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Fred Sowerwine, Montana's Max dealer (Fred4dot)

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Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 10:52 pm:   

Poor Eddie, You have it wrong again. Yes, there is $3120 difference between the Max IV 500T and the Max IV 950T, but you can't just switch motors in a 500T and have a 950T. For starters, the 500T is the entry level machine with pipe axles, standard sprockets, regular chain and no skid plates. If you started with a 600T ($2180 difference between 600T and 950T), you might be able to save a few bucks (again assuming your time worthless). Each engine has a different mounting kit with different mounts, wiring harness and different drive belt with the 900 and 950 (I think) having different drive pulleys due to the bigger drive shaft on the engines while the 950T has a completely different engine cover. When push comes to shove, one who changes engines in a new Max machine will end up having it cost more due to shipping and labor (I suppose if your time is worth nothing and you do all your own work, it might be a break even). And you have to be able to sell all the parts you replaced as they will be worthless to you.