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2003 f7.. good or bad??

Hey Guys,
Just checking in. I'm looking at a 03 f7. has about 1500 miles on it. looks pretty clean and price is ok too. wondering what the good and bads are on this year/model. I have a 98 zr 600 that has been a money pit for the past 3 years so I'm ready for an upgrade. I've always been an arctic cat guy but have been having my share of repairs over the years and have been looking on the other side of the fence.. "ski-doo" can anyone compare the F7's to the Revs?
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Make sure all the updates were done to it and you should be fine. Very fast sled...

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I'm very happy with mine! Like PBD said, check the updates...have dealer run the VIN against all (several) service bulletins. The only recall that would affect you is the one that adds a steering reinforcement. Some of the service bulletins include updated slide rails (cracks near rear axle), snow flap strap, recoil rope guide, oil tank sender, et al. Be aware this sled will use up bogie wheels (at $20 each) each season. Will prolly be ready for shocks to be rebuilt by now. When looking, pay very close attention for cracks around the sway bar tube & also on the tunnel under the seat.
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I'm very happy with mine! Like PBD said, check the updates...have dealer run the VIN against all (several) service bulletins. The only recall that would affect you is the one that adds a steering reinforcement. Some of the service bulletins include updated slide rails (cracks near rear axle), snow flap strap, recoil rope guide, oil tank sender, et al. Be aware this sled will use up bogie wheels (at $20 each) each season. Will prolly be ready for shocks to be rebuilt by now. When looking, pay very close attention for cracks around the sway bar tube & also on the tunnel under the seat.
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whats his name i think i know who it is. Where does he live?? if it is who i think it is it is a very nice sled it fits a perfect description of my buddys same year and mileage?
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the guys name is Tim.. sled is in Maple Park, IL
All that tune up work makes me nervous.. I've done so much of it on my 98 zr 600 I just want to ride a machine that will hold together for awhile..
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Hey Guys,
Just checking in. I'm looking at a 03 f7. has about 1500 miles on it. looks pretty clean and price is ok too. wondering what the good and bads are on this year/model. I have a 98 zr 600 that has been a money pit for the past 3 years so I'm ready for an upgrade. I've always been an arctic cat guy but have been having my share of repairs over the years and have been looking on the other side of the fence.. "ski-doo" can anyone compare the F7's to the Revs?
thanks.
theres no comparing the f7 to the rev, the f7's a beast that will keep you infront of the pack, i was a ski-doo loyal till 2003 when that stupid rev came out, now only cats in my garage
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thanks,
what about the MXZ's there's an 2003 800 out there in my area too with a few less miles. From what everyone has been telling me the 03 F7 has a monster of a motor but the body and slide rails don't seem to hold up on that year. Both sleds are about in the same price range the F7 is a few hundred bucks more.
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On the MXZ, if it hasn't had at least the rings replaced they will more than likely need to be done soon. If it is a Sport or an X model, it has good rebuildable shocks that will need to be rebuit/revalved. If not a Sport or an X model, shocks are not rebuildable and will likely need replaced. Look to see if the crank seal retainer has been added on the clutch side (if you stand parallel with the clutch looking behind it you will see), if not, it is an absolute must. Check the reed boots for drying/cracking. If they are cracked replace with VF3's. It is my understanding that the '03 F7's are the fastest of the production F7's and very likely you will not be disappointed. I have the '03 MXZ-X Blair Morgan Edition and have not had an F7 beat me yet. The riding position of the REV takes some getting used too as well. Either way, these are both great sleds and you will not be disappointed with either one of them.

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thanks for the info guys.. I'm really undecided at this point.. Until I move my zr I can't justify picking up one of these sleds. They both look to be in great condition. I'm keeping an eye on both of them. I'm sure when the time rolls around I'll be back here again with more questions. Buttttt if I had to pick one right now I think I'd go with the F7.. Only because of the black with yellow accent color scheme.. Looks pretty tough!!
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