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#1 todd700mxz

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Posted 17 October 2020 - 08:17 AM

Looking for a used sled and I see a few 2017 850s out there.  Are there known issues with these prompting owners to sell?

I believe it was the first year for that motor, were things fixed in later years that can't be done on the 2017?

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Posted 17 October 2020 - 09:16 AM

It's probably more to do with age than anything. Warranty is ended, probably getting to 5000+ miles, and/or upgrading to the latest Doo suspension and gauges. My 17 is strongest of our group against 18, 19 and 20s.


Issues with the first year 850 was with the clutching (alignment and doo finned the primary in 18), ventilation, and there is a recall on the fuel lines. Otherwise, really strong.

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Posted 17 October 2020 - 09:26 AM

I was thinking the same on the age/warranty as well.

The 800/850 crowd tends to upgrade to the latest more frequently than the 600 guys, so you see more of those big bores up for sale.

Still helps to know what I might be getting into if I pick one of those up.

 

 

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Posted 17 October 2020 - 09:31 AM

I have a 2020 850 the way that motor runs is magic. Powerband is dreamy on the trails. Extremely fun sled.

They can be hard on belts probably had to do with the clutching. It's aggressive but that's what makes the sled so much fun.

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Posted 17 October 2020 - 10:20 AM

the '17's had bulkhead issues. lots of threads on it.



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Posted 17 October 2020 - 06:44 PM

It's probably more to do with age than anything. Warranty is ended, probably getting to 5000+ miles, and/or upgrading to the latest Doo suspension and gauges. My 17 is strongest of our group against 18, 19 and 20s.


Issues with the first year 850 was with the clutching (alignment and doo finned the primary in 18), ventilation, and there is a recall on the fuel lines. Otherwise, really strong.

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Spot on.  Was going to sell my 17 that has about 5000 miles on it and decided to keep it for a back up or loaner when I saw what people were offering for it.  I put updated motor mounts and extra ventilation on the clutch side panels and it has always been a reliable strong runner.



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Posted 17 October 2020 - 07:58 PM

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have 11,200 miles on my ‘17, only issue was starter at 10k. Favorite sled I’ve owned



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Posted 17 October 2020 - 10:59 PM

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have 11,200 miles on my ‘17, only issue was starter at 10k. Favorite sled I’ve owned

 

Reaching above 10K miles doesn't lie. Vibrations are low, fueling is good, no major overheats, no obstructions in the cooling system, and no burning oil hoses. I nearly forgot, good 91 gas.

 

Wouldn't it be novel idea to have a shop where you could bring your sled to get everything checked? Maybe in 2030?


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Posted 18 October 2020 - 02:44 AM

Looking for a used sled and I see a few 2017 850s out there.  Are there known issues with these prompting owners to sell?

I believe it was the first year for that motor, were things fixed in later years that can't be done on the 2017?

Thanks in advance for replies!

poor clutch venting on the 17's. easy mods will combat that issue. most guys selling 17's are just upgrading to newer



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Posted 18 October 2020 - 06:57 AM

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have 11,200 miles on my ‘17, only issue was starter at 10k. Favorite sled I’ve owned

Most starter issues can be remedied with a good cleaning and lubrication of the starter bendix behind the recoil cap. At around 5000 miles

it has accumulated enough belt dust and general crud to hang up bendix from sliding to engage it.  Most dealers will tell you it needs to be replaced when it does not.



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Posted 18 October 2020 - 12:09 PM

Most starter issues can be remedied with a good cleaning and lubrication of the starter bendix behind the recoil cap. At around 5000 miles

it has accumulated enough belt dust and general crud to hang up bendix from sliding to engage it.  Most dealers will tell you it needs to be replaced when it does not.

Im sure that’s the case and if I didn’t have the extended warranty I might have went that route. 



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Posted 18 October 2020 - 05:39 PM

Most starter issues can be remedied with a good cleaning and lubrication of the starter bendix behind the recoil cap. At around 5000 miles

it has accumulated enough belt dust and general crud to hang up bendix from sliding to engage it.  Most dealers will tell you it needs to be replaced when it does not.

yep they definitely get dirty with dust, when mine was acting up i asked the service manager if it just needed to to be cleaned. he said probably is just dirty but we can just replace the $700+ bendix under warrany lol so for $50 deductible got it replaced



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Posted 20 October 2020 - 07:37 PM

My Dad and I both have '17 850s with 5k miles on them. Mine has been 100% trouble free. His had an ignition coil fail last season at around 4.5k miles. Neither have ever blown a belt. 


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Posted 21 October 2020 - 04:20 PM

I kept my 2017 850 when I bought my new 2021. It's the fastest of the group I ride with, even at 10,000 something km.

I have the off road front bumper with pro 40's and never experienced any bulkhead issues. Did have the sticky starter issue though but no more after warantee visit. 

So far the most fun sled I've owned.







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