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Old 02-08-2008, 04:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Yamaha V-Max 600

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I am a proud owner of a 1996 Yamaha V-Max 600XT 2,700 miles. I now nothing about this sled for history. What kinds of things do I need to look for. I know each Manf. has its things that go wrong on every sled, engineering flaws if you would say. Can somebody give me some pointers of some things to check on a regular basis i.e. oil pump, suspention things, compression check every 500 miles? Change plugs every 500 miles? What are some good things this sled has, I have heard the XT stands for the better suspention, What else? Horse power of this sled? The speedo cable is broke? Seems like a common problem, becasue of the speed of the sled? Left brake bar hits the windshield, common thing, is their a different shield that I can put on this? What would the top speed be? Can someone send me some links to web sites that I can get parts, specs, manual. I don't now how much gas this tank holds. lol Octane to put in the tank 91, 87, stay away from Ethonol?

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My brother had a 96 vmax 600. The motor was great and it almost kept up with my 2000 vmax 700. The rear suspension on the other hand was horrible. It bottomed out on almost any bump you hit. He wanted to put new suspension on it but the dealer told him it was going to cost about $600 to fix. If your suspension is in good shape it should be a great sled for you.
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Old 02-09-2008, 08:53 AM   #5 (permalink)
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87 gas no alcohal! They are gas hogs! The only thing I know of is to drop the gearing a tooth really seems to help the sled perform! The chain in the chain case is a weak link so replace it too! Clean the carbs before you ride every year! Check things out begining of season, like for mouse houses etc. Raise the skis and check the carbides! Keep the clutches clean with a scotch bright! Use NO oil or cleaner on them! Just blow them off with air! A good belt will make a difference in performance, and should be tight! The handle bars can be adjusted back to miss the shield! Oh and welcome to the snow show!
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Thanks everybody.

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I rode the sled yesterday and it seems the throttle response is a little week. If a press the throttle down 1/4 to 1/2 the sled kind of putts along, when I give 3/4 throttle it takes off like a rocket and full throttle is even faster. I would like the sled to have a gradual progression of speed, and not have to push it to 3/4 to get it to fly. It really sluggish up until you get to 3/4 throttle. My guess is that their is a adjustent in the cables maybe. Any other suggestions.

One other thing this sled has a worn out track, and there is no traction in snow around 4 inches plus. I was thinking about putting on some woodys, would this help the traction in deeper snow more than 4"? What size woodys can I put on this sled (96 yamaha v-max 600) without tearing up my coolers? I guess since my track is worn out why not put some spiks on it to help 2 seasons of riding till I need a new track.
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Clean the clutches.

If the track is worn out putting picks or studs in it will not help in loose snow, only on hard pack.
What you need is a track with longer lugs.
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luv my sled

hey, I also have a 96 v max ,just installed .875 studs by extreme max, its what they recommend for .75 size lugs, not much room in the tunnel for much more.also run some gasline anti-freeze for two stroke motors.in response to octane I always run 93-94 octane it does make a difference, and slightly better gas mileage as well. The tank holds ten gallons of fuel.I know of three different windshields available , but there may be more.As far as top speed goes i've heard many things from 70+ to 110 mph I personally have had mine up to 95 mph with lots of throttle left, have not had the wide open space to see what she really has,difficult while riding trails.Hope this helps
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87 gas no alcohal! They are gas hogs! The only thing I know of is to drop the gearing a tooth really seems to help the sled perform! The chain in the chain case is a weak link so replace it too! Clean the carbs before you ride every year! Check things out begining of season, like for mouse houses etc. Raise the skis and check the carbides! Keep the clutches clean with a scotch bright! Use NO oil or cleaner on them! Just blow them off with air! A good belt will make a difference in performance, and should be tight! The handle bars can be adjusted back to miss the shield! Oh and welcome to the snow show!
hey, do u know much about the 99 vmax 600sx?? How is this model all around, i have bender triple pipes, bender racing clutch and reed spacers 141 jetting, took it for one rip on the grass, didnt tell me much, but i smoked my buddies 94 ext 580, LOL.
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yamaha vmax 600 1996

I just bought this sled and it has 600 original miles on it...It accualy looks BRAND NEW...I am very excited to ride this weekend in upper Mi. I hope they still hav4e snow when I get up there...Its been a pretty strange winter so I dont know what to expect...I have heard lots of great things about the sled...I will let you all know next monday how it went so check back...
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