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· SummitSpeedFly
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Total beginner to everything snowmobile. Looking to buy a sled to basically be a shuttle for skiing out west. Don’t need any crazy ability to climb/speed, but deep snow would be a factor. Only getting to the bottom of a mountain before walking up, so would need some ability to do minor hills and stuff but nothing crazy. Currently 2 contenders.

First: 1994 Polaris Indy 600 ($550)
  • New spark plugs, practically new belt and unused, new spare belt
  • Runs
-10,177 miles
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Second Sled: Polaris Indy Lite 340 , approximately 1991 ($400)

  • Throttle sticks
  • Engine revs when starts
  • 1118 miles
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Any thoughts/opinions would be greatly appreciated.
 

· SummitSpeedFly
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I do exactly what you are thinking of, use sleds strictly for high-mountain back-country skiing. You won't be happy with either of those sleds, because they have carburetors. In the mountains, your altitude will vary from about 7000' to 13000' and carbs will never be tuned correctly with that much altitude variation. Plus, carbs are a PITA. You absolutely need EFI - electronic fuel injection, which compensates for altitude changes. You'll likely be riding 2/3-up, and or towing others, so I'd say a 600cc sled is about minimum power. Also a 150"+ track length with powder paddles, unless you'll only ride on groomed trails. You can get a used sled in that range for under $3500 or so. Even at that, don't plan on being able to tow or ride 2-up on anything steep and deep. I have powder mountain sleds, and added a seat back so the rear rider doesn't slide off the back.
 

· SummitSpeedFly
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Im in oregon, so it is lower elevation mountains - 4000 to 10,000. But would never really go much above 4600, because I’m basically just using the sled to go on roads to cut down on approach time. Live in a land of volcanos, so approaches are like 11-15 miles til the bottom of the mountain without a sled. Plus it’s mostly wilderness, so basically I’m just cutting out the road skinning and like 3/4 of the approach.
Exactly why you need EFI - you're saying you have an altitude variation of 6000 feet. Tune your carb for one altitude, and it will never be right for any other altitudes.
 
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