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Old 01-26-2010, 02:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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looking at a 98 xc 600 with 1300 miles on it , in excellent shape. looking to find out if theres any problems with this year 600s , i know polaris had problems of overheating but dont remember what years.. has extra 10 front and rear, fox shocks, looking for info
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Old 01-26-2010, 03:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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looking at a 98 xc 600 with 1300 miles on it , in excellent shape. looking to find out if theres any problems with this year 600's , i know polaris had problems of overheating but dont remember what years.. has extra 10 front and rear, fox shocks, looking for info[/b]

Great starter sled for a whole host of hop up improvements. Good chassis ( wedge hood ) , great motor ( Liberty twin, non ves ) , no major issues with the sled or motor.
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have 6000 miles on mine. Bought it new and have taken care of it.

Couple issues: The rear shocks are not rebuilable. I was going to find some fox replacments but found an M-10 instead. That really smooth out the rear.
I put a hot seat clutch kit that makes it a rocket. I don't know it they are still avalible.

I had the bearing on the water pump fail. That was bad and I would expect may others have had the same issue at 4000-6000 miles maybe less. When the bearing fails the belt breaks and the machine over heats. Whats worse is that the water pump also turns the oil pump so the engine is running with no colant and no oil. I caught mine in time and it didn't cause any damage to the motor (that I know of)

The wedge headlight sucks but the engine does have a 260 watt stator so you can install one of those super bright bulbs.. That does help some but nothing like the newer sleds.

All in all a great sled with lots of power.
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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anything else , no problems with stators ect.......
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Old 01-27-2010, 04:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Only owned mine for a season. Was probably the best 600 wedge chassis but ride quality was still nothing great. Like said... good clutching really wakes this sled up. Sled was bulletproof otherwise.
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Heard many people over the years with stator problems on the 98 700's. 600 uses the same part. Don't let that scare you away. Very reliable machines with more power than you would expect from a 600.
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:56 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have 2 of them. Mine has 5200 miles with no problems whatsoever. M10's in both of them. Second sled has 4500 miles and 200 on a rebuild. Neglect of air boots and a metal boost bottle cause a single side burn down.

I think the stock clutching is actually pretty good. I've messed around with my clutching as suggested on here. Not a huge improvement in my opinion.

I changed out my clutches to newer Edge style. The 97-00 Big blocks used a special puller that is only made for them.

They are a bit on the loud side but there's not much you can do about it.

I think you may be thinking about the CDI's going out. I think some had a problem with that, I've not read about bad stators.

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BUY IT!!!one of the best and fastest 600s polaris has made, lots of 98xc600 fans on here including me , wish I still had mine, I think there is a special thread dedicated to this sled on here somewhere, never a prob with mine
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its a toss up between a 99 mxz 670 or the polaris xc. a very tough choice , both are in excellent shape. trying to weigh the pro and cons of each sled.
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Old 01-28-2010, 02:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I liked mine, rode it about 7 years 5-6k miles. Did not love the carbs thought they were a bit tricky to tune, I had a CDI fail and that's about it. A friend still owns it and it runs and drives excellent. I still like the looks of those sleds. The 99 670 is a good sled too. I prefer the ride/looks of the polaris but the 670 has the leg up on performance.
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