be alot better off with an old Doo or AC or why not an old '78 Yamaha enticer 340? Theres alot of those around here and go for cheap money
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:21 AM   #8 (permalink)
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They are heavy as hell, but very rugged, stable machines. For a 9-year-old kid, my concern would be how is the weight going to affect her ability to turn it?

Erik is right about them being odd, but with that said, there's a certain charm in a sled that's homely like a tractor. They don't break very much and parts are still available to some extent- they're a common back lot and boneyard find. JLO engines, which I'm guessing yours has, are easy to get parts for and easy to care for.

If I was on the market for one, I'd guess one pretty much good to go is worth 3 C-notes.

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Old 08-29-2010, 01:30 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Did you end up buying this sled?
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