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Old 04-04-2008, 01:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1996 Polaris Xlt Questions

I purchased a 96 Polaris XLT triple 2 up seating with the 580 motor. It came with a starter but was removed prior to purchase. Should I purchase the starter and ring gear or pay to have the carbs cleaned/rebuilt or both. The sled starts hard (10-15 pulls cold) and bogged several times when I was riding it. The gentleman I purchased from told me he ran the needles in the carbs down to make it run as lean as possible so it wouldn't foul the plugs. Don't know if this is right or not, not very knowlegable on the technical aspects. Also, how do you take the seat off? I want to get some stitching done and make some repairs to the seat. Are there bolts that bolt onto the frame behind the gas tank and under the seat cover? I have the cowling off and some other plastic removed but it has to bolt on somewhere. Thanks
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Old 04-05-2008, 11:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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the 96 XLT came with a 600 tripple the 580 was replaced in 95 ,there should be 2 bolts in the tunnel near the rear of the seat ,remove them and pull the seat backwards from the tank ,if the needles are set too low you could lean out too much and that would cause a bog ,on starting check the cable adjustment on the enrichers ,a good thing to remember is when trailering or not in use turn off the fuel
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Old 04-05-2008, 01:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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THanks for the feedback. I checked under the tunnel and I saw 2 small size bolts behind the engine cooler. It looked like it attached the mud flap though, too small for the seat it appears. It's a 95, I checked the build date. I do turn the fuel off after use. I may opt to have the carbs rebuilt in the fall by a pro, too much for me, I'm a numbers man.
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Old 04-05-2008, 05:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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that should be the right screws ,they go through the tunnel into the very back of the seat after you take them out slide the seat backwards
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Old 04-05-2008, 06:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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also 95 XLT were 600 ,actually 597 cc ,93 and 94 were the 580 ,might be why the starter ring is missing ,someone may have changed engines
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Old 04-05-2008, 07:36 PM   #6 (permalink)
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ya but i have a indy 94 with a 597 in it , could i put a gear ring on the clucth ,or this models arnt made for them???
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I took the 2 screws out, cut the wires to my rear handwarmers(I hope that's not hard to fix) disconnected the fuel line and out she came. Thanks for the advice! I could've spent a year trying to figure that out. I found the parts for the starter and ring gear for $250 or so how much to rebuild the carbs? I don't want to be surprised. The local Polaris dealer has a $74 per hour bench rate (yikes). I really appreciate the help. Thanks
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Thanks for the info it's good to educated on these things. It still looks pretty difficult to a rookie though.
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Old 04-09-2008, 07:27 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm trying to figure out what type of carbs I have my 580 and once I find that out, where can I buy the rebuild kits. I looked at the carbs but other than a small emblem on top there's no distinguishing marks whatsoever. Do you know what came on the 580, Mikuni? What size and where can I purchase the rebuild kits? Thanks
I looked over the small engine guys'threads and they were great.
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