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Old 10-30-2008, 02:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1996 Zrt 600

Hi

in my quest in finding a new sled I came across a 1996 ZRT 600 - How are these sleds?

I do alot of lake and southern WI trial riding a\with the occasional trip to the UP.

thanks for your help
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Old 10-30-2008, 06:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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O.K.... Love mine, its a great sled to ride. Has its pros and cons, but for me mostly pros.

Its fast, good top end speed, you'll be able to keep up with alot of more powerful newer sleds.

It has the reputation of being a little slower out of the hole then some sleds, i wouldn't know, never gone head to head, but i can feel a surge around 20 mph and it really takes off, i don't race, so doesn't bother me a bit.

I've heard they fly on ice as long as its studded, never been on a lake with mine yet. I've opened her up on a nice groomed straightaway and it took off.

It seems to hug the trails, course this has a lot to do with the suspension setup.

There are lots of mods available for these sleds, including front and rear suspension upgrades. I swapped out my skid this summer. I sit higher and have a lot more travel, more comfort now, good for me sore ol' back. Haven't had it in the snow yet so i'll have to tinker to get it to "grip" as well as last year.

Seems to be lots of used parts available too.

Its a triple so you'll chew back the gas a lot quicker then some. Its a heavy sled, 600lbs dry i think. So if you get stuck be prepared for a workout.

You'll get a lot of people saying beware the triples middle cylinder cause they blow. May be, and it may happen, i don't really know. I've only had mine half a year, but i think like with anything routine maintenance is the key.

How much are they asking?

...my two cents
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Old 10-30-2008, 07:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The 97 is better, only because of the suspension! The upgraded suspension is the way to go, not only more travel and better handeing, but lighter too!
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Old 11-01-2008, 07:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've got a '98 ZRT 600 and it's great on the ice. 144 studs and it'll lift the skis for quite a distance when ya peg it from standstill. Ad's Cat is right, though, it is pretty thirsty on fuel. Mine is down for rear suspension work right now. When checking one to buy, make sure the idlers haven't 'egged-out' their mounting holes in the slide rails, like mine, from riding rough trails.
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Old 11-13-2008, 07:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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zrt 600

i recintly got a 96 ztr 600 one big problem is if the pull cord breaks u better have the tools to get the recoil cover off and u have to take the muffler silencer bolts out cause there aint enough room to get the recoil cover off it gets stuck on the bolt that the only thing i dont like about it and how do u post ur own message so people can tell u things about ur snowmobile? i recently joined
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Old 11-13-2008, 07:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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and how do u post ur own message so people can tell u things about ur snowmobile? i recently joined
First decide which section you want to post in and enter it. The "new thread" button is at the top left, just below the red header line across your screen.

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Old 11-13-2008, 08:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The little ZRT is a good sled, comes to life with a clutch kit!
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Old 11-14-2008, 02:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I really like my 97 600. Just replaced the recoil starter in my 97 ZRT. Like Arcticcat Manic said, its a pain in the rear. Took the opportunity to replace all the exhaust hardware and had a hole in the silencer fixed. The sled is quick, it goes as fast as I want to. Hit 97 across the ice and it only took a few seconds to get to that speed. Lots of acceleration.
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I have a -98 ZRT, and a Polaris 500 Indy. The acceleration and speed difference between these sleds is truly amazing! I love the AC! I bought mine used, and I have had some issues.. some weeknesses with this sled is the stator, side panels cannot be taken off for easier maintenance, the temperature gage connector on the engine block is exposed and can get knocked off/bent, but all in all a great sled. If I were to replace mine, it would be with another ZRT600!
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I too just bought a 96 zrt and I hear alot about the upgraded suspension. Can anyone fill me in on what that means?
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Old 03-24-2012, 01:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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It means taking a suspension from a 97 to 02 and putting it in the older frame like this.
This is my 93 with upgrades suspension in it.

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Will upgrading it take a lot of work to make it fit? Also is there a particular sled suspension i should be looking for?
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Old 03-24-2012, 09:55 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Any with the TSL block will be an improvement.
Mine came from an 01 ZRT.
Best if you get the mount measurements from the donor tunnel [drive shaft to front mount, front to rear mount, and top of tunnel to mount holes].
But, basically, you will be moving the mount holes 2" forward to accommodate the longer swing arms.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:39 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I've posted (in the how too's) a complete step by step! A 97-99 ZR will have the stiffer springs and better shocks! The 97-99 ZL will be a bit softer! The 2000 and up will all work as well but may cost a bit more too!
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