hey everybody thanks for joining me here at headquarters you know we had that trip last week to gasp pika back in the mountains the rough conditions there the powder was pretty low had a lot of crust and I found what the zxj a sled the 700 mod it's an awesome sled it's great for shooting straight up the hill but if I had to do any kind of side killing or maneuvering in the tight trees it was a real bugger to do so I move into the raft chassis here like Kili sled it's just that time it's time to move out of that early two-thousands get into the later early 2000s so I picked myself up a Rev this is a 2003 and I'm gonna go over this and I'm gonna show you what not to buy it I bought it because I know what I'm gonna do with this pretty good idea of what's coming off it what I need what I don't need but this led here is a prime example of what to look for when you're buying a snowmobile especially this Rev it's going to give you a great idea of all the issues and the problems to look for because it pretty much has everyone this sled is a very bad shape what's good for me when you're buying an 800 skidoo you gotta know what to look for because you can run into issues especially with that motor the 800 is renowned for engine issues I know some guys are going to come on say the Vince motor made but honestly it really isn't they're sealed bearings in it they have all kinds of issues with the crank they just don't last that long unless they're maintained and every 5000 miles or so you're gonna have to get in there clean up the crank put new ISO flex grease in the bearings it is a bit of a nightmare of a motor not a very good design with those sealed bearings on the crank I guess they did it for emissions but you know what it doesn't help I sell it later on down the road okay you've made the decision you're gonna buy a snowmobile you go through qgg or one of the wan adds auto trader or whatever you're looking at Craigslist I got to be careful what you're looking at because if a deal sounds too good to be true it usually is so this snowmobile is listed pretty cheap I gave him a call I kind of low-balled him on it you know what he jumped on it so I kind of knew that not possibly there was a bit of an issue with it and he volunteered to drive it up for me delivered maybe even a little bit more of an issue but for me it was great because I didn't have to spend that extra money on the gas the guy was actually very nice about the whole thing that happened I don't think he knew exactly what was wrong with a snowmobile because he was a bit of a newbie anyway the alarm bells go off really good price getting cheaper and cheaper delivery in the back of a pickup you got to watch it I'm also time we want to take a snowmobile out for a test drive I couldn't really do that because it's in my driveway in the back of this guy's trunk we had a bit of an issue getting it going no battery in it so we pop one in and start it up warmed it up a little bit pull the plugs out and one of the plugs had like a milky substance on it so we know there's something going on there so when you pull those plugs out you got that milky substance more than likely it's cool it there's some coolant getting in somehow either through a head gasket maybe a crack in a cylinder or something like that that's one thing to look for if there are brand new plugs in the snowmobile I'm always leery of that as well because somebody just popped them in there maybe trying to cover something up but these ones had some pretty dirty plugs milky so I know there's a head issue or a leakage issue in there of some sort so we warmed it up put our compression tester on there one side came out at 120 the other side came in at 130 that's kind of a little low and it was hard to start so we know we have issues there another thing that caught my attention was the little plunger for the speedometer and the odometer it was gone and all it was registering was the amount of hours on it now I don't really know what hours mean doesn't mean much to me I want to know what the kilometers or the miles are so I brought a little pin with me and I've pressed in a little button and I told the guy I thought there was gonna be about 13,000 kilometers on this woman press that button there was over 35,000 kilometers on this snowmobile pretty crazy but pretty funny at the same time we almost hit the ground laughing so he said he didn't know how many kilometers were on it there's old piece of tape John Bonner from the previous owner but anyway at least we had a bit of a baseline of how many kilometers on this what kind of trail use this have seen and you know what doesn't even look like the mortars really been split by somebody who wasn't a professional because I don't see a lot of goop on there but obviously at some point in its life that motors been apart at least a couple of times I'm sure if it lasted that long right from the factory I'm amazed one other thing you have to check for is whether or not the sled has been in an accident whether it's been rolled or taken on a front impact right in the middle of the front or perhaps in one of the a arms you can look down the tunnel and see if there any warps or dents or bends in it that's one good way to look but when it comes to the front end you got to make sure that the nun isn't bent that's the numbness the front housing that holds just about everything in the front mainly the suspension parts so the first thing we did was pop the front hood we pop that hood you could see clearly a dent in the front of the muffler so obviously the sled has taken a pretty good frontal impact and although there are no markings on the body panels it's obvious that they've been replaced because you know what the dent is still in the muffler but there's nothing in the body panels now looking on further from there when we look down the right side of the snowmobile when you're sitting on it you can see very clearly a very large bend in the tunnel it's been tweaked and tweaked very hard we know that there's an issue there I didn't have a problem with it I know we can straighten it we'll put a brace in there tighten it up we're gonna be ok but we have to make sure that those clutches are aligned that's very important because we're gonna be pulling on these things pretty hard up those hills and doing all the fun things that we like do another good way to check to see if it's been tweaked if you look at the distance between the spring and the eight are on both sides they should be exactly the same if the spring is closer to 1 a.m. than the other then you know something's twisted it's bent in there somewhere you're gonna have issues to most people you probably wouldn't notice that because you'd get on a snowmobile tear across the field hey it runs great blah blah blah but you're not gonna really notice it until you really start to work the sled hard things get heated up you start blowing belts that's where you run into your issues so so far we're up to a mortar that needs a lot of work because it's thirty five thousand thirties almost thirty six thousand kilometers on it in my books that water is pretty much done I'm not gonna rely on that water to go anywhere with it other than maybe the backfield in mile an I know that we have a big kink right in front of the pipe I also know that potentially the nun is messed up on this slide and if that's the case that's gonna cost me about four hundred dollars to replace so this light needs a lot of work that's okay for me I'm not making this into a trail slow I'm basically converting all my 700 parts bringing them over to this Rev chassis because most of them will actually fit the 700 motor is gonna go in here with the reverse pickups and the reverse stator on the 800 motor so it's gonna work out welcome all the steering components suspension components I'm swapping out and basically I got to get in there check out and straighten out that frame so I'm gonna be okay that way now are there little things to look for these handlebar warmers they don't work the wiring is torn apart on them I know that's gonna cost me about hundred dollars worth of handlebar grips and warmers a throttle block is actually cracked I need a new one of those the front spindles on this are all worn out the skis are very loose and sloppy you can see them just rolling around in there a lot of this stuff I'll actually just part it I'll sell I know where I can recover a little bit of money and pay for some of the repairs that I need to do it but if you're gonna go out and look for a new sled to ride something like this something new to you you got to make sure you check for all these things get in there take a look at that chain case oil pull it the dipstick are there a lot of chunks of metal on there or is that gear oil really brand new if it's brand new you might be running into an issue maybe he pulled it out didn't like the looks of things put some new oil in there just to fool you you got to check for things like that know how easy does it start what's where the carburetors clean last you know if you need a new belt for this you're looking at 120 dollars add that to the bill all these things cost money and they're all very important to look for now another important thing to look forward to see if this thing has been tweaked and most of this you can look at you can see right at the very start before you even start lifting panels you got to look where the panels meet if the pan is me and they're not aligned or they're tighter on one side than on the other you know that you have an issue yeah rivets are popped out and missing you know you have an issue if you could see where bolts have been twisted and turned and there's been a lot of wrenching going on in there you know that somebody's been in there and they've been doing something and I tell you when it comes to snowmobiles these things have a hard life and a lot of people do what they can to trick you to fool you so they can get most of the money out that they can for their snowmobile they want to get it out so I think buy something else and they do a lot of trickery there's a lot of tricks that go on so you got to really watch and you got to listen to what these guys say another thing that will show you whether or not this sled has been abused are the running boards if the running boards when you look at them from the side are really pounded down got a big Wow chances are pretty good that somebody's been hot dogging it and jumping off things beating this light up pretty hard so take a look for that check your track condition take a look at the suspension in the rear see if anything's dented broken make sure you got you know good pressure in the shock and the oils leaking out the gas is out there flat check that kind of thing as well but for me you know what I don't care about the suspension in tractors that's all coming in anyway you'll want to take a good look at the clutches you want to grab the clutches move them side to side up and down in and out you want to twist them around see if there's any play in the crankshaft see if there's any play in the jack shaft you got to get in there you got to get a little physical with it just to make sure because you know what if that's pedometer wasn't working we wouldn't really know how many kilometers were on it and something with 35,000 I'm telling you right now those clutches need a serious rebuilding I've taken it for a ride and it's a real dog this this machine has no power at all now overall I knew what I was getting into I had a pretty good idea had Keeley in there we took a good look at the sled we know what was going on it's important you look for all those things when you're buying a snowmobile I'm going to tear this thing apart we're gonna fix everything up turn it into a mod sled change out the panel maybe making carbon-fibre do a bunch of cool little tricks to this thing let me get a good old Mountain sled good powder Boondock and rake it's gonna be a lot of fun I'll hope I've given you a few pointers hopefully they'll help you out when you're looking at your new snowmobile whether it's a raft or something else pretty much you got to look for the same things they're all important issues you got to look for I don't want you guys to go in to buy a snowmobile find out you're gonna have to put a whole bunch of money into it the important thing is that we got a sled we get out riding in the trails or in the powder Road just having fun back at the home on the firm thanks for watching power watts I'm Louis kibo and make sure you tune in because we're gonna be doing a lot of work here over the next week or so I want to get the 700 boom put in here really quickly so we're ready to rock and roll for the next snowstorm check me out of power mods on Facebook make sure you subscribe hit that big old thumbs up thanks for watching you

How to buy a used snowmobile, Skidoo Rev, 36,000 kms! PowerModz!!!
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24 thoughts on “How to buy a used snowmobile, Skidoo Rev, 36,000 kms! PowerModz!!!

  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    I grew up with yamaha and now have a Polaris edge XC 600.
    I have been told that the liberty is the most reliable engine Polaris ever had in their sleds. This was on a Polaris forum. Is this true?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    Pro tip. Baby your sled. Drive someone else's hard AF.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    what a piece lol !!!

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    Man this video makes me nervous of buying my first 21 century sled. Im looking at 06 summit 800. From what i read the 06 is a good year. The guy wants $3000 US dollars. i definitely will be talking him down due to it having 3200 miles on it. thanks for the tips on what to look for! In your opinion if it hasn't had the top end rebuilt yet would it be a good idea to do it?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    I watched this thing 6 times now

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    2008 mxz500 ss estart wont work. Starts right up if i jump posts on silonoid with screw driver. Starts with pull. Reverse works.
    Ive heard its the 5pin relay? Just wanna make sure before i cut into it ?
    Ever heard of this? Thanks…great vids

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    Thinking about buying my first snowmobile. It's a 2006 skidoo mxz-x 800 with 7400 miles on it for $2,400. Would you say thats a a fair deal and what should I look for. I'm going to be using it mostly in my backyard for my backyard snowboarding terrain park. Thought that was a reasonable price also it's a lot easier than building a launch ramp lol. Im well aware of how much power it has. With having almost 3 acres of land down there we'll have a little bit of fun with it in the backyard. Will probably end up doing some trail/ Frozen lake riding

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    I just purchased a 600 ho with a rev chassis and one of my bogey wheels is all chewed up, what could that mean?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    If I buy a used sled how much km is the best to look for?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    I gotto ask. What do u do for a living. No way utube pays for all the parts/sleds you buy.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    I have problems with my sled and ur the best guy to talk to can u help me out

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    Love this video

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    The dog comes in and he's like "Who the fuck are you talking to in here??"

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    I have a sick compulsion to watch this series over and over…

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    Great video . I just baught a 2004 gsx 800 ho blair morgan edition its reading 9k but the guy rebuilt the motor has the nos kit also im running a 50psi bottle

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    Good video. Thank you

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    36,000?!?! I thought 10k was a lot

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    the issue with that sled why it was probably was pulled apart is because the reason they had the Beaver tail design was because the heat exchanger was so small that when they raised the backs up they tended to blow up.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    Question here

    What's the average mileage before your average 2 stroke sled blows up (without maintenance) just gas n' let er' rip?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    so you got taken for!

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    Many of us have friends who sled. Find a friend who has the same sled that you are looking at. Buy them a meal and bring them along. A second pair of eyes, especially someone who knows the sled, is very helpful.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    Sometimes I wonder if I should maybe consider a new sled for a first sled… This video helped me, though, as far as what to look for on a used machine. Thanks!

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:45 pm
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    Hey how can I test my coil on my summit 1000

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