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Old 01-01-2013, 01:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Used Sled Recommendations

I'm looking for a used sled. I had an old Yamaha Exciter a couple of years ago but sold it. Now I'm looking for something a little newer, say mid-90s to early 2000s, probably $2000 budget.

The thing I've heard from folks is avoid triples and stay with twins. I've always liked Yamaha for their reliability, but I know their suspension is not that great. I've also heard the Polaris 500 liquid cooled twins are reliable. And my neighbor is a Polaris guy so he could help me out if I run into problems. So I'm thinking of looking at Indys or Yamahas.

There is a 99 Vmax 600 triple with low miles on Craigslist here right now.

I guess what I'm looking for is advice on sleds from this era to avoid, or known problems to look for, or what's a good bet in a used sled. Thanks.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you have a buddy that's a Polaris guy, you might want to lean in that direction. Having someone with the right tools and experience is definitely a plus. The 500 and 600 liquid cooled motors are pretty good runners. If you can get something in an edge chassis the ride and handling are very good as well. I'm an Arctic Cat guy myself, and love the ZRs, good solid performers, so don't overlook them if the right comes along, but then you're a little more on your own with the maintenance aspect.
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....i find the edge chassis with the m-10 easy to work on and a nice ride
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Old 01-01-2013, 04:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I was a Yamaha guy in the 70's never was a fan of their suspension. Buy a sled that suits your riding style, that would be first on my list.
I like AC's and have one EXT 530 that is carb'd and two 97 580 ZR's EFI
For the price you can't ask for a nicer sled for trails. It will stay with the bigger sleds in the twist'ys and most cases i leave my buddies behind because the ZR is a rocket and super lite it drives like a sports car. On the short straights it will get to 80mph real quick.
If you prefer the triples then look into a ZRT
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Old 01-01-2013, 05:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Some people discourage triples because of the weight and complexity. By 2000 or so, the manufacturers were turning out mostly good, reliable 500s and 600s. A great sled for the high end of your budget would be a 2001-'02 Polaris XCSP 500 or 600. Another sled to consider is the ZR/ZL 600EFI.
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To be honest. I have a2000 polaris triumph 600 triple. Which is a rare sled. It has 11000 miles and never melted a piston which everyone complained about in triples. The 90a xlts are reliable but you should put a cap full of oil in your gas every time you gas up.

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Old 01-01-2013, 06:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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being new to sleds also,i will share what i've learned lately. 1)stick with twins 2)stay away from sleds with over 4,500 miles 3)take someone that knows sleds with you 4)the less parts the better i.e.-reverse,electric start,electric suspension. i've also been told the polaris edge series are like schwinn bikes-very dependable,the yamahas are dependable,complex and heavy,arctic cats are fast but iffy and ski-doo's are middle of the road. all these comments(opinions) are not mine,but a collection of everyone elses that i have met.
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:53 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The ZR and ZL are great trail sleds! The 02 being one of the best!
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:02 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Well I finally got a sled. I picked up a 2002 Polaris Classic 700 last Friday. It's a little more sled than I was looking for originally, I sure don't need a 700 but it sure is fun. I'll be taking it up to norhtern Wisconsin this weekend and putting it thorugh the paces. Wish me luck. It's always a little bit af a gamble buying a used sled. I did get to ride it in the previous owner's back yard so at least I know it runs & drives!
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Nice choice, congrats on the sled!
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Have fun riding the new sled. Trails should be in great shape up here.....
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cool ! madison is a great area. quams polaris is a good place for parts/service.before going up north,spend a day cleaning on the sled,you would be surprised at the small things needing attention that turn into big things (nuts,bolts,screws).what oil is in the sled now ? what gas ? i like to run 92 myself.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:26 PM   #13 (permalink)
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cool ! madison is a great area. quams polaris is a good place for parts/service.before going up north,spend a day cleaning on the sled,you would be surprised at the small things needing attention that turn into big things (nuts,bolts,screws).what oil is in the sled now ? what gas ? i like to run 92 myself.

Thanks for the recommendation. I will check them out.

The sled is pretty clean, I've checked the fluid levels. The gas tank is half full of what the owner said was premium no ethanol. I plan to fill it up & put in some Seafoam before riding. The oil tank is nearly full, I assume it's Polaris VES oil but that's what I plan on using.

The rest of my preparation includes putting a tow strap in the rear compartment. I did put in a new battery Saturday, I may throw the charger on it for a few more hours before we leave. Come spring I plan on doing a full service - clean the clutches and check what spring and weights are in there, change the chaincase oil, drop the suspension & lube it up, check the compression. Just need to get a service manual and some warmer weather.
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Pick yourself up one of these;
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$20 @ WalMart.

I just got one today for my sled.
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To be honest. I have a2000 polaris triumph 600 triple. Which is a rare sled. It has 11000 miles and never melted a piston which everyone complained about in triples. The 90a xlts are reliable but you should put a cap full of oil in your gas every time you gas up.

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or just adjust your oil pump to pump a bit more oil in it I like triples (at least polaris) I have an indy600 triple, and the thing rips! if you take care of them and dont do aftermarket mods (unless done right of coarse, like piping without proper jetting/oil/clutching adjustments) it will last forever. also, let your sled warm up 10min before riding it. even if it wants to go, its a good way to seize your engine
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:09 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Re: Used Sled Recommendations

No stay away from all vmaxes!!!! They are huge maintenance hags! I owned one and i sold it right away just be careful about what u get
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