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Old 11-28-2011, 12:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Polaris 550F should or should not

Well I sold the 99 XC 500 on a whim. Was offered the right cash at the right time. I decided to sell it to pick up a touring sled with a two up seat. My kids are getting too big to sit in front of me. Heres the delema, the only sleds I can find out there resonably priced are the 550 F motors. I don't know much about these but have read that they tend to blow aroud 3000 miles? All the sleds in my price range are at or just under that mileage so I'm a little leary about making this choice and find myself rebuilding mid-season. Anybody have any thoughts on this.
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:35 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Bump.... Anybody have any input?? Buying a sled by the end of next week and was hoping to get some feedback thanks in advance guys
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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They ARE known to blow quite often. I've had 3 in the shop recently all in need of top end rebuilds. What's your price range? How big do you want to go with the engine? Is speed a factor?
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Preferably I'm looking for a 500 - 600 LC Liberty but they are extremly hard to find on a touring model. My price range is under $2500
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It was the 04 to 07 model years that had the biggest issues with the 550F engines.
Earlier or later would be OK.
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Thanks RJ, I'm looking at an 01 so hopefully all goes well
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Indy 500 classic two up would be perfect IMO.
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Indy 500 classic two up would be perfect IMO.
Thats what I'm looking for is the 500 Liberty but having a hard time finding it. I've got about a week left to search but already cutting it too close. Prices are high and the snow hasn't even started yet. I hate buying this time of year but really wanted a two up to ride with the kids this year. And ended up selling my 500 for a good price..... I probably hung myself by doing it this way but you only live once.
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Old 12-05-2011, 01:53 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I bought an '04 Trail. It has the 550F in it. (BTW- The 550F is a 544cc Liberty engine.)

Anyway - I did much research before buying it. All the negative reports are dizzying. If you look for the updates on the engine, you can tell if it has had the recalls done on it. If it has the updates, ask if it has been rebuilt. If it's been rebuilt, AND has the updates, you may want to take a chance like I did.

Mine had about 700 miles on the rebuild when I bought it (almost 6k on the speedo, rental sled...). I put about 1000 miles on it last season. I have been careful with the jetting, and have watched the top end VERY closely. The piston wash indicates I am running it rich still... better safe than sorry. You're not going to win any races with the 550F, but it's been uber-reliable for me so far. Never had overheating issues either, even on 35 degree (F) days.

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With 1700 miles running rich, I sure would hope there are no top end issues!

Personally, I wouldn't chanve it. Have you thought about going with another brand? Ski doo formulas, arctic cat panteras, and yamaha venturers were all great touring sleds.
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Have you thought about going with another brand? Ski doo formulas, arctic cat panteras, and yamaha venturers were all great touring sleds.
I've always been a ski doo guy before I bought my first XC 500. I haven't seen many of those either. I am going to look at a Grand Touring this weekend but it has alot more miles than the 550 I'm looking at. Also I just bought a new polaris jacket last year lol just kidding.
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Grand Touring, Cadillac ride there for sure.
Most often need a bit of adjustment of the suspension to improve the handling [that most do not bother with or know about].
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I bought an '04 Trail. It has the 550F in it. (BTW- The 550F is a 544cc Liberty engine)
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Just an FYI, the 550 fan is a made in Japan Fuji engine, not a Liberty.
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I know a guy who rides with us with a 550/F, great sled he tells me, except it blew up on him after 14 miles of use the first year he got it. He sent it to dealership for repairs-warranty job, here's what they found: water over pistons was the cause of top end failure,they ask him: do you put your polaris gasline antifreeze in? he says no, i did not know about that! so now he always puts about two caps full of it per full tank, goes like a top since then.
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Just an FYI, the 550 fan is a made in Japan Fuji engine, not a Liberty.
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I'm looking at the 2005 Polaris Service Manual right now... under Trail RMK (i.e. 550 fan), it says Engine Type: Liberty. The older 500's were probably Fuji engines.
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I'm looking at the 2005 Polaris Service Manual right now... under Trail RMK (i.e. 550 fan), it says Engine Type: Liberty. The older 500's were probably Fuji engines.
OK, point taken. Polaris has apparently tried to attach the Liberty name to all their powerplants. That does not change the fact that the 550 fan engines are totally made in Japan by Fuji- they are not produced domestically. I work on them constantly, I do all the crank and cylinder work for the local Polaris dealers.
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"Marketing" is great stuff, huh? I thought the Fuji's were good motors...
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Some fuji's are good. Most are bad...
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One good thing about fujis is they are extremely easy to work on and rebuild!
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So far (knock on wood) my '04 has been okay.

Had one jug off it last season to replace the gasket - looked like previous owner screwed something up because the gasket was sticking out, funny and blowing some oil past it. While I had it off, I examined the cylinder and piston. Everything looked good. Piston wash indicated it was running quite rich. Hopefully, this season will be as trouble-free as last season.
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