The Pro RMK 800 is the #1 selling sled in the mountains. How can Polaris make it even better?
The 2014 Polaris Pro RMK gets an improved Quickdrive system, updated piston rings, small refinements and tighter tolerance thresholds to improve reliability.
The Quickdrive belt will be 25% stronger at hot temperatures and 40% stronger at milder heat. The specifications for each pulley will also have a higher production standard to reduce failures before and after the break in period. No tensioner and no machined pulleys.
Improvements to tolerances for the drive and jackshaft as well as torque specifications have changed to eliminate failures and premature shaft/bearing failures. A Service Bulletin was released to adjust torque specs last Friday for the 2013 Pro RMKs that will improve durability as well. The 2014 Polaris Pro RMK 600 and 800 will come with the driveshaft collar from the factory that was added to the 2013 models.
The 2014 Polaris Snowcheck color combinations and accessory options seem infinite with multiple options of colors and graphics for not only the hood and side panels, but factory customized colors for the windshield, ski loops and rails. The 2014 Polaris Pro RMK LE comes in 10 major colorways: Matte Stealth Black, Matte Stealth White, Gloss Orange Madness, Matte Turbo Silver, Matte Nuclear Sunset Orange, Gloss White, Gloss Black, Gloss Red, Gloss Midnight Blue or Gloss White Retro. Pick from a Mid-Matte Black Windshield or the Low Black with Handguards. A handlebar bag, Underseat bag and Burandt Lock & Ride Tunnel bag are all factory options for snowcheck. Voodoo blue (and some other) side panels are available.
Billions of colors are great for a custom look, but don’t add power and reliability. As for the 2014 mountain sleds, Polaris engineers have addressed the most important durability needs in their quest to deliver the perfect snowmobile for the mountains. Thank you Polaris!
The biggest loser for 2014 is the M800. It goes from Hero to an extra Zero as the Sno Pro Edition will shed 18 whopping pounds and gets a new name, 2014 Arctic Cat M8000.
The mountain favorite M800 suzuki manufactured 2-stroke will live another year. Subtle updates transform the M800 to the Arctic Cat M8000, 2014 M8000 SnoPro and 2014 M8000 Limited.
How did The M800 Sno Pro lose 18 pounds? The answer lies in a shorter seat, smaller gears, lighter fasteners and light weight spindles. The heat exchanger is same short one as HCR and we get the lighter and better Fox Float 3 shocks.
An added bonus is that the seat on M8000 has storage compartment. Engineers from Thief River Falls did not stop there, they have been busy on drive system improvements with the new PBO belts for better durability, new gearing and venting with overall 30% less heat under the hood.
The 2014 Arctic Cat M9000 162 Sno Pro, M9000 162 HCR and M9000 Sno Pro Limited are basically the same M1100 Turbo’s as 2013 with several improvements. These 177 horsepower monsters have vertical steering and are also lighter than the 2013 Arctic Cat M1100 Turbos.
The 2014 Ski Doo Summit X 800 is available in 3 “X” color/graphic packages and subtle upgrades that make it the best Summit ever built.
2014 Ski Doo Summit X 800 E-TEC made it through its debut year with a few recall campaigns but it has surprised anyone that rode it that the T-motion and flex edge were not gimmicks. They make the sled work better. The bugs are worked out and is proven as a reliable mountain sled.
There are a few nice upgrades for the 2014 Summit X 800 E-TEC besides BNGs. that starts with new handwarmers with 50% more heat at idle and a little more heat if you want it while riding. The gauge now notifies you when you over-rev so you can mess with the sleds brain when you adjust you quick clickers too far.
We’ve all had that ahh-hah moment when the ECM allows full performance setting after the break-in period. Now then gauge will countdown and display what percentage of break-in period is left. The sled will also beep at you now if you leave the parking brake on.
Other options that are “extras” include new lightweight Fox Float 3 shocks that will shed 6 pounds and newly designed Ice Scratchers that go in reverse and actually flip snow to cool, finally!
Overall, the new 2014 Ski-Doo Summit X 800 E-TEC is an smart choice for the rider that wants reliable mountain innovation with incredible performance.
The X model is only available on Spring Program with a $500 deposit which also comes with a 4 Year Warranty and a host of other free options. Sign up for an instant quote on the 2014 Summit X the way you want it set up at 2014 Ski Doo Quotes
For 2014, Ski-Doo brings on the all new cross country race model, the MXZ XRS in a reinforced REV XS chassis with wider running boards, the R-Motion suspension and better bar controls.
The 2014 Ski Doo Summit is now “Ultra Specialized for deep powder performance”. Every Summit has the T-Motion suspension and flex edge track like the 800s. The 2014 Ski Doo Summit SP 600 E-TEC now comes on the XM platform like the 2013 Summit 800 E-TEC’s.
Upgrades across the board include new controls with less clutter on the bars, new handwarmers with 50% more heat at idle. The gauge notifies you when you over-rev and will display what % of break-in period is left. The sled will beep at you now if you leave the parking brake on.
The biggest news for the mountain segment is the 2014 Ski-Doo Freeride built on a lime green XM chassis and 146 and 154 lengths with the T-Motion suspension. Add signature Freeride KYB shocks, quick link swaybar disconnect, wider running boards, reinforced tunnel, 2″ wider ski-stance (S38 front suspension) and rail reinforcement making it a 2013 Summit on steroids. We love the adjustable handlebar riser available as an add on that makes it simple to raise and lower the bars.
BRP is proud of their new fourstroke technology in the ROTAX Ace 900 engine. This triple cylinder is a smooth running and efficient motor producing 23 miles per gallon and 50% more power and 77% more torque than the Ace 600. There are 3 modes: Sport, Standard and ECO. The Sport mode rips with bad fuel consumption and the ECO mode is about like a 600. This engine is available in about every flat lander model.
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Yamaha just announced the most exciting news in Yamaha snowmobiles since the VMax 600 was introduced 20 years ago….the YamaCat. The new Viper series combines the lightweight Arctic Cat ProCross chassis with the reliable Yamaha Nytro Genesis engine.
Enter the all new 2014 Yamaha Viper, Viper LTX, Viper LTX SE, Viper RTX SE and our favorite, the 2014 Yamaha SR Viper XTX SE, the closest thing to the 2015 Yamaha SR Viper MTX SE 162. The only differences between the 2014 Viper and the new 2014 Arctic Cat 4-stroke models will be the fairing/windshield design, syling and headlight.
The hybrid Yamaha Viper lineup will be manufactured in Thief River Falls, MN.
The all new 2014 SR Viper XTX SE 141 and other best Yamaha snowmobiles are coming soon to order at http://www.snowcheckdirect.com with custom options. Sign up now for exclusive email notifications.
2014 Mountain Snowmobile Predictions and Launch Dates
The 2014 model year snowmobile lineup will bring us 2 all new mountain sleds and a big power boost for another mountain favorite. Announcements on the new models by Polaris, Ski-Doo, Arctic Cat and Yamaha always brings a few surprises. Remember, Sled Rumors predictions were 90% correct for the 2013 mountain sleds. Please comment with your arguments, criticism and crystal ball prophesies for everyone to enjoy!
Release / Launch dates for 2014 snowmobiles:
- Yamaha February 20, 2013
- Ski-Doo February 24, 2013
- Arctic Cat February 26, 2013
- Polaris March 4, 2013
Quick 2013 Mountain Sled Review
For 2013, Polaris dropped a bunch of weight on the Pro RMK, broke some drive shafts and introduced the QuickDrive. Ski-Doo focused on chassis improvements on the Summit featuring more room on the running boards, the laterally flexing suspension and the flexible track. Arctic Cat fixed a host of issues on their new chassis notably giving us the best mountain track on a stock sled and an M8 that steers and boondocks with stability and power. Now what?
2014 Polaris Snowmobiles
2014 Polaris Pro RMK’s will come with machined billet pulleys on the QuickDrive instead of cast for improved belt life under abusive situations. There are options for more power, but will Polaris make a move or rely on aftermarket? Boondockers Turbo has proven a reliable companion to the ProRMK and successful big bore applications satisfy the power craving in deep powder. Watch for the 2014 Polaris Pro RMK 800 to also have a power boosted option for 2014.
2014 Ski-Doo Snowmobiles
2014 Ski-Doo Summit X 800 will lose 10 – 15 pounds. The XM is the best Summit made, but could use a diet. So could I. I will cut back on the fries for my 2014 beefcake body.
The 600 Summit ETEC has the best 600 class motor, the 2014 Ski-Doo Summit 600 E-TEC may have the best chassis and motor as the XM chassis will be added to the 600 ETEC Summit. The less expensive Summit 600 Sport will remain in the old XP chassis to keep manufacturing costs down.
The big surprise this year (unless you’re reading Sled Rumors) will be the return of a Ski-Doo Summit 1000. This won’t be your grandma’s 2007 Ski-Doo Summit X RT 1000 SDI. The 2014 Ski-Doo Summit X 1000 XM will only be 10 pounds more than the 2013 800 Summit and come in at 190 horsepower.
2014 Arctic Cat Snowmobiles
2014 Arctic Cat M800 Sno Pro will look the same from the outside, but Arctic Cat will introduce a new direct injection 650 cc mountain M SnoPro coming in at 140 horsepower and the Suzuki manufactured throttle bodied 800 will be replaced with a new direct injection 850 at 170 horsepower for the best Arctic Cat M to hit the slopes.
2014 Yamaha Snowmobiles
2014 Yamaha mountain sleds will be basically the same. The flat-lander sleds will get all the attention for model year 2014, but the 2015 Yamaha mountain snowmobiles will make a comeback. Watch for a 4-stroke, 200HP Mountain Max that weighs 500 pounds or less but be patient for another year.
Mountain Snowmobile Prediction Summary
Expect two all new mountain sleds, the 2014 Arctic Cat M650 153 and the 2014 Ski-Doo Summit 1000 X ETEC. In addition, watch for a “Jagged X like” edition Pro RMK 800 with some power perks. Arctic Cat exited the 600 Mountain sled class when they introduced the M1100 without a turbo and Ski-Doo bailed on the 1000 SDI when the XP chassis was introduced. These big comebacks and some much improved 2014 mountain snowmobiles will make the 2013-2014 snowmobile season the most interested and exciting deep powder has ever seen!
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Benefits of the QuickDrive system on the Polaris Pro RMKs are weight, maintenance and efficient power transfer. But, is the belt system as reliable as a chaincase system?
Polaris Pro RMK belt failures typically happen while the belt is new and isn’t even broke in yet. But some owners have reported over 1,000 miles without replacing the belt. The difference may be in the break-in procedures or lack thereof.
Polaris recommends the following procedures for break-in for the first 100 miles:
- Vary throttle position and limit full throttle use.
- Always warm up the belt and driveline prior to riding and free the track and skis from the ground before engaging the throttle.
- Periodically inspect and clean the belt, sprockets and surrounding parts of the mold-release compound using a dry towel.
- Stop and allow the snowmobile to cool after high throttle/high track load events.
Yes, 100 miles of break-in is a big disadvantage before being able to really ride the sled. This should be considered when deciding whether to go with the chaincase or QuickDrive RMK.
Polaris also cautions, “(2013 Polaris Pro RMK) Riders must always be cautious when jumping and landing a snowmobile, and avoid “power-on” landings. Damage caused to any snowmobile component caused by improper use or abuse is not covered by the warranty.” Also, make sure you clean out the shedded mold release that will build up during the first few rides cleaning it off with a dry rag.
Follow the instructions in the owners manual or spare belt package to install a new belt. You will mess up the belt if you use a screwdriver to pry it on. The part number for the Polaris Quickdrive belt was 3211146 but has been changed to 2204967. Polaris doesn’t offer the drive belt separate from the kit and to date, Gates doesn’t offer the aftermarket version. Polaris charges $199.99 for the belt kit which comes with the 2 10mm screws and instructions. The belt can be purchased and is in stock at http://www.gearhead.com/review/product/list/id/1486806/#/s/POL//3211146/1 with free shipping.
Bottom line, the QuickDrive makes the ProRMK a better sled as long as it stays in one piece. It is not as reliable as a chaincase without the break-in procedures.