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darknightsailor
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Great Site!

I, along with some other guys have owned a Thiokol Spryte for 8 years. We've loggedd about 150 user days to access backcountry skiing. It's been great, but I'm looking for something lighter and smaller that I can trailor comfortably behind my pickup and take 3 or 4 guys with me. I'm intrigued by your Kristi's and know you guys are having a lot of fun with them. But how are they working out for you? I don't mind maintaining a machine, but how reliable are they and how hard is it to get parts?

So based on the premise that you guys are going to talk me into a Kristi, I'm looking for a Kristi-preferrably a KT-3. I'd like it to be in good shape and bascially sound, but am interested in anything that can be restored.

Thanks.

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caroth
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Here are the Kristis (that I know of) for sale:
http://www.kristisnowcat.com/registry/KT3/00083/index.asp
http://www.kristisnowcat.com/registry/KT3/00113/index.asp
http://www.kristisnowcat.com/registry/KT3/00125/index.asp

The KT-3 will offer a better entry into the unit; you can climb in from the rear or the side. They did make many more of the KT-3s and the KT-3 had a better suspension to somewhat smooth the ride. 

The snow machines are pretty basic, but do have some unique parts that can be hard to replace. The transmission is unique so make sure all of the gears work correctly. The cogs are also unique, used ones can be found and worn out cogs can be refirbished.

Tracks are always something to be concerned with. Building new tracks is time consuming and expensive, so be sure and look at the track carefully.

Also take a look at the exhaust. Worn out (rusted out) exhaust can lead to leaks which will cause Carbon Monoxide to enter the cab. New exhaust can be built and improvements over the original design will make the exhaust last a long time and produce more power. Take a look at the Snure's exhaust as an example:

http://www.kristisnowcat.com/registry/KT3/00125/index.asp

Where are you back country skiing? I am in Colorado.

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