You're a wealth of knowledge with the 440s. So any advantage to a 96 over a 97 or stick with a 97 if someone preferred the old styling and the 98 for new? Does the 98 have increased front suspension travel with the ZR2 styling?The 96 ZR was the first model with ETT and AWS-V and aluminum bluklhead front end.
These were all race sleds sold to racers, not to consumers.
They had the first case reed engines too with 38mm carbs. The 97 was the racer too but was also marketed to consumers, it had the same engine as the 96 with 34mm carbs and a different pipe. The '97 came on-line with the TSL, the 96's didn't have it.
I have a '97, you may find that parts may be easier to come by for the '97 & '98 consumer ZR (that one was basically a '97 with the new ZR2 hood, belly pan, gas tank and seat) than the 96's but there are parts out there.
(The 98 & 99 race sleds had the ZR1 hood, etc and the engines came out with non cable operated power valves, they were then called "ZR 440 SnoPro")
Yeah the prices that people are asking are just insane. I honestly don't know what some guys are thinking. Especially considering it's the end of the season. Prices are higher in Canada then the US for the most part but not that much higher.Yikes! A '97 on that website for $3300.00! Whew!
What GregB. said!
Pelle is one of the SnoPro Gurus...maybe he'll chime in here for you on those!
Could a skid with the TSL be swapped right into a 96 with the ETT?The 96 and 97 motors were the same with the exception of the timing and I believe the power chambers were slightly different. My kid has a 96 with ett tunnel. The tsl should give a little more traction due the torque sensing link. That 96 is a fun sled to ride and yes his did have the adjustable front arm shock.