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Old 12-12-2010, 09:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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97 Vmax 700 sx

hey guys, my nephew is looking at a 97 Vmax 700sx triple, was wondering how reliable this engine is, any known issues ?? any insight on this sled is welcomed, thanks !!
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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anyone ???
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Old 12-13-2010, 04:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I own a 1999 Vmax 700 triple. They are suppossed to be bullet proof motors. I can't seem to get all the power to the ground but it has plenty. I can't tell you about the sled because I've only had it for 2 years and only put a couple of miles on it. (Ct.) The 2 miles I put on it I can tell it was not set up for my weight, too much weight on the skis. So, if you want to get an enjoyable ride out of it, it will have to be set up for your nephews weight. I have heard of belly pan issues on this site before. It is a trail sled and no good for virgin snow. You need other opinions. Price will determine the give and take. good luck. :-)
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Old 12-14-2010, 10:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have had a '98 700 sx for 3 years. It has 5400 miles on it now. When I replaced the track last year I had 1 bad bogey and 1 questionable chain case bearing. There is also a "W" brace up in the front of the track assembly. It connects the rear suspension to the chassis. If the sled is jumped too much the welds break on these W braces. I had to weld gusset plates to the joints of the W brace and this seems to hold up well now. Otherwise this has been a trouble free sled. A great trail sled with a strong motor and crisp throttle response. My stock reeds are still in good shape, great compression, these engines are not going to give you trouble. It could use a 1" track though. I had out in 18" of fresh powder Saturday on my blacktop road and did not get stuck, but was not confidence inspiring either. I have had this stuck in powder before. Be sure to check where the front shock on the rear suspension connects to the chassis. That is the W brace in question. Make sure it is intact. Need a good flashlight and inspection mirror to do it right. These are great trail sleds for the money, fast too.
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Old 12-14-2010, 10:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
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thanks for the input, much appreciated !
he went ahead and bought it yesterday, took it out for a short spin, maybe 1/4 mile to find a leaking head gasket ! i think he was a bit over excited to buy a newer sled and didn't look it over before buying it. oh well, he will learn some day. lol
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Old 12-18-2010, 07:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My 97 VMax 700 is the best sled I've ever owned. Period. Yes, it's a trail sled mostly, but when you take the time to adjust it, it's downright fast, reliable and fun to ride.

Bad fuel mileage tho.
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