If The Riding Doesn't Kill You... The Cost of The Parts Will

It costs how much?!?!

Nov. 01, 2005 By Dan Canfield

Let's face it, entry in to the sport of snowmobiling isn't cheap. If your significant other hasn't already pointed this out to you, we now have. However, just because we point it out now doesn't mean he/she won't bring it to your attention later.

If you spend much time at all with this habit we call snowmobiling you will end up spending thousands of dollars. There are the obvious things such as the trailer, tow vehicle, $6000+ snowmobile (2 if your significant other also acquires this habit), clothing, accessories, gas, oil... ok, you get the picture.

One thing, however, that we often forget to think about is how many green backs parts for that wonderful little machine will end up costing us. If you've browsed around Snowmobile Online much you've seen lots of info about how people have modified, improved, or just plain tinkered with their sleds. We were talking one day about what some of the mods were costing and came up with this idea for a story. We put out some feelers to dealers around and asked for some info on prices for some of the more common parts you might expect to replace on your machine.

We realize that certain machines in a given manufacture's lineup cost more to repair. Obviously shocks for a Fox shock equipped machine will cost more than those from a machine with non-rebuildable units on them. So what we decided to do was to take a certain class of machine and price out the parts on each manufacture's snowmobile in that class. The class we decided on was the 600 trail performance class. We used the following specific 1998 models: Polaris 600 XC, Arctic Cat ZR600, Ski-Doo 583 MXZ and Yamaha 600 SX. If you live in the mountains don't go to sleep on us just yet. Most of these machines have quite a few common parts with their mountain goat partners and we've also included pricing on the OEMs' 2"x136" tracks.

The other thing you should know about these numbers is that they are retail prices. We specifically asked the dealers for the list price on these items. Dealers often have different pricing than list on some or all items, but for comparison's sake we stuck with the list prices. We're also including an "aftermarket" section. We just grabbed a couple of catalogs from the bigger aftermarket suppliers and priced out similar items when they were available. They are not necessarily OEM parts, but they can be a good alternative which can save you some money.

Enough about how we did this, take a look at this Pricing Table to see how the pricing breaks down.

There are a few interesting things about this price comparison to note:

    1 - The Polaris mountain track is down right inexpensive compared to the other OEMs and even their flatland track is the least expensive.
    2 - On average per part Ski-Doo is the lowest price followed by Polaris, Yamaha and Arctic Cat.
    3 - The factory plastic skis are very comparable in price to the aftermarket ones.
    4 - If you break a hood or damage a track your going to be writing a big check.
    5 - At $45-$55 each, you would be well advised to go easy on your belts.
    6 - Windshields, the things I'm hardest on, are not as inexpensive as I would hope.
We want to acknowledge the help of the four dealers who provided the pricing for us. It isn't a small list of parts and these dealers took the time to help us out, we appreciate that. The dealers are:

Gary at Heritage Motorsports (Polaris)
Salt Lake City, Utah

Bonnie at Four Seasons Yamaha
Caribou, ME

Rich at G & G Cycles (Ski-Doo & Polaris)
Salisbury, MA

Devin at Cutler's Incorporated (Arctic Cat)
Orem, Utah

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