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Old 12-14-2011, 11:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hi guys i am wondering... what are some of the things i could do to my polaris xlt to make it lighter? any suggestions on how to get more power out of it? i also have a budget for this so do you have any ideas? thanks this would be a huge help
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Pipes will add power....and weight. Clutching and gearing can make a difference in power but sacrifice top end. Not much to strip down on an indy to lose weight!
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Old 12-15-2011, 08:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The XLT engine does not do so well with any other pipes than it has stock, reliability goes down very fast. XLT=Extra Light mono block engine, not built as beefy as the other triple with individual cylinders.

Leave the engine stock and do clutch kit and gearing.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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To cut some weight ide get rid of the seat and either buy a BOSS seat (extremely expensive) or try making ur own with some lightweight foam. And other than that, go through the machine and decide what you Would like to keep or get rid of. For example: bumpers, windshield, air box, etc. And buy some plastic skis.

All this will lighten up ur sled a little bit, but it won't make a huge difference.


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Old 12-15-2011, 10:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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right. the xlt can have decent power with triple pipes but as soon as you add that power... Crank bearings are going to go. most XLT's guys will say dont get pipes without taking the case apart.

Seat is a good idea. Also im sure it has old skis.. you could find some newer.. lighter skis.. Maybe a lighter can and leave the pipes but it will be loud. Is it a single/single right. maybe a aftermarket single pipe like i have seen a dynoport single for that sled looks lighter and maybe less damaging to a mono head.
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Like this just a can. Maybe a bit noisy but depends on where you ride. I like it

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Do yoy know how much it would cost to clutch it and gear it down? top speed to me doesnt doesnt matter. i like acceleration an.dditch banging... that type of thing. also... is it a good idea to do tha xtra 10 swap? is it hard? thanks
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Old 12-15-2011, 02:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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very easy swap for x10. Would cost around 80-100 or less depending on where you get your parts.
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Do you know anywhere i could buy a dg can? how much would it cost to clutch and gear the sled?
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:47 PM   #10 (permalink)
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leave exhaust alone. just clutch and gear it. and add studs if it's not done already. a new stiffer spring is 20-30 bucks. gears are about the same. and this is for the xtra 10 swap http://jbshocks.com/x10mount.jpg what year is your xlt?
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Its a 93... If i want this sled to do a wheelie, do i take off the back limiter strap or the one closer to the belly pan?
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:09 PM   #12 (permalink)
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loosen the front one. but DO NOT take it off like some might say.
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dropping a tooth on the top gear and putting a stiffer spring will help as well.
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Old 12-16-2011, 07:23 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I have been modding the crap out of my XLT, don't let the engine issues scare you, if yours is a 93 with lots of miles then chances are the engine issues have been dealt with. I am doing tons to lighten it and add more power/traction, clutch kits, carbon fibre parts, 159 track, 2009 REV xp rear suspension, 2010 RMK seat, tunnel cooler, fabcraft baords and the list goes on.

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No idea what it will wiehg when done but I am sure I knocked about 70 pounds off it. The stock can weighed about 30, seat and base was about 30-35, xtra 12 rear suspension was way more than the XP suspension, got rid of the hood and am making a CF hood - ditched the oil injection etc etc.
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Keep in mind that many do not have the same skill set or the place to work on a sled as you and I do.

My recommendation would be to go with the stock setup and then later make small changes as you can afford to and your experience allows.

The more modifications an engine has, the more work involved to keep it running well and there is also that pesky durability issue no matter what engine you are talking about.

Not to say that if you are capable of doing the work and have the time and money to do it right that you should not go ahead and do so. I am just being cautionary about making major changes to an engine that has a reputation for durability if left alone.
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hi guys i am wondering... what are some of the things i could do to my polaris xlt to make it lighter? any suggestions on how to get more power out of it? i also have a budget for this so do you have any ideas? thanks this would be a huge help
Take out the oil injection, smaller seat..., mesh hood, port the track, and remove any uneeded plastics...
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