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#1 jasburrito

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 09:51 AM

He is 10. Had him on 120. Then got him a z370 last year. Just sold z 370. Was just a bit to slow to keep up in the trails. I wanna stay under $2000. Have been looking for a 99 to 2003 mxz 500. Seems they want a premium for them. He does like electric start. He has rode my 500ss some. But it scares me having him ride it. Any other suggestions on sleds I should be looking for? (Save more money and get him rev 440?) Thanks
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Posted 11 January 2017 - 10:01 AM

Maybe a 550 fan cooled sled?

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 10:38 AM

REV 550.  Put my 10 year old on one and he was fine.  He's 13 now and still enjoys it.   



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 10:58 AM

my then 10yr old son was riding his mom's rev 550 fan before I bought him an XP 500SS.  it's light and pretty good pep, fun for dad to ride too......


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 11:10 AM

a 370 was to slow for your 10 year old to keep up, Holy crap how fast are you riding with him? If you're riding in NH 45 is the speed limit so that should keep up just fine....if you ride in Maine, well, that is a different story ;)


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 11:41 AM

He is 10. Had him on 120. Then got him a z370 last year. Just sold z 370. Was just a bit to slow to keep up in the trails. I wanna stay under $2000. Have been looking for a 99 to 2003 mxz 500. Seems they want a premium for them. He does like electric start. He has rode my 500ss some. But it scares me having him ride it. Any other suggestions on sleds I should be looking for? (Save more money and get him rev 440?) Thanks

 

Wow... 10 years old and too big for a 370??! I was riding my old Arctic Cat Puma 340 'til I was a least 14! (I had more fun on that than any other sled since!

 

Something like a REV 550 fanner would be good for your case. I wouldn't get anything much bigger! 


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 11:53 AM

My boy has been on a bunch of different sleds growing up......
he was 9 last season and he was on a 700 twin

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 12:14 PM

Ok. Thanks for the advice. Started trying to find a 550f. There kinda hard to find. Found only a few. Closest ones are around 2hrs away. They get high prices for anything rev around here. I found a nice low mile sled for 3000 and far away. Might have to pony up some more funds. Not sure what the speed limits are? I'm in mi. People drive 100mph with there truck and trailer just to get to the trails. We ride in the country in fields, lakes, snow covered dirt roads and on our property. His 370 would do about 55mph. We would sometimes get going a tad faster. He was complaining that he was going wot. The other kids are riding 440 lc,f5 and 600lc. I think f5 and 600 lc are to much. These revs kinda killed the styling of all the older sleds. He hates um. It's almost like I have to get him a rev. Thanks guys. Will keep my eye out.
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Posted 11 January 2017 - 12:31 PM

If your riding a Rev and sounds like you are riding at a good pace, I would go for a 550F in a Rev chassis so he has almost the same handling that you have.. if you have him on an older chassis he will feel the bumps way more than you are and that may not be safe.. I just sold 2 550F revs for $2500 each and they sold fast. 

 

Also with a rev the brakes are hydraulic vs a cable on older sleds, so that is much easier for him to work.

 

I had my girls on 550F rev and they like it, my youngest is now 14 and she is on an 600 Etec, but I have some rubber hose zip tied to the handle so she cannot go full throttle, but still can do 70.. way fast enough.. and I always ride in front of her.



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 12:32 PM

I had an 01 formula deluxe 500 liquid for my youngest son. I added pilot skis,rebuildable shocks,and 1.25" predator track.Having electric start,and reverse are a must for a young rider.What I like about that sled is it's quick enough to keep them happy till their ready for a 600.The zx is very stable,and corners very well.A 550 Rev would be another great choice, but can be difficult to find,and cost almost double the zx.The zx will hold its value since they have bottomed out price wise.You can ride it for 2-4 year and probably sell it for what you paid for it. Plus the 500 liquid will have quite a bit more power vs 550 fan.Here's what I had for my boy,wish I still had it to be honest, even upgraded to a sc10III,sweet little sled.

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 12:40 PM

Don't get too hung up on finding a low mileage 550.  Ours has 12,000 miles an the engine has never been opened up.  They are very reliable.  Carb boots, belts and most other maintenance items are very cheap compared to the liquids also.   



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 01:03 PM

Ok. Thanks for the advice. Started trying to find a 550f. There kinda hard to find. Found only a few. Closest ones are around 2hrs away. They get high prices for anything rev around here. I found a nice low mile sled for 3000 and far away. Might have to pony up some more funds. Not sure what the speed limits are? I'm in mi. People drive 100mph with there truck and trailer just to get to the trails. We ride in the country in fields, lakes, snow covered dirt roads and on our property. His 370 would do about 55mph. We would sometimes get going a tad faster. He was complaining that he was going wot. The other kids are riding 440 lc,f5 and 600lc. I think f5 and 600 lc are to much. These revs kinda killed the styling of all the older sleds. He hates um. It's almost like I have to get him a rev. Thanks guys. Will keep my eye out.

Ahhh I saw "Lowell" and was thinking Lowell, MA My bad!


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1996 Ski-Doo Formula 583 STX
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-Reverse
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-SC-10II rear suspension
 


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Posted 11 January 2017 - 01:23 PM

the 550fs are not that easy to find by me either, the guys that bought the ones I sold both were over 2 hours away..



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 03:18 PM

I'd say 500cc or perhaps even an MXZ 583, those can be found for a fair price and he can ride the machine well into his old age. But, you have to remember that all of these machines are capable of more than people realize. The bigger the motor the more of a chance someone has to want to push their limits. Nothing wrong with it, but trips to the hospital after a wreck are not on my bucket list!



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Posted 11 January 2017 - 04:43 PM

I'd say 500cc or perhaps even an MXZ 583, those can be found for a fair price and he can ride the machine well into his old age. But, you have to remember that all of these machines are capable of more than people realize. The bigger the motor the more of a chance someone has to want to push their limits. Nothing wrong with it, but trips to the hospital after a wreck are not on my bucket list!


Exactly,that's why I recommend a 500 (not the 500ss).They have enough power to keep them happy well into the late teens if need be,or heck even the older crowd.I rode that sled one trip in -29°f,and that thing ripped when it cold real cold, felt like a 583 or small block 600.Those 500 liquids were great little motors too.To this day it was the most dependable /trouble free sled I ever owned.With the suspension upgrades it rode as well as any non rider foward sled.It also had the progressive throttle which made it very easy on the thumb.I bought mine for $1200 with only 2200 miles.Drove it for 3 years and @4k miles.I probably spent about $800 in upgraded suspension, and skis,but sold it for $2300.




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