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Old 10-15-2008, 10:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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1997 XLT question

I am new to the site and thinking of getting my first Polaris sled in years. I use to run around in a 1972, 1974, and 1971 Polaris Colt's 340 so you can see I am a little out of touch. My question is I came across a super great deal on a 1997 XLT Limited 600 that is in very very nice shape. I have heard about the crank issues these motors may have and also heard that the later production 97 models where fixed of these problems. Does anyone know if the XLT limited is a later production model? Also what kind of sled should I expect getting with this model? Thanks for the help in advance.
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the xlts are crazy fast but they dont turn or handle for crap usually. As for the cranks quite a few years are bad you can find a website with all the years and models that were affected.
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The 1997 was near the last of the run for the XLT. The main issues with the XLT were oil delivery to the PTO bearing. Here's a web site that has a lot of info on the XLT

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Old 10-15-2008, 02:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks, I did find that site but he only mentioned the XLT and SP models but never the Limited. I did Email him and he responded back telling me that generally in 97 it was only the XLTSP models that had the problem.
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I THINK yours will be okay :P at least i hope for your because they are AWESOME sleds ..when they work
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Old 10-15-2008, 08:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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the SP was a higher output then the limited if I am not mistaken. they had bigger carbs and more compression. So your motor, even though it is basically the same will likely wear better then the SP. I had a sled with the SP motor in it and had 6000 trouble free miles so you never know! Very nice sleds, can't beat the sound of an XLT.
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Old 10-15-2008, 08:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This one also has a side view mirror on it. I figure that is so you can still see all the non-Polaris riders when you go riding?
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Old 11-11-2009, 10:35 PM   #8 (permalink)
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what do you think the top speed would be for a 97 limited?? I pretty much got all my other information i wanted, except a speed. i just bought one this summer and am begging for snow!
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top speed would be around 85 miles per hour in stock form, the XLT is a good trail sled and are quite reliable when running right...the later 1997 XLT had the crank issues sorted out, I had a 1996 XLT Special that had no issues all the way up to 6000 miles which is when I sold it, the thing still ran great.

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Old 11-13-2009, 03:19 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i have a 97 xlt 600 and we got it about 93ish and my dad was riding it and he said it started sounding like it was missing so he let off. so dont worry about speed lol. we also havent ever had any problems with it and we rode it about 600+ miles on it so far. i think it was about 4000ish mi total.
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Old 11-13-2009, 03:44 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I got 95 xlt and it tops out right around 95 and it has over 8000 on it
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Old 11-13-2009, 06:37 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Right on, me and a few friends were discussing it, Im riding with a 2003 Skidoo rev 600 H.O. a 2008 dragon 600 and a 99 Artic cat 440, They figured ill take them all across a lake.
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Old 11-14-2009, 12:30 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Ive herd issues with the cranks,but i was told that the amsoils and the high performance oils will starve the crank for oil and the best oil to use is the recc. Polaris blue oil. ran it in my xcr after a rebuild and motor never had another problem and neither has my buddy that now owns the sled.
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so i took out my sled boxing day weekend. we had 2 ft of untouched powder in souther manitoba. when i said go she went. gps says i was doing 95mph and i was still climbing befor i let off. i need a lake to really try this bad boy out. handles more then perfect. but i have after market ski's with dual carbides
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Old 01-02-2010, 04:32 PM   #15 (permalink)
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i have a 2000 xlt and i love it. fast as hell,handles great with the fox shocks, never had any problems. has 4600 miles on it
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Mine is a 97 XLT lmt sp. Xtra 12, fox shocks, I love it! just had the shocks rebuilt this year. It's fast, corners like its on rails. Now with the new shocks, it rides nice on the trails. Being about stock, it's not going to pull impressive ski stands, gut once it's moving and your in the powerband it will scream! It is heavy in the front, which helps keep the skis planted when your getting into the corners, but makes it a little harder to steer going slow. I put plastic skis on this year too, that made a big difference. I've had my speedo at just over 100 with a touch more to go. I think it would go close to 100 mph. My top gear is a tooth smaller, and we leaned the carbs a little from stock. Mine always were rich to start with, plugs always black and wet looking. I want to do some clutch work on it now and see what more it'll do. Over all I am happy with mine. (although it is a gas hog!)
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Old 01-02-2010, 05:14 PM   #17 (permalink)
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me and a buddy with an 03 skidoo rev 600ho filled up the same amount all weekend. so i dont think its awful. im overall pretty happy with it other then the bar height. but even that isnt bad. being 6'3" its nice to stand once in awhile
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:03 PM   #18 (permalink)
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My 1995 XLT SKS runs great without any problems. It is as fast as my brother's Summit 583, which uses 50% more fuel. I've out riden 700's with it.
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I'm sure my fuel consumption is in direct relation to the position of my throttle. It likes to go fast and I do too.
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