Mika Sasinsaari is from Finland

sasinsaari sxr 4 thThey are some tough cookies up there in Finland. Remember they kicked major Russian ass in the Winter War of 1939/40 and they were grossly mismatched against zillions of Russian soldiers with tanks and artillery. The Finns had almost no heavy weapons and still snuffed them. But we are talking about a different subject.

When Mika first wrote me he sent a photo of the most dilapidated early triple sled you ever saw and said he wanted an RXL clone. So I sent him a kit with which he did absolute wonders. I point out the seat. It was done in Finland by an artist...race style with taillights. Here you see my light in the grill.

When I learn a customer has a painted tunnel I send red & white stickers. Blue & red on aluminum tunnels. I’ll let your eyes wander about Mika’s sled for clues you can use. Mika did comment on the kit with a lengthy statement that read “good parts.” I’ll accept that.

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I know for sure that Mika’s sled is the only like it in the whole country. I kinda wish he hadn’t put an ‘Indy’ sticker on the nose. It’s rather fun to get them thinking for at least a short time it’s an RXL

[Mika, your national anthem is my favorite song. I wish Sibelius had written more verses so I could listen to it longer.]

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  • [Site updated August 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