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94-96 Vmax 600

Hey again still in the sled hunt and wanting more help. How are these 94-96 vmax 600's? what kind of reliability do they offer and is there anything to look out for? Also what kind of performance do they offer? Thanks
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{from a Polaris guy } My brother had a 1996 VMAX for one season if I recall. The dealer could never get it tuned, every time we left a stop sign there was a puddle of oil under the exhaust and as I recall the rear suspension required some special tools to do the slightest of adjusting. Clutch too I think. Not that everything today isn't a special tool... Its not that I dont' like Yami because one of the guys we ride w/ has a new 4 Stroker and I am very impressed. It was just we didn't have good luck with that one.
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The Vmax in those years came TERRIBLY overgeared. Mine has the lowest ratio I could get and still does 70mph+. Very reliable machines. Buy one gear it down and have fun.
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The Vmax in those years came TERRIBLY overgeared. Mine has the lowest ratio I could get and still does 70mph+. Very reliable machines. Buy one gear it down and have fun.
I agree drop a tooth on top and add one on the bottom get a new chain too! Very reliable not the best on fuel but most older sleds weren't!
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The Vmax in those years came TERRIBLY overgeared. Mine has the lowest ratio I could get and still does 70mph+. Very reliable machines. Buy one gear it down and have fun.
Anymore info? What type of gear? I might have to do this to mine if it helps.

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Sorry, its been a few years since I did this, but I got the lowest ratio I could put in at the time. You cannot gear them too low for powder as they come unbelieveably high from the factory.
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I'll look it up for you , what year and model? What kinda riding do you mostly do?
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94 V Max 500 Just mainly trial ride.

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Hello

I have a 94 vmax 600 that I extended the track to 159" Yep 159. I have a 18 tooth upper and 32 lower. I works great in the powder and mountains. You will not believe the difference in power when you lower the gearing. It will really make that machine kick ass. I would try changing the upper gear, because it is less expensive than the lower. Try a few different tooth sizes until you are happy with the results. Only down side is you will probably need to replace the chain case gasket each time you open the case. The gasket will probably cost the same as the gear.

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1995 Vmax 600LE

I have a 1995 Vmax 600LE, bought it brand new, has about 3500 miles on it. The sled has been perfect the entire time, takes off like a rocket and has a top end of about 90mph, which is plenty fast. I wouldn't mess with the gearing at all.

I did have one problem last year, all my fault. I had apparently forgotten to put the Sta-Bil in the gas and the LH carb got gunked up. Scored up the cylinder, and rather than re-sleeve it or rer-plate it, I bought a brand new cylinder, which was still available from Yamaha.

The sled is in perfect original condition, has been ridden on groomed trails only for its' entire life. I would recommend it strongly to anyone wanting to buy a vinrtage sled, this is a good one.

Hope this helps.

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gotta gear the beast lower

i have my 600 clutched and geared two more lower than stock. she screams.... top speed is still 80 plus!
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i have my 600 clutched and geared two more lower than stock. she screams.... top speed is still 80 plus!
two more lower what? Teeth?

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yes teeth two teeth smaller than factory
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yes teeth two teeth smaller than factory
Did you change the sprocket or did you buy it that way? If so, is there a huge difference?

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Hello

I have a 94 vmax 600 that I extended the track to 159" Yep 159. I have a 18 tooth upper and 32 lower. I works great in the powder and mountains. You will not believe the difference in power when you lower the gearing. It will really make that machine kick ass. I would try changing the upper gear, because it is less expensive than the lower. Try a few different tooth sizes until you are happy with the results. Only down side is you will probably need to replace the chain case gasket each time you open the case. The gasket will probably cost the same as the gear.

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Could you tell me how high a lug you can install under the vmax without modifications? And do you think the vmax 500 could handle such a long track?

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Hi guys. Can someone give me some info? I have a 94 vmax 500 dx. It doesn't go that fast. Max speed is like 120 km/h. Is this a gearing issue? I hear some people say drop a tooth on the top, add a tooth on the bottom, I'm not sure what to do. To make the machine go faster shouldn't I be making the top gear larger and the bottom gear smaller? Any info would be great. I do mostly trail riding.
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Question answered on your post.
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I'm having this same issue with my 95 600 vmax. It barely gets to 120 km/h. What would cause this? It should be faster than that with stock gears and everything no?
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Clean the carbs and check the clutching and belt . Look at compression in the cylinders .
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