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Old 01-14-2008, 10:41 AM   #1
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Anybody have any info on these sleds? Do they have hi/lo range? Wide track? Will they pull a trail grooming drag? Thanks.
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Old 01-14-2008, 12:25 PM   #2
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I have had those old Bear Cats hauling birch logs and they have some serious muscle!!! It had a 16" x156 track I think.
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I have interest in it for the club but, before I go and look at it I am trying to find out a little something about it. The guy said it had a 15" x 136" track, does this sound right? It is a two-up. He didn't mention a hi/lo range but said it was geared low. Any help is appreciated!
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Are you sure it's a 550? I know they made a 340, 440, and 550 back then. The 340 was way too underpowered. The other 2 were decent for hauling. If you could find a good used 4-stroke bearcat or even the Touring, you'll be surprised how good they tow.
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Yup, its a 550.
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It's a 16" track, so it's not like the new 20" jobs. That being said I bet it will pull just fine. We run two W/T and one non W/T Bearcats, and while the W/T really pulls the best the other (which is a 440) does well too.

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (kopeck @ Jan 14 2008, 02:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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It's a 16" track, so it's not like the new 20" jobs. That being said I bet it will pull just fine. We run two W/T and one non W/T Bearcats, and while the W/T really pulls the best the other (which is a 440) does well too.

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Thanks "K". Do you know if this machine would have hi/lo range?
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (*F7fire* @ Jan 14 2008, 02:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (kopeck @ Jan 14 2008, 02:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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It's a 16" track, so it's not like the new 20" jobs. That being said I bet it will pull just fine. We run two W/T and one non W/T Bearcats, and while the W/T really pulls the best the other (which is a 440) does well too.

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Thanks "K". Do you know if this machine would have hi/lo range?
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No, it has a different secondary clutch though that makes it lower geared then a normal sled.

To be honest we've always ran out of traction before we ran out of power...

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It will not pull a grooming drag and last.
You need something like this
http://www.alpina-snowmobiles.com/principale%20home.htm

My buddies bought one to replace a B/C for skiing better and cheaper than a snowcat.
That's them, about 3/4 of the way down the page on the alpina site.

B/C's a sweet if you want a heavy cadillac of a sled.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Schralper @ Jan 14 2008, 09:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
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It will not pull a grooming drag and last.
You need something like this
http://www.alpina-snowmobiles.com/principale%20home.htm

My buddies bought one to replace a B/C for skiing better and cheaper than a snowcat.
That's them, about 3/4 of the way down the page on the alpina site.

B/C's a sweet if you want a heavy cadillac of a sled.[/b]
Our '98, 01 & 03 would beg to differ.

They last just fine also long as you take care of them. The '98 has done nothing but pull it's whole life.

That being said the Alpina's are nice, but also very pricey. If I was going to go that route I might look for a used Bombi first.

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