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buying a used sidewinder

Discussion in 'SideWinder Trail Talk' started by HABS 1, Mar 13, 2021.


  1. HABS 1

    HABS 1 Expert

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    Location:
    corunna,ontario
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    2006 apex gt,136 Hartman ext,dalton clutched,full excel exhaust,yamiheaters,cna pro ex white skis,hid lights,mtx riser,1.5 intense track,etc,etc!
    hey, iv had an apex for 13 years now has bin bullet proof i mean stone cold reliable,but i did alot of the apex fixes to get it that way, iv made the decision im going to buy a used winder, can anyone tell me common problems, what to look for? i know nothing about em other than to replace top gear with dmx kit?in chain case, i want a 1 3/4 track no studs, either a 137 141 or 146, the year dont much matter other than colour choices, so are some years better than others? are the suspensions way different from a 137 to 141?
     
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  3. fatchance

    fatchance TY 4 Stroke Master

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    There's a million threads on here about the common issues with the Winders. A quick search will reveal. I don't think i can stomach another one!LOL

    You're making the right choice! you won't regret it. I still have my 06" Attak. Had to ride it for a spell last month, couldn't wait to get back on the Winder!
     
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  4. fatchance

    fatchance TY 4 Stroke Master

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    I suggest you look over the FAQ's and the Sticky's back on the home Sidewinder page for starters and like i mentioned there's probly a weeks worth of reading to get caught up on all the posts on this topic.
     
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  5. 74Nitro

    74Nitro VIP Member VIP Member

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    Location:
    Dublin Ontario
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    2019 Sidewinder LTX
    Just a heads up that the 141 track is becoming hard to get.
    I would go with the 137 or the 146 that replaces the 141
     
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  6. HABS 1

    HABS 1 Expert

    Messages:
    422
    Location:
    corunna,ontario
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    2006 apex gt,136 Hartman ext,dalton clutched,full excel exhaust,yamiheaters,cna pro ex white skis,hid lights,mtx riser,1.5 intense track,etc,etc!
    yes thanks i just seen that sticky n bin readin the common problems, thanks, good to know about the 141 track! the one im currently lookin at is a 17 orange one, its gotva 1 3/4 back country, said clutches were machined and driveshaft machine n welded , got c&a skis fox vol shocks nd a hurricane muffler with a 330 flash, and all the stuff to support it , so it sounds to me like he has allready took care of some things
     
  7. Mototown

    Mototown TY 4 Stroke Junkie

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    736
    Location:
    Ontario
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    Apex 40 th
    Bronze bush top gear
    Tack weld chain case roller
    Peen & lock tight bearing behind brake rotor
    57-58 mm offset on clutches
    Remove Rollover check valve on oil tank breather
    All of which can be fixed over 4-5 days after work , Rest of the sled is good
     
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  8. fatchance

    fatchance TY 4 Stroke Master

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    OK first of all Hurricane doesn't have a 330 flash, but if its the 325 flash that sled has ALLOT of hardware in it! You are in for a big surprise if that's the case. That sled is going to be a handful power wise. You're looking at thousands of $$ in upgrades on that sled
     
  9. HABS 1

    HABS 1 Expert

    Messages:
    422
    Location:
    corunna,ontario
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    2006 apex gt,136 Hartman ext,dalton clutched,full excel exhaust,yamiheaters,cna pro ex white skis,hid lights,mtx riser,1.5 intense track,etc,etc!
    sorry percision efi stage 3r kit with everything to support it, the muffler is hurricane
     
  10. fatchance

    fatchance TY 4 Stroke Master

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    If this sled truly is a Hurricane 325 Total boost system tuned Winder than I'm sure the clutches are dialed in and sounds like the shaft has been flash welded so you should be good to go other than the common wear items. How many miles?
     
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  11. fatchance

    fatchance TY 4 Stroke Master

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    OK that's a huge difference as I am not familiar with PEFI. 3r is a much more mild tune. PM sent
     
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  12. HABS 1

    HABS 1 Expert

    Messages:
    422
    Location:
    corunna,ontario
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    2006 apex gt,136 Hartman ext,dalton clutched,full excel exhaust,yamiheaters,cna pro ex white skis,hid lights,mtx riser,1.5 intense track,etc,etc!
    ok, 3700 miles, that percision flash is quite expensive i just looked it up, wow, but his price is allso a little higher for a 17, i basilly liked the fact it has the larger track i really wasnt after a flash deal
     
  13. jonlafon1

    jonlafon1 Lifetime Member Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

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    Location:
    Mount Morris, WI. Chaney Lake, Upper MI eh!
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2022 Sidewinder LTX_SE

    2021 Arctic Cat 8000

    2017 Sidewinder LTX-SE. 11750 miles (SOLD)
    I just sold a 17 with a TD powertrail. Turbo force muffler 2.5”. BOV. 911 cover and lots of upgrades in maintenance. 11750 miles and I assure you mine was the cleanest looking sled you would ever see @that mileage. Great sleds. 17 were very good.
     
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  14. jonlafon1

    jonlafon1 Lifetime Member Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

    Messages:
    2,359
    Location:
    Mount Morris, WI. Chaney Lake, Upper MI eh!
    Country:
    USA
    Snowmobile:
    2022 Sidewinder LTX_SE

    2021 Arctic Cat 8000

    2017 Sidewinder LTX-SE. 11750 miles (SOLD)
    These sleds are very capable of 20k miles. IMO
     
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  15. STAIN

    STAIN Lifetime Member Lifetime VIP Member VIP Member

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    Location:
    Vermont
    Country:
    USA
    LOCATION:
    Vermont
    I would say 4-5 hours.
     
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  16. Mototown

    Mototown TY 4 Stroke Junkie

    Messages:
    736
    Location:
    Ontario
    Country:
    Canada
    Snowmobile:
    Apex 40 th
    Yes i could do that now , but the first time I went from my 08 apex to working on my 18 sidewinder it take a while to get comfortable with the cat lay out lol
     
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