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2015 Polaris Pro S AXYS Switchback 800 pros/cons

Looking for some input on guys that have been riding these machines for the past year. Curious to know how they have been. Any serious issues? Motors havent been piling up? Hows the suspension and handling etc etc. All geared up id be roughly 300lbs just figured id mention that. 90% of the riding i do is groomed trail with the exception of the odd time id be off trail..

Any info would be greatly appreciated. I dont want this post to turn into a brand bashing. Thanks
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I love it. put 208 miles yesterday. couple things first tank of fuel it will be hard on gas. Now it's better than my Z1 ever was. Fuel gauge is not very accurate. I'm going to upgrade my windshield to a tall one. I'm just to old for a tough man shield. I'd much rather be warm than have the sled look good. I'm going to say I am with gear on close to 280. Ride is very good better than the Z1. The longer track is nice. got to try out the led lights yesterday. they are so white Nice to be able to see at night. Not as bright as my HID's but a great improvement over a Halogen bulb. Lots of adjustment on the shocks. I'm still fine tuning but getting closer.
Yesterdays ride I used a total of 55 liters for 208 miles.
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the machine is fast if you want to be. I'm not a speed demon. It's good on oil uses about a liter ever 140 miles. might be better now that was the first tank I have not checked it today. Only other thing I can think of is lack of storage, you can buy that if you want. I just wanted a place to put my phone and a liter of oil. I think the sled should come with the seat bag standard not an add on.
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Awesome. Thanks for the info. Does your machine have the interactive display? Does it absorb the bumps pretty good? Ive been riding my 06 polaris FST switchback 144" for the past 4yrs now... Shes a heavy pig but great on groomed trails and great on gas. Average about 140-160miles on a tank if im not holding it to the handlebar lol. Ive never owned a new sled before so im still kinda pondering the idea if i should buy new or not
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Awesome. Thanks for the info. Does your machine have the interactive display? Does it absorb the bumps pretty good? Ive been riding my 06 polaris FST switchback 144" for the past 4yrs now... Shes a heavy pig but great on groomed trails and great on gas. Average about 140-160miles on a tank if im not holding it to the handlebar lol. Ive never owned a new sled before so im still kinda pondering the idea if i should buy new or not
no Interactive display. My thoughts are I can save 1000 bucks for a gadget I can only use on a sled and worth nothing when I trade it in. I own a GPS so was not needed and spend the money on more useful stuff like storage and wind protection. I have a two year warranty on the machine. soaks up bumps very nicely and is not a heavy pig like my Z1. it only weighs 431 pounds dry. One thing nice about the 2015 AYXS the over structure is carbon fiber. On the 2016's you only get it if you snow check it. another thing before I forget you got to let it warm up. make sure its over 100 degrees before honking on it. belt from Polaris is 239.00 plus tax. I bought a Carlyle for a spare at half the price. just for a limp home belt. I stick a new belt on at the beginning of each season anyway.
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Ya the display is cool but if u have gps etc its not needed.. The machine im looking at already has it so itll be coming with.. Machine also has 2yr warranty as well and a rear small under seat bag. Storage is definitely an issue on it but that can be added on. I always let me sleds warm up. Never ride on a cold engine otherwise ull be walking.. Belts arent cheap either. Machine comes with a spare so thats a bonus. Thanks for the info LPP
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Before you jump on the band wagon and believe the 800 is a knock out. Because they said the same thing about the old 800 that's because their ain't not many 800 with over 3000 miles yet. I'll wait for three years and see what comes up on the forums
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Ya well thats 1 thing im wondering about but thats why there's warranty. I dont want a four stroke unless they can build a light 4 stroke that doesnt weigh a ton but i doubt thats possibly by any manufacturer..

How many problems did u have on your 800
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Lots of good info on HCS.
http://www.hardcoresledder.com/forum...axys-platform/

The new motor is far better than the one in 2012 2013 2014.
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Top end went at 3500 roughly... used synthetic oil with premium gas and we'll taken care off and always warmed it up before heading out... because I knew of the issues. My 14 rmk has 1400 miles on it with no issues but I cranked the oil consumption on it which might give it a longer life but will see. Lots of 800 on kijiji for cheap. I wouldn't buy another one unless this new 800 actually proves it self either going to a 600 with a 660 big bore kit or 800 etec. 3500 miles on a 2 stroke should be nothing these days.
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Top end went at 3500 roughly... used synthetic oil with premium gas and we'll taken care off and always warmed it up before heading out... because I knew of the issues. My 14 rmk has 1400 miles on it with no issues but I cranked the oil consumption on it which might give it a longer life but will see. Lots of 800 on kijiji for cheap. I wouldn't buy another one unless this new 800 actually proves it self either going to a 600 with a 660 big bore kit or 800 etec. 3500 miles on a 2 stroke should be nothing these days.
did you change out the oil cap? A lot of guys were having issues even after cranking up the pump. Because the stock Polaris cap doesn't vent properly. (this has been fixed on the new sleds I believe) I changed out my cap to a better vented one and I use a lot more oil no without touching the pump. I'm using more than my buddy who turned his pump up even.
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Yep aware of the cap also but seeing the wear extra oil might extend the life a bit whether new cap or oil pump increase. The motor is a dud in my opinion! Ring wear so pretty much every 1000 miles I would check compression just my opinion.
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Yep aware of the cap also but seeing the wear extra oil might extend the life a bit whether new cap or oil pump increase. The motor is a dud in my opinion! Ring wear so pretty much every 1000 miles I would check compression just my opinion.
you were aware, but did you change anything?
buddy had his motor pop around 800 miles 2 seasons ago. he had his pump turned up as well. I've had a better cap on my oil since mile 400. we ride the same, etc. no issues since. Was talking to my dealer as well a while ago and they have had a few sleds with over 4000 miles without issue. Dunno. I don't think it's a dud at all. I mean, it's an 800 2 stroke. They aren't meant to last forever like a 4 stroke will. if you get 4-5k miles out of it I'd say you're doing pretty good.

The 2011's were a bit sketchy but they changed a few things in 2012, and then again in 2013. Haven't really heard of many issues with em compared to all the good things i've heard.

Just tossing my $0.02 in. take it for what it's worth.
At least it's not as bad as the older poo 800's lol
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ive had polaris sleds 600s/700s/800s 750 turbo since 2000 havent had one blow up yet knock on wood.ive run most to 5000-5500miles. everyone always says use premium gas blah blah blah.. ive never used premium in any of my machines and havent had an issue (knock on wood) some motors sure are lemons but thats basically with any brand. Im gonna roll the dice and take a chance on the ayxs because of the fact the ride is unbelievable.. if it blows up i have warranty if it doesnt blow then even better.
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Good friend of mine has an 2013 800 assault has 4000 miles on it. still has had no issues with it. my thoughts were that it would have gave up the ghost at 2 to 3k. He uses Ves gold all the time Premium fuel when he can. I think his saving grace is he does not hold it to the bar 90% of the time. He also got 5 year warranty on it.
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