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Old 11-21-2010, 06:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Difference between xc and xc sp

What is the difference between xc and xc sp. Is it the shocks. I have a polaris 500 xc sp.
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well usually it's the deciding factor if it's a powervalved engine or a non powervalve. An XCSP usually has powervalves, and and xc doesn't.
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Old 11-21-2010, 08:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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in 2000-2003 the sp's (in 2000 it was the anniversaty addition) had variable exhaust, in 04 and up all were xc sp's. this is for 500's only.
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Old 11-22-2010, 02:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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the difference for your year is the xc had polaris factory shocks which are not rebuildable and the seat and gas tank are one piece the sp's had fox shocks and seat and gas tank are seperate and the seat has pads on the side of it. basically the xc was the cheaper more affordable model and the sp was the more aggesive model
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Yea I completely forgot about the differnent seat and tank. XC's came with Indy select front adjustable shocks, and a fox position sensitive. XCSP's I would think came with fox rebuildable front shocks, but I'm not completely positive.
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Does it make a big difference in speed. From the xc and xc sp.
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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no there the same exact engine clutching and gearing. just the shocks and seat are different
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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No, some were powervalve and some were not!
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ya the engines are not the exact same... SP in the earlier years meant it had VES, powervalves, whatever you want to call it... it had a variable exhaust system... while the standard xc did not.
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Mine was an XCSP and it did not have VES
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must have been an early one? possibly in a Gen2 chassis?
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Yea, In 99 there were no powervalved xcsp's, just the 98 XCR440 red rocket as they called them. Powervalves started on the 5 and 600's in 2000, and the 700's and 800's didnt get powervalves until 2002.
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his is a 99 and there the exact same
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Old 11-23-2010, 08:08 PM   #14 (permalink)
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He never stated his was a 99...
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So no power-valves then. Good then i can get the cheaper oil. Is there like anything i should check out on it. Or like is there anything they are common for breaking down on. I just wanna know more stuff about it basically.
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My old one was a 99 actually.
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Old 11-23-2010, 09:32 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Not really. The Polaris 500's were very good engines and had a very reliable reputation! Some even say the non powervalved 500's were faster than the powervalve ones.
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Old 11-25-2010, 10:20 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Mine is a 99 polaris xc sp 500
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I have both+I think the non ves engine is better+faster+less parts to fail+cheaper oil can be used.
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