This close to the real RXL

RXL Gallery Greg Allen 4Greg Allen from Glen, NH, you might say is an ardent Polaris nut who likes the hotter Roseau vintage sleds. But more than that, he is one of those fellows who I would label as a "complete builder." You know one of those types who tears a sled to its essence and rebuilds a jewel. Greg has made an RXL/Indy of note.

The first thing I noticed about his sled is how low he dropped the front suspension. That one thing does more than any other to make his sled look like the RXL. Notice, too, Greg's attempt at a mesh grille. He hasn't figured out how to make one that installs easily. I haven't either. Maybe you can derive an answer. If you do, you can sell them on my site.


It's really hard to tell from the side shot this not the real thing. Note his high buck suspension and trick skis. Greg, you did a great job--I hope you bring your sled to the 2015 Waconia meet where we are going to have a big deal RXL/Indy display.

Update 2/2/15

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Here's what Greg had to say about a recent show:

Got back yesterday from the Lancaster Grand Prix, Killkenny Cup Oval Races and Vintage Show. Largest winter event in the state. I took 3 first place trophies with my RXL! 1st best restored, 1st Peoples Choice, and Best of show. Interview and photo shot with the local paper.

People love this thing. The quality of your workmanship is beyond the best of the best. Thank you Phil!  ~Greg

  • [Site updated November 19]

RXL Seats

Say hi to Conrad Van Batavia, the RXL seat man

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Long before my RXL/Indy arrived on the scene, Conrad had been making RXL (and other) seats. Conrad's seats are flawless in quality. If in doubt about the quality you'll get locally—just call Conrad.

When I showed photos of my RXL/Indy seat I told people to go to Conrad to get one like it. Conrad called me and said "I'll do the foam and the vinyl but I want to stay away from the wood part." Okay. I knew you guys would want a seat like mine for the pre-1988* small tanks so I'm jumping in and supplying the wood bases to Conrad. The photo shows Conrad receiving the first base at the Hutchison Swap meet on 3/21/15. The base is made from screwed and glued ½" marine plywood so you know that it won't fall apart over time.

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This is the style of seat Conrad will make for you. It will not have trunk space or a built-in taillight. (Get a LED light from SLP, attach it to bumper or tunnel).

Now I can't, at this time, tell you how much the seat base will cost because I don't know. I will know that in a few days. I think what will happen is that I'll supply bases to Conrad and he'll charge you for his work plus the bases and he'll pay me when you pay him. More on this soon.

Conrad Van Batavia
Seats By Conrad
49739 131st Ave
Verndale, MN 55481
218-639-1815 or
218-924-4269

csvan@arvig.net

* I learned at Hutch that Polaris made an early, early small pre-1988 tank that is more humped. You don't want that one. You want the flatter version with a pronounced ridge around the left mounted cap. See above photo.

Will your triple pipes fit?

Measure 2½” up from the aluminum structure* that the nose bolts to, then measure 3½” above the steering bar mount loop and lay a straightedge between those two points. If your pipes are well below that line you are in fat city.

If your pipes are under but close to the line, you’ll need insulated pipe wrap. If pipes are above the magic line you are SOL or need to create a bump in the hood-not a swell thing to do.

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Info provided by Don Sayen (Polaris guru), Mound, MN

* The front cross piece with the big cooling holes

RXL/Indy Turnkey Builders

If you don't have time to build an RXL/Indy project use one of the way-above-average builders below.

Midwest


Time Bender Vintage Garage

Dale Neduzak is a retired aviation engineer, of over 40 years, licensed in Canada and the United States so you know he does pro work. He restores autos, sleds and antiques-that means fabrication, welding and painting. He is the only guy in the world who builds from scratch, 100% original RXLs and he sells all the parts for them-(Troy Pierce's RXLs use modern tech.) He will restore any sled but his favorite is Polaris and he's done many Ski-Doos too.

His shop is just east of Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Beausejour. He can meet you at the boarder (just north of Roseau) to make the transfer easy. See his website.

Dale Neduzak
Time Bender Vintage Garage
P.O. Box 407
Beausejour, Manitoba
Canada, R0E 0C0.

204-471-2975 (mobile)
204-338-8215

dalegiz@shaw.ca

 

West


We don't yet have any names. Know someone really good?

 

East


CJ Enterprises

This guy is a builder! The sled above is not a TX. It’s a swing armed Rush. He threw away the Rush pan and hood then proceeded to make his own mold. The result-a super retro with rider forward advantages. If you need a RXL/Indy built for you he can do it in several stages of completion. Give him a shout.

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Chris Jones
CJ Enterprises
Custom snowmobile fabrication and restoration

7033 Sandhill Rd
Akron, NY 14001

716-713-8743

gsjk09@yahoo.com